Fragrance review: Yuzu Rouge by Parfums 06130


Yuzu Rouge was created for Parfums Zero Six Cent-Trente by perfumer Raphael Haury, and the fragrance notes are yuzu, grapefruit, bergamot, cardamom, cassis, verbena, rose, nutmeg, amber, moss, and musk.

Yuzu Rouge starts as a sparkling citrus rose scent with a hint of cassis, and it is essentially linear, so it pretty much stays that way while it lasts. The rose not nearly as pronounced as it is in Parfums de Rosine Un Zeste de Rose.

Some time ago I was told that Yuzu Rouge had a green tea note, and while tea is not listed in the notes, it does smell like tea to me. The power of suggestion, perhaps? I don't smell amber or moss, and the musk is is light. I might detect a pinch of cardamom, but again, it may be just the power of suggestion. It certainly isn't a spicy scent.

While it is not an overly complex fragrance, it is perfectly balanced, and it is one of the most lighthearted and cheerful scents I know. It is an Eau de Toilette, and is reasonably long-lasting.

Yuzu Rouge runs $90 for 100 ml. For buying information, see the listing for Parfums 06130 under Perfume Houses.

I have never tried the Cédre, please comment if you have, and for that matter, if you are familiar with Yuzu Rouge, tell me if I am completely wrong about the tea note.

Note: image is Yuzu citrus [cropped] by alde at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was very disappointed in the Cédre. It didn't particularly smell like cedarwood or sandalwood to me. It didn't actually smell very woody at all. It had an overpowering unidentified “manly” thing going on. Usually it's lavender that gives me the cheap manly vibe, so I don't know what it was in Cédre, possibly the bergamot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for letting me know, Ms Keeter. Doesn't sound too appealing, and maybe that is why I never hear about it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    R, sounds extremely GREEN to me. Is it anything like Un Jardin sur le Nil, which is purest grapefruit to my nose? N

  4. Anonymous says:

    N, it is very citrusy. You can smell the verbena in with the grapefruit. I can't really tell the difference between the yuzu & the grapefruit, having never smelled a “real” yuzu. But to my nose it isn't green at all, and certainly nothing like the green of Jardin Sur le Nil.

  5. Anonymous says:

    And should add — wondering if you thought green because I said green tea? I don't think green tea smells exactly “green” to me. We need more words in English to describe smells :-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it occurred to me that we had different meanings for 'green'! I meant citrusy rather than sappy or grassy, which was sloppy of me. 'Green' just meant 'sharp' to me, which is not exactly accurate, as there's a big difference between the smell of citrus and the smell of grass and leaves. Sigh. There should be a special language for scent, as there is for music! N

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yep. I often wonder if the terms I use mean the same thing to others. Sparkling, for instance, means something very particular to me, but who knows what it means to anyone else! Anyway, Yuzu Rouge is very citrusy, but not as sharp or high-pitched as Jardin Sur Le Nil.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alors! When we're talking “sharp” and “high pitched” for Jardin sur le Nil…are we in the realm of a soprano…hitting the high note and HOLDING IT???? Curious…because my big bottle of Jardin sur le Nil should arrive TODAY…bought 'smell, unsniffed' due to heavenly descriptions by so many (and the lack of its presence in Seattle)! Now I'm SCARED. K

  9. Anonymous says:

    K, I love Sur le Nil (I reviewed it back in March & you can find it with the search function), but I would certainly call it sharp & high pitched, though more so in the top notes than the dry down. But I like sharp! If your bottle doesn't suit you, now you know where to send it, LOL! And if it arrives today come back & let me know if you think sharp is not the right word.

  10. Anonymous says:

    K, hope I haven't prejudiced you against Jardin sur le Nil! I like Jardin, but found it had an unexpected grapefuit note (actually green mango – but I've never smelled one of those), which was there throughout the opening and the drydown. Although I'm not a fan of citrus scents (they turn sharp and thin on my skin), I did really like this one – I thought it would be lovely for hot weather (and you do get SOME hot days in Seattle, don't you? ;-)). N

  11. Anonymous says:

    Yes, we usually get three hot days a year…ha! If the green mango is “true”…then I will love it…grapefruit can go either way for me…some renditions are nice…some are like the fumes from hell itself!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Cedre was rather uninteresting, rather like the scent of water dripping from a cedar block–in order words, not at all cedar-y. I am not the biggest fan of straightforward cedar, but this was not even strong on cedar at all!

    Yuzu Rouge, on the other hand, is a perfect fragrance that is easy to wear, refreshing, yet not at all “clean” and simple. It holds my interest throughout the day, yet does not overwhelm like some of my other favourites are wont to. The combination of citrus–and I must say that yuzu note is very true to the scent of the fruit–and rose is splendid, with a hint of green note from cassis providing such a great counterpoint. Should I mention again how much I love it? :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for commenting V, sounds like Yuzu Rouge is considerably more popular than Cedre. I actually love cedar, but it is hard to do it right without smelling like pencil shavings.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I remember testing Yuzu Rouge in October at Tak and I liked it. I have a sample from Luckyscent . . . must get it out. And about Cedre, I can't remember who it was, but someone's husband was sitting next to me at Tak testing it – I think it smelled wonderful on him – he bought it, actually. It's listed on Luckyscent as a men's scent. If I hadn't blown my fragrance budget that day I think I would have bought it for my fiancee.

    BTW, I'm a new Sur le Nil devotee. Now, if I only knew how to pronounce it never mind type it out every time I write about it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    J, you've revived my interest in Cedre!

    And my French pronounciation is simply atrocious. I not only mangle every word, but I also don't comprehend what people are talking about when they use the correct pronounciation, since it doesn't match the word in my mind :-)

  16. mals86 says:

    Tested Yuzu Rouge recently in the heat of summer and found it to be a perfectly lovely, refreshing citrus-rose that lasted about a nanosecond on me… kidding, it lasted all of 20 minutes. I retested twice on separate days and got the same disappearing act, even with applying more than I usually do. Typically, a 1ml sample lasts me a minimum of 4 tests, and usually 5, but YR was gone after the third day. Sad.

    • Robin says:

      What a shame! It is no powerhouse on me either, but not nearly so bad as all that.

  17. Verushka says:

    The Cedre is amazing, but doesn’t last so long. In fact, it doesn’t last very long at all on me. I’m not thrilled, but it is a keeper.

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