Secrets de Rose Les Parfums de Rosine NEW

Secrets de Rose is a floral-amber rose fragrance inspired by the rare black rose.  Secrets de Rose
is a rose in black… mysterious and heady.  Secrets and the mystery of a rose… which becomes more languid, more suave, and more carnal.  It assumes the black to adorn itself in mysterious veils.
From the bud, its colour is so deep, it could be black. And when in full bloom, the black and purple velvet of its petals turns it crimson.  This very rose is heady;
spellbinding; it has a black side in its scent of rose, a little bit animal,
a little bit heavy. Still disturbing is this indecisive smell of liquorice,
black plum, cumin and saffron…a sweet and animal accord on
the elegance of the rose.

The fragrance notes feature bitter orange, plum, Rose essence,
saffron, licorice, plum, magnolia, ylang ylang, rose absolute,
jasmine, cumin, sandalwood, amber, labdanum, moss and musks. 
Olfactory family : Amber rose floral 

Les Parfums de Rosine ROSA FLAMENCA

I am a huge fan of Les Parfums de Rosine fragrance house from Paris and I own numerous "Rosine's". The two main passions of Marie-Hélène Rogeon are perfumes and roses. They are all so different from one another and only she can create the infinite variety of perfumes.  For her, as a perfumer, Rose Essence and Rose Absolue are the quintessence of all the great perfumes.  Marie-Hélène Rogeon built a collection of rose perfumes, all unique, from the fresh, crisp and clean Un Zest de Rose to the sensuous Une Folie de Rose.

Rosa Flamenca by Les Parfums de Rosine is a rose floral fragrance for women
and belongs to the olfactory family of Floral bouquet. The perfumer behind this fragrance is Marie-Helene Rogeon but was created by François Robert in 2004. This fragrance has been described as "captivating with the wild rhythm of flamenco. Rosa Flamenca is inspired by the roses clumping in the luminous Maria Luisa gardens in Seville." Les Parfums de Rosine Rosa Flamenca Eau de Parfum is a rose fragrance that compells one to move closer.

Top note : Orange Blossom, Neroli, Petit Grain, Green orange peel. 
Heart note : Jasmine, Rose de Mai Absolue, Rose essence, Fig tree hood. 
Base note : Sandalwood, Benzoin, White musk. 

On all of the different fragrance in the line, there are also soaps and creams available.  Les Parfums de Rosine
Joy by Jean Patou

Joy is a perfume created for Parisian couturier Jean Patou by perfumer Henri Alméras in 1929. It is considered to be one of the greatest fragrances created and is a landmark example of the floral genre in perfumery. Joy was created as a reaction to the 1929 Wall Street Crash, which had diminished the fortunes of Jean Patou's wealthy American clientele. Despite its elevated price and the depressed economic environment, Joy became an instant success and has remained Jean Patou's most famous fragrance.  At the heart of Joy is a luxurious combination of jasmine and rose. 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen Bulgarian roses  (Let's see: 336 roses per bottle?) are required to create 30ml of the parfum, hence its high selling price. Joy also contains other flowers such as ylang ylang and tuberose.

Despite its many ingredients, Joy does not smell like a just one single flower. According to Luca Turin, "the whole point of its formula was to achieve the platonic idea of a flower, not one particular earthly manifestation." The bottle was created by French architect and artisan Louis Süe and was designed to have a simple, classical feel. Worth every penny to own and wear. Available at fine department stores.
Essence  Narciso Rodriguez

This is the second perfume for women from American designer Narciso Rodriguez.  The sophisticated mirror bottle shelters a radiant rose essence.  This is a powdery rose over a base of musk, which is the couturier’s signature ingredient. The perfume is described as having been inspired by "a woman's dual nature - the intense and ethereal, the simple and complex." 

Essence is a pure, sensual, luminous fragrance with a modern heart of musk. A layer of rose petals, powdery iris, warm amber and musk’s but at the same time, is described as clean, sexy and light.

Ta'if by Ormonde Jayne

Linda Pilkerton Perfumer and Owner of Ormonde Jayne describes her fragrance Ta'if in Sniffapalooza Magazine: "Ta'if is a rose like no other rose, because it grows 5000 feet above sea level in Saudi Arabia and is unique to the town named Tai'f. This rose has all the richness of a rose with a citrus top note making it quite different from any rose in the world. Ormonde Jayne Ta'if Eau de Parfum has been created with the natural harmony from this extraordinary terrain in mind,  blended with orange blossom and date oil.  Ta'if EDP to this day is still our number one best seller at Ormonde Jayne".

All of the fragrances produced by Ormonde Jayne are gorgeous and they have a certain "aura" about them which I have always found intriguing. They have a great sample program and shipping is fast from the UK.

Ormonde Jayne

Le Pot Aux Roses by Stephanie de Saint Aignan

Adam Eastwood, Co Founder of and The Scent Bar explains: 

"A rose like no other?  "Le Pot Aux Roses" by Stephanie de Saint Aignan is without question one of my favorite rose fragrances, not merely for it’s fascinatingly gourmand characteristics, but also for the cheeky story behind it genesis. I love the deliciously creamy essence of rice powder gently mixing with complex musk’s, giving it a gourmand quality that never fails to stimulate my hunger for a snow white panna cotta. In fact I would argue that there is little rose in Pot Aux Roses, and yet somehow the properties of rose are transmitted. The decidedly feminine rice powder adds to the mysterious quality surrounding the fragrance which is based on the French saying "Découvrir le Pot aux Roses" which means to discover the trick, or realize the illusion. The pot aux roses was and old technique used by Parisian courtesans to convince clients that they were experiencing pleasure when they most assuredly were not. The mistresses would keep a pot of rose powder within grasp. During the romantic interlude she would gently pat her cheeks with the powder, giving the impression she was flushed and aroused. So, in a sense, the concept behind "Le Pot aux Roses" is in fact a trick, or an artifice to convey something which may not really be there. Rose without much rose; a deliciously mysterious illusion with a profoundly stimulating conclusion."  -

from Sniffapalooza Magazine article "A Dozen Roses Like No Other".   

Le Pot Aux Roses Notes:  Rice powder, cut grass, Rose, powdery Iris, violet, white musks. Lucky Scent exclusive

Rose Vert, Dirty Rose, American Rose, American Beauty, Beach Rose,
la Rose Fleurette and Essenza dell' Ibisco by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is another artistic perfumer with a cult following and a devoted clientele. She has so many rose fragrances that I cannot keep up and all of her fragrances are beautiful.
I have many friends that adore her rose fragrances.  In an article for Sniffapalooza Magazine, she commented on her fragrance titled Dirty Rose; "I named my ‘rose like no other’ Dirty Rose. This rose blooms for men. Although it is a rose based perfume the rose note does not dominate; it is interwoven throughout the fragrance, emerging and growing as it dries down. There is balance between the wood and smoky resin notes and the red (Gallica) rose.  It is the image of a single rose that has been a bit manhandled; bruised and dragged through the mud which gives it its rugged beauty."

You can view all of her rose fragrances (and others) at DSH Perfumes

Read article and reviews of some of the rose fragrances in "The Road Less Traveled"
by Christine Lewandowski about Dawn Spenser Hurwitz.  

Read interview with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz in Sniffapalooza Magazine.
Tiempe Passant Antonia’s Flowers

Ron Robinson, President of Apothia Los Angeles & Fred Segal states that this is his favorite "rose fragrance. "Antonia’s Flowers Tiempe Passant is my choice if I had to only pick one. The freshness of the salty ocean air and bright top reveal the woody undertones.  One of my favorite modern perfumers."  Luca Turin describes this as a "big rose". 

Only for the extremely decadent and sensual, this unique, feminine fragrance named after a love song Antonia's grandfather wrote, offers a musky, floral scent with it's key notes being Cedarwood, Amber, Clementine, Bergamont and Montauk Rose.

Apothia   Antonias Flowers

Noble by Boadicea the Victorious

Word is out the that First Lady Michelle Obama chose Boadicea the Victorious's Noble to wear, among others...

Noble is a radiant amber rose. the shimmering amber and rose illuminates the perfumes floral heart like light shining through a stained glass window. The rich velvety rose lies at the core of the composition aided by costly ambergris.

Boadicea the Victorious is a luxury fragrance brand that manufactures perfumes, candles and aromarizors. The brand is the brainchild of Michael Boadi and the range is embodied by its name and branding, glass bottles with celtic pewter insignia – the vessels for strong, powerful and focused aromas.  Noble Notes: Bergamot, rose, vanilla, patchouli

S-Perfume 100% Love

Created by legendary perfumer Sophia Grojsman, 100% Love® reinvents sensuality through intoxicating and addictive notes using the rose.  Nobi Shioya, Founder of S-Perfumes stated in an article for Sniffapalooza Magazine that: "100% Love is not just about petals, there are thorns. When a great artist creates something amazing, it comes with some degree of "shock value" that makes many people uncomfortable. I believe this is what made the nose for 100% love, Sophia Grojsman one of the greatest perfumers of all time. If I compare this fragrance to cars, 100% Love is a little bit like Ferrari F40 or 288 GTO in a way...these cars show who the experts in driving are and who really deserves them. The fragrance is about love but it tells you not only the romantic side of it but also the tough side, too." 
Per S-Perfume 100% Love; Perfumes The Guide states that: "I must say that very seldom (in fact not since 1992) have I had such a feeling of surprise and delighted incomprehension when first smelling a fragrance."  -LT

S-Perfume 100% Love represents the pulpy erotic part of a secret red fruit, the rich, deep and velvety skin of a dark natural rose by L.M.R., a ray of green sap from the rose's thorn, a mystical "concoction" of incense and black cacao.    S-Perfume 100% Love website

Manakara Eau de Parfum by Indult

What Chandler Burr has said of Manakara:

"Manakara smells like a color-saturated contemporary painting, as if Barnett Newman’s 1966 “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?” somehow exuded scent from its glaring acrylic surface. Kurkdjian olfactorily “photographed” rose and lychee, then treated those natural scents with an acid wash of synthetic perfumery raw materials. The resulting perfume is brilliant, vibrating between real, delicate rose-lychee and an intentionally disorienting neon gas version.
The perfume is well-constructed, mesmerizing and slightly outrageous". 

Perfumer is Francis Kurkdjian and Manakara is named for a village in Madagascar known for its legendary lychee fruit (also spelled litchi)  According to Lucky Scent it is "presented here as a sweet, honeyed and mysterious floral-tinged pudding-like fruit fragrance with amazing hidden depths -- but rich and delicate lychee, a scent that’s like tropical fruits meets ripe red fruits with a soft, creamy floral mixed in. A custardy, creamy sweet fruit dessert of a perfume laced with rose water"   Manakara Notes: Rose, lychee

Available exclusivly at Lucky Scent

Epic Woman and Epic Man by Amouage

Amouage’s Epic Woman was inspired by Puccini’s Turandot and is a brillant comination of the opulence and sensuality of Arabia mixed the lyrical intensity of China. The luxurious feel of the fragrance brings to mind the precious essences carried along the ancient trading routes. One breath of Epic’s rich top notes of fiery cinnamon and languid cumin, and the image of Aladdin’s cave filled with gold, pearls, tea, silks, jade, spices and frankincense unfolds in front of our spellbound eyes. The blend of rose, tea and geranium evokes Turandot herself, the femme fatale beauty who lured princes. Epic Woman Notes are: cumin, pink pepper, cinnamon, damascene rose, geranium, jasmine, tea, amber, musk, frankincense, oud, sandalwood, guaiac wood, patchouli, vanilla and orris.  Epic Man 

The House of Amouage celebrates mysteries of the Orient with this masculine scent.  Combining rare spices and resins carried along the Silk Road, the perfume brings together Middle and Far East, creating a rich scent. This fragrances is full of frankincense and spices, cardamom, saffron and nutmeg that represent the gold of Bokhara, of gems of Samarkand

Epic Man Notes are: pink pepper berry, frankincense, cumin, cardamom, saffron, mace essence, nutmeg, myrtle, geranium, myrrh, oud, sandalwood, patchouli, leather, cedarwood and musk.

