Rose perfume is back - but not as your granny knew it

Rose perfume is back – but not as your granny knew it: FEMAIL picks some of the best floral fragrances

  • FEMAIL picks out some of the best rose perfumes that are ‘reinventing the genre’
  • The flower has had a certain allure ever since ancient civilizations created scents
  • Rose oil is an expensive ingredients as it can require as many as 60 flowers
  • Think of rose perfume and you might remember a bottle on your granny’s dresser.

    But with big names, such as Tom Ford and Diptyque, reinventing the genre by combining classic notes with something fresher and more modern, rose is having something of a renaissance.

    And there’s good reason to try the trend. The flowers have had a certain allure ever since ancient civilisations began experimenting with scent-making.

    The Roman emperor Nero is said to have held banquets where rose petals were showered onto guests’ heads, while Cleopatra famously seduced Marc Antony in a bedroom deeply carpeted with rose petals.

    Today, they retain their mystique, thanks in part to the fact that to yield a single drop of rose oil can require as many as 60 flowers, making it one of the most expensive perfume ingredients in the world.

    Here’s a rundown of some of the modern rose scents vying for your attention…

    FEMAIL picks out some of the best rose perfumes that are 'reinventing the genre' - and don't remind you of your granny's dresser

    FEMAIL picks out some of the best rose perfumes that are ‘reinventing the genre’ – and don’t remind you of your granny’s dresser


    Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves 50ml

    There’s a rose fragrance for everyone. Zesty notes here give a fresher feel for those who usually find the floral off-putting.



    £75.00 Shop


    L’Eau d’Issey Rose&Rose Eau de Parfum 50ml 

    This is a jammy blend of sweet roses and raspberry that you can imagine being the scent of a juicy, fruity summer cocktail.

    It’s softer as it dries down, leaving a sweet powderiness.


    £69.00 Shop


    BDK Parfums Tabac Rose Eau de Parfum 100ml

    The latest generation of rose fragrances are anything but classic.

    This prime example mingles a smoky sophistication with rose, giving a rich and sensuous Arabian nights vibe. 


    £195.00 Shop


    Yardley English Rose Eau de Toilette, 125ml

    A classic.

    There’s a bit of citrus here, but the first hit is a very sugary one, with violet and cassis alongside the rose.

    It’s maybe better suited to those with a sweeter tooth/nose.


    £12.74 Shop


    Woods of Windsor True Rose Eau de Toilette 100ml

    Claiming to be 96 per cent naturally derived ingredients, this smells like the rose perfume that your grandma might have worn. 

    It’s comforting and a touch powdery — one for the nostalgics.


    £12.66 Shop


    Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne 30ml

    Launched more than 20 years ago, this has stood the test of time.

    It’s like burying your head in a bouquet of roses, there’s a hint of green here but it’s mostly rose, rose and more rose.


    £54.00 Shop


    Miss Dior Rose N’Roses Eau de Toilette 50ml

    This doesn’t hit you over the head with roses as others do.

    Instead, it retains echoes of the original Miss Dior, and packs a musky, soapy punch that’s clean and easy to wear.


    £62.50 Shop


    Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum 20ml 

    Although this has an initial citrus kick, it’s mostly an earthier rose scent, with a hint of pot pourri, too.

    In hot weather it could feel too cloying, so wear to give a winter day a floral uplift.


    £66.00 Shop