Perfumed Alphabet: R is for Rose



By any other name, a rose

Would be as gorgeous in perfume;

And as polarizing—for those

Who would fall for it, or refuse.


Universal symbol of love,

And there are many different kinds—

Of roses, as well as of love.

Is a perfect one hard to find?


From fresh to fleshy, bright to dark;

In boudoirs, at afternoon tea…

It takes only a spritz to mark

Rose-tinted reveries on me.



It’s all too easy to wax poetic about rose, in and out of perfume. I liked rose perfumes before I knew it, and even more so with a fruity dimension. Here is my rose collection so far:

rose collection

[top-bottom, left-right, in no meaningful order] Givenchy Rêve d’Escapade, Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose, L’Orchestre Parfum Rose Trombone, (sample vial) Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme, nomenclature holy_wood, Tauer Perfumes Une Rose Chyprée, (mini) Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady, 4160Tuesdays Red Queen.

I’ve also enjoyed samples of Le Labo Rose 31, Diptyque Eau Rose, and Liquides Imaginaires Dom Rosa. There may well be others I can’t think of right now…


I notice I’m not the first this week to post about rose perfumes—what synchrony!—but I’ll ask anyway: what are your chosen roses?






5 thoughts on “Perfumed Alphabet: R is for Rose

  1. Always a delight to read your prose. You’ve got a great collection there. I’d add Chloe EDP, DS & Durga Atlantic Rose, Unum Rosa Nigra, Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile, Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land and MFK L’Eau a la Rose. All of which happen to be on a rose fragrances post I’m taking forever to complete.

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  2. Since, as you correctly noticed, your rose topic coincided with OH’s chat room question, I’ll try to come up with several roses that I love that I didn’t name there.

    Not just favorite rose but one of the top 3 all-time loves, Ormonde Jayne Ta’if. Then – already named by you Le Labo Rose 31. Amouage Lyric Woman. Lancôme Mille et Une Roses. SSS Velvet Rose.

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  3. Oh ya I love rose! I have Bulgari Garanat which is supposed to be similar to portrait of a lady but masculine. And Amouage Lyric man. For women I also love Parfums de Marly Delina (a sweet rose)

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