I had a glimpse at this adorable bottle at the store the other day. Lancôme’s Trésor Midnight Rose looks more modern than original Trésor with a cute little rose ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle. It’s things like that which wake up the little girl in me.
In Bottle: Cedar (plenty of it) in this with a mild sweet floral. A little touch of rose settling in the background.
Applied: It’s probably not a good sign when the first note I smell in the bottle and on my skin is cedar. Midnight Rose’s cedar doesn’t agree with me as it overtakes the scent and makes itself a dominant force to be reckoned with. Pushing the cedar aside, I can get vague glimpses of roses and berries. The underlying scent is a sweet floral and I imagine without the cedar present, Midnight Rose would smell pretty tame and mild. With the cedar, its tameness is being drowned by a near obnoxious “Look at me, I’m a big tree and I smell”, sharp woody note that I get in most cedar perfumes. Something about my nose or my skin or just me in general cannot get along with these cedar notes and Midnight Rose just so happens to use enough of it to bother me. I keep Midnight Rose on in the hopes that cedar will go away and let me into the rest of the fragrance, but it’s always there, taunting me. Thankfully the fragrance has a noticeable enough progression that near the end, I get a bit of creamy vanilla with a soft lingering floral.
Extra: Midnight Rose was released last year, in 2011. Trésor has a large selection of flankers, most notably, Trésor In Love and Trésor Sparkling.
Design: I didn’t even recognize this as a Trésor flanker because of how different the bottle looks from original Trésor. The redesign is definitely appreciated as Trésor’s design was showing its age a bit. Or maybe I just associate it naturally with the 90s because that’s how long I’ve been seeing the bottle sitting on a relative’s vanity table. Trésor Midnight Rose is encased in a tall glass bottle that reminds me a bit of Nina Ricci and Chanel mixed together. It has a cute fabric rose, tied to the neck of the bottle that, for once, accentuates the aesthetics and gives it a sort of sophistication as opposed to just tackiness.
Fragrance Family: Woodsy Floral
Notes: Berries, rose, jasmine, peony, cassis, pink pepper, cedar, vanilla, musk.
I keep seeing people generally liking this and I wish I could say the same. The cedar really was the sole reason why I didn’t have any luck with Midnight Rose. What I smelled underneath was a mild, nice, sweet floral which I probably would have enjoyed.
Reviewed in This Post: Trésor Midnight Rose, 2011, Eau de Parfum.
In general, I do not like flankers. In particular, I especially do not like flankers to perfumes that I didn’t like in the original form.
I do not remember why I didn’t like Tresor when it had been just released but the reformulation (I assume there were several) I tried recently smelled so cheap that it killed the nice idea of the scent that I could still smell. Will I try this newest one? I don’t know… I might if I find myself at a department store with absolutely nothing else to smell. But the color of the bottle itself makes me smell generic pink fruity-floral – and usually I do not do great with those.
My impression of Tresor was that it was rather generic and, yes, a bit cheap. Like the kind of fragrance you can get anywhere that doesn’t smell like anything beyond big, sharp flowers. I imagine Midnight Rose would be about as generic if the cedar hadn’t blinded me from the get go.