While it is common knowledge Rouge Bunny Rouge makes kick-*ss makeup, their fragrances might not be on everyone’s radar. At least they weren’t on mine till I got to sample their new Provenance Tales Collection! It is composed of three eau de parfums, including *Cynefin, *Silvan, and *Embers.
Cynefin starts off with some green and herbal notes, including floralozone, angelica seeds, and davana. The wonderful thing about Cynefin is that it contain many rare notes. However, because of that, sometimes it is hard to pick individual notes out. Before long, lavender oil peeks through and starts to take center stage. I am a big fan of lavender, but I haven’t found many perfumes in which lavender is the star of the show, or rather many that do lavender justice (the only other one I can think of for the moment is Tom Ford Lavender Palm). Fortunately, Cynefin is one of those wonderfully rare exceptions. Lavender is surrounded by other heart notes such as violet leaves (which I don’t always like, but in this case it is just the right amount of “green”) and muguet (lily-of-the-valley). It stays prominent throughout the life span of the scent, and in general Cynefin makes me feel like I am lying on a beautiful lavender meadow. It eventually dries down to more familiar notes such as musks, amber, and metallic wood (this one is hard to decipher). It is soft and ever-so-slightly powdery without losing the green vibe.
Cynefin lasts for around 6-7 hours on me, which is a bit shorter than average considering it is an eau de parfum. It is also possible that because the fragrance has such a delicate nature, it somehow feels less “present” on the skin if you know what I mean. I can see both guys and girls enjoying this one, as it is really quite unisex (they all are supposed to be)!
Silvan is another beautiful surprise. If you want a “sensual” fragrance, Silvan really hits it out of the park!
Silvan beings with a nice burst of grapefruit, but it is so fleeting that once you make sense of it, it is already gone. Then juniper berry kicks in. It is another note that I appreciate a lot but don’t seem to find often. I can’t really pick out the pepper heart, but it could be because I am so distracted by juniper!
Before long, guaiac wood and incense begin to emerge. It feels like being in a temple, only without the noise and risk of being burnt by someone else’s incense sticks (been there, done that. Ouch). It is deep and calm, but with an undercurrent of sensual energy waiting to explode. The blend of incense and guaiac wood (in all honesty I don’t know how guaiac wood smells, but there is something woody here) lasts for around 8-9 hours before drying down to cedarwood, musk, and patchouli. All in all, if soothing and sensual can co-exist, you will find it in Silvan!
Last but not least, we have Embers.
Embers has spicy top notes such as pink pepper, nutmeg, and clove. Out of the three, clove stands out the most to me. Soon the clove mixes with freesia, jasmine, cistus, and incense. For me, the most prominent note here is incense, yet it is significantly different from Silvan. Mixed with the spices, the incense in Embers smells more ancient than sensual to me. I have to admit that out of the three, this is the one scent that I don’t see myself really wearing. However, personal preferences always play a big part in the choice of scent. My pal Carrie from Eyeliner on a Cat for example, finds it sexy and irresistible!
Embers eventually dries down to styrax, peru balsam, and sandalwood. Out of the three, it seems to have the best lasting power on me: I’d say I can still smell it after 12 hours!
All three scents come in 50ml/1.69 oz bottles and retail for 129 euros. Since they are definitely on the pricy side, securing a sample before purchasing them full-size is a good idea. Rouge Bunny Rouge routinely sprays their wrapping paper with one of their fragrances, and I hope they will start throwing a sample in each order soon!
Have you sniffed any of the Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrances?