Aromatics Elixir Sheer Velvet Philtre Sensuel by Clinique

Chamomile opens this fragrance with Bulgarian rose. The heart reveals a bouquet of white flowers: ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley with jasmine. Patchouli, the original scent’s signature note, is tied to ‘shimmering ribbons’ of vetiver and amber.

Chamomile, Bulgarian Rose, Lily-of-the-Valley, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Patchouli, Vetiver, Amber

Tubereuse Indiana by Creed

Tubereuse Indiana created by the revered House of Creed is a beautiful floral blend that revolves around a main note of Indian tuberose touched by a hint of sensual vanilla. It comes in the house’s distinctive bottle, this time topped with a deep onyx cap. A feminine floral fragrance with Indian tuberose, Bulgarian rose, ylang ylang, vanilla and ambergris. This fragrance is very sexy and luscious.  One of my top ten.

Notes: Indian Tuberose, Ambergris, Vanilla, Bulgarian Rose and Ylang-Ylang

Parfums Raffy
Neiman Marcus
Fantasia de Fleurs by Creed

Fantasia De Fleurs Perfume is a timeless and elegant perfume based on rose, iris and ambergris fragrances. Fantasia De Fleurs is by no means an old fashioned scent, in fact, it is one of my "top ten" and is very modern to me. You can't get any better with a mixture of Bulgarian rose and ambergris. Top Ten.

It is a rich and regal floral bouquet that features Bulgarian rose, Florentine iris, and an infusion of ambergris.  Created in 1862 for Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Fantasia De Fleurs perfume by the revered house of Creed is a timeless scent — one that has had an immense following for more that 140 years.  Notes: Florals, Bulgarian Rose, Florentine Iris and Ambergris.

Parfums Raffy
Neiman Marcus

Amouage Homage Attar

This is a huge multifaceted fragrance, filling a room even and this is still one of my top fragrances to own, not because of the five star rating from Luca Turin but because I am fascinated and enthralled as this may be one of the most stunning attars of all time.  Amouage introduced the new limited release attar Amouage Homage last winter.

The attar is a heady floral, dominated by Rose Taifi, the finest quality oil extracted from the petals of a rose. Complementing this, the finest Silver Frankincense, Tayyiba, a beautiful blend of Jasmine and Sweet Amber, Silver Oud and Al Andalus, a subtle blend of Citrus and Sandalwood.

A small drop is applied to the pulse points and the extraordinary, fragrance will develop over many hours. This fragrance is anything but subtle, it is a sacred perfume made for Gods and Goddesses.


Parfums de Nicolaï Juste un Reve

Juste un Reve was one of my first niche fragrances and is still a summer favorite.

This is a lush and ambrosial tropical rose which sings of rose, jasmine with a coconut-scented twist.  Notes of jasmine, rose, iris, hyacinth and monoi.

A little sweet but not overly so. I prefer this over any of the highly commercial "tropical" fragrances out there-this is a work of art by a master perfumer.
Bond No 9 Broadway Nite

Bond No. 9 is also one of my favorite perfume houses and I have the highest respect and admiration for Laurice Rahme.  Considering that I own six Bond No. 9 fragrances speaks a great deal about this company.

"Broadway Night" is named after the NYC Theater District.  This is a fantasy floral bouquet that is perfect for a night out on the town.

This heady, sexy and dramatic scent combines Rose, Iris, Honeysuckle, Amber, Vanilla Bean, and Musk.

Bond No. 9,
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Saks Fifth Avenue

Montale Oud Queen Roses
The Montale line has many fragrances that have a rose theme and all of them are stunning. This is another magnificent rose fragrance from the Montale oud line, which has several compositions with oud and rose blended together.  There are so many Montale fragrances, I have a hard time keeping up with all of them

Aoud Rose Petals is an unusual and complex composition of flowers and woods, in which voluptuos red rose foregoes deep and noble notes of precious woods (oud, Teak, cedar and Guaiac) with spicy nuances (saffron). The perfumer behind this fragrance is Pierre Montale.

Montale also produces these rose based fragrances, all stunning: Aoud Damascus, Aoud Flowers, Attar, (Sandalwood and rose), Roses Musk.

Parfum Raffy

Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche incarnates the fragrance of a resolutely independent and free-spirited woman . According to the company, RIVE GAUCHE is a state of mind, an attitude, a lifestyle. The bravado of Parisian chic!  Free, sexy and unpredictable, Rive Gauche expresses the quintessence of Yves Saint Laurent’s eternal modernity. It is named after the famed street where YSL’s boutique is located. It starts with sparkling aldehyde notes that gradually blend into a luxurious, floral heart.

The popular and much loved fragrance of floral aldehydes has clear woody and aromatic accords. The aldehyde note is surrounded with pelargonium and rose absolute, ending with a combination of oak moss, vetiver, musk and balsamic notes.  "Very French'

Clarins Par Amour

This popular fragrance is floral, fruity and woody notes blooming together composed by perfumer Raphael Haury. The top notes are pink pepper and black currant, the heart is composed of Turkish rose and vanilla and the base includes sandalwood and benzoin.

Parfums Gres Cabaret

Seduction was the inspiration for Cabaret by Parfums Gres. This woody floral fragrance is comprised of vibrant floral accords such as rose, lily of the valley, peony, and pink bay layered over middle notes of incense and blue orris, and finished with sensual sandalwood, amber, and musk.
Notes include Rose, Lily of the Valley, Peony, Pink Bay, Blue Orris, Woody/Amber Notes, Violet, Incense Wood, Patchouli, Indian Sandalwood, Amber, Musk.
Editions Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose

Glamorous, and softly feminine, this fragrance's rose note is enhanced by violet with musk, vanilla, and a hint of vetiver and amber.

Frédéric Malle – whose reputation as a French fragrance connoisseur precedes his boutique UK debut – brings Editions de Parfums to the heralded department. Applying the slogan, “Fragrance without compromise” to his brand ethos, Frédéric Malle’s collection of seventeen exceptional perfumes – each of which bears the name of the creator on the bottle – have been formulated by those whom Malle considers to be the top nine ‘noses’ in the world.

Ce Soir ou Jamais Annick Goutal 

Ce Soir Ou Jamais (Tonight or Never...Maybe Forever) was created by Annick Goutal.  An infinitely secret whisper, a tender and irresistible proposition. Notes of Turkish rose are enhanced by various flowers and plants for a fresh, intoxicating scent on the skin. Just a hint of sensuality to spice up the season...A combination of 160 notes, among them rose, wild flower, pear and peach, it took Annick Goutal 10 years to create this complex and heady fragrance.

Becoming a perfumer was a natural for Annick Goutal. Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1945, she studied piano until the age of 21, when she met a perfumer from Grasse. She learned that both perfume and music blend a variety of notes to create a pleasing, harmonious composition. When creating her now-legendary fragrances, Goutal artfully wove notes into bouquets of emotion inspired by childhood memories, dreams, and travels. French for "tonight or never," Ce Soir ou Jamais strikes a sensual tone, both in its name and its notes. Legendary perfumer Annick Goutal blended 160 essences, intertwining Turkish rose gardens, cassis, pears, and wild flowers, to create the scent.  Notes: Turkish Rose, Wild Flower, Peach, Ambrette Seed

Paul Smith Roses

This fragrance is exceptional fresh & sensual, created by living flower technology and no blooms are harvested nor distilled.  Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon. His collections of clothing and accessories for both men and women are usually identified by the presence of Smith's signature multi-coloured pinstripe motif somewhere on each item.

Pauline Paul Smith's wife gave him a rose for his birthday, which gave him the inspiration to create Rose Fragrance.  Paul Smith Rose is the new Paul Smith fragrance for women.A fresh, modern, airy fragrance, introducing an unmistakable note of edgy elegance.A rose fragrance for a new generation.  The rose at the heart of this fragrance is one that bears Paul Smith's name and proved to be an inspiration for the fragrance.

Top Notes Paul Smith Rose, Green Tea
Heart Notes; Violet Flowers, Magnolia, Turkish Rose Oil
Base Notes; Soft Musky Base, Cedar Wood

This fragrance is available at numerous locations on the Internet.

Paul Smith

Parfums d' Empire Eau Suave was inspired by Empress Josephine, Napoleon's one true love, and her affection for roses. Sophisticated and warm, Eau Suave is the scent of dark-red flowers basking in the golden glow of spices, sweetened by honeyed apricots, peaches and raspberries. Sensual and decadent Eau Suave is a gorgeous rose scent.  Complex and multi-faceted, this noble beauty is not your average rose soliflore.

I originally gave this fragrance away, because I did not understand it. My nose was not as experienced as it is today. Recently a new friend at Sniffapalooza urged me to re-sniff this again at Aedes and I literally swooned. Of course, Eau Suave is on my "to purchase" list again. 

Eau Suave Notes: pepper, coriander, saffron, Rose de Malmaison, apricot, raspberry, peach, vanilla and musk

Lierre Rose by Parfums 06130

Lierre Rose is a luminous green rose that unfolds into a compositon that combines the honeyed allure of roses with crisp ivy leaves. The floral melange of tuberose, rose and ylang ylang is lit up by the warmth of cardamon. The neroli lifts up the richness of roses.