We also feature an Interview with Christopher Chong;
Creative Director of House of Amouage By Cristiane Gonçalves

Aedes and Lucky Scent
Estée Lauder Beautiful

Beautiful is a floral fragrance that was launched in 1985, is called a "classic rose" and was created in collaboration between Bernard Chant and Max Gavarry.  The perfume is described as a brigh, rich tobacco rose, a flowery fragrance and was one of the big hits of the1980's.  This feminine scent possesses a blend of blooming fresh cut flowers, rose, jasmine, and carnation. Beautiful perfume has aslo been called "The fragrance of a thousand flowers" and is blended with expertise and creativity, the tender bouquet is warmed with a rich, woody base and brightened with a touch of citrus.

A composition of Top Notes: Rose, Mandarin, lily, tuberose and marigold. Middle Notes: Orange Flower, Muguet, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang.  Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber and vetiver. The fragrance range includes perfume, Parfum, Toilette, a bath & body line and several limited editions.  Another 4-star.   Estée Lauder

Damascena by Keiko Mecheri

I adore Keiko Mecheri fragrances and Damasca is next to Mogador in her collection of modern rose fragrances. This modern fragrance is a highly distinctive rose and Keiko Mecheri is known for her obsession with the power of scent to evoke emotion.  A glorious example of the many facets of the rose blossom. Damascena blends three distinct roses: wild Moroccan rose, may rose and Turkish rose, with white musk.

A radiant composition of Bulgarian Roses and wild roses of Mogador, with white musk.  A true celebration of roses!

Loukhoum Parfum du Soir Parfum Extrait by Keiko Mecheri

I recently rediscovered this fragrance and was amazed at how beautiful it is. This is my favorite version rather the original Loukhoum. (too much almond comes across as "Jergens" lotion on me)  The Parfum du Soir Extrait features the rose and Oud in a more pronounced way, which grabs my attention.  Loukhoum Parfum Du Soiris extreme, sensuous, rich and intense. This is a stunning rose absolute that blooms magnificently on the skin.  Creamy vanilla absolute adds warmth with delicious white almond, the fragrance is made deeper with notes of tonka bean and benzoin.  Parfum du Soir is hypnotic, magical and is sultrier than the original, again, because of the roses and oud, I believe.  Notes: Rose absolute, Wardia rose, oud, patchouli, white almond, vanilla Madagascar absolute, tonka bean, benzoin.   Lucky Scent

Balkis by Parfums de Nicolaï

Balkis by Parfums de Nicolaï is with Essence of Turkish Rose with a liquor note with black pepper, coffee extract, mixed with the concrete of Iris Butter and with raspberries then blended into a base of Benzion and Vanilla Pods. A fruity, floral. ambery scent.  Balkis Notes: raspberry, Turkish rose, black pepper, coffee extract, iris, benzoin, vanilla pods

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Lancôme Trésor Eau de Parfum

Trésor was created in 1990 and the perfumer behind this fragrance is Sophia Grojsman. Tresor in French means ‘treasure’  and contains rose, muguet and lilac  The heart is a sparkle of apricot blossom. Trésor is one of the best-selling and most popular perfumes in the world. This exceptionally warm floral-oriental has a very fine and elegant composition made of rose, heliotrope, orris, apricot and iris.

Perfumes The Guide gives this a four star and describes it as "a powdery rose...
and that "Trésor is a superbly clever accord between powdery rose and vetiver".

Who hasn't worn this at one time or another?

Chanel No. 5 Eau Première

Chanel No. 5 Eau Première by Chanel Perfume
is a rose-and-jasmin-infused fragrance and has a lot of resemblance to its sister Chanel No. 5, yet with a softer more youthful scent.  This new version of the classic fragrance is lighter, fresher, softer, more delicate, and considered suitable for younger generation. Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere includes all original ingredients of N°5: rose absolute, jasmine, neroli and ylang-ylang, vetiver, amber and sandalwood. Ylang-ylang for this fragrance comes from the Comoro Islands, and Jasmine from Chanel-owned fields in Grasse.  The perfumer of No. 5 Eau Première is in house perfumer Jacques Polge, a successor of the only two other Chanel perfumers, Ernest Beaux and Henri Robert

Fragrance Notes: Neroli, Roses, Jasmine,
Ylang Ylang, Amber, Vetiver, Sandalwood
Pour Une Femme de Caron

Pour Une Femme resting on a bed of roses, enveloped in the tears of Oliban, is an invitation to sensuality. This perfume is a study in the mystery of frankincense, the sensuality of amber and benzoin. Pour Une Femme de Caron is a chypre floral fragrance.

It is a burst of aldehydic notes that reveals a Damask rose and a silky, sexy base of olibanum, myrrh, ambergris and vanilla. Orange blossom, mandarin orange; incense, rose, sandalwood, musk, benzoin and oakmoss finish off the composition.  Serge Mansau sculpted a bottle expressing the power of a woman. Top notes: orange blossom and mandarin orange.  Middle notes: incense and rose.  Base notes: sandalwood, musk, benzoin and oakmoss.

Parfums Caron

Caron OR ET NOIR and Caron ROSE

Another favorite line of mine is the House of Caron. Of all the flowers on which CARON’s reputation is built, the rose is the one which most fascinated Ernest Daltroff.  Present in the heart of most of his creations, and olfactory signature of CARON’s powders, Daltroff never ceased to be inspired by it, nor did he manage to exhaust its subtle nuances. Inspired by this muse with many faces, (The Rose) he dedicated two compositions to the rose in 1949 magnifying it's beauty from top to base:  Or et Noir and Rose.   Inspired by the notes left by Daltroff, Michel Morsetti created Or et Noir in 1949. To compose this perfume, which exuded all the richness and captivating warmth of the oriental rose, Félicie Wanpouille would insist on only the most precious materials for the fabrication in the limited-edition bottle was made from Baccarat crystal and covered entirely in gold leaf. Notes of Bulgarian rose, centifolia rose, Anatolian rose, lilac, carnation and oakmoss.

Caron Rose was also introduced in 1949 and perfumer for this fragrances is Michel Morsetti.  Caron Rose combined with different absolutes of roses, including May rose and Centifolia rose with Geranium for earthiness and mint for freshness.                                             Images from Caron

i Profumi di Firenze

Caterina de Medici is a gorgeous and extravagant ambrosial floral bouquet, named for its benefactress and faithfully replicated from the 16th century secret formula. Deliciously lush, its floral elegance evokes all that is luxurious and royal.Damascus Rose, Lily of the Valley, Iris of Florence, the City’s symbol.  i Profumi di Firenze fragrances are meticulously handcrafted in small batches with the finest selections of floral and botanical essences from Italy and around the world. A renowned Florentine apothecary carefully re-created these Renaissance fragrances using all-natural organic ingredients and his exclusive methods of essence extraction.  The line carries other roses such as Rosa di Damascus and Florentia 24. Rosa di Damascus is a deep, Medieval Rose fragrance; purest one-note scent of Red Damascus Rose. Florentia 24 is a delicate rose scent blended with wild flowers and a hint of spice with Bulgarian Rose, Damascus Rose, Tea Rose, Italian Wild Flowers.  One of i Profumi di Firenze's rose infused additions is Miele Rosa is a rich, romantic and edgy fragrance with notes of wild orange blossom honey from Sicily and Damascus red rose culled from the hillsides of Tuscany. Florence is renowned for having been the Renaissance center of perfume-making and Miele Rosa pays tribute to this exquisite legacy. Notes of Organic roses, organic orange blossom honey.  Miele Rosa is exclusive to Barneys   Luscious Cargo  Barneys  Isabella Imports

Lumiere Noire Pour Femme and Noire Pour Homme Eau de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Lumière Noire is the idea of two opposing powers (lumiere means "light," while Noire means "dark" in French), which is translated into a rose and patchouli blend. There is a women's and a men's version. Love the association of the words Lumiere and Noire (Light and Black), an attraction and repulsion. The emblematic blend of rose chypre rooted in earthy patchouli…

In Lumière Noire Pour Femme, he intensifies the animal lurking between the deep red petals with the hay-tobacco facets of narcissus, a lash of indolic jasmine and a sprinkle of cumin. Pimiento heats up the stormy blend. This is perfume in the grand manner: unapologetically intense, romantic with abandon, and a perfect match for its virile soul mate, Lumière Noire Pour Homme. Marian Bendeth once said  to me that "Francis Kurkdjian does a rose fragrance like no other perfumer" 

Pour Femme Notes include: Spiced Rose (cumin, hot pepper), Patchouli & Narcissus.  Pour Homme Notes include: Spiced Rose (cumin, cinnamon)  Patchouli, Narcissus, Mugwort herb

Fresh Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum

Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum by Fresh is the ultra-sensual and completely intoxicating floral counterpart to the highly popular Cannabis Santal Collection. Top notes burst with the captivating aroma of Bulgarian roses infused with pomegranate flower and Italian bergamot. An alluring blend of cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, and rich dark chocolate make the heart of this sultry scent truly intoxicating, while base notes of white musk, patchouli, and oolong tea leave a lasting sensual finish.  Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Pomegranate Flower, Bergamot, Cannabis Accord, Sheer Jasmine, Dark Chocolate, White Musk, Patchouli, Oolong Tea.

Five-stars and "insanely good, essentially perfect on every level" according to the author that knows: Chandler Burr.
View a full review of Cannabis Rose by Chandler Burr!

Bergduft Parfums Alpenrose

Perfumer Brigitte Witschi has created beautiful fragrances that reflect her home of Switzerland.
The top note is characterized by flowers blending with exquisite aromas. The notes reveals dominating rose scent blending with soft vanilla with notes of sandalwood to add warmth to merge into a sensual experience on your skin. The fragrance is warm and feminine. It surrounds its user with a beguiling aura of red petals.  From a review by Victoria Austin "From the wonderful Swiss niche perfumer, Brigitte Witschi, who gave us the lovely edelweiss fragrance, comes another embodiment of pristine, verdant Switzerland --alpenrose, or in English; alpine rose. Alpenrose begins with the radiance of a vivid, warm floral bursting forth from under the melting snow topped fields.

Read full review view here in Sniffapalooza Magazine.

