Parfums de Rosine Ecume de Rose perfume review

Ecume de Rose by Les Parfums de Rosine

Ecume de Rose was launched by Les Parfums de Rosine in 2003. The notes are blackcurrant leaves, waterlilies, dune roses, attar of rose, strawflowers, St. John's wort, vetiver, amber and white musk.

I love rose perfumes — who doesn't like the smell of roses? — but they are easily the most ignored fragrances in my collection. I love them, but I don't wear them. There is something almost trite about wearing a rose soliflore, and the more realistically a fragrance imitates the smell of the real thing, the more likely it is to languish at the back of my cabinet, admired but untouched.

Ecume de Rose is one of the few rose fragrances that I reach for often, especially at this time of year when I am longing for winter to finally end. It starts out rather sharp, and as my bottle has aged the top notes have developed a rather jarring edge; I try to let it settle before I get too close. Over the next 15 minutes it smoothes out into a lovely soft rose, closer to the scent of rosewater than the scent of a fresh picked flower, accented by a hint of tart fruit and a very light touch of green.

In the drydown, Ecume de Rose starts to live up to its name: Rose Foam. I don't pick up any marine or ozonic notes, but there is a sensation of something very like fresh salt air. It smells like being at the beach on a warm spring day, when it is not quite hot enough to swim just yet, and everything smells fresh and clean. As Ecume continues to dry down, the amber intensifies and the vetiver adds a subtle earthiness, but despite the darker base notes, in character it stays light-hearted and carefree. It is the sort of fragrance you would wear with a sundress, not an evening gown.

Ecume de Rose is an Eau de Parfum, and the lasting power is good. It is available in 50 and 100 ml bottles; for buying information, see the listing for Les Parfums des Rosine under Perfume Houses.

Tomorrow: Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am wearing this today! It is a lovely, salty rose on me, like a light rose perfume worn on the beach with the smell of the ocean in the background. As you know I am new to Rose Love (who doesn't like the smell of roses? you ask… Me, until a couple of months ago, at least not in my perfume). This doesn't overwhelm me, but doesn't disappear, either. It's extremely cheering on slushy days.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like this one too. I don't think there is a Rosine scent I don't like. And yet I am actually the same way, R: I love rose scents and I own some and I keep wanting to buy more but I rarely wear them. I don't know why.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ecume must be my favourite Rosine, although their characteristic amber has a tendency to overtake the rose in other compositions. Little by little, Rosines have been leaving my collection.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Exactly what you said, R! I have the same feeling about rose scents, and Ecume is the only rose I feel comfortable wearing. There's something almost naive about straight rose; it's hard to wear it over the age of twenty! The Rosines are lovely, but this, for me, is the only one worth owning. I've often wondered what it is that gives it that undoubted beachy feel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    LOL — figured I get some rose-haters if I said that! Yes, it is very cheering. Happily not having a slushy day here, but bound to have a few more before winter is finally over…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Not a single one you don't like? I am impressed. I like several, but Ecume is the only one I've been moved to buy a full bottle of. I have a nice hefty decant of Folie, and may end up buying that when it is gone. Anyway, nice that we have one more in common.

  7. Anonymous says:

    LOL…picturing them sneaking out the door when you aren't looking, V!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes, N, naive is a good way to put it. Funny how many people prefer Ecume, I wouldn't have thought it was one of their bigger sellers (?)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…see, I don't get the beachy thing at all. For me, Ecume is best in the autumn and late winter, when there is just a slight chill in the air so that the ambery rose can swirl around and around in the crisp breezes.

    Ecume is probably my favorite Rosine. I resisted it, dismissing it as another version of Stella. But it so much more fragrant and complex then Stella. I get the rosey, ambery, vetiver notes on my skin, with a bit of the waterlillies. Simply divine!


  10. Anonymous says:

    So, V…where are the little rascals going? Do you mean to tell us that you are no longer a Rosine lover?


