15 of the best rose fragrances


Forget what you think you know about rose-based perfumes, because they’re not just for grannies. In fact, perfumers the world over are mad about reviving the exquisite scent, so if you adore the smell of freshly cut roses in your home, you’re going to fall hard for these delectably luxurious rose-based perfumes. Trust us, you’ll be surprised by how youthful and stylish they smell…. 

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Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne

This clean scent contains a blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses. With a heart that’s wrapped in crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, Red Roses unfolds like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers.

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose

10mL, $9.95, The Body Shop

A bright, dewy blend of floral accords and blossoming roses from the Scents of the World fragrance collection. It’s like a little holiday in a bottle.

Le Labo Rose 31

50mL, $198, mecca.com.au

Blended by hand, this Le Labo fragrance is truly unique, and suitable for both men and women. The result is a powerfully rosy perfume that wears delicately with earthy woods and spices.

Lush Gorilla Perfume Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose opens with fresh Damascus rose, and slowly develops with soft tonka and rose absolute. The scent dries down with sweet amber and ambrette seed for a warm, floral finish.

Byredo, Rose Noir

50mL, $128, mecca.com.au

This very addictive vampy perfume is based on a traditional olfactory rose, the Damascene, that is both potent and androgynous. Rose Noir becomes a dusky rose with a delightful mix of freesia, grapefruit, musk and moss.

Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil

This Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil features Jurlique’s signature scent, made from a natural blend of Middle Eastern and European roses. Its top notes burst with Rose Wardia and Rose Anatolia blooms, and are enhanced by Rosa Centifolia and Rosa Gallica Flower Extracts. 

Frederic Malle Une Rose

100mL, $345, mecca.com.au

This scent is a beautiful bouquet of fragrant roses and Turkish rose absolute with intoxicating bursts of fruit, geranium, wine dregs and honey. It’s expensive, but worth every single drop.

Aerin Lauder Rose De Grasse

50mL, $165, esteelauder.com.au

Combining the notes of centifolia rose, Bulgarian rose and rose absolute, this rare elixir has a modern, floral scent that is clean and lush. 

Robert Piguet Rose Perfection Eau de Parfum

100mL, $200, David Jones

The fragrant and creamy blooms of this fragrance get warmer with the sensual touch of musk as the scent blossoms on the skin.

Crabtree & Evelyn, Evelyn Rose Eau de Parfum

Based on Crabtree and Evelyn’s signature scent, Evelyn Rose blends an old-world collection of English roses and infuses velvety petals and subtle amber notes for warmth. 

Valentino Valentina Pink

50mL, $115, David Jones

Though Valentina Pink opens with the fruity accords of strawberry and blackberry musk, the heat is dominated by Mary Rose, Centifolia rose, rosebuds and peony. 

Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau

100mL, $148, mecca.com.au

A delicate fragrance laced with rose, blackcurrant and musk, this one will remind you of an English garden.

Tom Ford Café Rose

100mL, $298, David Jones

A chypre fragrance that’s floral and fruity but with a hint of masculinity, Cafe Rose opens with black pepper and may rose and has a heart of Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose and coffee. 

Prada Infusion de Rose

Like a summer downpour in an exotic garden, the fresh petals of the Turkish and Bulgarian rose mingle with Tea Roses, Italian mandarin, peppermint and honeycomb from Laos.

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