I've been testing rose fragrances for the past couple of months, and I'm starting to find some favorites. Some were love at first sniff, and others I didn't care for at all. Judging by the huge list of rose fragrances--an incomplete one at that--that the lovely Raphaella is compiling for Sniffapalooza Magazine
, I haven't even made a dent in the number of rose scents available!
I'm astonished to find that there are so many different varieties of rose-based fragrances. Some are fruity/gourmand (Balkis
). Some are powdery with violets (Lipstick Rose
). Some have citrus notes (Rose Ikebana
). Still others are blended with incense (Ava Luxe Incense Rose
). Some fragrances I simply love (West Side
). Others, I find somewhat harsh (Une Rose
This week was my Week of Roses - I wore a different rose-based fragrance to work every morning. All ones I like, of course - why spend the day smelling something I don't absolutely enjoy?
Stella McCartney Stella
My first rose scent, and still one of my favorites. A deep dark rose with amber and peony.
Bond No. 9 West Side
A rose scent that lets peony share top billing in a sweet ambery haze.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania
A powdery rose with spice and leather.
Hermes Rose Ikebana
Both green and citrusy, this rose is a bracing and refreshing scent.
Frederick Malle Lipstick Rose
A bright and happy rose scent accented by powdery violets.