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Un Zéphir de Rose (Rose Zephyr) is one of the two latest creations by Les Parfums de Rosine (see Eau Fraîche Rose d'Eté). It was launched in the spring of 2008.


The Rose Is Queenly Throughout

Like Diabolo Rose last year, which was composed around rose and mint, it promised to be a perfume based on a cool green pairing but with anise this time. As it turns out, Un Zéphir de Rose is more to the point a celebration of the natural beauty of an exceptional quality of Bulgarian rose essence. In this sense it is more accurate to view it through the lens of an exquisite and minimally adulterated rose soliflore.

The perfume was created by perfumer François Robert in 2008 and rose is present at all three stages of the perfume development. Perceptibly so and more than any of the other Parfums de Rosine we have experienced thus far, it can also be assimilated to a vintage harvest edition resting on the unique quality of a rose cultivated one particular year. The idea of adding an aniseed nuance to Un Zéphir de Rose was inspired by a rose bloom from Marie-Hélène Rogeon's garden near Paris which presented this natural facet....


Behind A Pale Green Veil, A Precious Rose 

The mentholated, fennel-like accents of aniseed, together with basil, appear in the beginning bringing a slight medicinal edge to the perfume, but this moment is rather fleeting. Soon the perfume moves into rose territory. The initial rose nuances are rather strong, metallic, cold, silvery, Rosenkavalier-like. The aniseed probably sustains the cool facet of the perfume but is not showcased as such nor does it appear blended to give birth to a new sensation. It is very much all about the rose and one of the most delightful ones to be smelled at that.  

Un Zéphir de Rose feels very natural and therefore luxurious. The creaminess and natural curviness of the rose petals are palpable. The perfume is fresh, but without the popular nuance often referred to as that of the florist's fridge. It simply is as close as one can get to the sensation of holding a bouquet of rose flowers up to one's nose in open summery air. The rose is delicate with slightly fruity, liquorish-y, citrusy and vanilla nuances. The composition settles beautifully on the skin gaining overtime in intimacy thanks to the ambrette seeds (vegetal musk) and musk.

The press information later on confirms the exceptional quality of the rose used insisting that no synthetic nor reconstituted rose essence were included.  

Lovers and non-lovers of pure rose perfumes alike, take note. It is at this point one of the very best rose fragrances available. If you do not like rose scents usually, this one might make you change your mind.

95 € for 100 ml and 73 € for 50 ml. 

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  1. Hello, I am a long-time reader and a first-time commenter :). I have recently tried Zéphir de Rose, and it has replaced Kashmirie as my favorite Rosine! I am entranced by its beauty, which you have described so well. The rose-anise pairing reminds me of Rosine's discontinued Rose d'Argent, but the rose in Zéphir smells so real that I can almost feel the petals. Is this going to be a limited fragrance, based on a certain rose harvest? If that is the case, I will stock up!

    • Thank you for commenting and nice to meet you!

      Yes, this batch is, de facto, a limited-edition vintage fragrance based on a singular harvest. It is not impossible though that they might want to reproduce the same quality next time that they find an exceptional harvest. If you love it as it is I think it might be prudent to keep a few bottles in your "wine cellar" so to speak. It is indeed an exceptionally qualitative rose soliflore and like you, it won me over although I am no rose fanatic! (I haven't smelled Rose d'Argent).

      I double-checked the press release and they do not say it is a limited-edition perfume, so either we have to guess it is or they intend to reproduce the formula with the same qualitative criteria in the future.

      I can ask!

      Chant Wagner

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