À la Rose (2014) Eau de Parfum

À la Rose (Eau de Parfum) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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À la Rose (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian for women and was released in 2014. The scent is floral-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBulgarian damask rose, Calabrian bergamot, Californian orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesViolet, Magnolia
Base Notes Base NotesGrasse Rosa centifolia absolute, Cedar, Musk

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (125 Ratings)

Longevity

6.1 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

5.4 (101 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (104 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 09.08.2019
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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All Rose, Little Else...
A la Rose opens with a very realistic light airy rose with a subtle orange fruity undertone. As the composition moves to its early heart the realistic airy rose remains the star with the orange turning a bit more dull and prominent, now joined in support by slightly powdery violet and a subtle underlying woody accord well in the background. During the late dry-down the rose all but vacates leaving its subtle remnants to support the remaining natural smelling woods that take the fore through the finish. Projection is relatively poor and longevity is on the low side of average at about 7 hours on skin.

The rose genre has gotten super-saturated as more and more compositions have been released in the past decade alone. As such, it is understandable if one almost feels a bit jaded when they hear of yet *another* release in the crowded field, and A la Rose is indeed another entrant. Luckily, while the composition breaks absolutely no new ground in the genre focusing primarily as a rose soliflore for most of its linear development, it is so skillfully done the wearer almost doesn't care. Mr. Kurkdjian has first and foremost used some very high quality raw materials that immediately stand out in a positive way over normal rose focused offerings with an airy rose that is so realistic you almost feel you could reach out and grab it. The violet and wood really does not play much of a role in the composition except to propel the rose to the fore, hovering well in the background until late when the rose finally recedes. In effect, the composition is all about the rose, and *only* the rose. Apart from the lack of any real innovation, the other negatives are all on the performance side of the equation, or lack thereof. It is somewhat disappointing that the projection is rather dismal and longevity unimpressive. That said, sometimes low projectors are good fits for relatively close quarter situations, and while the longevity is unimpressive it is far from anything *too* worrisome. At the end of the day the composition is called "A la Rose," and that is what it delivers, nothing more, nothing less. The bottom line is the $245 per 70ml A la Rose is a very realistic if not overly linear and simplistic depiction of the rose that still manages to impress with its top-notch raw materials and skillful execution, earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation. While certainly this is a great composition, with all the other rose offerings on the market it is debatable if yet another rose soliflore for this kind of money is the best investment one can make. That is a decision each prospective purchaser will have to make themselves, but those looking for a rose soliflore will find much to love here, I'm sure.
Eurochic

10 Reviews
Eurochic
Eurochic
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delicate Rose
A la Rose was released on 1 October 2014. In Japan October 1st is Fragrance Day.
These are the notes from the official release leaflet (translated by me from Japanese).
top: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, California orange
heart: Centifolia rose from Grasse, Turkish Damascena rose, violet
base: cedar
At the counter I sprayed the perfume on my hand an on my arm.
Let me start by saying: I don't like citrus and I'm a bit wary of rose perfumes. I only love the smell of real roses, and I love to bury my nose in the petals of all roses.
So, à la rose starts with a fresh greenish feel, like rosebuds with dew on them. On my skin the citrus is not perceptible.
Gradually the dewy aspect dissipates and it becomes softer, like fresh blooming pink roses, not the deep dark velvet kind. Later on I can detect a sweet powdery veil (the violets maybe?).
The SA told me that even though it's an EDP, it wears more like an EDT, with longevity of maximum 4-5 hours. Keep in mind that it was created for the Japanese market, so the overall feeling is fresh and light, very pleasant, easy to wear in hot and humid climates. Non obtrusive, won't give anyone headaches, IMO this is a safe office scent too.
So, rose-phobic that I am, I am surprised to find that I wouldn't be opposed to wearing MFK à la rose. If you like the scent of pure roses, but prefer to keep it light (not heady like AG Rose Absolue for example) then this is one to try.
An odd but interesting little fact is that I received two paper blotters, one with à la rose sprayed on it, the other with Lumière Noire Pour Femme: the blotter with LNPF was scentless after 24 hours. The one with à la rose was still going strong after 48 hours. If we can get similar results on skin, that would be awesome, but I doubt it. Two small sprays on my arm lasted 3-4 hours (sprayed by the SA, so no lavish spraying, more like 2 sprays of mist or droplets. I'll have to test longevity again with MY spraying method).

Statements

Bcars10 2 years ago
A light rose w/ a touch of citrus. This is amazing! But it wilts in extreme heat, so best for cooler temperatures. It is classy and elegant.+2
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