best rose perfumes

Best Rose Perfumes Guide:

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Why should you settle for mundane rose perfume when you can wear luxury? Let me explain in the best rose perfumes guide. Also, roses are suitable for more than just elegant ladies with sophisticated roots. Instead, the best rose fragrances include a cologne and some multi-gender and multi-generational options.

I’ve moved from simple perfume expertise to modern pursuits of beautiful aromas. Join me as I seek the ideal luxury rose scent for every different person in our uniquely evolving world. Besides, who wants the same advice repeatedly?

Bottom Line Up Front

Roses inspire images of luxury, elegance, and class. Why should your new fragrance miss those elements? I’ve been insanely passionate about perfumes long enough to spot the mundane ingredients from the exceptional notes. Welcome to my guide, where I only share the best scents with unusual ingredients that don’t come from backyards.

I’ll show you soon how to recognize luxury roses among the thorns before sharing how strict I was when choosing the top picks. However, I’ll recommend Coach EDP for Women upfront because it’s my ultimate choice. It’s one of the more affordable perfumes on my list. It has sweet and fruity undertones to modernize the rose concept. Some of my picks will reveal classics.

But, every rose perfume fanatic must find one that suits their choice of blends and personalities. Let’s see my top picks briefly before diving deeper into my reasons.

My Top Rose Perfume Picks at a Glance

  1. Ralph Lauren Romance Parfum
  2. Elizabeth Arden White Tea Wild Rose
  3. Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose
  4. BVLGARI Rose Goldea Blossom Delight
  5. Coach EDP for Women
  6. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Rosé
  7. Chloé Roses De Chloé
  8. Lalique Amethyst Exquise
  9. Carolina Herrera Good Girl
  10. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Intensément
  11. Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold
  12. 2017 Christian Dior Miss Dior
  13. Jo Malone Red Roses
  14. Aerin Rose De Grasse
  15. Tom Ford Rose Prick

The Best Rose Perfumes Guide Facts

Perfume Bottle On Back Lay On Roses

Let’s discover the secrets behind the best rose perfumes before diving into the finer details of my top picks.

Tips for Rose Perfume Lovers

Rose perfumes are more complex. For example, the rose note is too intimate and requires other ingredients to enhance the floral blends. However, some rose notes are luxurious enough to carry a more robust wake, such as French, Bulgarian, Turkish, Grasse, Damask, May, and Blue Roses. Look out for these luxury rose ingredients to wear perfume that smells like roses.

Meanwhile, you could enhance the rose elements with the best complementary notes, such as pepper or musk. Musk is a common ingredient used to bring out the rose notes. Pepper adds a touch of spiciness. Ultimately, the best rose fragrances use multiple luxury roses with musk or pepper, or they have different accords to help the roses stand out, including:

  • Other Florals: Any blossom, lily-of-the-valley, violet, iris, peony, lavender, jasmine (especially sambac), magnolia, and gardenia are slightly more potent and help enhance floral notes.
  • Fruit Notes: Any tropical fruit, peach, apricot, berries, currants, citruses, or apples work to brighten the rose elements with sweet and fresh touches that feel modern and feminine (even for those who identify as female).
  • Sweet Notes: Vanilla, Tonka bean, almond, and praline enhance luxury rose notes when you need feminine flair.
  • Warm Notes: Leather, suede, wood, and amber warm the rose notes beautifully to help them stand out.

How I Picked the Best Rose Perfumes

Roses were always connected to luxury, elegance, and beauty. So, here’s how I picked the best rose perfumes:

  • It must be a famous brand everyone knows and loves,
  • Luxury brands are most welcome, and luxury rose notes are a must,
  • It should have two or more notes from my tips, blend with proper complements, or use multiple luxury roses,
  • It must come from a trusted store: Macy’s or Sephora (except for the best alternatives).

Best Rose Perfumes Guide: Luxurious Aromas

The best rose perfumes come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Let’s navigate my best choices by price, ranging from low to high.

Ralph Lauren Romance Parfum

Ralph Lauren Romance Parfum

Ralph Lauren’s Romance Parfum uses May Roses, not regular roses like the Romance EDP. Please select the right perfume type to get these luxurious rose notes. It costs more, but you’ll be happier than a new love on their honeymoon stage. Ralph undoubtedly knows how to make perfume smell like romance because this one has romantic undertones.

