Lipstick Rose by Ralf Schwieger for Frederic Malle 2000

Guest Post by EmmaKate


Hello hello Australian Perfume Junkies!

EmmaKate here again for my monthly guest blog appearance. This month I am going to be talking to you about one of my favourite fragrances, Lipstick Rose from Frederic Malle.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
As you may know I was lucky enough to meet Frederic Malle himself while I was working at Mecca Cosmetica. While he was in Australia I was able to ask him about his fragrances and learn more about the range. I have always had a soft spot for this perfume and I had NO idea why (except for the fact that it was gorgeous)…Until Frederic enlightened me that it is designed to smell like lipsticks and powder compacts from a bygone era. As a beauty junkie I knew that certain brands continued to make their products with that luxury in mind, so this fragrance was two of my favourite things combined, fragrance and makeup.
The story goes: Ralf Schwieger (the nose behind this, Eau des Marveilles for Hermes and 3 scents for ELdO in 2012) created this fragrance based on a memory from his childhood. When he was young his parents would go to society events and his mother would come to kiss him goodbye before she would leave. The scent that he associates with this memory is the scent of his mothers lipstick and a sense of love and safety. He brought these memories to life in Lipstick Rose.
Lipstick Roses Long 75Photo Stolen globalrose
Fragrantica gives these featured notes/accords all in a line:
Rose, violet, musk, vanilla, vetiver, amber and grapefruit
Lipstick Rose opens with an orchestra of rose and violet followed by a softer powdery style vanilla and musk. It is then rounded out with vetiver and dries down to smell like candied roses and lilacs. It is reminiscent or Turkish delight and children’s lolly bracelets but with a sophisticated edge. It is well worth checking out if you like a sweeter scent, and even if you don’t. Let it sit with you, you might be surprised.
When I smell this I have visions of pink and red roses. For me it evokes romance and a sense of beauty, inner and outer. I wear this fragrance when it is cooler as I find it a bit overwhelming during the warmer months, I love to wear it when I am feeling a bit sassy and a lot girly.
Kiss Clipart Image: Lipstick Kiss

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EmmaKate XOX

7 comments on “Lipstick Rose by Ralf Schwieger for Frederic Malle 2000

  1. jicky1889 says:

    thank you for reviewing this modern classic that pays homage to the past. i love the powder room vibe of this scent – it is fun and quite innocent all the way through – quite unlike portrait of a lady which is a muskier and spicier rose scent.

  2. sinnerman01 says:

    This one sounds delightful , I love rose scents. What a treat to meet the man behind this brand!! I will be in to Mecca to test this for sure !! I love a trip down memory lane,

  3. Undina says:

    I like Lipstick Rose, I think it’s beautiful. Don’t think I’ll ever need a full bottle of it: it’s not complex enough or simple enough for me to want to wear it too often but it’s a definite decant/travel spray candidate. In my internal eye Lipstick Rose is a deep pink rose – not red, not coral.

  4. 1glogirl says:

    I love this one! When the mood hits me nothing else will do! Very girly!!

  5. I love the concept of this. I have really warm memories of my mother getting ready to go out for the evening and tucking me in bed while she was glamoured up smelling like perfume, lipstick and unfortunately AquaNet. I’ll have to give this a smell!

  6. laniersmith says:

    It really is a wonderful concept as The Scented Hound said. I too have fond memories of Mom smelling of Max Factor lipstick and pancake and powder. All wonderful fragrances.

  7. […] Portia, of course, showed total restraint and only purchased four…..FOUR fragrances! Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle, for which I harbor a secret love, was one of Portia’s grabs and I’m totally jealous!! […]

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