L’Artisan Parfumeur Drôle de Rose

Alright, so I know I said I didn’t have time for a “real post” until later this week – and that’s true. I definitely don’t.

But I’m doing it anyways; biology lab report or none!


After mentioning this lovely L’Artisan Parfumeur scent earlier today in our Valentine’s post, I thought I’d share a brief review with you. Enjoy!

Drôle de Rose is a light, mature scent, described as being “endlessly, unashamedly feminine.” And yet… if this is what femininity smells like, I may want to think about being a little more masculine. I find the scent to be much too docile and fleeting for my tastes – the opening is quite fresh, but the drydown smells sterile on my skin.

The notes are… (rose, and the following)

Top: violet and iris

Heart: aniseed, almond, and honey

Base: (a very soft, subtle) leather

While I rarely attach scents to age (most of my favourites are considered to be “old lady scents” by today’s market), I can definitely see this suiting my grandmother. I don’t mean this in a bad way, because it does smell lovely, and my grandmother wears perfume incredibly well when she sprays some on – but Drôle is very clean, very “pretty.”

For those of us who like to experiment with our scents, this may not be the best choice, but if you’re a rose lover, do give this a try. While mature, this rose is particularly timeless, and would make an amazing signature fragrance if it does suit you.

Drôle de Rose was crafted by Olivia Giacobetti in 1996.

Try this if…

  • You’re looking for an über-sophisticated, classy, mature scent
  • You like your fragrances to be light and airy
  • Florals generally wear well on your skin
  • You like “safe,” clean scents
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  • vijiis

    The trouble is, I can never buy perfumes because I never use them. I just wind up hording bottles!
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    • Haha, but they're so pretty! It's hard to stop yourself sometimes, yeah? :p

      • vijiis

        Definitely! I have a full sized bottle of Parisienne that I don't want to use because I KNOW how much it cost. So instead, I just got a sample of Parisienne from Sephora. I've used that ONCE. xD
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  • Tracy2000

    I must get a sample of this-if it smells as real as a rose then I will like it! Where is it available? Holt's?
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    • It's not a straight rose, but do give it a sniff if you see it anyways ;)

      What part of Canada are you in? If you're looking for a b&m that carries L'Artisan Parfumeur, I know of Ogilvy (Quebec) and Noor (Toronto). I'm sure there must be more, but none are coming to mind!

  • Mary Thi

    I'm not sure if you've smelled YSL Parisienne but if you have, could you compare these two at all?


    • Mary Thi

      Wow, just saw your reply above, haha

    • Of course! They're similar in that they both feature violet and rose, but they definitely have a different "vibe." It's almost as if the perfumers for both lines were given the same idea and asked to make it come to life, but interpreted it with their respective styles.

      The YSL has a more vivacious, fruity (I want to say blackberry?) feel, while the L'Artisan Parfumeur rendition is more stripped-down and minimalistic. It's like the difference between a scent that is girly and one that is feminine; a fruity floral vs an airy floral. I do think that if you love one, you'll like the other, but which one you like more will vary based on your personality!

      Hope that helps :)

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