Bergduft Parfums

Strange Invisible Perfumes

This fragrance reminds Alexandra Balahoutis of a modern rose garden - and is composed of organic Egyptian Rose. Very crisp. Balahoutis believes, "Men can wear botanical scents. It's perfectly fine for a man to wear a perfume with rose in it." Rose, sage, lime and botanical musk.  This smells like a live bloom in Rose Garden."

The cool, heady scent of roses in high summer: an effervescent appeal to the creative, artistic spirit as embodied in the English garden.

HEAD NOTES: Aldehydes and Geranium, HEART NOTES: Camomile, Violet and Rose
BASE NOTES: Musk, Amber and Sandalwood

Beauty Habit
Strange Invisible Perfumes
Aveda - Rose Attar Pure-Fume

A 100% naturally derived aroma, Aveda - Rose Attar Pure-Fume recaptures the lost worlds of luxury and mystery in a rich yet fresh attar of soothing Bulgarian rose, refreshing neroli and sensuous sandlewood.

Key Ingredient is Rose - Rosa centifolia. Long symbol of love and beauty, this rich floral balances emotions. Sandlewood - Santalum spicatum, an ancient source of incense, this sensuously aromatic oil is reputed to have a quieting effect on the skin as well as the temperament. Sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia.

Rose Oud by Kilian 

Rose Oud by Kilian is part of Killian's Arabian Night Collection.  Periods and continents diverge to give birth to this oriental collection. The “Arabian Nights” collection will be composed of 5 perfumes, 5 olfactive harmonies, all built around essential oils with strong symbolic values from the East: Oud, Rose, Incense, Amber and Musk. PURE OUD and ROSE OUD are the first stopovers of this olfactive trip.  Oud is an extremely rare and precious oil found in Agarwood, the resinous heartwood of the Aquilaria tree from southeast Asia. The oil itself is dark in coloration and has a complex scent, being warm and woody, yet strongly animalistic at the same time. In many Middle Eastern countries, Oud is believed to be worth more than its weight in gold. To echo this belief, the Kilian bottle has a gold plaque engraved with the name of the perfume and the box is decorated with a gold plaque on the top.

ROSE OUD by Kilian is a more feminine interpretation of Oud by Calice Becker, using the luxurious petals of the Turkish Rose. This unusual combination of Rose with Oud in a
fragrance gives birth to a scent that is both mysterious, rich and opulent yet comfortably familiar. As always now, unexpected accords become Kilian’s signature.  A strikingly lovely rose made all the more enticing by a drop of darkness. In the opening the rose is a delicate bud with a bit of green, but on the skin it opens up like a fine wine - rich and luscious with a deep, plummy sweetness. The oud is definitely present, but it doesn't feel like a separate entity. It's as if the rose has been infused with oud - its stem has been placed in the oil and it has translated the mysterious stuff through its petals, transforming itself into a rose of unusual moodiness and intrigue. The senses are teased with veils of smoke, traces of leather, hints of wood - passing shadows that make the luminous bloom glow more intensely by contrast. Created by the very talented Calice Becker, this is lush, feminine and exquisitely beautiful.  Rose Oud Notes: Turkish rose, oud, saffron, cardamom
Le Prince Jardinier
Bouton de Rose

Le Prince Jardinier....also known as Prince Louis Albert de Broglie.....a true prince, followed his love of the gardens at his Chateau in the Loire Valley in choosing a life as a gardener. He also took inspiration from his beloved gardens to create six stunning Eaux de Toilettes for men and women.  Each fragrance evokes the scents of his garden... containing all the romance and poetry of a small paradise on earth.  In one of his many travels, Prince Jardinier was deeply moved by the discovery of a rose garden in an English garden.  Fragrance Notes: Peony, Rose, Amber. Fragrance Family: Floral

Eau de Parfum by Divine

L'Inspiratrice is the meeting between patchouli and the rose, making a sensuous combination. To welcome and celebrate this royal couple, notes both floral and gentle intermingle throughout the entire chord, This popular fragrance is the dark-red,  warmth of the roses, enhanced by the creaminess of ylang-ylang, vanilla and tonka bean and then is combined with the earthiness of patchouli and vetiver.  L'Inspiratrice Notes: Rose, ylang-ylang, Calabrian Bergamot, Peony, White Musk, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, patchouli

Rykiel Rose by Sonia Rykiel

Natalie Rykiel, daughter of renowned designer Sonia Rykiel, was the inspiration. Rykiel Rose combines the floral harmony of rose with soft woody and amber notes. Fragrance notes include: Pomegranate, Freesia, Pimento, Lotus Flowers, Cardamom, Lychee, Peony, May Tree, Bulgarian Rose, Rose Absolute, White Musk, Sandalwood, Teak Wood, Amber.

This fragrance is a combination of fresh flowers, teakwood, sandalwood and white musk notes. Available everywhere on the Internet
Rose The One Dolce & Gabbana

Rose The One is by Dolce & Gabbana. It is a contemporary feminine floral and a sensual paean to the eternal romance of the rose. Rose the One is a fragrance  It's top notes notes are succulent grapefruit, mandarin and cassis, the heart is peony, lily of the valley and of course Bulgarian rose.  Vanilla closes the fragrance with musk in an amber base. The scent is warm, freshly alluring and a playful capturing of pure femininity.

This has been called a "complicated rose" and Perfumes: The Guide supplement, stated that
"Perfumer Michel Girard, in my opinion an underrated talent, has achieved something stealthily remarkable."and "he has done a rose accord that is neither sour, banal nor astonishing basil heart note"

Dolce & Gabbana
Czech & Speake Dark Rose

The cult favorite Czech & Speake Dark Rose has finally been re-released. Dark Rose is a rich and intense perfume. The spicy note of saffron is combined with an elegant bouquet of Bulgarian Rose in the top note. Middle notes feature a mixture of exotic woods, Patchouli, Sandalwood with Oudh unveiling a dry down of liquid amber and white musk.

Dark Rose is a truly original fragrance that takes its influence and ingredients from the traditions of Indo-Arabian perfumery and heritage. An exciting blend of the most mesmerising essential oils, Dark Rose has a spicy top note of saffron which has been blended with aga wood, sandalwood, rose and white amber to create a rich, long lasting, balsamic heart to this indulgent fragrance.

Rose by Comme des Garcons Series 2: Red

The Red Series perfumes are made out of red flowers, red woods, red fruits, red spices, as Comme des Garçons likes red; the red of the sun, the red of fire, the red energy of blood.  There are 5 fragrances using red flowers, red woods, red fruits and red spices. Fragrances: Carnation, Harissa, Palisander, Rose, Sequoia.

This ia a rose fragrance that combines fruity elements with bright rose with notes of essence of Moroccan rose, absolute Bulgarian rose, pink peppercorn, raspberry pulp, geranium

The noses behind this fragrance is Yann Vasnier.

ROSE: Morroccan Rose, Absolute Bulgarian, Rose, Pink Peppercorn, Raspberry Pulp, Geranium
Angel La Rose by Thierry Mugler

This flamboyant & voluptuous fragrance was created y Thierry Mugler in 2006. This scent is a mixture of Rose, Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, and Coumarin.

FRAGRANCE NOTES - Rose, Citrus Cocktail, Oriental Notes, Patchouli, Floral Notes

Woody Oriental/Floral Oriental
Available: everywhere.

Iroaz by Lostmarch

Iroaz means "Rose" in Breton. Surprising marriage of a rose gardens with the sea. The wild rose lends a smooth and peppery nuances to Iroaz, rose shores. Picked on the beach, the wind blows a marine freshness of sea water. This is a rose that is mingled with the wild grasses of a sand dune and that has been sprayed with ocean water. The queen of flowers mixed in with a cool and salty breeze. A blend of rose and ocean.

Iroaz Notes: wild rose, grass, marine notes

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Parfum d’Empire 3 Fleurs

Translates into three words: Rose, Jasmine. Tuberose.

3 FLEURS for 3 loves… the fragrance develops the presence of three emblematic flowers of love in all great civilisations. The rose with its pure notes offers passionate love. All the warmth of jasmine for romantic love. Finally, the alluring tuberose to evoke forbidden love. 3 FLEURS distills notes of the Bulgarian rose, jasmine from Egypt, and the tuberose of India, sublimating the most beautiful premier materials of perfumery. Far from being vapid, it affirms its distinct character.

"An olfactory emblem of Love: that is the concept behind 3 Fleurs,the latest offering from Parfum d’Empire and perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, who is also the creator of the much-acclaimed artisanal brand. Rose is the most prominent of the flowers, but it is not a deep dark rose; the accompaniment of honeysuckle-like jasmine and, later, creamy tuberose, makes for a delicate tea-rose smell that is easy to wear."  Read full Suzanne Keller review...
Eau de Pamplemousse Rose
Hermes Les Colognes

Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is part of the Les Colognes Hermes collection. Launched by the design house of Hermes in 2009, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is a  modern and sophisticated interpretation of  citrus theme. This fragrance sparkles with a molecule by the house of Firmenich-Rhubofix, which possesses a very fresh, woody-spicy, floral scents and rose scent.  The fragrance includes the following aromas of lemon, pink grapefruit and rhubofix.

The master Perfumer that created this fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena. Notes of  Rose, Orange, Vetiver, Rhubofix, Grapefruit

Une rose pour Sharon by Therapeutate

Une rose pour Sharon is a limited edition fragrance created by Perfumer Rodney F. Hughes, for artist and stylist Sharon Pendana during a recent conversation around life, olfaction and the silver lining behind every cloud.  There are only will be 144 bottles (each numbered) produced in this limited edition run.  Notes are Rose, Cardamon, Orange, Pine , Sandalwood, Vanilla and Tuberose. This is a very unique rose fragrance that smells fresh.


Rosebud and Roses et Chocolat by Ayala Moriel Parfums

Ayala Moriel Parfums is an artisan perfume house dedicated to the art of natural perfumery that designs natural perfumes from pure and precious botanical essences.   Here are two of her rose fragrances:  Roses et Chocolat: Roses et Chocolat bottles three pleasures in one elegant flacon: a bouquet of red roses, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles, and, a perfume! The most sensual and sumptuous way to declaration of love. This a Gourmand, Oriental Spicy perfume.  Notes: Allspice (Pimento Berry), Amber, Benzoin Siamese Cocoa Absolute, Mace, Nutmeg Pink Pepper Absolute, Rose de Mai and Rose Maroc Rose Otto (Turkey). Rosebud: Rose Single Floral: This perfume is a hallelujah to the pure and simple scent of rose. Delicate and gentle, Rosebud is made of pure attar of Bulgarian roses, accentuated by a vanilla base and citrus top notes, to best reveal the beauty of the true rose. Her current batches feature Rose de Mai from Grasse, Turkish Rose Absolute, Rose Maroc and the beautiful and rare, certified organic Bulgarian Rose Otto. Famlies: Floral Fruity, Soliflore Notes: Ambrette (Musk) Seed , Benzoin Siamese, Bois de Rose Cabreuva, Grapefruit, Rose de Mai Rose Otto (Turkey), Sandalwood and Vanilla Absolute.

