Stop and Smell the Roses

For some, spring means a walk in the garden or an agenda filling up with outdoor parties. For fragrance lovers, it means new launches—and this year’s crop of perfumes, like long-loved choices, include rose. While the flower blooms in high summer, top designers are not waiting to indulge in their passion for its eternally feminine scent. Here are a few to consider picking…

Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile
: Sicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot, pepper with peony, violet, lily of the valley, centifolia rose, cedarwood, ambergris and musk as soft and powdery as summer. Limited-edition bottle available at Harrods. ($126/1.7 oz)

Aerin Rose De Grasse
: Rose centifolia, Bulgarian rose, rose absolute, violet wood, ambrox and musk ($185/1.7 oz.) Also, Evening Rose, a vibrant yet sensuous an eau de parfum contrasting blackberry and cognac with Rose Centifolia and Bulgarian Rose Absolute ($110/1.7 oz.).

Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
: It’s a rose garden at Annick Goutal with fragrances, facial creams and mask, candles and scrubs. Rose Pompon includes notes of blackcurrent, raspberry, spicy pepper and peonies ($149 3.4 oz). Rose Absolue has six gorgeous roses, including the Turkish rose ($194/3.4 oz).

Armani / Si Rose Signature: Launched in 2016, this fragrance features rose de mai, Damask rose, bergamot, mandarin orange, freesia, black currant, vanilla, osmanthus, iris, ambrette, amber and patchouli ($92/1.7 oz). Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou blends tangerine, pink pepper, raspberry, peony, Rose Absolute and patchouli ($165/3.4 oz.). 

Eric Buterbaugh Florals Sultry Rose:
This fragrance has top notes of pepper, passionfruit and Ottoman Rose Essence. ($295/3.4 oz). 

Etre au Parfum Rose Collection: Capture bud to blossom: Une is Bulgarian rose buds, mint, bergamot and lemon; Deux is Bulgarian rose with raspberry, blackcurrent, patchouli; Trois, rose with black peony, heliotrope, vanilla and praline ($210).  

Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose
: Inspired by the fragrance of his mother’s lipstick, creator Ralf Schwieger blends rose with grapefruit and violet, a backdrop of musk and vanilla, and a hint of vetiver and amber ($185/50 ml). Also, Frederic Malle Une Rose: Edouard Fléchier’s Une Rose pairs the voluptuous Turkish Rose Absolute with geranium and wine dregs, plus earthy vetiver, patchouli and castoreum ($250/50 ml). 

Guerlain Rose Barbare:
This eau de parfume, available at Guerlain’s boutique in Paris and online, features Ottoman Rose ($260/2.5 oz). The “bee” bottle, crafted in 1853 by glassmaker Pochet & du Courval to hold the Eau de Cologne Impériale for the Empress Eugenie, can hold any fragrance you like (Guerlain boutiques).

Jo Malone Rock the Ages Collection: The collection dedicated to historic periods starts with Tudor rose and amber to represent 1485 ($65 each).

Ralph Lauren RALPH Love
: Red apple accord, lemon and pear with rose essence, peony and magnolia is like first love in spring ($42/30 ml).

Stella McCartney Pop: This new floral fragrance with bio-mimicry oil, obtained from focusing on the blooming stage of the flower for more pop and conservation. Also, Stella adds violet leaves, peony petals and amber for a modern rose ($72 1.6 oz).

Tocca Isabel
: Mediterranean orange, Spanish rose, vanilla and leather in a signature bottle ($68 1.7 oz).

Tom Ford Café Rose
: Private-blend fragrance with three different rose essences with spices and dark, rich coffee ($220 1.7 oz).

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Rose Eau De Parfum
: Rose essential, tea rose accord, Cashmeran, musk, pink pepper, green sap accord, strawberry leaves accord, violet, white amber, sandalwood with woodsy Cashmeran ($120/3.4 oz).

Valentino Valentian Assoluto:
A confident scent with bergamot, white Alba truffle and peach with jasmine and tuberose ($122/2.7 oz at Saks).



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