Collection Extraordinaire - Rose Velours 2013

Collection Extraordinaire - Rose Velours by Van Cleef & Arpels
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Collection Extraordinaire - Rose Velours is a popular limited perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is floral-sweet. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums. Limited Edition
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Violet leafViolet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoneyHoney
Orris absoluteOrris absolute
Rose absoluteRose absolute
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoinBenzoin
AmbroxanAmbroxan
CedarwoodCedarwood

Ratings

Scent

8.0181 Ratings

Longevity

7.3146 Ratings

Sillage

6.6151 Ratings

Bottle

8.2150 Ratings
Submitted by WRoth, last update on 10.06.2021.
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7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
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Top Review    8  
Soft, delicate feel-good fragrance
Many fragrances from Van Cleef & Arpels I like and they accompany me for a very long time. This is about "Rose Velours" from the Collection Extraordinaire, not to be confused with "Rose Rouge" from the same house. They have nothing in common except a similar name. "Rose Rouge" is rather a rose chypre and "Rose Velours" a powdery-floral fragrance with rose notes.

There was a time when I thought "Rose Velours" appealed to me BECAUSE it's not a typical rose scent. I have since learned that rose scents can definitely smell super on you. "Rose Velours" now, however, never had the potential to be MY rose scent - that being said, that spot is now occupied elsewhere. But "Rose Velours" is a nice, pleasant soft scent that I like to wear. It's cuddly, delicate, almost carefree. I know that there are no surprises waiting for me here, and that there is no jammy note around the corner. Nothing pokes the nose here, it is and remains a soft, fluffy scent, but one that never loses its airy character at any time.

Sounds boring? Well, maybe. "Rose Velours" is playful, almost dreamy. He is in any case no Rampensau and also does not score by the fact that the fragrance puts down a spectacular course or even tells a complex fragrance story.

Yet "Rose Velours" has a surprisingly fruity and tangy start. By iris and violet is
the floral direction is always predominant. Both components remain rather restrained, even the violets do not push themselves into the foreground - what they can indeed, the little guys. "Rose Velours" becomes discreetly honey-sweet with a slight rose note quite quickly, and it stays that way on my skin for quite a long time and doesn't change anymore. After about 6-7 hours, very soft, woody notes come to it, which fits together quite excellently.

"Rose Velours" is a fragrance that makes me dream, but also releases melancholic streams of thoughts. The fragrance reminds me of sunsets, of warm days. Soft, yet voluminous, finely balanced. There are days on which you need such fragrances.
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Feral Undercurrent
I have got a little queue of 'fumes set up for wearing. This will probably °come online° sometime next week. But getting it out of the °vault° I do recall somewhat of my initial impression. First I thought, and infact said outloud to the apothecary, "just a standard rose 'fume, really, innit?" but after a few seconds & another couple of intraspirations "no, wait! There's ^something^ coming through here!".

I would say this does have a quite pronounced feral current growling away beneath its deceptively innocent surface. And I'm not the only one - I have seen at least one other review in which similar thing is said. I don't believe ambroxan alone is the explaination: either there is some other funky component, or by the craft of the perfumier the ambroxan is synergising with one of the other components to impart a funk beyond its wont.

... a few minutes later ...
Actually I think I have subconsciously selected perfumes of a certain idiom for this queue. I have only just this moment realised that what I have just said about this 'fume is similar to what I recently said about the one I am wearing at this moment - which is Cartier's ~Baiser Fou~. I might even venture to say that this is actually a similar 'fume (at least on some level, if not the finest level, of detail), even though I called that one 'an outlier' contentwise.

2018-04-18-08-55 UTC --
Right, have now finally put this on! Yes, it ^is^ a bit like Cartier's ~Baiser Fou~ in a certain way; but I distinctly recall that when I got this I had utterly forgotten about ~Baiser Fou~, but also that the way it twake my curiosity & appealed to me was similar.

I said somewhere in my talkings about osmanthus that one of my earliest olfactory memories was a freshly-opened packet of black Indian tea. Another was the aroma of a rose that my father had grown in his garden. Rose is one of the few perfumery flowers growable in this region (the North-West of England, close to the Irish Sea - not surpassingly wet like Cameroun, or surpassingly cold like Canada or Siberia, but a singularly insidious combination of perpetually somewhat cold & rather damp that just seems to permeate everything to its core! and which the rose can withstand pretty well): not a Mai or Ta'if or Centifolia, or anything like that; but to a young child who'd never smelt anything like that before it was ample to engender one of those cardinal olfactory memories, in which one remembers all the circumstances clearly, as though they are indelibly y-stampèn. I think it's for this reason that I don't go for rose perfumes a great deal - to me somehow rose ought to be left alone completely, and yet I don't wish to wear rose ^alone^ as a perfume. Having said this, I do wear rose perfumes; I just mean I don't usually ^particularly seek^ them. And this is certainly one in which that ^rule^ of rose being left alone is completely overthrown, in that it is a truly ingenious broaching of that note unto a truly extraordinary synergy with the other elements comprised in this 'fume.

I am getting that feral undercurrent that I mentioned above really very strong & perpetual. I still can't say exactly what it is: I don't think I would ^quite^ classify this as an °animalic bad girl°, and I think it might well be primarily, if not wholly, a synergy of ambroxan & benzoin. Although I do notice that orris is one of the components, so that's probably factoring in as well. Orris seems ^always^ to be a decider with me, even when I don't detect it explicitly. So many times now it has turned out later that the 'fume I have chosen fræ a range or collection is the one that has orris in it! But can orris be deemed skanky or bad-girlish atall really? You know, I do think it can in a ^very^ subtle way, it is so ^very^ complex & compelling an aroma.

I'm getting that °bad-girl-ish° current really ^very^ strong in the whiffs I am getting fræ this. It ^definitely^ was not just a fleeting figment of olfactory imagination at the apothecary's! And I ^do^ think the orris is having somewhat to do with it!

... a couple of hours later ...
The orris in this is becoming more clearly apparent now, the longer I wear it.

... a fair few hours later ...
This 'fume is now in its drydown. I would say it is a really quite non-linear 'fume: this drydown is a quite distinct phase, but is a °fugue° on it's heart phase. Or maybe more like the same tune played in a different mode, or something lije that. In fact, it does sort of bring to mind the notion of a sunset! It's heavier & more sombre than the heart, and has, perhaps, a certain woodiness or balsamicity to it. But then there is benzoin in it of course.

Thoroughly excellent this one - has greatly excedden my expectations.
7.5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Gold

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Rose-lovers: here's a good one!
Van Cleef & Arpels launched "Rose Velours" as part of their "Collection Extraordinaire" in 2013. Just another rose-scent? Yes, but a very good one. So if you dislike rose-perfumes, don't bother to read on. "Rose Velour" wears its heart on its sleeve, it is very pretty indeed and the opulent rose with its notes of honey, accompanied by benzoin and iris, is always centre-stage. Maisondieu redefines the contemporary stance on the ultra-popular rose: no frills, no glitter, but an intelligent approach to the queen of flowers based on quality ingredients. There is nothing complex about "Rose Velour", yet it seems to artfully blend what belongs together: finest rose absolute with cedarwood and benzoin notes, resulting in a lush, velvety soft and long-lasting perfume.
"Rose velour" is a fragrance that is determined to please rose-lovers - and perhaps this very intention is its limitation. But then again, I guess the audience it was composed for are not complaining.
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8
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
not only a rose based scent, but a charming symphony of flowery and warm notes with a very sexy and sweet base. A gem. Good sillage

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