L'Occitane has launched Rose & Reine Eau de Toilette, a new limited edition variation on their popular Eau des 4 Reines fragrance. The four roses of the original (Grasse rose, Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose) are accented with fruity and fresh notes for summer:
Among all the roses of the garden, it is the fruitiest that the young lady of Forcalquier prefers. Its voluptuous and sparkling accents are like a delightful fruit she adores – while dreaming of the future day when she will become a queen, like her three sisters.
The soft and juicy perfume of this freshly picked rose is concentrated in the Eau de Toilette Rose & Reine – a natural, delicate and velvety scent.
Rose & Reine is available in Eau de Toilette, Sublime Enchanted Oil, Moisturizing Mist and matching candle. (via L'Occitane website)
I really quite like their 4 Reines, so I'll probably try this flanker out of idle curiosity. But… ugh, fresher and fruitier. Everyone is making fruit salad these days, good grief. If it were *me*, I'd have added a nice green element to it instead. Something grassy or a nice galbanum and pepper combo… or basically, anything but fruity notes, heh.
So true! I could not find an exact list of notes, but I take it that they've amped up the blackberry notes from the original. Scared to think of what “fresh” might entail. But given their size, I do think L'Occitane does a better job than most & will certainly give it a try.
“But given their size, I do think L'Occitane does a better job than most” Too true. It's too bad they completely did away with their Fig line – it was such a distinctive, singular, smokey thing it actually smelled like a niche creation. If you haven't already, next time you're in their shop give their new-ish Eau de Baux line a sniff. Kind a fun men's frag, spicy goodness with a figgy heart. And they don't overdo the “masculine” tones, i.e. throw in a boatload of musk and bergamot since it's for men. Smells much nicer than I would have guessed considering a number of their more simple offerings.
I missed Fig entirely, but did get to smell Eau de Baux and thought it was well done. The whole Green tea line (Green Tea, Green Tea w/Jasmine, Green Tea w/ Mint) is nice too — simple, yes, and a wee bit too sweet, but still nice, and nothing like so sweet as BBW would have done it. BBW likes sugar.
I really must be tired of the cold. I'm actually thinking this sounds nice. I don't like roses and have griped endlessly about fruity florals. Maybe it's the pretty silver and pink bottle.
Okay, now I'm just scaring myself.
I think I should take my temperature and go to bed, it will pass by the time I wake up.
Hey, it might be very nice! As I said above, in general, L'Occitane does a much better job than its competition in the mega chain store category — they aren't nearly as likely to make this unbearably sweet.