  • Drydown: Rose, floral, musky, soft spicy, fruity, patchouli, woody, sweet, warm spicy, and powdery.
  • Upper Notes: Pink pepper, violet leaves, and blackcurrant blossom
  • Middle Notes: Ylang-ylang, Jasmine, and May Rose
  • Final Notes: Patchouli and musk
  • Type: Chypre Floral Parfum
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Lasts: Easy 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

Pros:

  • The scent has intense fruity and floral exchanges.
  • It smells like romance, love, and date nights.
  • It has hours on your side and won’t overpower the senses.

Cons:

  • The pepper teases the drydown with spicy notes.
  • It could have more sweet notes to level the romance.

Elizabeth Arden White Tea Wild Rose

Elizabeth Arden White Tea Wild Rose

Elizabeth Arden is a classic brand I enjoy adding to my lists. It has various perfumes, but the White Tea Wild Rose variant has two luxury roses enhanced by blossom, fruit, florals, musk, and amber. The scent is more modern than it sounds, especially with white tea. Unfortunately, it’s a gentle fragrance best suited for people who want to go unnoticed unless they’re up close.

  • Drydown: Rose, floral, green, fresh, musky, aromatic, fruity, soft spicy, amber, and powdery
  • Upper Notes: White tea, pear blossom, redcurrant, and Palmarosa
  • Middle Notes: Peony, clary sage, Turkish Rose, and Bulgarian Rose
  • Final Notes: Musk, Tonka bean, amber, and mate
  • Type: Floral EDT
  • Sillage: Weak to moderate
  • Lasts: 5-6 hours
  • Best Alternative: Paul Smith Rose

Pros:

  • The perfume uses many ingredients to enhance two luxury roses.
  • The warmth from the bottom and sweetness from the top are ideal.
  • It lasts long enough for an EDT and suits multiple genders and generations.

Cons:

  • The sillage is terrible if you’re not close to people.
  • It would be beautiful as a longer-lasting EDP.

Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose

Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose

Mon Guerlain has various gorgeous fragrances, but this one smells gentler than most. It would be ideal for anyone seeking a scent with delicate florals supported by subtle warmth and a hint of sweetness. The Tahitian vanilla is more potent than regular choices, bringing the sweetness out with a few ingredients. However, the primary focus lies on the aromatics and florals.

  • Drydown: White floral, citrus, rose, fresh, floral, lavender, fresh spicy, vanilla, sweet, aromatic, and woody
  • Upper Notes: Lavender and citruses
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose, neroli, and Jasmine sambac
  • Final Notes: Tahitian vanilla and sandalwood
  • Type: Floral EDT
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Lasts: 5-6 hours
  • Best Alternative: Chanel Chance

Pros:

  • The scent is beautifully gentle while still having a slightly cheeky undertone.
  • It smells classically feminine, with traditional florals to support the rose note.
  • It lasts long enough for an EDT and smells moderate enough to wear daily.

Cons:

  • It’s a slightly traditional drydown without contemporary flair.
  • I enjoy longer-lasting perfumes more than EDTs.

BVLGARI Rose Goldea Blossom Delight

I smelled this scent in a store and didn’t love it. It’s too intimate to last long enough for an entire day on my skin. However, it has a beautiful drydown that starts with subtle but classic florals. The white musk and papaya are what turn it around. Otherwise, the fragrance would be too traditional for modern women or those who identify as female.

BVLGARI Rose Goldea Blossom Delight

  • Drydown: Rose, musky, white floral, floral, green, tropical, fresh, powdery, and ozonic
  • Upper Notes: Jasmine, violet leaf, and papaya
  • Middle Notes: Rose leaf, lily-of-the-valley, and rose
  • Final Notes: Bulgarian Rose, amber, and white musk
  • Type: Floral EDT
  • Sillage: Weak to moderate
  • Lasts: 5-6 hours
  • Best Alternative: Miss Boucheron

Pros:

  • The opening notes will blow you away if you love classic florals.
  • The scent has a triple layer of rose notes to capture a rose fanatic’s senses genuinely.
  • It’s a beautiful fragrance to wear daily or on social excursions.

Cons:

  • The scent is too intimate and floral for modern fans.
  • It could last much longer if it were an EDP.

Coach EDP for Women

Few perfumes can do what Coach did with its EDP for women. The fragrance begins with sensually pleasing dances between florals, fruits, and musk before transforming into a beast-like nature. Then, you suddenly fall into a gentler feminine undertone. Apologies, I didn’t have the EDP picture, but the EDT bottle and box look the same as the EDP. Only the liquid inside differs slightly.

