Rouge Avignon by Pierre Guillaume for Phaedon 2013 + GIVEAWAY


Post by Val the Cookie Queen



I received a text from my daughter last week: “Stole two spritzes of your new perfume. I feel like I could conquer the world and just hop on a plane and go anywhere I want.” No fear of her turning into a perfumista then!

Rouge Avignon by Phaedon 2013

Rouge Avignon Phaedon FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Raspberry, ylang-ylang
Heart: Rose, cacao pod, hinoki wood, tuber
Base: Vetiver, sandalwood, musk, amber

Oxana at Bloom Perfumery, London tucked a big sample of this into my bag as I left her shop. I had never heard of Phaedon, although I know Pierre Guillaume of course.

From Phaedon: A Gothic composition, as opulent and dark as the shadow of the Papal Palace looming over nations and centuries… The carmine red of the papal stole is conjured with a fleshy, spicy rose facetted by ylang-ylang and raspberry. In the heart notes, waxed woods, cocoa bean, black truffle and earthy smoky vetiver lure us into the private apartments of the Supreme Pontiff. Gilt moldings and religious ornaments glint in the firelight while gray tendrils of smoke rise from a censer burning sandalwood chips mixed with musk and amber.

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So you know what – it´s pushing 40°c here in Austria so let´s skip the usual banter.

Rouge Avignon shocked me with it´s splendour. It´s unusual and beautiful enough that someone may well ask what you are wearing, but you don´t need an instruction manual to understand it. It’s a gliding, seamless scent and it will be a stunning fall to winter fragrance, but it is beyond fine now too. I feel an addiction coming on.

Rouge Avignon Phaedon Roses Dayle Ann ClavinPhoto used with permission: Dayle Ann Clavin Photography

Rose. Red. Opulent. Velvety. Ylang ylang. Spicy rose. Earthy rose. Gorgeous, succulent, but never gourmand raspberry. It is so vibrant and cerise and strangely pretty. But don´t be fooled, it mingles with amber and vetiver and sandalwood and musk. To all that you may indeed add a little smokiness. Dark and sparkly. The fruity note is always there though, hiding in the shadows. I could see Ann Boleyn wearing this. Quite medieval.

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So you wanna try it? Thanks once again to Oxana at Bloom perfumery in London Town, I can give away three samples of it. But hey – no – not for nothing.

Rouge Avignon GIVEAWAY

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There are 3 prizes this week. Each winner will receive:

1 x Rouge Avignon by Phaedon 2013  Sample
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

All you need to do is tell us how you follow and exactly why this juice might float your boat!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie Rouge Avignon by Phaedon GIVEAWAY #Perfume #Review #Giveaway


Entries Close Midnight Sunday 18th August 2013 in Austria and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, I will then put all the names into my long dead armadillo and three winners will be drawn. Alright?.
The winners will have till Wednesday 21st August 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Bussis from a melting CQ



78 comments on “Rouge Avignon by Pierre Guillaume for Phaedon 2013 + GIVEAWAY

  1. Patty P. says:

    I follow by e-mail (still) and I want to win this because of the cacao pod and raspberry possibilities.

  2. FeralJasmine says:

    In general I dislike fruit notes in perfume, but in the past, when I had a collection of David Austin roses, there was a dark red that had definite notes of raspberry and black raspberry when it bloomed. I fantasize that this perfume would recover that exquisite rose.

  3. Tora says:

    I have only recently come over to appreciating ‘rose’. I love the deeper darker roses, the less sweet and cloying. I would love to try this! I read APJ by email. Thank you!

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Tora!
      It took me a while to get into rose too. In fact I only wear rose at home, in the evenings, to end the day. Rouge Avignon doesn´t quite fall into that category …… other things going on there too, But all smooth as a baby´s bum. 🙂 Love CQ xxx

  4. Tarleisio says:

    Cookie – you had me at “Gothic”… 😉 I’ve been increasingly interested in Phaedon lately – the ones I’ve seen reviewed sound so evocative! We do so like those… I subscribe via email and will posthaste tweet it onward… xoxo

  5. Roslyn says:

    A deep, dark rose with raspberry, cocoa pod and sandalwood (as well as the other notes) sounds so unusual – very intriguing and delicious! I follow by email and would love to try this!

