Many of us have a love-hate relationship with the rose scent. It’s like that first love we can’t forget, yet we find it a little too cliched. We know that scents inspire moods but do you know that the rose scent helps evoke positive memories and is an anti-depressant? More reasons to like this classic scent!
The Daily Vanity team has been on the lookout for rose perfumes that don’t smell anything like what grandma wears, and here are our top picks.
Yves Rocher Fresh Rose Eau De Toilette
Don’t be fooled into thinking that rose is an old lady scent. You can actually smell young and fresh, like a freshly-picked rose, thanks to this Fresh Rose Eau de Toilette. Its floral-musky notes will make you feel like you are surrounded by the fresh and subtle scent of a blooming rose, and will surely become a staple on your vanity table. Plus, this retails at just SGD28 for 100ml!
Eau Rose by Diptyque
Paris-based perfumer, Diptyque carries a fragrance that pays tribute to the rose. Instead of overpowering you with the scent of rose, the fragrance surprisingly opens with the floral-fruity scent of bergamot, blackcurrant and litchi. The multiple aromas in this bouquet is reminiscent of taking an olfactory stroll, where you experience the changes of the rose scent from day to night. The 100ml EDT retails at SGD171, or you can opt for a convenient 20ml roll-on at SGD72.
Rose Absolue EDP by Annick Goutal
Luxury boutique perfume brand, Annick Goutal, may be best known for its creation of classic favourites like the Petite Cherie, but the founder’s true love is with roses. She loved the scent so much that she’d add drops of rose essence to her bathwater and drank it in special teas. In 1984, she dedicated a perfume – the Rose Absolue – to this love. What’s special about this fragrance is how indulgent it is with its rose content. It carries the essences of not just one, but six, roses: May Rose, Turkish Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Damascus Rose, Egyptian Rose, Moroccan Rose. The 50ml spray retails at SGD290, and the 100ml spray at SGD410.
Sa Majesté la Rose by Serge Lutens
If you prefer something more “green” and woody, but still retain the rose scent at its heart, this fragrance may just be the right one for you. Featuring exotic accords like the Moroccan Rose, Musk, Honey, Guaiac Wood and Clove, this is a fresh, oriental scent that will stand out from the rest of the rose pack. This 50ml spray retails at SGD162.
Spring Flower by Creed
Want to know what Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Spring Flower by the House of Creed. While Creed made Spring Flower as the signature scent of the fashion icon, the scent was only released to the public in 1996. This youthful, playful and sweet fragrance is an ode to the feminine energy and opens with sprightly top notes of peach, melon and apple, and then develops into the heart notes of jasmine and rose. It closes with the sophisticated accords of musk and ambergris. This fragrance retails at SGD268 for a 75ml EDP.
Elisabethan Rose by Penhaligon’s
A twist on the classic British rose, the Elisabethan Rose is created to overwhelm you with the intoxicating scent of roses. If you’re looking for a true rose perfume that is heady but still surprising, this may be the scent for you. This fragrance features luxurious floral notes like geranium, aldehydes, camomile, violet and rose, calmed by musk, amber and sandalwood to deepen the notes and to give it a mysterious quality.
The above fragrances can be found at Escentials, located at at #03-02/05 Paragon and Tangs Orchard Level 1 Beauty Hall.