These are our 13 favorite rose perfumes, from timeless classics to cool, modern blends

Our beauty team selects the best rose perfumes for every budget and mood

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As classic fragrances go, rose perfume is the long-reigning champion. It’s a scent that provokes memories, but don't let the old-fashioned, powdery blends of days gone by put you off – modern rose perfume can be anything you want it to be.

Rose has been used for centuries and appears in some of the all-time best perfumes for women. From floral fragrance to cool unisex fragrance and many of the best oud perfumes, which often include rose notes for balance. "We adore rose, as did the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans," explain Sarah McCartney (opens in new tab) and Samantha Scriven (opens in new tab), authors of The Perfume Companion. "Even if you don’t think you like rose perfumes, do give them a try. They are all so different: rich, light, dark, citrussy, sweet, sharp, soft. There are roses for men, women and everyone."

We couldn't agree more. Rose is incredibly versatile: It’s suitable for blending with other notes or holding a fragrance on its own. And whether you’re a rose fan on the hunt for a new signature scent or looking to dabble for the first time, our top perfume picks include something for everyone.

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A small selection of the fragrances we tested for this guide

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Perfume is incredibly subjective. So while there's no 'apples for apples' testing method for scent, we have personally spritzed on and worn every fragrance in this guide – and many are personal favorites we have loved for years. We wore each for at least a full day to check how it changed as it dried down, as well as how well it lasted. Finally we considered who might like to buy it, taking into account the brand and packaging, price, and the mood it best suits. 

The best rose perfumes, chosen by our beauty team

Chanel Coco Noir

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1. Chanel Coco Noir

The best rose perfume for gifting

Specifications

RRP: $108/£91 for 50ml EDP
Top notes: Bergamot
Heart notes: Rose
Base notes: Patchouli, tonka

Reasons to buy

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Sexy and chic scent
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Very well balanced
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Gorgeous bottle

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a fresher scent for day

There's one obvious reason why this would be received well by anyone you can think of... it's a Chanel perfume, say no more. Ok we will say more because beyond the label and beautiful bottle, what's inside is very likely to please too. It's a souped-up version of 1984's Coco Eau de parfum, which is to say a sexier version of an already pretty seductive fragrance.

The original blended jasmine, ylang-ylang and tonka bean, this one adds the note of the hour, rose, to great effect, creating a headier more romantic aroma. The rose is exceptionally well balanced, and never feels overpowering, and this is undoubtedly one of the best Chanel perfumes to wear for evenings out or cosy winter days in. It also lasts very well on the skin, although what you have left at 4pm is more creamy tonka and patchouli than rose per-say.  

Aesop Rōzu Eau de Parfum

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2. Aesop Rōzu Eau de Parfum

The best rose perfume for all genders

Specifications

RRP: $128/£135
Top notes: Rose, Pink Pepper, Shiso
Middle notes: Rose, Guaiacwood, Jasmine
Base notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Myrrh

Reasons to buy

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A modern take on rose
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Unique
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Cool gender-neutral branding

Reasons to avoid

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Not traditionally floral, if that's your thing

Of course Aesop, the too-cool-for-school Aussie fragrance, skincare and body brand has created this hip gender-neutral rose scent. It's a perfectly balanced blend of spices, woods and zippier floral notes that dries down to a mellow, warming and unique aroma. Of course, any fragrance can be worn by any gender, but the lack of obvious florals and spicy undertones would make this a particularly good shout for fragrance lovers of all persuasions. 

We love how cleverly balanced this scent is - it's sophisticated and understated, but will definitely have anyone who gives you a hug asking what it is. It is subtle, and not overtly floral, so if you're looking for something that makes a huge statement or a very traditional rose perfume then this may not be your guy. Otherwise it's got signature scent written all over it. 

Floral Street neon rose

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3. Floral Street Neon Rose Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for everyday

Specifications

RRP: $70/£60 for 50ml
Top notes: Bergamot, angelica leaves
Heart notes: Rose, jasmine, pear
Base notes: Sichuan pepper, juniper berry

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 
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Fresh
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Light

Reasons to avoid

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Not as long-lasting

A vibrant, modern take on rose, this flower fragrance is youthful and incredibly clean smelling. If you like fresh, green scents and would love to find a rose scent that suits you, this will be it. The crisp bergamot, juicy pear, and fresh rose petal notes make a lovely blend. 