RosebudRoses et Chocolat       Ayala Moriel Parfums website

Interview with Ayala Moriel in Sniffapalooza Magazine

Le Jardin Retrouvé

Eau de Parfum Rose Opéra was created in 1952 for the Opéra de Paris .  Perfumer Yuri Gutsatz was asked to "perfume" the opera house for a sequence of "Les Indes Galantes", a lavish opera presentation by Rameau. Yuri Gutsatz conceived, for the 2nd Act of the Les Indes Galantes "Ballet des Fleurs", a perfume called "L'Apparition de la Rose". Using the limited technical resources that were available at that time, the theatre was filled with the perfume of roses (he was the first to accomplish this, a major feat in those days) when the prima ballerina appeared on stage costumed as a rose. When he created his Rose Opéra, his source of inspiration was naturally the souvenirs of "Apparition de la Rose" of Les Indes Galantes in the Opéra de Paris!  Eau de Parfum Rose de Mai (Damask Rose).  Yuri Gutsatz created this rose fragrance is blend of two Rose fragrances − the Damascus Rose, or Rose of May, and Rose Centifolia, or Oriental Rose, that is grown over acres of fields in Bulgaria and Turkey.  Eau de Parfum Rose Thé (Tearose)  is mysterious, majestic and sweet at the same time, the tearose fragrance is probably the best-known among the numerous floral perfume creations in the world. It can be found in many products, from perfumes to toileteries.  The Jardin Retrouvé's Eau de Parfum Rose Thé commences with a characteristic head-note that is green and strong and a base note, reinforced by the presence of musk and slightly wood-like tones to embellish the tearose fragrance. For the Eau de Parfum Rose Opéra Yuri Gutsatz had no concern for cost, prepared a ROSE perfume for the INDES IMMAGINAIRES (Imaginary India) of the 18th century. He attended many performances, and each time, he heard the spectators whisper "it smells like roses". I recently was available to smell all of the fragrances from this house and I have to say, they are very beautiful and very well made. The roses are very high quality and these fragrances deserve more publicity and interest. The "roses" in this collection are right up there with the best!  My friend Divina at Fragrance Bouquet also covered this and the Le Jardin Retrouvé website is full of history of this fascinating story.

In following with the rose theme, how can I not include these videos below?  The following videos are of the ballet "Les Indes Galantes "Ballet des Fleurs", the ballet that was re-created and a video of "Le Spectre de la Rose" danced by Baryshnikov. Make sure your volume is on to hear the beautiful music. The last two videos are "extras", one more of "Le Spectre de la Rose" and another segent from "Les Indes Galantes "Ballet des Fleurs".

"A young girl returning from her first ball, fatigued by excitement, falls asleep in her chair. She dreams that the rose she holds in her hand is dancing with her.  When he disappears through the window, she awakens, still under the spell of her dream."

Le Jardin Retrouvé  Paris - France   E-boutique   Here is the Le Jardin Retrouvé Forum

Sisley Soir de Lune

Sisley Soir de Lune is a fragrance by Perfumer Dominique Ropion who created the fragrance for Sisley and he worked on the classical Chyprée theme. The image for this fragrance is "The moon illuminates the sky, the night is mysterious and magnetic."
The opening is a strong Chyprée essence with a voluptuousness floral heart made of May rose, lemon, bergamot, orange, mandarine, coriander, nutmeg, pimento as top notes; The base notes are composed of moss, musk, patchouli, honey, sandalwood. This fragrance is worn by both men and women.
Flower by Kenzo Essentielle

Flower by Kenzo Essentielle is a sensual, floral with notes of rosa damascena and absolute of jasmine.

A  tribute to FLOWERBYKENZO, it is streamlined and presented through its most emblematic notes.

Beginning with a floral accord, essence and absolute of rosa damascena and absolute of jasmine unfold into a powdery accord made up of a unique combination of sensual musks and absolute of vanilla. Finally, incense of the purest distinction, black pepper and pink berries complete thsi fragrance.

Osez-Moi! by Chantal Thomass

French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass stated
"I wanted to create my new fragrance Osez-moi! the way I create my lingerie: with generosity, sophistication, temptation, seduction and sensuality. In the spirit of the boudoir, I poetically and audaciously transgressed codes by combining pink, grey and black to create a coquette and cheeky mix. I played with a masculine-feminine contrast on the packaging, opted for a non-conformist bottle and poured all my character into the fragrance!" . Osez-Moi! launched in 2009.

Top Notes Rose, Frangipani, Geranium, Chamomile.  Heart Notes Rhubarb, Peony, Vanilla.
Base Notes White musk, Amber, Vetiver, Mysore Sandalwood, Patchouli

Byredo Rose Noir

Ben Gorham, Founder and Owner of Byredo Perfumes told Sniffapalooza Magazine that "The idea for Rose Noir was to take something very traditional in perfumery and the challenge was to make it both modern and unique without losing the character of a Damascus rose. I wanted to add an animalic note to make it a black rose. I like to think of it as a dirty rose."

In Rose Noir, the classic symbol of love and devotion is updated. A traditional olfactory rose, the Damascene, is made potent and contemporary once again by darkening its character.  Rose Noir becomes a decadent, dirty rose with intense and animalic quality.  Top: Grapefruit, Freesia.  Mid: Rose Damascena . Base: Cistus, Moss, Musk
Chanel No 18

Michael Edwards classifies this as a Classical Floral and this is listed under “Rose” in his Fragrances Of The World 2009.  While others love to state that this is just "an ambrette fragrance" , the reality is; it has "ambrette in it", which is different.  I guess a rose sometimes does not smell what we think... No 18 is a radiant floral fragrance. Ambrette, with its jewel-like flowers, is at the centre of this enchanting bouquet, with fruity, sweet notes in the form of rose. No 18 is a light, woody, floral – fruity fragrance. No 18, according to Jacques Polge: 'there's never been anything that smells like this, and maybe there never will be again'.

No.18 features rose and a rare ingredient, ambrette seed, and Polge describes the scent as 'musty'.  
Montale Fragrances

Some of the Montale fragrances are my favorites because not only are they beautiful, they are long-lasting.  Here are only a few of the "roses" ...all are gorgeous.

Montale Oriental Flowers: The sublime freshness of oriental notes, essence of rose, bergamot, ylang-ylang, iris' root, Egyptian jasmine, an oriental bouquet sustained by the bewitching Peruvian balsam. Montale Sweet Oriental Dream: The loveliest rose of France gives its elegance to Turkish delight, a subtle marriage of the noble centifolia rose and the fun accord of almonds and honey. Velvet Flowers: The voluptuous bouquet of rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang is accented with the bittersweet note of peach blossoms. Foiled in the duskiness of saffron and sandalwood, Velvet Flowers captures the mood of a balmy summer evening. Its nuanced interplay of flowers and spices creates an opulent, yet harmonious composition. Montale Aoud Flowers: The rose absolute and geranium flowers meet the luxury of gaiac and teak woods to enhance the soft aoud scent. A masculine perfume on the edge of femininity, with a fresh touch of sicilian bergamot and sensual musk. Montale Crystal Flowers: Roses from the Dades Valley and refreshing italian mandarins combined with lilly of the valley, white musk and ambergris in a very sweet and sensual oriental flowers.

More Queen "Rose" Montale's are featured in "Raphaella's Roses Part 1-3"Available at AedesLucky ScentParfums Raffy

Rumeur 2 Rose by Lanvin

From the oldest Parisian fashion house, Lanvin Rumeur 2 Rose is a beautiful, fresh and effervescent fragrance. It begins with a delightfully fresh hint of citrus with a bouquet of white rose and lily of the valley to create a bright, refreshing scent. Rose is the star of this fragrance and notes are of citron, orange, bergamot, green notes, grapefruit, pear, rose, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, musk and amber .

This is a luminous interpretation of the original Rumeur fragrance.
Les Fleurs De Provence Rose
by Molinard

Molinard, was founded in 1849 in Grasse in Provence in the south of France, the birthplace of the worldwide perfume industry and remains an entirely family-run business (oldest in France) right through to the present day. Molinard originally manufactured Eaux de Fleurs (flower-scented waters) and Eau de Colognes that were then sold in its small store in the heart of town.  Les Flores De Provence Rose perfume is a
a rich floral bouquet of roses that was released by Molinard in 1994. Les Flores De Provence Rose is available at numerous outlets on the Internet.

Rose en Noir by  Miller Harris

Miller Harris Rose en Noir was created exclusively for Liberty in the UK by Lyn Harris. Lyn Harris, founder of Miller Harris fragrances, is a key figure in the British fragrance industry, being one of only a handful of classically trained noses. Using her 14 years of extensive fragrance experience, Lyn Harris has been creating the exclusive Miller Harris perfumes since 2000. Having first developed a passion for rare and unique ingredients during her time in Grasse France, it is this respect and constant search for the most unique and highest quality essences which defines Miller Harris scents. Rose en Noir is described as a sumptuous and dark rose.
A. Maze Parfum
People of the Labyrinths

Yet another cult favorite of rose fragrances, A.Maze took over five years to create and is touted as being made with 100% natural ingredients. This is a simple yet stunning rose scent with a rosy liqueur feel to it.

Saffron and henna opens up and compliments the soft woods and musk in the mix, and then there is rose again; this time, Wardia rose. 

A. MAZE Parfum Notes: Henna, Saffron, Taif Rose from Saudi Arabia, Orange Blossom, Wardia Rose, Agarwood, Sandalwood, Musk, Civet.

A. Maze   Aedes
Elisabethan Rose by Penhaligons

The cool, heady scent of roses in high summer, an effervescent appeal to the creative, artistic spirit as embodied in the English garden. Elisabethan Rose is a glorious British Rose, as only the English can do. This fragrance is reminiscent of velvety garden roses after a summer rain where bruised petals give up their intoxicating aromas. The fragrances was created in 1984 and the Perfumer is M. Pickthall

Elisabethan Rose Notes: Aldehydes and Geranium Camomile, Violet, Rose, Musk, Amber and Sandalwood 

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Regina by
Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561

If you are craving a truly niche and fine fragrance, look no further than Italy. Farmacia SS Annunziata is one of Italy’s oldest brands and is believed to have been housed in the monastery of the Benedictine monks of St. Nicholas as early
as the fifteenth century. This fragrances is full of gentle chamomile, powdery iris, fluffy rice, golden honey and at the center; the most delectable and lovely sweet rose jam. There is no overpowering rose here, just a sweetheart rose with petals that resemble the kiss of the sun, with honey of pale gold.  Described as being "ridiculously pretty"  Regina Notes: Rose, chamomile, rice, honey, ylang ylang, iris   Exclusive to Lucky Scent

Brulure de Rose PG 13
by Parfumerie Generale
Brulure de Rose by Parfumerie Generale is a fragrance dedicated to the Rose and is surrounded by metallic and powdery tones.  It is said to be "revolutionary oriental floral scent which reflects the changing scent of a rose throughout a summer’s day – the morning freshness, cool and slightly lemony; the full-blown warmth of noon; and the musky, ambery , sensually sweet darkness of evening."   PG13 Brulure de Rose by Parfumerie Generale is a oriental woody fragrance for women and men and was launched in 2003. The perfumer is Pierre Guillaume.

