Paris, France – The perfume house of Les Parfums de Rosine was founded in 1991 by Marie-Hélène Rogeon, the great granddaughter of Louis Panafieu who created the perfumes for the Emperor Napoleon III. The house’s perfumes are sumptuous, heady and revolve around the garden rose, a flower whose fragrances can vary from ginger to violet to lemon but in which one always recognizes the rose. The house just brought out two new fragrances that showcase the rose and interpret the essence of pure rose and the absolute of rose pure. The rose is the only flower to provide the luxury perfume industry with two ingredients: rose essence and rose absolute. Serge de Oliveira of the Maison Robertet created Rose Absolument and Rose par Essence.
While the perfumes are available on line, the house has a charming jewel-box like boutique in the galleries surrounding the gardens of the National Domain of Palais Royal in Paris. The house’s signature La Rose de Rosine is made with opulent red rose and is a both a floral and powdery perfume created by François Robert in 1991. All of the house’s creations are based on natural essences.
Marie-Hélène Rogeon oversees a rose garden in the region of Picardy, which lies north of Paris, where over 300 species thrive. The region has a host of famous rose gardens (best visited in June) among them Chaalis in the Oise and Rambures and Valloires in the Somme. Picardy brings to mind the song published in London in 1916 and which became one of the most famous songs of World War I, the Roses of Picardy, with music by Haydn Wood and lyrics by Frederick Weatherly. Picardy is the region of France where the Somme battlefields are found. The song has been recorded up to the present in both French and English. One line of its refrain goes like this: « Roses are shining in Picardy, in the hush of the silver dew ».
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