  11. Anonymous says:

    R, how funny — we wear this at exact opposite times of the year. I like it much better than Stella too, though. Hugs to you!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Robin, re: all the Ecume fans — I am surprised too. Thinking it through, though, what attracts me about Ecume is that it has a note that contrasts (salt) and therefore renders it less sweet, rather than a note (like fruit) that complements and renders it sweeter still. The other rose I really like, Rose de Nuit, is very animalic, along the same contrasting lines.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it is not overly sweet, and the rose smells diluted, for lack of a better word. It is much easier to wear than some.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, am I the only one that loves and wears all of my Rosines? :( Probably my least favorite is la Rose, only because it's the closest to just rose. But love the fruity d'ete and the tart un zest and the spicy flamenca and de feu and the salty ecume. Un Folie is probably the only one that I just don't quite get. Coup d'or is just too boozy for me.

    But I do have to admit, they aren't my mood perfumes at all, I just wear them because I like the way they smell, not because they express a mood of emotion for the day.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love rose and am dying to try rose d'homme.

    I should just order a sample already.

    I'm looking forward to L'ombre dans L'Eau, I do love that scent.

    I think my favorite rose scent so far is Rose Poivree by Diff Co. It's one of those scents that you just want to pour all over your body.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite of the Rosine line. It's smelling roses on the beach on a sunny, breezy spring day! It's so beautiful!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Ecume de Rose and L'Ombre dans L'Eau are two of my sisters favourites and they are both variations on the same theme. I prefer the tart simplicity of L'Ombre, but Ecume is quite nice as well. It does smell of roses and the sea. Like standing on deck on a cruiser with the wind blowing in your hair.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is an interesting discussion. I, too, like rose perfumes and I, too, don't wear them all that much, with 100% Love being a major, recent exception. I have been wearing Paris Roses des Bois lately, though. My favorite Rosine has always been Rose d'Ete, which I find heartbreakingly lovely. Un Zeste de Rose is also very, very nice. I'll have to try again Ecume, which I don't remember very well.

  19. Anonymous says:

    P, I think it is a great line, even if Ecume is the only one I've bought in a full bottle. Une Folie is my next favortie, but d'Ete & Un Zeste are great scents, and whatever they release next, I'll be wanting to try it! Feu de Rose was not for me though…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Rose d'Homme has both patchouli & lavender, and both in easily detectable amounts, so no surprise that I didn't like it, but of course you should order a sample already!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Starting to wonder if it *is* their top seller…

  22. Anonymous says:

    I would have a hard time picking which I liked better, but I probably wear L'Ombre more often. Yes, a deck on a cruiser is a great description…

  23. Anonymous says:

    L, And I haven't even tried the Paris Roses de Bois…but did get a sample of Roses des Vergers & must get to it soon. Rose d'Ete is a great scent & so is Un Zeste…and I left out Yuzu Rouge, which is another great summery rose.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Roses des Bois is my favorite of the Paris Printemps LEs, though they're all lovely. I look forward to trying Roses des Vergers. At Duty Free in Paris sometime in the past year or so, I bought a set of minis of all the Printemps LEs, but that was before Roses des Bois. Maybe when I got this spring, they'll have them all including Roses des Vergers. Unlikely, but maybe.

  25. Anonymous says:

    If I wasn't so jealous that you're going to Paris, I would wish you luck with the duty free store, LOL…

  26. Anonymous says:

    I re-tried Ecume recently. I love how Ecume is carefree and clean-smelling. That's rare in a rose scent. Most rose fragrances are Serious. Ecume is light-hearted. That makes it special in my book. I see a bottle in my future!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Agree, there aren't that many light hearted rose fragrances, although would also nominate 06130 Yuzu Rouge for that category.

  28. Anonymous says:

    smelling Ecume de Rose right now, very impressed, especially with the briny breezy quality. but now, as always with roses, the Rose Thing happens. something goes awry. not so much with the scent, bc there are many roses i revere; something goes awry with the world. am i the only person who finds something overwhelmingly melancholy about rose fragrances? i suppose they are supposed to suffuse everything with virginal dew, but for me they invoke a sense of gloom. which is a shame, bc there are so many well-made rose fragrances out there. recently i've quite enjoyed PdN's Rose Pivoine. that has a lovely bite to it, which keeps the Rose Thing at bay.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. I often feel trite wearing rose, but not usually gloomy. Ecume seems like a particularly happy one. I'm not much help, sorry!

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