Lierre Rose is a bouquet masterpiece of fragrant flowers, and when I first tried this, I fell in love.
This creation by perfumer Jacques Chabert.

Lierre Rose Notes
Rose, Cypress, Cardamon, Ylang-Ylang, Grasse Violet, Neroli, Tuberose, Jasmin Petals, Grasse Violet Absolute, Haitian Vetiver Oil, Sandalwood

Very Irrésistible Givenchy

An homage to Givenchy's early days when fashion and cinema were intertwined, Very Irrésistible Givenchy, unites the elegant tradition of French style with the energy and pop-culture pizzazz of American film. Bursting with roses and infused with star anise, and verbena leaf, Very Irrésistible Givenchy is a fresh departure from the traditional floral fragrance. Liv Tyler is the new icon of the 20 and 30-somethings. As impertinent as Audrey, she incarnates the freshness and originality of a perfume composed essentially from roses, the eternally fashionable flower.

Centifolia Rose, Peony Rose, Fantasia Rose, Passion Rose, Emotion Rose, Verbena Leaf, Star Anise.

Téo Cabanel Alahine

I am completely in love with the full line of fragrances of Téo Cabanel, a house of fine French unisex fragrances. I adore all four fragrances. Each fragrance is very unique and "very French" .

Alahine: a captivating soft amber. The has been described as a patchouli and rose combination.  Alahine is a distinguished and alluring perfume which will invite you to the warmth mysterious scents of luxurious oriental palaces.  To create this captivating sensual fragrance, we use only the finest natural ingredients. The perfumer is Jean-Francois Latty.   Alahine takes off with a citrusy top note of bergamot and ylang-ylang. The flowery scents of jasmine and rose are in perfect harmony with spices such as orange tree and pepper plant. Spellbinding and unforgettable, the honeyed rose of Morocco perfectly illustrates the Orient.  The sensuous accent gives way to the way to the sweetness and warmth of iris, cistus, patchouli, benjoin, vanilla, sandalwood and musk.  Base Notes: Iris concrete, Cistus, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk, Middle Notes, Bulgarain Rose, Morrocan, Orange Tree, Jasmine, Pepper Plant, Top Notes Bergamot, Ylang Ylang

Read full descriptions of all the Téo Cabanel fragrances here and a Sniffapalooza Magazine Exclusive Interview with Caroline Ilacqua of Téo Cabanel

Now available at Lucky Scent
Henri Bendel also carries the solids.

Natural Perfume
Jewelry of Heaven
Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery

Laurie Stern, another very talented natural perfumer, is the natural perfumer and artist behind Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery. Laurie uses her gift for capturing the essence of things and making them change and grow in ways that are beautiful and fun. She now merges all her talents and interests in her true calling as an alchemist for natural perfumery.
This is another gorgeous natural perfume with one of my favorite notes, the Rose.  Jewelry of Heaven is a gorgeous homage to the classic 19th century jasmine-rose fond opens the heart with perfumery’s most timeless, most beautiful scents. Organic jasmine grandiflorum and Turkish and Himalayan roses intertwine in a deep, meditative perfume - as languorously sensual as it is serene. This unabashedly beautiful blend is created in a base of Queen Nefertiti and Red Rose infused alcohols.

This fragrance has some of the most expensive ingredients in the world and Laurie Stern is an incredible perfumer who deserves more recognition for her high art of natural perfumery.

"Jewelry of Heaven is my homage to 19th- and early 20th-century perfumes based on the classic jasmine-rose fond. This is a very timeless, serene scent based on rose, jasmine, vetiver, and sandalwood. The perfume has a very pretty, inviting sillage, and dries down to a soft, powdery finish. It’s calming, rich, and floral and gives me a sense of peace whenever I wear it."  - Laurie Stern

Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery

Histoires de Parfums 1876 Mata Hari

Rose épicée

The fragrance of a femme fatale!  1876 is a full-bodied deep Oriental fragrance and now is on my "to-own" list. After testing at the last Sniffapalooza, I could not get my mind off this one and wondered why I never paid attention to it before.