    • cookie queen says:

      Rosyln, what a beautiful name. It fits the fragrance perfectly! Good luck. You are in the
      armadillo as we speak. CQ xxx

  6. tammy says:

    I’m a Rose Ho and wanna be Goth ( sad at 50, no?) and this sounds glorious! I follow via email and your RSS feed. If I can remember my Twitter password, I will most certainly Tweet this lovely offer…thank you! (I think I am IansGirl, or IansTammy or some such thing)

    • cookie queen says:

      I don´t think you need to be a goth to enjoy a gothic fragrance, so no worries there Tammy!!
      And it is glorious. Good luck with the draw – I wish I could send some to everyone. I would if the post wasn´t so damn expensive!! Hugs CQ x

  7. Jackie b says:

    Rose, cacao, sandalwood, Gothic…love the idea!
    I follow by email.

    • cookie queen says:

      Good Evening Jackie!

      I especially bought Hilary Mantel´s books to match Rouge Avignon. No joke!
      Bon Chance!


  8. Ella says:

    Firstly, I follow APJ by email. Secondly, here in Sweden, the air is becoming chilly, the days are shortening and before long autumn will be here with winter “hot” on its heels. I’d love to have the opportunity to test ROUGE AVIGNON during this seasonal transition. The description of this perfume evokes sensations of mystery, opulence and darkness but also ones of hope,simplicity and brightness. The same as after the long winter months, there is the renaissance of spring. Finally, thank you all at APJ for the lovely posts that I so enjoy reading.

    • cookie queen says:

      Ellllaaa! You need to write the next review ……… perfect description. Autumn is heading to us as well ….. too quickly. CQ xxxxxxxx

  9. Belle says:

    I follow through e-mail and twitter!(@ATabbyperson) A dark fragrance that works in the heat? Check. Reminds you of medieval things? Check. Likable for a young person(I’m only 16)? Check. What’s not to like? Thanks so much Val!

  10. susan says:

    ooh, I’m a rose + berry lover, so this sounds just up my alley. I follow on Bloglovin’ and I’ll also give you a tweet! 🙂

  11. Janice says:

    I follow by e-mail. I like dark, complicated rose scents, and the combination of non-gourmand raspberry and incense you describe sounds very interesting!

    • cookie queen says:

      Jackie! It is interesting and lovely. I have never smelled anything to compare. That´s not to say there isn`t´t anything, but I have not come across it. Nope. Not at all. CQ xxxx

  12. Janet Hoover says:

    I follow by email. Catholic girls school! Need I say more?

  13. Martin says:

    Thank you for making these samples available. Keeping up with the blog using feedreader, the dark and sparkly medieval with fruit and rose has gotten my interest.

    • cookie queen says:

      A pleasure martin. Bloom Perfumery in London are absolutely great. Keep that interest going ……. Love, CQ xxx

  14. patriciaC says:

    Must be worth a try if you sacraficed an armadillo to ensure complete fairness-spicy rose with raspberry sounds deliciouse! please add me. I follow by way of e-mail.

    • cookie queen says:

      Patricia my dear!
      I personally did not sacrifice the armadillo, but you are right, someone did. If you take a close look when the winners are announced you will see a picture of said daughter taking the winner´s names out!!! Good luck!!

  15. Dearest Val
    ‘Never gourmand raspberry’ with rose is such a winner, I am all lemming now.
    And as for your line “beautiful enough that someone may well ask what you are wearing, but you don´t need an instruction manual to understand it” that’s achingly good.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • cookie queen says:

      Perfumed Dandy!
      Blimey …. long time no see. How kind of you to drop in. How are you keeping?
      It is always satisfying to have a new lemming is it not? Where there is a will ……….
      Good luck darling.
      Val xxx

      • Dearest Val
        The Dandy’s well and I hope you are too…
        I shall find a way to this savoury fruit have no fear.
        See you soonest.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  16. solanace says:

    A dark rose? Please, count me in!
    (Follow u by email)

  17. cookie queen says:

    Solance you are of course, countes in. in the armadillo. And yes, definitely a dark rose, in more ways than one. Scrummy …….
    Val xxx

  18. nancysg says:

    I follow by email. I love all things Phaedon after trying them at Osswald’s. Rouge Avignon was a favorite.