Coach EDP for Women

  • Drydown: Fruity, rose, sweet, musky, floral, powdery, woody, leather, fresh, and white floral
  • Upper Notes: Pink pepper, pear, and raspberry leaf
  • Middle Notes: Gardenia, cyclamen, and Turkish Rose
  • Final Notes: Sandalwood, suede, musk, and Cashmeran
  • Type: Floral EDP
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Lasts: Easy 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Esteé Lauder Modern Muse

Pros:

  • The drydown goes from gentle to beast-like to innocent and sweet.
  • The leather undertone is one of the best I’ve smelled in perfumes.
  • It’s a long-lasting pleasure for women and individuals who want an animalistic evolution.

Cons:

  • The finale is surprising for some who may not enjoy it.
  • The wake could be more potent with leather and suede.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Rosé

Alcohol makes roses stand out more. It enhances the smell of the underlying notes and brings a touch of sweetness to the blend. Carolina Herrera often stuns me with her shoe-shaped fragrances. However, the pill-shaped scents have as much attitude. Speaking of which, this perfume smells like an attitude in a bottle. It’s bold, fierce, and wildly inappropriate to suit the most confident fans.

  • Drydown: Fruity, Champagne, floral, musky, sweet, aldehydic, woody, powdery, and citrus
  • Upper Notes: Pink pepper and Rosé Champagne
  • Middle Notes: Peach blossom and May Rose
  • Final Notes: White musk and woodsy notes
  • Type: Fruity, Floral EDP Gourmand
  • Sillage: Medium to solid
  • Lasts: At least 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Marc Joseph Arbre De Nuit Rosé

Pros:

  • The Rosé Champagne is a beautiful addition to this perfume.
  • It has peach blossom, my favorite note, and blends sweet and cheeky.
  • The scent lasts longer than your day and suits the most confident people.

Cons:

  • The drydown starts with a potent burst some people might not enjoy.
  • The bottle’s shape is weird and slightly irrelevant to fragrances.

Chloé Roses De Chloé

Chloé Roses De Chloé

Roses De Chloé reminds me of a sweet, innocent girl who still needs to make her way. Hence, it suits younger individuals with a solid feminine soul. The fresh notes dampen the wake slightly, which messes the scent up. However, the many fruits bring some life back into this vibrant fragrance. The bottle is also adorable for a perfume tray.

  • Drydown: Floral, rose, fruity, citrus, aromatic, musky, and powdery
  • Upper Notes: Bergamot, tarragon, litchi, and lemon
  • Middle Notes: Cedarwood, green apple, peach, blackcurrant, magnolia, and Damask Rose
  • Final Notes: Amber, white musk, and woodsy notes
  • Type: Floral EDT
  • Sillage: Intimate to moderate
  • Lasts: Up to 6 hours
  • Best Alternative: BVLGARI Rose Goldea (plain)

Pros:

  • The aroma is intensely vibrant and youthful and won’t suit mature people.
  • The fruits are the savior of this blend, unique and almost tropical.
  • The wake serves a younger fan and lasts long enough for classes.

Cons:

  • Mature fans prefer something bolder and more confident.
  • The floral notes don’t welcome the fruity ones enough.

Lalique Amethyst Exquise

Lalique Amethyst Exquise

An amethyst feels empowering, and this perfume empowers you to become anyone you desire. It has a challenging nature that completes a confident and ambitious person. It even has a dangerous undertone that allows florals to rise to higher levels with a solid ingredients base. The scent is wild, beast-like, and highly ambitious, and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Drydown: Sweet, floral, floral, woody, and powdery
  • Upper Notes: Heliotrope, raspberry, blackberry, and blackcurrant
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose and Orchid
  • Final Notes: Sandalwood, gardenia, vanilla, and benzoin
  • Type: Fruity, Floral EDP Gourmand
  • Sillage: Moderate to solid
  • Lasts: Easy 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Christian Dior Poison Girl

Pros:

  • The cheeky opening notes give way to a dangerous undertone with warm florals.
  • The Gourmand fragrance delivers on the bottle’s ambitious promises.
  • You’ll wear this perfume long while embracing an explosive wake.

Cons:

  • It’s an explosive scent that belongs to confidence.
  • It reminds me of Maleficent.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

My husband bought me a bottle once. He missed the smell. We need help finding it in our stores and must import it. However, he found a car fragrance with the Carolina Herrera Good Girl scent yesterday. The notes are insane and would be my second favorite scent on this list. It’s a courageously modern fragrance with more attitude than most fans could handle. Also, it comes as a shoe.