"Histoires de Parfums 1876 is inspired by Mata Hari, a courtesan and spy. A woman who followed her destiny whenever it led. Mysterious contradictions culminate in this enticing, alluring scent, thus 1876 is a powerful weapon in the war of seduction. Immediately intriguing, this Eau de Parfum is built upon a woman's natural capacity to captivate.  1876 opens with a sparkling fruity nuance derived from French cassis, peach and a hint of black pepper combined with ivy for a green, effervescent scent. At the heart are a bouquet of rich flowers, including Moroccan rose, broom, Indian jasmine and ylang-ylang. Finally, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla and musk provide a lusty, long-lasting memory.

Gérald Ghislain, Founder of Histoires de Parfums said of 1876: "There is not one rose but many roses: but the one I wanted for 1876 is not the fragile and juvenile rose that is often found  in classic perfumery, but the bewitched, spicy one, like the fascinating Mata Hari, whose date of birth named this fragrance.  I chose for 1876 the rose of Moldave, woodier, quite somber; I accentuated these notes with vetiver, cumin and sandalwood, and use sweet notes like bergamot,  lichee and cinnamon to reveal  this rose’s sensuality and transform it into a new rose, a real Oriental flower. "   -  from article A  Dozen Roses Unlike Any Others By Michelyn Camen       A MUST read!

Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Praline

The two main passions of Marie-Hélène Rogeon are perfumes and… roses.  They are all so different; shy or proud, voluptuous or tender, with multiple shapes and colours, and 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 different, from the fresher Un Zest de Rose to the more sensuous Une Folie de Rose.

Created in 2008 by François Robert, on a Marie-Hélène Rogeon’s idea, this is called "an old languid rose".  I burst out laughing when
I read this copy off the Les Parfumes de Rosie site, only because it is so far from the truth. Rose Praline was a hot item recently at Aedes and it flew off the shelf within an hour, selling out completely. I was one of those that purchased it. Yes, it is "languid" but far from "old".  Old, to me, is withering and dusty, Rose Praline is in fact a gourmand floral and is very feminine and delicious. 
As my friends know, I am a huge fan of the Les Parfums de Rosine line. 

Top note : Cardamom, Italian bergamot, Rose oil 
Heart note : Géranium, Chocolate powder, Rose absolue, Lapsang Souchong tea  Base note : Ambre, Sandal wood, Cacao, White musk 


Next Issue of "Raphaella's Roses"...

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i Profumi di Firenze Caterina de Medici, i Profumi di Firenze Rosa di Damascus, i Profumi di Firenze Florentia 24, Regina by Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561, Trance Essence Abby Rose, Ren Rosa Maya, CB I Hate Perfume Tea Rose, Diptyque Opôné, Lorenzo Villoresi Donna, Yosh Winter Rose and Yosh Sottile 1.61, Regina by Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561, Hermèssence Rose Ikebana, Thierry Mugler Rose Angel, Comme des Garcons Series: Red Rose, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Rose Vert, Parfumerie Generale Brule, Strange Invisable Perfumes Prima Ballerina, Amaze Parfum People of the Labyrinths, Miss Charming by Juliette Has a Gun, Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun, Ayala Moriel Rosebud, Divine  L’Inspiratrice , Eau D’Italie Paestum Rose, Stéphanie de Saint-Aignan’s Le Pot Aux Roses plus much more...

Natural Perfume
Roxana Illuminated Perfume

Rosa is a gorgeous natural perfume and an instant hit with those that sniff this natural perfume. Many of us were fortunate to receive samples of Rosa at a Sniffapalooza event where Roxana Villa was a featured guest speaker. Roxana continues to amaze with her naturals perfumes and is garnering quite the reputation as a top natural perfumer. This is a fragrance that truly blooms. I consider this my top "metaphysical perfume" along side Amouage Attar.

“And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.”
- Christopher Marlowe

"The fifth perfume in our series celebrating the aromatic landscape of the State of California is Rosa. Inspiration for this fragrance came when my friend introduced me to the native rose of California. The botanical name for this wild rose is Rosa californica, a five petaled deciduous shrub important to local wildlife. The main notes in this dark and luxurious floral perfume features a heart of Turkish Rose otto, Indian Rose absolute and a complex accord of Rose. Her top note accessories are mainly in the citrus family anchored by musky Agarwood and earthy Vetiver. Our grain and grape alcohol, as well as many of our essences are organic. This earthbound, woody rose botanical perfume has been created by hand utilizing pure, plant essences. 7 grams of pure botanical perfume extrait arrives in a French glass flacon, contained in a Dusty Rose hand crocheted pouch and packaged in a silk lined purple box. Rosa develops into a rich rosy bouquet over time, literally blossoming on the skin of the wearer." - Roxana Villa

The 7 gram flacon and samples are available at
Read more about this fragrance at the Illuminated Journal:

Roxana Illuminated Perfume