Joséphine

Joséphine by Rancé 1795
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Joséphine is a popular perfume by Rancé 1795 for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is floral-powdery. It is still available to purchase.
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Perfumer

Francois Rancé

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot LilacLilac HyacinthHyacinth JasmineJasmine May roseMay rose PeonyPeony HawthornHawthorn Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Heart Notes Heart NotesGalbanumGalbanum GeraniumGeranium CloveClove IrisIris BlackcurrantBlackcurrant Violet leafViolet leaf PeachPeach
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergrisAmbergris Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla EbonyEbony SandalwoodSandalwood White muskWhite musk

Ratings

Scent

7.581 Ratings

Longevity

7.366 Ratings

Sillage

6.162 Ratings

Bottle

8.368 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 02.07.2022.
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
Primel
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Primel
Helpful Review    16  
Le 14 juillet 2020
The timing couldn't be better to comment on the scent of the enchanting Joséphine de Beauharnais.

Scorching heat in the month Thermidor. Above the magnificent gardens in front of Malmaison Castle lay the gently yellowing patina of the beginning drought. Drinking water was slowly becoming scarce. The dispatch was delivered by a dust-covered messenger. He was on the road for three days and three nights, although he frequently changed horses.

With trembling hands Joséphine opens the letter, it was short as always:

Ma chère Joséphine,
nous serons enfin réunis. Ne te lave pas, j'arrive!

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Joséphine smiled and looked with reddened cheeks into the Venetian wall mirror in her boudoir. A lock of hair had come loose, she used to pin her hair up in Greek style. The pale pink dress with empire waist fell in loose folds as usual. Unfortunately, the last union with her lover had not borne fruit, she sighed with grief. What if he left her now? But no, she still had her secret weapon: the fragrance composed especially for Her Majesty by Rance. Light pink peony, framed by delicate lilac, she could not make out the other flowers, all in all a successful composition of the most beautiful flowers and fruits of the gardens of Malmaison. The hawthorn contributed a gentle bitterness and prevented the fragrance from drifting into sweetness (and would certainly do her dear husband's stressed heart good), ebony, sandalwood and spices from overseas skilfully rounded off the fragrance. Joséphine slightly ruffled her forehead, she just had to succeed in reconnecting him to herself.
Well, that could have been an anecdote from Joséphine's life. I don't know if she wore the scent and I don't think it's relevant. The scent is floral-romantic, but at no time sweet, with a good shelf life and tidy sillage. At least so that a complete stranger ran after me and wanted to know the name of my perfume :).
Fortunately, beautiful scents are no longer reserved for crowned heads
Vive la République!
Vive la France!
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5
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Gelis
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Gelis
Top Review    16  
Well captured
Rancé's "Joséphine" is flirtatious, radiant and charming. Here it seems to me the character of the eponymous historical Joséphine de Bauharnais, Empress of France, beloved first wife of Napoléon I is excellently captured, as described in history books and novels. It lacks the extravagance of the historical empress, the sillage of the fragrance is with me rather in the middle lower range.

But the most amazing for me is: the flower notes lilac, hyacinth and hawthorn, which I do not love in fragrances, are here "tamed" by the other fragrance notes so well that I wear "Joséphine" with enthusiasm.

I can not trickle the fragrance into its individual parts. "Joséphine" is for me a spring-fresh, slightly prizzelnder, a bit in the clean direction going fragrance, a touch of cream is also still there, which makes me a good mood. Only when I take a deep breath over the sprayed on, I perceive quiet iris root with its typical for me sweet wood note.

Greeting + thanks to addicted.

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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Top Review    12  
the sensual empress
This is the title of the house Rancé, founded in 1795, gives to its short fragrance description of the Eau de Parfums "Joséphine".

She must have been an outstanding woman at her time, this Joséphine, born in Martinique under the resounding name Marie Josephe Rose de Tascher de Pagerie.
Her first marriage with Alexandre Vicomte de Beauharnais, from which her two children emerged, was actually doomed to failure from the outset: Joséphine was only "second choice"; de Beauharnais actually wanted/should have married Joséphine's sister; but she died before the marriage.
Always freely after the slogan: "It remains in the family", came also here the next sister to the turn.
The couple separated even after some rather turbulent marriage years and although de Beauharnais generously supported Joséphine, she had debts again and again.
From the French Revolution, this refined woman, although barely escaping the guillotine, was able to take advantage of it: a narrow red ribbon adorned her neck; where it was not cut by a knife.
She became the attraction of the Paris salons and after the death of her husband's husband she was fortunate to be taken "under the wing" of the rich Paul de Barras; she was able to spend his money generously!
It was this Paul de Barras who advised her to marry General Napoleon Buonaparte.
Much to the sorrow of his childhood sweetheart Desirée Clary, silk merchant's daughter from Marseille. In the house of their parents the "citizen general" Buonaparte and his brother went in and out; even if at first it was only because of a warm meal and some glasses of wine.
Annemarie Selinko describes this love of Desirées in the novel of the same name, which was filmed in 1954 with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the leading roles. (By the way, quite a charming story.)
But against this racy Creole, who had twisted the young Corsican's head, a mere silk merchant's daughter did not arrive.
Whether she accepted Marshal Jean Babtiste Bernadotte's proposal out of sheer defiance will never be clarified. In any case, the Bernadotte couple later went to Sweden to found the still existing ruling dynasty there.
This shows that for Desirée the "second choice" in this case was the first: as Queen of Sweden she was more persistent than her rival for the favor of the "little Corsican".

