When I bought my last bottle of my favorite fragrance, Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur, at Barney’s, the wonderful sales associate sent me home with a nice stash of samples from Frederic Malle and Serge Lutens to try. Today, I rediscovered Frederic Malle’s Lipstick Rose among the little vials. As you may know, I am an oriental and gender neutral scent lover, and this isn’t an oriental and it’s very feminine. But there’s just something about it that I am drawn to.
Another sales associates at Barney’s, this time in San Francisco, told me that the scent of Lipstick Rose, created by Ralf Schwieger in 2000 for Frederic Malle, is the scent of Chanel lipstick. At any rate, it was inspired by Schwieger’s memories of the scent of his mother’s lipstick when he kissed her as a child. How charming!
To me, the scent is both floral and powdery, but not powdery like a grandmother’s scent because it’s also woody and musky underneath the rose/violet and powder. Here’s how the Frederic Malle website describes it:
“A perfume that is both regressive and a modern take on Hollywood glamor, Lipstick Rose smiles at you, like a dash of lipstick with its rose and violet-flavored candy scent. It embodies an alluring woman, part Gilda, part socialite. Grapefruit and violet enhance the fragrance’s rose note. The backdrop is musk and vanilla with a hint of vetiver and amber. A vision of glamorized femininity in technicolor.”
I love that description. My personal associations with the fragrance are my antique English Deco vanity, slinky lurex gowns, Charlotte Tillbury packaging, and a sparkly evening bag. And old-fashioned roses that actually have a scent, of course.
Lipstick Rose comes in a variety of sample sizes and full sizes are 50 and 100ml. It’s available at Barney’s and on the Frederic Malle website. It’s pricey at $180 for the 50 ml bottle.
I have to see if this scent suits me. Years ago, I wore Ombre Rose, and this reminds me of it a bit. If I take the plunge, I’ll go for a sample size before going all in.
Have you tried Lipstick Rose? If you’re a Chanel lipstick lover, at least seek it out and take a sniff and let me know what you think!