  • Drydown: Sweet, vanilla, white floral, warm spicy, amber, cacao, tuberose, woody, almond, and powdery
  • Upper Notes: Bergamot, lemon, coffee, and almond
  • Middle Notes: Orange blossom, tuberose, Oris, Jasmine Sambac, and Bulgarian Rose
  • Final Notes: Tonka bean, cacao, amber, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, cinnamon, cedarwood, patchouli, and praline
  • Type: Amber, Floral EDP
  • Sillage: Solid to explosive
  • Lasts: At least 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Jimmy Choo, I Want You

Pros:

  • You’ll never resist chocolate again once you wear this gorgeous fragrance.
  • The evolution is brilliant and potent enough to make you feel like royalty.
  • It’s a naughty fragrance that lasts forever and remains pretty solid.

Cons:

  • The praline and almond notes only rise later.
  • It may be too powerful for younger fans.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Intensément

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Intensément

An intense fragrance doesn’t entirely describe this glorious and sensual arrangement that uses two luxurious rose notes. It’s one of three Chypre florals on my top picks, but it gives Good Girl a run for her money. However, it has a sweeter nature with a more professional aroma. Ultimately, it opens with a note that decides my best picks list. It’s my third favorite perfume with roses.

  • Drydown: Rose, floral, fruity, sweet, vanilla, woody, fresh, musky, powdery, and citrus
  • Upper Notes: Raspberry, pear, orange, bergamot, and blackcurrant
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose, May Rose, peony, freesia, and Datura
  • Final Notes: Cashmeran, vanilla, white musk, benzoin, and patchouli
  • Type: Chypre Floral EDP
  • Sillage: Solid to explosive
  • Lasts: Easy 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Giorgio Armani Si

Pros:

  • The potent opening drydown slams the rose note into another realm.
  • The fruit and sweet elements tone it slightly as the base warms the florals.
  • It lasts longer than a workday and will leave impressions everywhere.

Cons:

  • It’s too bold or confident for young fans.
  • The citrus notes barely appear at the end.

Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold

Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold

Tiffany & Co’s Rose Gold is relatively new on the market. I have yet to own one. However, it smells divine. Also, it opens with a smell coming back from the 90s. Musk is still relevant. Meanwhile, it has gorgeous iris dances with a powdery element. Iris and powdery dry downs are beautiful. Finally, the bottle will blow you away if you love feminine touches.

  • Drydown: Musky, floral, rose, fruity, iris, powdery, aromatic, and woody
  • Upper Notes: Blackcurrant
  • Middle Notes: Iris and Blue Rose
  • Final Notes: Musk and musk mallow
  • Type: Fruity, Floral EDP Gourmand
  • Sillage: Weak to moderate
  • Lasts: Up to 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey

Pros:

  • The brand brings to life an old-school scent returning to fame.
  • The musk enhances with two base notes to liven up the florals.
  • The perfume lasts forever and smells slightly traditional with a modern twist.

Cons:

  • The wake is too weak but suits the musk undertones.
  • The blackcurrant only comes through a little.

2017 Christian Dior Miss Dior

2017 Christian Dior Miss Dior

Christian Dior launched a new Miss Dior in 2017. Try to distinguish it from the 2021 version. They smell entirely different and use different rose notes. The older version uses two luxury rose ingredients to ensure your nose captures every flower element. Meanwhile, the exceptional burst of citruses in the first notes allows the perfume to smell spicy without aromatics.

  • Drydown: Rose, citrus, woody, patchouli, warm spicy, soft spicy, sweet, floral, and balsamic
  • Upper Notes: Blood orange, Mandarin orange, sweet orange, Calabrian bergamot, lemon, and pink pepper
  • Middle Notes: Grasse Rose, Damask Rose, and Jasmine leaf
  • Final Notes: Palisander rosewood and patchouli
  • Type: Chypre Floral EDP
  • Sillage: Moderate to solid
  • Lasts: 6-8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Tocca Gia

Pros:

  • The older Miss Dior is the best because it uses luxury rose ingredients.
  • The aroma is strikingly beautiful and elegant enough to make anyone feel sophisticated.
  • The wake and longevity are excellent.

Cons:

  • It might be challenging to find it with the new version.
  • It smells divine on mature people but not young guns.

Jo Malone Red Roses

jo malone red roses

Jo Malone offers various colognes that work for men, women, and anyone who identifies as any gender as long as the scents appeal to you. This scent is youthful, vibrant, and forward-thinking. It smells like someone highly conscious of the environment and keeping the world in shape. Ultimately, it’s the most versatile perfume on my top picks.

