Oh gosh.. this is such a blast from the past! Dating back to 1822, this French brand reminds me of Barbara Cartland territory – swan’s down powder puffs, ermine topped slippers and elaborate pink negligees with its boudoir theme. The brand had mixed fortunes along the way and was properly revived in 2002 but some of their fragrances, such as Ambre & Vanille which dates back to 1935, are very old recipes. I’ve been writing about E Coudray for as long as I’ve been writing about beauty – whether its been the sumptuousness of their bubble baths – Perfumed Foaming Cream if you please – or the silkiness of their body creams, still in tub format.
So, it’s interesting to see their newest fragrance developed last year – Rose Tubereuse. There is no way around the fact that this would be considered an old fashioned brand. I mean that in the sense that they continue the theme of making fragrances that have a traditional air – it would be hard to date them I think – and that also includes Rose Tubereuse, I find it smoky, spicy and sweet at the same time – it’s an oriental – but predominantly rose. Other notes include geranium, jasmine and orange blossom with patchouli, vanilla and musk. The bottle has an etched glass element and it’s elegant – but not modern.
When I search around to see who sells E. Coudray, it’s places like House of Fraser, Roullier White and Les Scenteurs – more traditional points of sale. Roullier White will be stocking it from 1st September (HERE). There are probably enough fans of the brand who will enjoy the rose dominated fragrance that doesn’t deviate from the tradition of the house but does offer up something interesting for rose fragrance afficionados.
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