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Rossy de Palma!

One of the stars from my all-time favourite film, Pedro Almodóvar’s Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios), now has her own fragrance:

Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d’Orange.

Rossy de Palma wanted her fragrance to be based on red roses.

Sure, Eau de Protection has roses.

Red roses an angry lover might throw back in your face.

Don’t try to get yourself out of this one – thorns, blood and scattered rose petals on the bitumen – you arsehole.


It’s not your usual pretty rose-based perfume. And it’s all the better for it.

Angular, sharp and edgy – hey, it is Rossy de Palma’s signature scent after all.

So it’s also ironic, cool and has plenty of sly wit.

A rich hippy patchouli note is toughened up by a good hit of black pepper, astringent ginger and tannic bergamot (Earl Grey tea).

*Breathe*

Can you handle it?

Are you sure?

It’s a Spanish rose, darkly.

Mz Darkly sez, mmmmm me likey.

Actually, compared to Etat Libre d’Orange’s other perfume, Secretions Magnifique, it’s a real sweet heart.

“Scratch a cynic, find a romantic”…??

Link: WWS Secretions Magnifique: blood, sex – magic?
Link: Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection
Link: Pedro Almodóvar y las Mujeres (Spanish)