  • Drydown: Rose, floral, green, and citrus
  • Upper Notes: Mint and lemon
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose and violet leaf
  • Final Notes: Beeswax
  • Type: Floral, Green Cologne
  • Sillage: Moderate to solid
  • Lasts: 4+ hours
  • Best Alternative: Bulgarian Rose Perfume

Pros:

  • It’s the ideal fragrance for environmentally-conscious individuals.
  • It’s the most versatile scent across genders and identities.
  • It has a powerful wake at first.

Cons:

  • It should last much longer.
  • The drydown becomes subtler and subtler in an hour.

Aerin Rose De Grasse

Aerin Rose De Grasse

Aerin is another brand that makes gorgeous fragrances, including one that blends two luxury roses with two layers of musk. It’s the ideal classic rose-musk collaboration. Meanwhile, it smells neutral enough to work for multiple genders if you have a feminine flair. It has an intense feminine vibe with elegant touches for the professional who loves feeling noticed.

  • Drydown: Rose, musky, floral, aquatic, woody, fresh, and powdery
  • Upper Notes: Musk mallow and watery notes
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose and French Rose
  • Final Notes: Musk, amber, woodsy notes
  • Type: Woody, Floral, Musk EDP
  • Sillage: Weak to moderate
  • Lasts: 6+ hours
  • Best Alternative: Ajmal Wisal

Pros:

  • Rose De Grasses is perfect for elegance and modern-classic blends.
  • The perfume smells divine and warm with exceptional notes.
  • The wake is acceptable for the musk-rose collaboration.

Cons:

  • It could last longer for an EDP.
  • It could be a more contemporary fragrance.

Tom Ford Rose Prick

Tom Ford Rose Prick

I must follow my knowledge of notes and accords to understand this perfume’s aroma because it isn’t available in my country. However, the notes stunned me, forcing me to add them to my top picks. Only the best brands focus on the Chypre Floral accords. Chypre accords include fresh and flower blossom extracts to enhance the aroma. Meanwhile, I love the elegant Tom Ford bottles.

  • Drydown: Rose, patchouli, fresh spicy, warm spicy, woody, earthy, citrus, vanilla, herbal, and floral
  • Upper Notes: Turmeric and Sichuan Pepper
  • Middle Notes: May Rose, Turkish Rose, and Bulgarian Rose
  • Final Notes: Tonka bean and patchouli
  • Type: Chypre Floral EDP
  • Sillage: Moderate to Solid
  • Lasts: Easy 8 hours
  • Best Alternative: Lataffa Yara (much more affordable!)

Pros:

  • It’s one of a few rose perfumes that use three luxury rose ingredients.
  • It enhances the rose notes with patchouli, pepper, and turmeric for a solid wake.
  • The hours will outlast your day, and it’s ultra-versatile.

Cons:

  • It’s beyond most perfume fans’ budgets.
  • You might want to avoid wearing another rose perfume again.

FAQs

Question: Are Rose Fragrances Seductive?

Answer: Roses have an elegant and romantic touch. The aromas are gentle and loving. However, Singapore’s Beauty Insider says rose ingredients are one of the top seductive notes, according to science. Blend roses with other hot ingredients to enhance your sensual persuasion. Additional seductive perfume notes include lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, vanilla, ginger, peony, and Champaca.

Question: Which Rose Notes Are the Most Luxurious?

Answer: Luxury has a price tag. I shared how Bulgarian, French, Damask, Blue, May, Turkish, and Grasse Rose notes are the most luxurious you find in fragrances. However, did you know the most expensive flower in the world is the Sweet Juliette Rose? I can’t find a perfume with the note yet, but any brand willing to use this rose will have a precious fragrance.

Question: Which Perfume Smells the Most Like Roses?

Answer: Tom Ford Rose Prick is hands-down the rosiest perfume on the market. You aren’t paying nearly $600 for nothing. It has Turkish, May, and Bulgarian rose notes enhanced by Sichuan Pepper for a splash of modern sophistication. It’s the most potent blend of luxury rose notes, and the pepper ingredient helps to bring them out more. The scent even has a mean sillage.

Best Rose Perfumes Guide: Conclusion

The ultimate rose perfume has everything you need to feel as you should in a bottle. It combines luxury roses with musk classics, pepper spices, and modern ingredients that enhance the subtle rose note. Each of my picks suits a different person. Review the top glances before choosing the one that smells like heaven on your skin.

I recommend buying Coach EDP for Women like me if you’re a contemporary personality with feminine flair. The sweet and fruity touches make it youthful but not too young. They make the scent modern but not insane. It still carries a hint of classic rose. Don’t miss out on the top fragrance for modern feminist souls. Buy yourself a spoiler today.

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