This fragrance recalls the roses life cycle: of the new bloom, the heady heart and the mature rose.  In the UK Les Senteurs   Lucky Scent

Winter Rose Perfume oil by YOSH

Winter Rose is completely organic botanical fragrance inspired by her travels through Turkey. This is a limited edition fragrance oil.  Yosh Han said of her botnaical Winter Rose  'It feels like a gorgeous saffron colored cashmere wrap. It is simple, warm, and enchanting. When I wear it, I think of the landscape of Turkey, the friendly people, the exotic spices, and incredible spiritual energy. There is a very particular vibe in Turkey that I've never experienced anywhere else in the world. People are constantly blessing you and wishing you well. The perfume is very much like that. It is inviting and you feel instantly like you belong.'
Winter Rose Notes: Rose Edward India absolute and  Cardamom .  Her other rose scent is Yosh Sottile 1.61

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Juliette Has a Gun

Romano Ricci's Juliette Has A Gun features perfumes made out of rose. There are currently five fragrances in the collection: Miss Charming, Lady Vengeance, Midnight Oud, Citizen Queen and the latest addition; Calamity J.  These fragrances are highly creative and romantic and is the brilliant creation of Romano Ricci; whose great grandmother was in the business of haute couture and had a grandfather perfumer. He convinced master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (King Of Rose) to work with him and then launched Juliette Has a Gun line.

Interview in Sniffapalooza Magazine with Romano Ricci;
Founder of Juliette Has a Gun

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Paestum Rose by Eau D’Italie

Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour created another cult favorite with this unusual combination of rose, resins and incense. This is a very deep and velvety Turkish rose, a gothic rose, dipped in incense, with the sheerness and intensity of sunlight shining through ruby red stained glass. Named for the ancient Roman city famed for its temples to the gods and its profusion of roses. Worn by women and men alike. In his review of Paestum Rose, Chander Burr said that "The niche Italian house of Eau d’Italie has taken rose and made of it a revelation"  Paestum Rose Notes: Davana, cinnamon, pink and rose pepper, coriander, blackcurrant buds, osmanthus, peony, Turkish rose, tea, elemi, incense, myrrh, opoponax, cedarwood, papyrus, patchouli, wenge, vetiver, musk, benzoin

Real Men Wear Roses by Michael Davis

5 star Chandler Burr review of Paestum Rose

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Demeter Bulgarian Rose

Demeter has the most affordable fragrances around (other than Yves Rocher) and they make great fragrances.  Demeter Bulgarian Rose is harvested by hand with  Bulgarian Rose oil, also known as "liquid gold" takes more than 1300 rose blossoms to create one gram of rose oil, making it more expensive than gold.

It provides the heart of this soft and gentle rose fragrance which is abest seller. A simple and single rose.

Demeter Bulgarian Rose

Rose Noir Solid Parfum by In Fiore

Exquisite Saffron absolute and Damascena Rose petals over a deep rich tenacious base of Oud from Assam and a hint of Galbanum.  The solid parfum comes in a Golden-bronze embossed compact with mirror packaged within a black velvet pouch and midnight-blue box with gold In Fiore stamp.

In Fiore’s pure artisan parfums solids are crafted with the finest absolutes and essences in a base of jojoba oil and golden honeyed scented beeswax. The rich and tenacious base lends an incomparable tenacity to In Fiore’s perfumes, allowing them to evolve and effortlessly blend with all skin types.   In Fiore parfum solids comes in six other fragrances.

In Fiore's Rose Noir fragrance review By Trish Vawter

In Fiore

Guerlain Ode
The One that got away...
Guerlain is among the oldest perfume houses in the world and with all the rose fragrances in this rose fragrance series, I cannot help to think of "The One" that is almost impossible to obtain now.  Guerlain Ode, as everyone knows, was the last perfume created by Jacques Guerlain in 1955 with the assistance of his grandson, Jean-Paul Guerlain, who was only 18 years old at the time and was future heir to the famous master perfumer. The composition of Ode was helped by his grandson and is almost impossible to obtain a bottle now.  Ode (1955) is supposedly a floral perfume similar to Joy by Jean Patou. Notes of Rose Jasmine musk & woods.  Above left is just one original 1960 print ad for Guerlain's Ode perfume above 1960-Guerlain-Ode-perfume ad.
Indian ink sketch for Guerlain and photo of bottle from my personal collection from the book Spring at Guerlain by Maryline Desbiolles
Sexual Perfume by Michel Germain

It seems that sex never goes out of style. Sexual by the design house of Michel Germain was launched in 1994. SEXUAL is classified as a rose oriental in one reference book and in another it was classified as a floral oriental. Created by Perfumer Sophia Grojsman along with perfumer Carlos Benaim. This feminine scent contains a blend of: a combination of exotic florals, cinnamon, myrrh,sandalwood and vanilla.

Said to be overflowing with aphrodisiacs that produce a euphoric state of mind.  Top Notes: Japanese osmanthus, Italian bergamot and Italian Clementine. Middle Notes: Egyptian jasmine, Asian gardenia, Bulgarian red rose and closes with Sri Lankan cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla, Mediterranean Myrrh

Knowing by Estée Lauder

All woody notes with rich rose and spices and luxurious flowers. The perfume was created by Jean Kerleo 1988 and the Michael Edwards Classification is Woody Floral and it was introduced in 1988.

Top notes: Rose, tuberose, mimosa, plum, melon, aldehyde, green notes and coriander.  Heart notes: Jasmine, patchouli, orange flower, orris root, Lily of the Valley, cedar, cardamom, laurel.  Base notes: Oakmoss, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, musk, patchouli, spices, civet

Perfumes: The Guide gave this a five star rating and on the Macy's website, this fragrances has five star ratings from many women.
Twilight Rose by Kingsbury Fragrances

With so many rose fragrances on the market, sometimes it is hard to separate uninspiring scents from beautiful perfumes. Kingsbury Fragrances Twilight Rose is right up there with the "Big Guys" of other rose fragrances on the market.  I like my rose fragrances deep and mysterious.  They must sing to me of ancient lore and sensuality - a long lasting mist that envelopes me in a secret aura. Twilight Rose is a rose fragrance that transports me to a magical place. I can smell the fresh greenery that surrounds her roses, as if they are still rooted in the ground, with the stems then succulently plucked off at dusk for a vase by my bed.  Let us not forget that the history of the rose represents many things, dating back hundreds of years.  The rose represents healing and the heart.

Kingsbury Fragrance's Perfumer Dorothy McCall has created a voluptuous fresh green soliflore that slips into the sacred place where day surrenders unto night. This special handmade fragrance is a composition of Rose Otto from Turkey, Tea Rose bouquet with touches of Citrus, Clary Sage, Narcissus, Green Leaves, Vetiver, Musks and Civet.  Her candle fills the room with it's luscious scent.  I have found that a few of my "high end" fragrances from France have turned sour after only two years. Kingsbury Fragrances Twilight Rose smells just as fresh today as when I received it.  Available in parfum, cream, soap and candles. Samples and other products available at Kingsbury Fragrance's.        Read full review here by Raphaella Barkley

Caron Nuit De Noel

Launched in 1922, Nuit de Noel, whose name alone is evocative of a magical fairytale evening, to this day, proves to be extremely popular and continues to spawn a series of iconic limited editions.  The bottle design was inspired theatrically by the Roaring Twenties with an opaque black bottle with gold trim that conjures up all the mystery of an a bewitching Christmas Eve.  It is said that Ernest Daltroff, Caron's perfumer-owner wanted to please Félicie Wanpouille, his artistic director and collaborator, who loved Christmas. This was Daltroff's great gift to her in 1922.  For me, it evokes a magical night of snow falling softly in Paris. It truly is a "French" classical perfume and Nuit de Noel is in my top ten fragrances of all time. Boxed in one of the all time greatest perfume boxes, Nuit de Noël is a classic, magical and sexy oriental fragrance with notes of rose, tuberose and ylang-ylang top notes over sandalwood and mousse de saxe over musk. Some consider Nuit de Noël to be one of the ten most innovative fragrances of the 20th Century.  Nuit de Noel by Caron is classified as a oriental floral fragrance. Top notes are ylang-ylang, tincture of rose and jasmine; middle notes are sandalwood and oak moss; base notes are musk and amber. A classic.

Tea Rose by CB I Hate Perfume

Adored by many, Christopher Brosius is a genius when it comes to scents and he has been a cult favorite for years. He has been described as one of the "most innovative perfumers of the 21st Century."

Christopher set out to blend a glorious scent of a real rose, an authentic Moroccan rose absolute with a deep Indian tea scent. The metallic smell of black tea and the amazing velvety finish of real rose, in equal. He uses real rose absolute in this perfume and this is not the tea Rose of the past.
Tea Rose Notes: Tea (Indian Black) and real Moroccan Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena)

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L'Ombre dans l’ Eau by Diptyque

Diptyque's L'Ombre dans L'Eau, its best-selling EDT is a "green fragrance with rose".  It is three-layer fragrance and is is comprised of the key note of the tart black currant, with a lush, note of Bulgarian rose. This is a big hit with the men as well as women. 

Perfumer for this fragrance is Serge Kalouguine and the name translates as “Shadow in the Water”.

Notes: black currant leaves and Bulgarian rose. I am also a huge fan of their candles, which are some the best on the market.


Lorenzo Villoresi Donna

Donna by Lorenzo Villoresi is a deep, rich, warm rose scent that blends a rich base of bulgarian rose and rose de mai that make this a a very special perfume. Fresh notes of coriander, clove and star anise add a subtle hint of spice while ylang ylang, iris root, narcissus, jasmine, violet leaves, blackcurrant and aromatic woods bring a beautiful balance to this Italian feminine classic.

The perfumes of Lorenzo Villoresi represent a universe where the materials, fragrances, and colours of Tuscany meet and harmonise with the spices, essences and influences of the Orient.  "Perfumery is an unlimited world. In the creation of a scent it is possible to recall a feeling or place to move to an imaginary space, or to invent new emotional dimensions."

-Lorenzo Villoresi Lafco
L' Occitane Rose 4 Reines

The delicate freshness of a bouquet of roses, the velvety softness of petals kissed with dew. With its slightly fruity undertones from Grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan and Turkish roses. This fragrance pays tribute to the daughters of the Count of Forcalquier as they were as beautiful as the roses they cherished: the Grasse rose, the Bulgarian rose, the Moroccan rose and the Turkish rose. Each one of these daughters married a king, and so it was that Marguerite, Eléonore, Sancie and Béatrix became the four Queens of Forcalquier.  This also comes in various matching products.  L' Occitane

Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur’s award winning signature fragrance and cult favorite is a sexy and feminine fragrance combining pure saffron oil from India, Moroccan rose oil, Egyptian jasmine, French magnolia oil, amber and musk. Encased in a egg shaped porcelain bottle, this scent has become synonymous with seduction and pleasure. The high end lingerie brand, founded in the Soho London district by the son of the controversial British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, (see her two fragrances below) produced the “naughty chic” of lingeriere.

