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Rose Pivoine


Launched in 1998 by French niche line Nicolaï Parfumeur Createur, formerly known as Parfums de Nicolaï, Rose Pivoine is, according to their website  “A rose and peony explosion in a green June garden!” any time of year.
It opens with soft, citrusy bergamot balanced with a gentle, sweet, fruity note of apricot. Right of the top it’s light, elegant and feminine. A sweet, tart red fruit accord is here too. It’s a smell I always associate with spring/summer scents, and am happy when I find it here. Roman chamomile, a member of the daisy family, adds an herbaceous green dimension to the fragrance. It also has sweet and fruity aspects that bridge the opening to a fresh, fragrant heart of Bulgarian rose and Bourbon geranium that dominate the fragrance and create a rose/peony effect. The surprise here is how light the rose is. It’s not a deep, heavy, diva rose – but a light, wafting rose that would suit a woman of any age. At the base, ambrette seeds make it musky and vegetal while black pepper warms it up.

The drydown is floral, fresh and a little spicy. Rose Pivoine is pretty much a soliflore – it doesn’t evolve much and feels like the rose/peony accord is surrounded by other notes as opposed to be transformed by them. In many ways, that’s one of the things I like most about it.

Notes: bergamot, apricot, red fruits, roman chamomile, Bulgarian rose, Bourbon geranium, ambrette seeds, black pepper.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Patricia de Nicolaï

Price: $5.00