  19. cookie queen says:

    Hi Nancy – I have not tried anything else yet. As I said, I was not familiar with the perfume house. But yes ….. I want to try more!! Love CQ xxxxxx

  20. Madeleine says:

    Stay cool Miss Val!

    This sounds gorgeous! Wondering how it compares to Portrait of a Lady? You got me with the vibrant and cerise and strangely pretty line….

    M x

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Madeleine!! To my nose, it is nothing like Portrait of a Lady. Definitely worth a sniff. Nice to have you report in. Armadillo is filling up!! Have a nice, hum, day? I think it is daytime for you now! I´m knackered ….. off to bed. Hugs. Val xxxx

  21. Azar says:

    HI CQ,
    I love your write up! A “dark and sparkly” rose sounds perfect! I continue to follow by e-mail.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hello Azar – scuse the delay in answering – it was a national holiday here yesterday! As I have said, it really is quite lovely and totally unusual. Bussis Val xxxx

  22. Mary K says:

    I love rose and the raspberry,amber and vetiver make it all sound so interesting to me. Please include me in the drawing. I use RSS (Feedly). Thank you!

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Mary K – you are of four included and the armadillo. It is a great combination huh?
      Love CQ xxxx

  23. poodle says:

    Did you say gothic splendor that will rock my world? Sign me up girlfriend. I love the name and I need to find a good spicy rose. I follow by WordPress. I have to admit the raspberry scares me a bit though.

    • cookie queen says:

      Raspberry would indeed scare me spitless too – at lkeast if it was the raspberry of my imagination, but this is not – and it works – and it´s great. I have no idea whether it will rock your world, but it is worth trying out!!
      CQ xxx

  24. leathermountain says:

    It’s the tuber note that got me. I follow by email.

  25. Liz K says:

    I am always open to new roses. I technically follow with Bloglovin but use Feedly more often. Thanks for the draw.

    • cookie queen says:

      Liz – isn´t it amazing how many rose versions we can have, and that they can still be different??
      CQ with love xxxxx

  26. Annamaria says:

    I follow by Bloglovin. I do love perfumes that conjure up another era and transport you back in scent; it’s about my favourite thing that a perfume can do. I’m sure this feeling is partly responsible for my love of Mitsouko! Also, in the best possible way, this description made me think of another of my favourites, Black XS for her – only richer, less sweet and more grown up, the gothic lolita girl grown into a woman of the world – so I think I would love it…

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Annamaria!
      I don´t know Black XS so cannot say. But there is a good chance that you would love it because it is rich, and despite how it may sound, not really sweet.
      Val xxxxx

  27. RuthF says:

    Raspberries are my favourite fruit, I’m not sure about them as a fragrance note but I’d love to try this, I’m always keen to try an interesting rose. I follow by email 🙂

    • cookie queen says:

      Ruth! This does not smell like raspberries that you eat. You have to smell it to see what I mean. The rapberry note is always there but it´s not like Kool-Aid! Ha ha.

  28. Monica H. says:

    You made this sound amazing even in the suffering heat =) I follow with Bloglovin but actually use Feedly to read daily~

    • cookie queen says:

      It is great – and I wasn´t really suffering!! It makes up for a 9 month winter here!
      You are in!!
      CQ xxxx

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  30. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and I love roses 🙂 I have been interested in finding darker, spicier roses and this one sounds amazing. Thanks for the draw!

    • cookie queen says:

      Nemo – you are more than welcome. As I said I would like to send some to everyone!! If everyone was in Europe – I would!!