"Dirty is vastly underrated as a perfume aesthetic. There are, of course, several kinds of dirty. Exhibit A is Agent Provocateur , a lingerie concern that, like Victoria’s Secret, professes to sell sex. But while Victoria’s Secret is that great Middle American Walt Disney of sex, Agent is slightly grittier, dirtier. Or it professes to be; sex packaged by marketers tends to promise the real thing but is in fact so sterile you couldn’t even catch the other person’s cold. It’s dirt without germs, an idea of intimacy without actually experiencing it. The surprise is that this turns out to be an excellent concept for a perfume. The brilliance of Agent Provocateur, the company’s rather astonishing first perfume, is that it doesn’t actually smell like unwashed panties. It’s better than that: it just reminds you of them. It smells like crushed raspberries and black plums on hot skin. Expertly constructed by the perfumer Christian Provenzano, the juice lasts beautifully, diffuses perfectly and could raise the fertility rate in Manhattan without raising laundry bills. It’s like a photo of a thong and cheeky ouverts. All image, no dirt."             

Published By Chandler Burr on December 1st, 2009   Chandler Burr website
Vera Wang Truly Pink Fragrance

Truly Pink is a lush floral capturing the fragrant caress of fresh rose petals on the skin. This floral fragrance was inspired by the grace of a single rose - deep in complexity and budding with possibility. It captures the fragrant caress of rose petals on the skin with an enchanting femininity that epitomizes Vera Wang's style. Notes: White Freesia, Lychee Blossom, Cassis, Pink Lily of the Valley, Pink Rose Accord, Peony, Iris, Sensual Woods.

Vera Wang says: “For me, Truly Pink is the embodiment of pure femininity... enchanting and forever in bloom.”  Vera Wang founded a design company that not only reflects her lifelong love of fashion, but also celebrates the romance, sensuality and spirit of modern young women.
"Lady Rose" image above is by Lisa Argyropoulos. Copyright belongs to Lisa Argyropoulos and she has graciously given me permission to use the above photo for Les Parfums de Rosine Rosa FlamencaThe beautiful Lisa Argyropoulos is a professional artist and photographer and you can view her other gorgeous photographic art work at Red Bubble.  All artwork is very affordable-even for a large canvas.
"Lady Rose" image by Lisa Argyropoulos
Rose de Siwa by Parfums MDCI

Created by Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, whom it has been said- "does a rose like no other" .  Rose de Siwa is described as a a woody-floral scent for “moments doux” (soft moments).  The flowers of the Siwa Oasis in Egypt were part inspiration and appropriately named.  The fragrance is said to conjure up images of "a paradise in the midst of a hot desert…with beautiful fountains, and luxurious trees and roses fresh with the morning dew.

Rose de Siwa Notes:  Lychee, peony, hawthorn, Moroccan and Turkish roses, violet, cedar, musk and vetiver.

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Kenzo’s UFO fragrance: Unidentified Fragrance Object

Kenzo's UFO is produced in a limited quantity of 1,000 and the hand-polished Unidentified Fragrance Object bottles are filled with a perfume created by Perfumer Aurelien Guichard.  He has mixed floral notes, like Bulgarian rose with orange blossom, frankincense and vanilla.  He produced what he says "is the scent of marble powder—reminiscent of his mother, a sculptor. In addition to its cutting-edge bottle, UFO breaks boundaries by ignoring perfume’s traditional pyramid theory (of top, “heart,” and base notes) in favor of two equal balances between the heart note (the “marble”) and other ingredients." 

When Ron Arad was approached to design Kenzo’s UFO Unidentified Fragrance Object, Kenzo wanted to "create a vehicle for fragrance that breaks with traditional industry codes and evokes sensuality when in contact with the skin." The perfume is not defined by the traditional olfactory pyramid. Its structure is a balance between a powerful heart, “the marble accord”, and four natural raw ingredients that add facets to the note. An exemplary object for both the art and fragrance collector.  Bottle design by Ron Arad and his work in Paris and New York City. Arad’s bottle is currently on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art as part of “Ron Arad: No Discipline,”  Kenzo

Rose Kali by Neil Morris

Perfumer and Founder Neil Morris stated in an article for Sniffapalooza Magazine that his "Rose of Kali is an unusual Rose scent in that it contains three different Rose Notes - Indian Rose, Turkish Rose and White Rose. In order to enhance the Rose and make it truly an exotic perfume that conjures the Indian Goddess Kali, I decided to combine Base Notes of Benzoin, Incense, Myrrh, Golden Musk, Agar Wood, Patchouli and Myrtle Wood with a translucent Pear Top Note, giving the fragrance a warm, spicy yet shimmering quality."

Neil Morris Fragrances

Rose Poivrée by The Different Company

Jean-Claude Ellena has gone further than a simple evocation of a rose. The aroma of Rose Poivrée "spawns a feeling a mischievous angels playing in heavens blue skies." Rose Poivrée is a costly fragrance and numerous website's state that "It takes over one hundred pounds of precious Damascus rose petals to produce just one bottle of Rose Poivrée" . Rose Poivrée mixes pure rose with pepper and spice, the tangle of dark, luscious rose petals to the fiery spice-meets-green evolution. 

Chandler Burr says of Rose Poivrée in his article on Scent Notes "What the Cat Dragged In": "Here, Jean-Claude Ellena uses civet to amend rose absolute, and the overall effect is akin to breathing in the warm, slightly fetid breath of some immense, fur-covered animal. It is that moment in an Indian spice market when a surge of sweltering, humid air, as if from the lungs of some morose god, drowns you in spice and car exhaust. But if you have the skin for it, this perfume is mesmerizing, even today".  Notes inlcude Damascus rose, rose bay, pepper, coriander, vetiver, civet.  Lucky Scent

Chandler Burr website
Rose Intense Parfums de Nicolaï

Parfums de Nicolaï launched Les Magnifiques, a collection of 4 intense fragrances featuring “more natural essential oils in each bottle for a more intense pleasure and long lasting effect”. In this collection is Rose Intense, a beautiful soliflore rose with top notes of luscious red fruits followed by heart notes of rose oil and absolute, geranium and chamomile. The woody and musky bottom notes keep the fragrance from becoming too sweet.  Notes are Soliflore Rose with red fruits, rose oil absolute, geranium oil, chamomille oil, with woods and musk.   Parfums de Nicolai

Rossy de Palma
by Etat Libre d`Orange

Spanish actress Rossy de Palma was the inspiration for this first fragrance by the house of Etat Libre d`Orange that was devoted to a celebrity. Another cult favorite, this fragrance is said to remind Rossy de Palma of her garden in Madrid. The central and dominant note is rose. The fragrance was created by Antoine Lie and Antoine Maisondieu who made it unusual, uniting the gorgeous rose with unique notes of spicy rose, ginger, cardamom, rose of bulagria, jasmine, benzoin, patchouli, incense and cocoa

Putain des Palaces
by Etat Libre d’Orange

This fragrance is for the woman who dresses for seduction. The trail of lipstick, leather and lace. (think Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty)  The name of this fragrance means "hotel slut" and Putain des Palaces takes its name from a song by French singer songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, a man that was known for his enjoyment in shocking people. Perfumer is Nathalie Feisthauer. A sublimely feminine fragrance, an olfactory seduction.
Putain des Palaces Notes: Rose absolute, violet, leather, lily of the valley, mandarin, ginger, rice powder, amber and animalic notes

Demeter Vintage Naturals Rosebush

A luscious blend of Chamomile Rose Absolute and Rose petals wrapped soft woods.  Demeter Vintage Naturals - Rosebush is a luscious blend of chamomile rose absolute and rose petals wrapped gracefully in soft woods. Demeter Vintage Naturals are truly unique, limited-edition, handcrafted fragrances made with all-natural ingredients and packaged in cartons made from recycled materials. Like fine wines, fragrances made from 100% Natural Essential Oils are best defined by time, or vintage, as well as varietal. Notes:Chamomile Rose Absolute, Rose Petals, Woods. 

Demeter Vintage Naturals Rosebush
No 88 by Czech & Speake

A favorite with men and women, the signature fragrance for the company, No.88 is a true English scent. The first fragrance in the Czech & Speake Aromatics Collection, No.88 has a fresh, woody top note of bergamot, the richness of geranium, rose otto, cassie and exotic frangipani. Combined with dry base notes of vetiver and sandalwood, this modern classic has a full-bodied, sophisticated sensuality. This fragrance is based on an original Elizabethan recipe, but still remains very modern, this masculine fragrance contains specially selected natural oils of Sandalwood and Bergamot  that give it a rich, woody aroma.  A variety of middle notes, Geranium, Rose Otto, Cassie & Frangipanni.

Czech & Speake           Apothia

Very Irrésistible Givenchy Rose Damascena 2008

From the House of Givenchy comes Very Irrésistible Givenchy; a modern rose that pays tribute to Rose Damascena that is “neither exactly the same, nor entirely different”, (according to their webiste) 

Top notes are Rosa damascena from Isparta provides a fresh, fruity first impression while star anise perks it up with a soft, spicy note. Middle notes are Rosa damascena from Isparta with honeyed notes and a textured effect that recalls the feel of petals on the skin with Centifolia rose and peony-rose. Base notes complete the fragrances with passion rose and fantasia rose, along with patchouli.


Rosa Maya by REN

Rosa Maya is REN's popular and affordable fragrance for women and a homage to the beguiling sensuality of the Rose.

This popular rose fragrance was discontinued and so many women complained (and supposedly had nervous breakdowns) that the company re-issued it.  This is a rose floral fragrance for women and the perfumer is Geza Schoen. It is a complex and intriguing fragrance that has a fresh, floral, citrus top note, a heart of rose, jasmine and osmanthus and a sensual base of woods, spices and musks.  This is a Clean Product and contains only natural and nature identical ingredients.  REN

L' Occitane Rose Nuit de Mai

The sensuality of rich red roses and the warm and mysterious scent of woody essences. May roses blends with the delicious accord of violet and blackberry, heightened by cinnamon and a woody base notes reveal the captivating scents of sandalwood, cedar and vanilla.  In May in Provence, the people dance and sing around a tree decorated with rose garlands. In the whirl of the night, when the scent of flower petals blends with the woody trail of bonfires, the perfume in the air bewitches and seduces...This fragrances comes in
a lotion, solid perfume and a creme. 

L' Occitane

by Perfumers Workshop

Tea Rose perfume was introduced by The Perfumers Workshop in 1972. It has a feel of woods and musk that is contrasted nicely by the sweeter and more passionate notes. Aromatic, Floral and Green.  Notes are bergamot, rose, lily, tuberose, jasmine, cedar amber, rosewood and sandalwood.

Perfumes The Guide states that Tea Rose "was in many ways the first niche fragrance" and that "the rose it depicts is huge, painted in watercolor.

Available everywhere on the Internet.

Shiloh by Hors La Monde

Hors La Monde describe Shiloh as the "treasure brought home after years of traveling". French Niche house Hors la Monde introduced its perfume Shiloh in 2007 and the perfumer is Michel Roudniska.
Fragile and powerful, refined and delightfully untamed, Shiloh is an exciting gem of a perfume and also has a cult following. Notes of lemon, bergamot, herbs, rose damascena, Virginia cedar, precious woods, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, oakmoss, musk, vanilla.

