While golfer Walter Hagen wasn't actually referring to flowers when he coined the phrase "Stop and smell the roses," he hit the nail on the head when picking that particular bloom to lend glory to. For centuries, roses have been the symbol of love and romance, and a constant staple in fragrance and beauty. And while other notes such as lavender and citrus have become more prevalent in some of our favorite fragrances, the best rose perfumes of 2020 are making a huge comeback in 2020.
"Rose will forever be one of my favorite notes because of its narcotic sensuality," Kilian Hennessy, founder of Kilian Perfumes, tells TZR. "Roses along with citrus, spices, woods, and resins make for an exquisite and high-quality perfume." But after all these years, why is the age-old scent coming back around with such a vengeance? Well according to Linda G. Levy, president of The Fragrance Foundation, roses never really left — they just bloomed. "Rose has been an important element forever," she says. "However, I think there are phases it's gone through olfactory-wise, and what we once considered a rose scent — like what we smell when we walk through a garden — has taken on a different meaning." Levy also notes that it's not always the literal flower used in the formulation of many perfumes. "Natural fragrance isn't always better than synthetic," she says. "Sometimes the perfumer's interpretation is what they feel is a rose scent, rather than using the actual bloom."
But that's not all. As unisex perfumes become more prevalent — so much so that the Fragrance Foundation has created a "universal" category into its judging — rose is being incorporated into fragrances for both genders more than ever. And while most of us don't boast the discerning noses of Hennessy and Levy, there are certain things to sniff out to identify fragrances comprised of that famous flower. "Most of the time, fragrances are associated with memory," Levy says. "But if you can't identify rose that way, brands have made it much easier by sorting fragrances by florals, citrus, etc."
But to properly draw forth the most out of your rose-blended aroma in your day-to-day wear, Hennessy says not to rub your fragrance, instead apply where "you want to be kissed," and pat it lightly it into the skin as to not disrupt the redolent chemistry. "Apply fragrance on skin for your partner, and on your clothes for the next day!" he jokes.
So ahead, check out seven new perfumes overflowing with roses that are sophisticated, seductive, and masterfully blended.
This addictive fragrance is much-different than any of Kilian's past creations with a less faceted blend than before. Rolling in Love is a “white” scent, layering with ambrette seeds, almond milk, iris, and musk. To finish the scent, rose, tuberose, and orange blossom fuse the notes together for a narcotic finish.
Diptyque's latest fragrance inspired by the energy of Paris with an extraordinary blend of lush roses that's followed by a stream of bergamot notes, topped with pink berries. The aroma is reminiscent of a romantic a date night in the spring time.
Tom Ford loves roses. So much so that he has a private rose garden of his own. This fragrance embodies the aroma of that floral oasis by blending rose de mai, and roses from Turkey and Bulgaria. However, the truest fragrance comes from the flowers' stems which when blended with its blooms creates an intoxicating redolence.
The vibrant marriage of jasmine bud, tuberose, Rangoon creeper, damascene rose, and orris come together to create Gucci's latest eau de parfum, a seductive fragrance that wraps you in a velvety layer of florals.
This feminine fragrance fragrance combines notes of violet leaf, jasmine, rose petals, rosebuds, lillies for an elevated floral scent resembling a garden near bloom.
The pairing of musk and floral, sets this fragrance apart from the others. The aroma of leather leather adds dimension to the rose while notes of orange zest up the scent for a raw, nighttime scent.