RETRO - Coty La Rose Jacqueminot EDT (from The Chateau Collection)
Year Introduced: 1986 - Feminine
Notes: Rose, honey, cardamom, clove, musk and amber
In 1986, Coty released three scents in a set called The Chateau Collection. This collection of old favorites was comprised up of La Rose Jacqueminot, Chypre and Muse which was rechristened as Les Muses.
La Rose Jacqueminot was discontinued for many years before being reformulated and relaunched in 1987.
A wonderful advertisement packed inside the box reads:
The Chateau Collection - Now Every Woman Can Have a French Accent! $5.00 for all three, regularly $11.25. La Rose Jacqueminot, Chypre and Les Muses. It's so easy. All it takes is a little dab of the right fragrance in the right places.
Lesson One: How to Flirt: Fascinate them with La Rose Jacqueminot. Romantic. Captivating. The scent that started it all in Paris in 1905. Wear it and absolutely no man will be able to resist.
Lesson Two: How to Keep Them Guessing: Intrigue them with Chypre. Elegant. Evocative. The scent that has inspired so many imitations. Yet it has gone unrivaled. Its sensuous aura says you're a woman of style and a bit mysterious too.
Lesson Three: How to Command Attention: Seduce them with Les Muses. Coty's highly guarded secret. Dramatic. Sensuous. A multifaceted scent that leaves men longing for your attention. Now that you're fluent in French, its up to you to decide exactly what to say.
Excerpt from EssenceQuintessence
The fragrance starts out with a bright mix of spicy greens and soft honey, creating the impression of a rosebud preparing to unfurl and reveal its bright petals. While some sources list La Rose Jacqueminot as a rose soliflore, I find this to be far from true. As the fragrance progresses, the honey impression is punctuated by warm Autumn spices of cardamom and clove which make for a dark and complex rose. As the fragrance warms on the skin, the spices settle and the rose becomes more subdued. Thereafter, as the more animalic basenotes of musk and amber emerge, the effect is more of a chypre tinged with rose than a true rose scent, as though the rose is simply there to temper the complexity of the chypre accords.