Perfumes The Guide gave this a four-star rating and is quoted as saying "Shiloh is a sensationally uncompromising fragrance... Michel Roudnitska’s Shiloh takes the fluorescent woody rose to an extreme that simply cannot be outshone."    Lucky Scent and Aedes
Rosa Incantevole by Nobile 1942

NOBILE 1942 fragrances contain essential oils obtained through natural processes of steeping, filtering, and distillation. There are three fragrances based on the Turkish rose also known as the Damask rose (from Damascus) which originated in the near east. This set titled Rosa Incantevole is offered in a coffret to be worn alone or layered.

Julie Coeur has a melange based on bergamot, orange and mandarin essences with fruity notes of strawberry and melon.  The heart finds essence of jasmine and lily, along with orange blossom and the floral notes of Turkish Rose. It finishes with white musk.  II Vanilla is a wonderful fragrance on its own or combined with other fragrances from the collection. Vanilla is fruity and rich with notes of apple and bergamot. It becomes warmer with cedarwood, cinnamon and coconut that ends in perfect harmony with vanilla and white musk. III Rose Iris has a strong character on its own, but it radiates magical emotions as soon as it combined with fragrances I or II.

The only place this seems avaiable at is First In Fragrance           Nobile 1942

Ferre Rose by Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre Ferre Rose inteded to evoke the femininity, rich in elegance and grace when he created Ferre Rose.  “Sparkling and capturing a sense of femininity through the elegance and vitality intrinsic to flowers comes natural, it’s almost inevitable... femininity that is sophisticated and sensual, joyous and intense, variously energetic and calm.”  - Gianfranco Ferre

Ferre Rose is a fragrance devoted to the universe of flowers. Described as the ‘undisputed symbol of femininity’. Ferre' Rose was created by Karine Dubreuil and exudes a sublime accord of Princess (de Monaco) Rose as the core ingredient.

Parfumerie Fragonard was opened in 1926 and Eugène Fuchs chose to name it after the famous Grasse-born painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), as a tribute to both the town of Grasse and to the refinement of 18th-century arts. An entrepreneur at heart who had already been seduced by the magic of perfume, he decided to set up his own perfumery based on the novel concept of selling perfumery products directly to the tourists who were beginning to discover the French Rivera’s charms. Here are just three rose fragrances:  Cette Nuit La: Memories of a summer's evening lit up with orange blossom, bulgarian rose, iris and heliotrope. Sensual notes of patchouli, amber and leather. site    Rose de Mai: Around sweet-smelling Grasse roses blossom gardenia and violet, jasmine and wild lily of the valley, discreet against a backdrop of ylang-ylang and blackcurrant leaves. site   Maman Cherie: The very essence of tenderness with delicate rose, fresh lily of the valley soft magnolia, sparkling mandarin, warm musk and vanilla. For mothers, grandmothers, aunts and

John Galliano Eau de Toilette

The new John Galliano Eau de Toilette is set to launch in the USA Spring 2011.  It is an ultra light take on a modern floral fragrance that accentuates the rose.  Rose absolute is mixed with essences of Monaco rose and Italian iris absolute and is blended with fresh green notes, lavender and bergamot along with Moroccan rose, Atlas cedar wood, absolute of rose and florentine iris with high-quality musks. Perfumer Aurelien Guichard is behind this new fragrance. Curves are featured on bottle, just like silhouettes presented in John Galliano gowns, evoking its femininity.  There is a Letter G on the top of the bottle that sits on top of a symbolic golden rose. The fragrance will launch in Europe April 2010.

Lipstick Rose
Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums

This ultra chic glamorous rose and violet-scented fragrance celebrates femininity, against a backdrop of musk and vanilla with a hint of vetiver and amber. The perfumer is Ralf Schwieger and he takes an "architectural approach to his composition of out-of-the-ordinary fragrances and treats them as if they were "construction toys - partly intellectual, partly intuitive”.

Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle is a floral fragrance and the rose scent is enhanced by violet, musk, vanilla, vetiver and amber.

Rose 31 Le Labo

This is a rose marketed for men and the  perfume’s aim is clear: to transform the famous Grasse Rose, a symbol of voluptuousness and unqualified femininity in perfume, into an assertively virile fragrance for men. The perfumer is Daphne Bugey and Rose 31 is the Winner of Wallpaper Magazine's Best Fragrance Award.

Rose 31 by Le Labo is a floral woody musk with notes of rose, caraway, rose, vetiver and cedar, amber, musk, coconut and guaiac wood.


Hermèssence Rose Ikebana
by Hermès

Rose Ikebana is a contrast of rose petal and crisp rhubarb. Airy, delicate, sparkling.

"Beautiful and minimalist, the traditional Japanese art of ikebana, arranging bouquets of cut flowers and leaves using very few elements, ideally corresponded to a form of expression I could transpose in a perfume. The smell of a rose early in the morning, damp, sprinkled with dew, delicate and light." -Jean-Claude Ellena

Video of Jean-Claude Ellena discussing Hermèssence Rose Ikebana
Une Rose Chyprée by Tauer Perfumes

Perfumer Andy Tauer is the founder behind Zurich-based Tauer Perfumes and he describes Une Rose Chyprée as “an oriental rose on a chypre base”.  Tauer has worked his alchemical magic again in creating a very special magical elixir. Highly addictive, a very rich fragrance that is a perfect balance between the slightly green, airy rose accord and the gourmand.  Andy states that "It is an elegant perfume built around two natural extracts from rosa damascena: The absolute and the steam distilled essential oil. 15 ml Rose chyprée contains one pound of fresh rose petals, steam distilled in the traditional way."

Notes are Rosa damascena absolute and essential oil, bay, cinnamon, bergamot, lemon, Clementine, Bourbon geranium, labdanum, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla. Victoria Austin, in her full review in Sniffapalooza Magazine, said of Une Rose Chyprée. "No rose I’ve ever experienced has opened with this kind of depth and breadth and richness. It’s as if the extracts and absolutes and pound of fresh rose petals contain the rich earth beneath them..." read full review

Tauer Perfumes           Lucky Scent
Incense Rosé by Tauer Perfumes

"I wanted to create an incense that is intense and clear.Incense extrême is a minimalist, cubist interpretation of incense, a touch of spices , powdery orris, dry cedar wood and ambergris, supporting the frankincense, that is rich, red and intense.-Andy Tauer

Incense Rosé by Andy Tauer is built upon the contrast of  frankincense and sweet rose, of masculine and feminine, of night and day, and is an a sensual blend sexy  blend, deep and sensual.  Incense Rose Notes: Clementine, bergamot, castor, Bulgarian rose, orris, Texan cedarwood, incense, labdanum, myrrh, patchouli and ambergris

Andy Tauer Incense Rosé review
by Barbara vanBok

Tauer Perfumes   Lucky Scent
Rose d' Homme
Les Parfums de Rosine

Rose d’Homme is for the sophisticated, multi- sensorial man and this fragrance is made with the famous “rose note” created by Rosine. This is described as a "woody rose".  Les Parfums de Rosine Rose d'Homme is a mascuine, crisp, dry fragrance for men.  The perfume was created by Marie-Hélène Rogeon and François Robert in 2005.
The notes of Rose d’Homme is based on a classical struture of Head/Heart/Base composition.  The Vetyver-Lavender base is combined with the opulent Rosine Rose and: Citrus, Bergamot, Patchouli, Vanilla, Herbal notes, Jasmine, Tangerine and Leather.

Part Four of Raphaella’s Roses below features over 110 old and new scents.  While most are “straight up” rose scents, others have enough rose in them to add to the list.  Surprisingly, during my research, I learned that both a “perfume scientist” and a “fragrance expert” classified certain fragrances as “rose” scents.

I had so much fun gathering, what might possibly be, the largest listing of rose fragrances in the world (outside of the work of expert Michael Edwards)  There were many roses that I did not include because they were either discontinued or too hard to find to purchase. I do hope you enjoy Part Four of Raphaella's Roses, a huge collection of rose fragrances.   You may view “Roses” and “Raphaella's Roses: Part One thru Three" here: a separate compilation of rose fragrances and reviews.  There is something here for everyone, men and women alike.  Next month I will feature Part Five as well as a "Rose Product Guide" that I have put together.  Please see the introduction to my roses by Beth Gehring and Christine Lewandowski here.

Lyric for Women and Lyric for Men by Amouage

Lyric Women was featured in Part One of "Raphaella's Roses" so I will only use a quote from Christopher Chong from an article in Sniffapaloza Magazine. Christopher Chong Creative Director, Amouage said of Lyric Woman... " Whilst working on the Lyric for Women story, I've been inspired by the unconventional beauty of Maria Callas's voice.  It's the emotional quality of her voice that I try to emulate in this fragrance.  Beyond the lyrical beauty of the voice is a sheer dramatic sound.  I try to capture the overall spectrum of Callas's voice from innocence to dramatic tragedy.  Most important of all, it's vital to maintain the poetic beauty in the fragrance whilst developing an accord that evolves with drama and power.  This is achieved by positioning rose with angelica".

We also feature an Interview with Christopher Chong;
Creative Director of House of Amouage By Cristiane Gonçalves

Lyric Woman is an oriental rose, rich, complex and intricate. This is a is decadently rich rose in true Oriental style. Lyric for Women Notes: Bergamot, spicy cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, rose, angelica, jasmine, ylang-ylang, geranium, orris, oakmoss, musk, wood, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, frankincense  Lyric Man is a rare masculine rose. Deep and dangerous, it is a spicy oriental version of the rose. Infused with angelica, pine and galbanum, it has a striking green quality that makes it seem very urbane. The spices, nutmeg and saffron, and frankincense take the fragrance much further East.  The  vanilla, sandalwood and musk make this the ultimate male fragrance.  Aedes and Lucky Scent

Zafferano by Odori

Zafferano by Odori (Zafferano is Italian for saffron) is a romantic fragrance,
mixing the warm, spicy beauty of saffron with the notes of wild rose petals.
The rose and saffron, mixed with floral and wood makes this a unique scent.

Enzo Galardi, the grandson of a 1920s era perfumer, launched Bois 1920 to international acclaim. One year later, he began his new project, Odori fragrances, which are the embodiment of Florence, Italy, the first place that Enzo's grandfather Guido opened his small perfumery, Bottega Italia Spigo .
The city of Florence flows through all of his creations and each perfume is presented in a beautiful wood encased glass bottle, entirely prepared and finished by hand.  Zafferano Notes: American cedar, Italian saffron, raspberry flowers, wild rose petals, Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley, oriental amber, rosewood

Lucky Scent

Natural Perfumer Liz Zorn offers 6 roses in her SOIVOHLE MODERNE ROSES collection.  CORDOVAN ROSE is a rich leathery dark red rose, with a hint of full ripe plums. CITRINE ROSE has a Herbal citrus opening, soft yellow roses, vanilla and a radiant musk. PINK BUTTON ROSE is soft pink roses, a touch of carnation, orchid and ripe berries. MEXICALI ROSE is a south of the border essence in a spicy red rose perfume She also offers a ROSE PRIMER; a four piece boxed set containing one each 2ml mini glass sprays.

