The Pink Room is a boutique in Manhattan owned by Sarah Barton-King. Open by appointment only, the shop features scarves, shoes, and home accessories. According to Barton-King, Parfum no. 1 was…
…inspired by images from Marcel Proust. “I love old roses, and wanted a scent that would evoke the ones that grew in his aunt’s garden.” (Victoria magazine, 3/03)
To create the fragrance, she turned to perfumer Guy Robert. Parfum no. 1 was launched in 1999, and features lime, bergamot, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, violet, vanilla, moss, and musk.
The lime and bergamot opening is surprisingly strong and sharp, but it eventually settles into a soft, sweet, lightly powdery floral blend. The floral notes are all equally prominent; the moss and musk are very restrained. The base smells very creamy and smooth.
It is almost uber-feminine, and has a sort of stately, old-fashioned quality. I felt seriously underdressed just trying it — this calls for pearls and a silk dress, and maybe even a hat. It is a very pretty scent, but personally, even on a good day I am not ladylike enough to wear it.
The Pink Room Parfum no. 1 is available at luckyscent, or through the Pink Room boutique.