Last year Les Parfums de Rosine launched the limited edition fragrance Muguet de Rosine. Apparently it's very different from the earlier (now discontinued) Muguet de Rosine; this version is a composition of bergamot, pear, lily of the valley, rose, jasmine and white musk, developed for Les Parfums de Rosine by perfumer Nicolas Bonneville (who also created La Cologne de Rosine, which I enjoyed trying last year).
Although Les Parfums de Rosine is one of my favorite niche perfume houses, I have mixed feelings about lily of the valley scents. I prefer seeing and smelling actual lily of the valley flowers to wearing lily of the valley perfumes. I even carried a bouquet of roses and lily of the valley on my wedding day; I just don't care for most muguet fragrances on my skin. (No, not even Diorissimo!)
Since Muguet de Rosine only arrived in the United States a few months ago, I've only recently had a chance to try it. It's a fruity floral that feels just right for warmer weather, but if you're looking for a lily of the valley soliflore, you'll be disappointed. The muguet note is there, in the heart, but it's overshadowed by the rest of the composition. Muguet de Rosine opens with lots of fruit, including the pear and a sweet-tart citrus note that reminds me of the bottle of LUSH Yuzu Cocoa shower gel I just finished off. The heart contains just as much rose and jasmine as muguet, but it's an upbeat, contemporary interpretation of a classical floral theme. The citrus lingers longer than I would have expected, and the flowers turn muskier as the base of Muguet de Rosine emerges.
Muguet de Rosine has moderate sillage and staying power, and although I don't usually assign perfumes to specific occasions, it feels like a "weekend scent." It's not going to replace Rosine's La Rose de Rosine or Secrets de Rose in my affections, but it's cheerful and fun. If you love Rosine's Rose d'Eté or Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, you may also love Muguet de Rosine. If you were a fan of Chloe Collection (2005), with its pear-floral composition, you might enjoy this fragrance too. Muguet de Rosine has been a serendipitous discovery for me, and I'll be wearing it often this summer.
Les Parfums de Rosine Muguet de Rosine is available as 50 ml Eau de Parfum ($135). For purchasing information, see the listing for Les Parfums de Rosine under Perfume Houses.