Liz Zorn told Sniffapalooza Magazine recently that "Rose, as a note in perfumery is one that I keep coming back to. I never get tired of working with it, and seem to always have a new story to tell. The rose perfumes in our collection were all inspired by a special story. The Cordovan Rose is an homage to my first pair of Bass Weeguns, Pink Button Rose, patterned after my grandmothers button pink climbing rose, Citrine Rose my own love of yellow roses, and Mexicali Rose, after a summer salad that I make with cilantro and rose petals.  In the natural collection there is Sinti, a play on the word Centifolia, a spicy wild rose with a green opening and a heart of pure centifolia rose absolute.  In my own gardens I have many roses, from old fashioned Bourbons and Rugosas to modern hybrid varieties. I have never met a rose that I didn’t like."

Soivohle Rose Collection        Liz Zorn Perfumes

Aphrodite by Ajne

Aphrodite by Ajne is a floral gourmand and was inspired by the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty.  This natural and organic fragrance fills each flacon with nearly 10,000 heirloom Roses from Morocco, Turkey and Bulgaria.  Aphrodite also combines Madagascar Vanilla (which various studies claim is the favorite scent of men!) with rare Ethiopian Myrrh. The complex formula is an ancient alchemical secret long hidden due to it's powerful cupid-like effects! The ingredients in Aphrodite are reputed to ground the heart (love/relationship) chakra, the sacral  (sexuality/creativity) and the base (grounding) chakra. 

Vogue calls Ajne, "A fantastic perfumery that creates customised parfum from 300+ rare oils!"


No 18
Ambre Nuit Dior

Christian Dior’s Dior Homme line launched a fourth fragrance in their cologne series, Ambre Nuit folowing the other three successes cologne waters; Bois d’argent, Cologne Blanche and Eau Noire. This is presented as a unisex scent.  Ambre Nuit has fresh notes of grapefruit and bergamot with Turkish rose combined with passionate pink pepper. Warm amber notes round out the composition to make a seductive and warm fragrance.

Luca Turin from Perfumes: The Guide gave this a four star rating and called it a "rose amber".
He is quoted here in regard to Dior Ambre Nuit: "Ambre Nuit, the fourth in a distinguished series of upmarket “colognes” by Dior, initially feels like a well-rehearsed ambery rose ultimately derived from Chanel’s wonderful Bois des Iles. Brilliant."

Fémininde by Sahlini Parfums

Fémininde by Sahlini Parfums has been described "like wearing a sari-like garment and Fémininde is a fragrance by the French house of Sahlini. Celine Martin, the creator, was inspired to create this in memory of her homeland, India created and created a perfume which "embodies all the mystery of a woman and covers the wearer with the magic of Indian summer". Two words are combined in the title of the fragrance; “feminine” and “inde,” which reflect its essence. The bottle is adorned with Indian ornament and talismans.  The notes are tangerine flower, rose, Indian cardamom, black pepper, Ceylon cinnamon, sandalwood, fir wood balsam, vetiver, cloves, and cumin  This is a flower/fruity fragrance with spicy musk.

Sahlini Parfums

Anglomania Vivienne Westwood

Designer Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania, lends an Asian influence with roses redolent of English gardens. This is a woody oriental fragrance and  Perfumer is Dominique Ropion and this ia a . 

It is a modern leathery rose expressing the duality of a woman picking up the best of different cultures. Top notes include Green Tea, Cardamom & Coriander, with heart notes of Rose, Otto, Violet & Nutmeg. Base notes combine Leather, Vanilla and Amber.  The bottle was inspired by the Chinese pharmacy vial, colored in red.

Printemps by M. Micallef

An intensely soft fragrance that pays tribute to the Queen of roses - Bulgarian-Rose.  Printemps by M. Micallef is a floral fragrance that blends Bulgarian rose with bergamot, jasmine, red berries, musk, amber and vanilla.

Beautiful bottles (they also produce one of a kind bottles that can hold the fragrance of your choice within thier line) and this house had many boutiques throughout Europe.

Many luxury hotels and department stores such as the Negresco in Nice, the Carlton Hotel in Cannes or the famous emporium, Fortnum & Mason in London have had their signature perfumes composed by
Parfums M. Micallef.

Shanti Shanti by Miller et Bertaux

From our trips, with love” is the motto from niche perfumers Miller & Bertaux.  Travel is undoubtedly the true nature of Miller & Bertaux, and India occupies a particularly important place therein. This is cutting edge perfumery at it's best and Shanti Shanti is described as a "spiritual blend of rose petals, Indian sandalwood, iris blades, patchouli leaves, and rosewood." 

Bulgarian rose petals awaken your senses in this sparkling Eau de Parfum followed with iris extract  and with warm spices of cardamom, patchouli and Indian sandalwood.


Miller Bertaux

Aqua Fresca de Rosas & Noche de Rosas
by Adolfo Dominguez

Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez launched Agua Fresca de Rosas in Spain and this scent is a mix of rose and floral aromas with green spicy notes.

His other "rose" fragrance is Noche de Rosas from 2006 which is a fruity floral rose with musk.

Available in Europe on numerous Internet fragrance sites

Rose Perfume By Florascent

Florascent Parfumeurs is a collection of natural, organic perfumes that combines pure flower essences and aromatic waters to create scent compositions. Perfumer Roland Tentunian uses his artistic craftsmanship and technical skills to revive the art of 17th century perfumery. Part of the Aqua Floralis collection, this lush Rose perfume recalls an overflowing bouquet of verdant blooms. Bright apricot and delicate rose combine with a soft bouquet of white flowers and smooth clove for a fragrance that's perfect for falling in love. They also have a rose called Palais de Rose.

Precious, organic raw materials produce unique, standout scents, which are hand-bottled, hand-sealed, and packed in unique handmade paper containers.

Florascent    Saffron Rouge

Diamond Dust "DD"
by Agent Provocateur

The house of Agent Provocateur, presents Diamond Dust or DD Edition, which aims at a passionate affair with precious diamonds. Diamond Dust is a "rose chypre" and is classiffied by Michael Edwards's as a Floral Mossy Woods. Diamond Dust is created as a luxurious version of signature Agent Provocateur perfume, and DD leaves a glittery trace of diamond dust on your skin and an iridescent glow on your cleavage and neck lines. Notes of  Magnolia, Indian saffron oil, Moroccan rose, Egyptian jasmine, French magnolia oil, ylang-ylang, white gardenia, Haitian vetiver, amber and musk.

Perfumes: The Guide, Winter 2008 supplement wonders... "What kind of crazy perfume brand improves the formula with out telling anyone? Now the dark, fruity damascone is turned on full blast, radiating to every corner of the party".

Abby Rose by Trance Essence

Abby Rose by Trance Essence is a homage to the London in the sixties, a "power-girl scent". Janna Sheehan is a perfumer/designer and lover of natural scents. Each of the Trance Essence Nectars contains up to twenty-five essential and perfume oil elements.

Abbey Rose is  “Imbued with clarity and balance, this essence has rich notes of fig, rose, bergamot, lavender, neroli, and a bit of grapefruit.”  A rose is a rose is a rose, except when it’s a fig wrapped in lavender, too.  The citrusy accent is just enough to brighten this scent and make it a rather happy rose".
-Kathy Patterson; Sniffapalooza Magazine

Available at Bigelow Chemists, Beauty Habit
and Trance Essense
Interview with Janna in Sniffapalooza Magazine

A Rose Fragrance Collection in Four Parts
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Parfum No 1 by The Pink Room

The great perfumer Guy Robert, that created The Pink Room’s Parfum No. 1, also created Amouage Gold, Amouage Gold Men as well as Hermès, Doblis, Rochas, Madame Rochas Hermès, Calèche, Christian Dior, Dioressence, Monsieur Rochas, Hermès, Èquipage, Gucci, and Gucci No. 1.  Sarah Baron King has said
of Parfum No 1: "Guy Robert is a genius and became Marcel Proust for a moment!   The Pink Room, has been described as “Marie Antoinette meets Holly Golightly at Carnival in Venice”.  This cult favorite is very affordable has notes of bergamot, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, violet, vanilla, moss and musk. I personally love this fragrance!  It is also presented in a Parfum Roll-on (great for travel)
Read interview with Sarah Barton-King here

At Takashimaya NY and Lucky Scent

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FORWARD BY BETH GEHRING: I adore roses! I grow many different varieties but my father taught me to especially love the oldest ones, the less pretentious looking ones. In my father’s garden grew old fashioned Rosa Rugosas and lovely blowsy English climbers and at a young age I learned to appreciate how different each variety smelled. Some were sweet and some were spicy and many were musky and heavily reminiscent of a rich sexuality.  Roses have been considered sacred throughout all of recorded history and their profoundly simple beauty speaks to the human imagination in a way that almost no other flower does.  The fragrance of a rose garden becomes a total symphony at dusk on a warm summer’s eve and it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite variety! One Bourbon rose is exquisite but bourbon mixed with damask.....the combinations of scent is endless and almost impossible to fathom.

So it is with Raphaella’s Rose’s.  Created by Raphaella Barkley, you will find a rose fragrance here for absolutely everyone. With the same commitment that she pours into everything that she does, Raphaella has created the most concise compendium of rose fragrances that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her devotion to her topic is absolute and the information is delivered in a way that is both fun, passionate and without pretension. I’ve never met anyone who loves rose fragrances as much as Raphaella and her complete and obvious adoration for the subject matter is infectious. With her trademark wit and almost encyclopedic knowledge of the subject she’s given us a gift that I know that I’ll return to time and again. My wallet might not be thanking her but my heart definitely is. There is no flower on earth that has the ability to transform and transport my imagination as much as the perfume of one heavenly rose and the perfume of the rose can heal my spirit while delighting all of my senses. Even if you think that you don’t like rose perfumes come and immerse yourself in Raphaella’s world for awhile. You’ll be glad that you did because there is a luscious rose perfume just waiting for you here. I promise! 

FORWARD BY CHRISTINE LEWANDOWSKI: Raphaella's Roses have, from the very beginning been a labor of love.  It began as an idea to list rose scents because our Editor in chief loves them.  Over the life of the magazine, Raphaella’s Roses took on a life of its own, as more and more people responded to this particular section of the magazine.  It is little wonder, considering the lengthy and varied history of roses.  Indeed, fossil records indicate roses have existed as long as 35 million years ago.  Fossilized rose flowers and hips are found in the western United States and in Europe: along with petrified rose wreaths in Egyptian tombs.  Most of us are familiar with the many ways in which the rose is used as a symbol.  Be it by color, to represent emotions or flower to represent nations.  The rose has been used to represent everything from English factions in the War of the Roses, the Rosicrucians, Christian martyrs, the divine feminine,  New York City and The Alchemy Guild.  A sixteenth century lexicon states that the rose is a symbol that has many very profound meanings in all branches of the Hermetic mystery. The Rosicrucian esoteric fraternity adopted the rose on a cross as their symbol. The cross chosen was one of equal lengths and not the crucifixion cross. Sir Francis Bacon is purported to have been a Rosicrucian and went so far as to wear roses on the toes of his shoes."

The rose has been used in literature from ancient Buddhist and Confucianism, the Old Testament, Shakespeare and Alice in Wonderland.  Is it any wonder that the rose and rose fragrances continue to fascinate us?  We hope you enjoy this Four Part Series of Raphaella’s Roses.