First impressions count...
...at least for this fragrance.
The first time, my expectation of a crisp and dewy rose was instantly betrayed by a non-natural, high-pitched, headache-inducing strong peony which went through a phase of astringent air-freshener and settled to a soapy and salty musky dry down.
However, when I tested again after a couple of years, Rose Fraîche surprised me with fresh but delicate pink petals I could have covered myself with. What had happened to my nose? Anyway, I was happy to use it from spring to early summer as my morning refreshing cologne and never get tired of it.
And then, all of a sudden, it shifted again. After I even secured some backup bottles, I noticed that it smelt the same as in the beginning, or even worse - fruit and citrus translating as a sticky sweet-sourness usurping the much appreciated fresh rose. Combined with the bitterness of wood, it created such an unpleasant, artificially acidic staleness on my skin like that of a spoilt canned grapefruit to the extent of causing nausea. The fragrance had not even turned, as a new bottle had the same effect on me.
Whatever factors were involved in this drastic change in perception - as much as I can tell from the time I actually liked it, I agree that Rose Fraîche delivers a fresh, pink rose that is much closer to peony. It has been likened to Atlas Mountain Rose by The Body Shop, and Paul Smith; I cannot comment on the latter, but I do find that the citrusy opening of Atlas Mountain Rose is the only similarity to Rose Fraîche. The Body Shop's rose is more rounded and sweeter in the base, without any bitter sourness.
Even with a lower projection and shorter longevity, I prefer the other rose version. Apparently the mix of fruit and wood did not work for me.
Originally written 10/28/2015
Edited to add: As of autumn 2019, the Un Matin au Jardin line was discontinued.