It’s officially spring time, which you also can tell by the new fragrance launches – fresh flowers all over! Rose is still one of the favorite ingredients of perfumers to use to celebrate the beginning of this new season. Most of these new scents are focusing on women. But in Arabian countries perfumes with this particular flower are used by a lot of men for centuries. In Western world, people think differently, as a rose is marketed as a symbol of the seductiveness and beauty of a woman. Just a few niche brands developed ‘unisex’ fragrances with this flower, so now more men are ‘experimenting’ with rose fragrances.


Mirror Mirror brings you five new spring fragrances starring: rose.

1. Armani/Privé - Pivoine Suzhou
With this fresh eau de toilette Giorgio Armani shows his love for peonies and the classical gardens of Suzhou in East China. These gardens are so special, that they are on the Unesco list of world heritage. The scent opens fruity with mandarin, raspberry and of course peony in the heart. Rose, amber and patchouli add a deep layer to it ($ 165 / 100 ml via department stores and

2. Chloé - My Little Chloés
A new packaging for the bestsellers of Chloé, now in 20 ml pocketsize for light-traveling. Even tough rose is the main character in all three perfume stories, it’s executed differently. Sensual and powdery in Chloé Eau de Parfum, tender and fresh in Roses de Chloé and airy and joyful because of the rosewater in L’Eau de Chloé. Don’t waist any time as a big fan and go to the nearest beauty counter - because this is limited edition ($48 / 20 ml via Sephora).

3. Jo Malone - Tudor Rose & Amber
The British label captured their country’s history with the Rock The Ages limited edition collection. Tudor Rose & Amber tells the story about the bloody and turbulent Tudor era. Damask Rose and Tudor Rose combined with clove, ginger and amber create a warm, sensual cologne ($65 / 30 ml via Nordstrom).

4. Bulgari Le Gemme – Armarena
An a-list jewelry house needs an exclusive perfume collection to keep up with the others. Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier already had this part of their luxury range, but strikingly the inspiration wasn’t their gemstones. Bulgari stayed true to her roots and launched the haute perfumerie series ‘Le Gemme’ (the gemstone). Amarena is one of the six scents from this range, with juicy red fruit combined with powdery violet, tuberose and centifolia rose (around $ 380 / 100 ml via department stores and

5. Maison Francis Kurkdjian - À La Rose
Next to creating of fragrances for fashion labels (like the number one hit for men, Le Male of Jean Paul Gaultier), he also has his own fragrance maison. For his newest addition, he got inspired by a painting of Marie Antoinette (by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun) in which you can see her love for roses. Kurkdjian expressed this by using Damask Rose and rose absolue mixed with citrusy notes of bergamot, orange and lemon. Violet, woody notes and cedar make a rich blend ($ 245 / 70 ml via Bergdorf Goodman).


By Melvin Balvers

EMBRYOLISSE: Uit de Franse apotheek


In Frankrijk kent iedere vrouw de producten van Embryolisse. Dat komt doordat Frankrijk is overbevolkt met apotheken – in Paris alleen al zit er aan elke grote boulevard minstens een apotheek. 

Typische Franse apothekers merken zijn bijvoorbeeld Onagrine, Homeoplasmine en La Roche Posay. We worden blij van deze merken omdat de meeste heel betaalbaar zijn, en ze bevatten beduidend minder agressieve ingrediënten dan beroemde, dure huidverzorgingmerken.

Een van de Franse beauty cult merken is Embryolisse dat dit jaar 65 jaar bestaat en dat viert met een gelimiteerde Gold Edition versie van hun star Lait-Crème Concentre 24 Hour Miracle Cream (€ 18,50), bedacht door een Parijse dermatoloog.

LCC wordt nog altijd bejubeld vanwege diens voortreffelijke hydraterende kwaliteit, om die redden wordt het aanbevolen door dermatologen. Tegelijkertijd is de crème als perfecte make-upbasis (primer én remover) een van de favorieten van visagisten. (€ 18,50).

Er is ook een Embryolisse Eau Parfumante, een frisse body mist met citrus, grapefruit, patchouli, en actieve ingrediënten als aloe vera. Het proberen waard. (€ 44,95)

3 x Franse apothekers producten:

1. REINIGEN. In Frankrijk noemen ze de heldere vloeistof die oogt al water eau micellaire, in werkelijkheid is het een geurloze vloeibare makeup remover. Doordrenk een watje ermee, en haal het over je gezicht: en schoon.

Bioderma Créaline H20 Micellar Water 500 ml € 16,15.

2. DETOX. Onagrine is de new kid in de Franse apotheek. Het merk start in 1981, en maakte onlangs een comeback. De naam staat voor het Franse woord onagre, en dat betekent teunisbloem, de kruidachtige woestijnplant die zorgt voor de belangrijkste dermatologsiche eigenschappen in Onagrine-producten.

Dna detox vitamine - concentré anti-fatigue éclat 30ml € 26.

3. BALSEM. Homeoplasmine is een kalmerende mix van planten extracten. Homeoplasmine is een wasachtige balmsem – voor tijdelijk gebruik – en een wondermiddel voor huidirritaties van insektenbeten tot eczeem. Het is bekend dat topmodel Anja Rubik dol is de Homeoplasmine lippenbalsem.

Homeoplasmine 40 gram € 6,66.

EMBRYOLISSE: From the French pharmacy


In France, every woman knows Embryolisse products. They know them because France is overpopulated with pharmacies – in Paris alone you’ll find one at least at every boulevard. 


Typical French pharmacy brands are Embryolisse, Onagrine, Homeoplasmine and La Roche Posay. They make us happy because most of them are quite affordable and contain much less aggressive ingredients then other well known expensive skincare brands. A good example is the French cult beauty brand Embryolisse that celebrates their 65th birthday with the release of a limited Gold Edition version of their star Lait-Crème Concentre 24 Hour Miracle Cream. In 1950, a Parisian dermatologist specializing in skin pathologies, created Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre.

The LCC is still applauded for it’s superlatively hydrating quality, and often recommended by dermalogists, but it’s also a backstage beauty favourite because the crème creates the perfect base for make-up (€ 18,50). A quite new Embryolisse product is the fresh and gentle Eau Parfumante, a body mist – citrus, grapefruit, patchouli – with active ingredients such as hydrating aloe vera. A must try.  (€ 44,95)

3 x French pharmacy’s products:

1. CLEANSING. In France they call this clear fluid that looks like water eau micellaire. In fact it’s a odourless fluid makeup remover. Soak it on a cotton round, and sweep this over you face with.

Bioderma Créaline H20 Micellar Water 500 ml € 16,15.

2. DETOX.  Onagrine is the new kid in the French pharmacies. Onagrine was created in 1981, and recently made a comeback. The name comes from the French word onagre, which means evening primrose, an herbaceous desert plant that gives Onagrine products their primary dermatological virtues.

Dna detox vitamine - concentré anti-fatigue éclat 30ml € 26.

3. BALM. Homeoplasmine is made of a soothing blend of plant extracts. This waxy balm – for temporary use - is a panacea for skin irritants from bug bites to eczema. We know that Anja Rubik uses the Homeoplasmine lip balm. So what’s good for Anja …

Homeoplasmine 40 gram € 6,66.