Les Parfums de Rosine has been one of my favorite niche perfume houses for the past decade, so I always look forward to trying its newest releases. This fall, Rosine has launched Rose des Neiges, "a modern interpretation of a powdery rose" inspired by the image of an unexpected late-autumn snowfall that frosts all the flowers in a rose garden. Rose des Neiges was developed by perfumer Nicholas Bonneville and includes top notes of mandarin, pink pepper, lychee and watermelon; heart notes of rose and white violet; and base notes of sandalwood, ambroxan, heliotrope and musks.
"Powdery" is an understatement here: after an introductory touch of bright bergamot, Rose des Neiges is a big soft puff of heliotrope and white musk with pink roses peeking through. You'll either love this one or hate it; I'm a powder-lover, so I can't get enough of Rose des Neiges. (And, to my relief, I couldn't detect the watermelon and lychee notes.) This is Rosine's fluffiest scent, even more so than the creamy confectionery of Ballerina No. 1. It has above-average sillage, like a generous dusting of fancy imported baby powder, and its dry down is a hug of a pale musk with a vanillic finish that lasts for hours on my skin.
I do wish Rose des Neiges were a little, well, rose-ier; but even if it's not exactly what I expected, it manages to be good cozy-sweet fun (without feeling juvenile). In a "family tree" of perfumery, Rose des Neiges would be a daughter of Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose, a niece of Cacharel LouLou, and a cousin of Anna Sui's original fragrance (the one in the black-and-purple bottle) and Ava-Luxe Angel Face.
As usual, the packaging is lovely here: Rosine's bottle has been tinted an opaque pale blue — "the color of the sky on a cold morning" — and the silver tassel is meant to suggest frost. Rose des Neiges doesn't actually feel like first snowfall to me; for that, I'd try CB I Hate Perfume Winter 1972 or Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Snow White. It's more like an angora sweater or cuddly Persian kitten or a meringue —comforting and frivolous things that you might enjoy indoors on that sparkly, snowy morning. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you should try to curl up with a sample of Rose des Neiges.
Les Parfums de Rosine Rose des Neiges is available as 50 (€98) and 100 (€130) ml Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the listing for Les Parfums de Rosine under Perfume Houses.