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Many perfumes claim to have rose notes but unless rose is a top note, I won’t consider it. That means, when I apply it, I have to be able to smell roses as the dominant scent. Rose note perfumes should have top notes of rose or damask rose rather than claiming it as a bottom note. This guide to rose note perfumes will get you started with choosing your favorite scent.
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Rose Note Perfumes
Attar of roses was discovered in the Middle East hundreds (if not more) years ago and was used as a scent for both body and household uses. Rose petals were often strewn in baths and water for bathing to add scent. Distilled oils with rose petals were used for medicinal uses, to create scented candles and to rub on wood. Rose note perfumes were one of the first perfumes created.
When used in perfumes, the roses are gathered at night since that’s the time when their scent is strongest. Both the traditional rose (Rosa centifolia) and the damask rose are used in perfumes and each has a slightly different scent. Damask rose is the variety that is most frequently used in perfumes. Rosa centifolia has a deep rose scent with a hint of spice. Damask rose has a more floral scent with a hint of honey.
While there are many rose note perfumes, these are a few of my favorites:
- Daisy by Marc Jacob
- L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake
- J’adore Eau de Parfum by Dior
- Narciso Rodriguez for her
- Flora by Gucci
- Roses De Chloe
- Cafe Rose by Tom Ford (for the man in your life)
It was so difficult to choose just a few of my favorites. Of all of those that I listed, I think that Daisy by Marc Jacob is my favorite. The rose note is definitely there but a bit more subtle than something like Roses De Chloe.
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