With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, what better time could there to be look at roses? Real ones, chocolate Roses (especially the hard toffees), and of course perfume: the world would be a sadder place without our beautiful roses. My grandmother had a rose garden that was her pride and joy, and back in the olden golden days of the 70s and 80s, the roses in her garden had that heady, perfect scent that is so hard to find in florists these days.
I love roses in perfume, but results can vary wildly. I have rounded up all of my favourites and I hope you will find something to suit all tastes and pockets if you are a rose lover like me. Valentine’s Day is just one day. I hope you find love every day and all year round- and big furry Tom cats count (like wot I have got).
- Andy Tauer Incense Rose: A fabulous rose scent that I never get tired of wearing. The combination of rose and incense is a heady one that lasts fourteen hours on me. You can buy it here or from Les Senteurs.
- Papillon Perfumery Tobacco Rose: I’d have to put this one joint first with Tauer Incense Rose because when it comes to rose fragrances, these two are in another league. Tobacco Rose became an instant classic- and longevity, quality and enjoyability-of-wearing- it factors are all off the scale. You can get it from the website or from Les Senteurs.
- Chloe by Chloe: Both pretty and feminine, the peony and lily of the valley showcase a rose fragrance that lasted ten hours on me the other day and I had little wafts from my scarf the next day. Available on Amazon or from Selfridges or John Lewis
- Pell Wall Pretty in Pink: Wearing a tea dress and pearls on a summer’s day? This is for you. Pretty in Pink with its roses and its lily of the valley, is delightfully retro and just cries out to be applied from a vintage glass atomizer bottle. Available from Pell Wall Perfumes (see my earlier review)
- Andy Tauer Une Rose Chyprée: A rose that manages to smell modern and vintage at the same time. With a citrussy opening, a deep rose heart and a mossy, spicy base, this is everything I want from a rose and much more. You can buy it from here.
- Marks and Spencer Autograph Blush: I bought a purse spray of Blush last week and found it to be a delightful light rose, akin to a watercolour painting and with surprising longevity for its price (a fiver). You can buy it from your local store or online.
- Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence Intense L’Eau de Parfum: I have a bottle of this and wear it often. It’s milky and woody and I always want to wear it with a pink floral dress I have. You can buy it from Yves Rocher and it’s quietly become an Yves Rocher classic.
- Atlas Mountain Rose The Body Shop: I use the perfume oil as a layering base and put other stuff over the top. With hints of musk and amber, but with a light hand, it lasts a long time and is also lovely on its own. You can buy it instore or online. It’s reasonably priced: my 15ml bottle of oil was only £7.00 and has lasted eight months so far.
- LUSH Imogen Rose: I often think this one is underrated. It is a fabulous rose that has moody hints of vetiver and orris root, and lasts beautifully. I always think its smells like expensive niche perfume. You can buy it instore or online here. Check out the cute solid perfume tin with tattoo motif!
- Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose: A dark blackcurrant opening leading to a warm spiky base, but always with roses running through it all. Available from Lancôme, Escentual or Selfridges.
So there you have it. In case you find a rose perfume conspicuous by its absence here, its is most likely because I haven’t tried it yet, rather than I don’t like it. You can find reviews of all of the above fragrances on this very blog, except for Autograph which I will be reviewing very soon.