      CQ xxxxx

  31. mridula says:

    I follow by email and I would love to win this because a dark rose is at the top of my list of loves. The only that could top that is a dark rose with a prominent sandalwood base. I hope this is it.

  32. mim says:

    email follower
    Thanks for the review and draw!
    I would love to try Rouge Avignon because I’ve been getting into the nuances of rose lately as they’re flowering, spicy, citrussy, or red-fruity, they are all unique and deep. I love darker earthy rose but have very few rose scents…. There is a rose that grows a block away that has the most distinct raspberry note I’ve ever smelled in rose an I was just wishing I could bottle it. Hopeful that Rouge Avignon is like that married to sandalwood and cocoa. Also have never tried Phaedon but love PGs…

    • cookie queen says:

      Mim – As I have said, this is my first Phaedon too, and I cannot wait to look into the others!
      Good luck with it! You are in the armadillo too!
      CQ with hugs xxxx

  33. Nadja says:

    Rose has never been my thing, but I have recently come to the conclusion that maybe I am just biased and should try to test out some quality rose perfumes. Surely a note so lauded cannot always smell like that horrible shower gel I had when I was a child. So I would love to test Rouge Avignon! I follow with bloglovin.

    • cookie queen says:

      Nadja!! hahahahahahah. I know what it is too be biased, because I often am. I usually put it down to the fact that my head is stuck up my backside. LOL!! I am not too into rose, and as I have said before only wear it in the evenings at home. Howver this is something else and smells absolutely nothing at all like a childhood shower gel. Shudder.
      Val xx

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  35. Lyubov says:

    Hallo, Val,
    you had me from Pierre, but still…
    I follow by email.
    Here’s a list for my ‘floating’ reasons:
    1. I am a sucker for raspberries. Now is their season up here in Bulgaria and I am in a bliss. Hoever, I still haven’t found the perfect perfume with real juicy raspberries that is not a dummy-Barbie-doll scent, synthetic or just blurred by other non-describable ingredients. Well, I looooove Fields of Rubus by Kerosene but it’s not juicy raspberry there.
    2. Earthy rose without patchouli – that has to be smelled! Half of my fume collection is rose-headed, so I badly need to be surprised! Well, I haven’t tried Mohur by Neela Vermeeire and I was really pleased with L’Eau de Chloe and Dahlia Noir L’Eau. I crave aromatic darkness!
    3. I said it before – anything from Pierre Guillaume fascinates me! Well, PG’s Bois de Copaiba was a bit of disappointment, but I am a devoted fan to His Gourmand Majesty!

  36. cookie queen says:

    THAT Lyubov is more than enough reasons to try this. I think you may well be surprised, but then I don´t know your collection and I don´t have that many roses. I do have Mohur and this is absolutely nothing like it at all. Bon Chance!!! You are in.
    Love and hugs
    CQ xxxxxx

  37. Purlbaby says:

    Roses are among my favourite flowers but I didnt like to wear rose perfumes until I got some samples mentioned on the Perfume Posse Guide to Best Rose Perfumes. I’ve been smitten with the darker, noir, newer blends and have a running ‘must try’ list. This will definitely go on that list! I follow by email.

  38. rosiegreen62 says:

    I follow this blog by email and I am still searching for the perfect rose fragrance. This one definitely sounds like it could be a contender for the perfect rose perfume for me.

    • cookie queen says:

      Is there any such thing as a perfect rose fragrance? Or a perfect fragrance at all?? Haha!!

  39. LaurenW says:

    Hello, CQ! I follow on FB and by email. I love most of the notes for Rose Avignon, especially the raspberry top, rose middle, and the sandalwood, musk and amber bottom notes.

    Thanks for the draw.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi LaurenW!
      Indeed a tempting fragrance! I am waring it as I type. Good luckand thanks a lot for reading and dropping by. It means a lot to us perfume junkies. 🙂
      Val xxxx

  40. Kandice says:

    I would love to try this for the ylang-ylang, rose, amber, and sandalwood. Thanks for giving us the opportunity. (I follow via email.)

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