Joséphine, on the other hand, enjoyed being empress; she basked herself in the adoration of her husband and in general attention.
Only she could not fulfill his wish to give birth to an heir. So she, although still loved, was "deported" to Malmaison and laid out her legendary rose garden there.
Her successor as empress, the Austrian archduchess Marie-Louise ("She looked like a sausage - like a pink sausage" we can read at Annemarie Selinko), gave birth to Napoleon the longed-for heir to the throne and went back to her parents' house after the emperor's fall; from where she, remarried, accompanied her husband to Italy The imperial heir to the throne Napoleon Franz Karl (Napoleon II / Duke of Reichstadt) lived a torn life and caused a lot of unrest at the Viennese court before he died at the age of 21.

For me, Rancé's fragrance "Joséphine" contains a slightly overflowing story; which, however, does not make this magical fragrance experience poorer; it is delightful!
This noble creature opens with a rich chord of may rose, hawthorn and jasmine, a beautiful peony and is surrounded by hyacinth and luminous ylang-ylang - pure femininity!
This light delicacy is complemented by a spicy fruity heart note. Galbanum and clove are unmistakably present, rose geranium opens the way to the strongly aromatic black currant and a ripe, very juicy peach - what a wonderful gift of fragrance!
Black ebony and white musk: let's think about the red ribbon around Joséphine's slender neck, then the question arises: "Snow White, where is your bed?"
A heavy creamy vanilla trail leads to the as always somewhat scratchy sandalwood; they like each other, these two flavors! That's why they adapt so well to many fragrance compositions.
This imperial fragrance pyramid is crowned by Ambragold in its most beautiful form.
An elegant fragrance trobe with a matching tractor now envelops the wearer.

All senses are addressed here, not just one's own.
With "Joséphine", Rancé not only pays homage to the former French empress; it also pays homage to every woman.
Because every woman is worth it to feel like an empress and to be flattered and loved accordingly.
Accompanied by "Joséphine" she can enjoy this feeling for a few hours; this scented beauty is not necessarily persistent, she is too capricious!
But what prevents us from renewing this entertaining acquaintance again and again by spraying it?

This is the second fragrance from Rancé's "Collection Imperiale" that I was allowed to test.
Already "Pauline", named after one of Josephine's sisters-in-law, gave me a lot of joy.
So both ladies feel very good and are excellent companions for a wonderful day.
The "girls' evening", which does not take place at the barbecue with beer, is a perfect match for both of them; on a "first little acquaintance" it can even happen that the "Rancé ladies" are a competitor: they enchant their entire surroundings.

I met a race-woman, who still attracts attention today, here and fell in love with her charm.
I will certainly dress with her charm for some time to come: "the empress's new clothes".
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the generous filling.
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7.5
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Sherapop

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Historic Precedent to Flora Bella?
Is this supposed to be a reconstructed formula from two centuries ago? Well, in some ways, Rancé 1795 JOSEPHINE seems very similar to Lalique FLORA BELLA, which was also coincidentally launched in 2005. I find the Rancé somewhat fruitier and tarter, although it is still not very sweet. There is definitely a similar texture to the eccentric floral bouquet here, and I imagine that this composition could be more appealing to those who find the Lalique too floral. I myself find JOSEPHINE a bit sour around the edges, so it may not be working well on my skin.

The somewhat woody drydown of JOSEPHINE harks back again to Donna Karan GOLD (which I consider to be a close neighbor in some ways to FLORA BELLA), with an ever-so-slight feeling of pencil shavings lying underneath everything at the bottom. The overall composition is quite complex, and for that reason it is bound to play out very differently to different noses, given variable sensitivities to all of the various components present. There is an interesting array of flowers here, including hawthorne, and together they produce a sort of emergent floral note which doesn't really smell specifically like any of its constituent parts.

Definitely worth a sniff, but also a try before you buy.
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