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In honor of National Lipstick Day, here’s my favorite lipstick-inspired fragrance. It has been imitated by other brands but no one has improved upon this beauty. It was created for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle by Ralf Schwieger in 2000 and its notes include grapefruit, violet, rose, iris, raspberry, vanilla and white musk.

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A page from Frédéric Malle’s On Perfume Making, illustrated by Konstantin Kakanias

Here’s the official description from the Malle website:

Vintage Hollywood glamour.

A star’s moment of privacy at her dressing table with her lipstick, which she spreads carefully onto her lower lip: grapefruit and violet sparkle above sweet notes of rose, iris and raspberry on a sensuous bed of vanilla and white musk.

Retro and colorful, almost pop.

Lipstick Rose is a very perfume-y perfume, and not for everyone, but I love it. You can read my 2011 review on Now Smell This here.

Bisous!