The benefit of this fragrance is that it is contemporary and playful but not overpowering in the slightest. The only drawback? It probably won't last as long on the skin for its lack of deeper accords.

Miss Dior rose n'roses

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4. Miss Dior Rose N’Roses

Best rose perfume for the young at heart

Specifications

RRP: $62/£65 for 50ml
Top notes: Mandarin, bergamot, geranium
Heart notes: Damascus rose, grasse
Base notes: White musk

Reasons to buy

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Youthful
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Affordable
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Great for fans of ultra-floral fragance

Reasons to avoid

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Not as long-lasting

Dior’s younger sister, Miss Dior, has taken rose scent and made it warm, sweet, and unbeatably feminine. This might be considered more of a youthful scent but if you are looking for a fragrance that's sweet, musky, and full of rose petals, this could certainly be the best Dior perfume for you. 

It can become quite powdery when dried down and this does make for a clean, soapy-smelling perfume, but the touch of white musk and grass cuts through just enough to avoid that powdery edge. The fun scent and more affordable price also make this a great option for an 18th birthday gift or 21st birthday gift.

Long lasting perfume from Frederic Malle

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5. Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

The sexiest rose perfume

Specifications

RRP: $290/£188 for 50ml
Top notes: Turkish rose, clove, raspberry, cinnamon
Middle notes: Patchouli, frankincense, sandalwood
Base notes: Amber, musk, benzoin

Reasons to buy

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Supremely luxurious
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Lasts all day and night
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Makes rose feel cool and sexy

Reasons to avoid

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Very pricy 

Portrait of a Lady is such a clever fragrance, because it manages something very few do. This rose perfume is, at the same time, a fragrance icon beloved by so many yet retains a niche and unique feel  about it. If you wear this, it'll feel like your signature scent (and yours alone) and other people will ask what you're wearing. You may not want to tell them.

So what makes the scent itself so special? Well, it's a full-on heady, impactful perfume. Turkish rose sits right at the top rather than layered in the middle (which is unusual in itself) This means the first thing that hits your nose is a huge whiff of fleshy petals, but that's closely followed by tonnes of spices, woods and lip-smacking raspberry and cinnamon. This unusual mixture lasts incredibly well on the skin, and one spritz really will last all day and night, which goes some of the way to justifying the cost. 

Diptyque Eau Rose eau de parfum, of w&h's best rose perfume picks

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6. Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for daytime

Specifications

RRP: $150/£130 for 75ml
Top notes: Bergamot, blackcurrant, lychee
Heart notes: Damask rose, centifolia rose
Base notes: Musk, cedar, honey

Reasons to buy

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Fresh
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Fruity
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Lasts well during the day

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

Modern, bright, and light, this fragrance is for those looking for the classic scent of rose without feeling dated. Added green notes make for a small botanical leaning but in general, it's a very fresh, light, and authentic rose scent.

The mix of juicy lychee and herbal artichoke give this a more varied scent than your average rose perfume so if you're looking for a very floral offering, you may want to try something else. This is a true icon for the brand, with a whole range of the best Diptyque candles based around the new eau de parfum.

Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense

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7. Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud

Best rose perfume for special occasions

Specifications

RRP: $199/£102 for 100ml
Top notes: Clove
Heart notes: Damask rose
Base notes: Oud

Reasons to buy

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A modern take on a rose scent
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Long-lasting
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Very romantic

Reasons to avoid

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If you don't like oud

This beautiful scent perfectly demonstrates the synergy between rose and oud notes in fragrance.  These two perfume notes get along famously well, combining trad florals with resinous woods to create a heady scent. This reminds us of nights out on holiday, where an abundance of aromas fill the sticky night air. We love how long lasting the perfume is, particularly the rose notes which linger on the skin for hours.

This lasting power and richness is unusual for this brand, as even the best Jo Malone fragrances tend to have lower lasting power and a fresher feel, due to being cologne strength. This is from the brand's premium Cologne Intense collection, created with higher levels of perfume oil and more precious ingredients. You can tell. 

Byredo rose of no man's land

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8. Byredo Rose Of No Man’s Land Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for evenings out

Specifications

RRP: $190/£122 for 50ml
Top notes: Pink pepper, Turkish rose petals
Heart notes: Raspberry blossom, Turkish rose absolute
Base notes: Papyrus, white amber

Reasons to buy

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Long-lasting 
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True rose scent
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Gender-neutral
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Beautiful packaging

Reasons to avoid

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A little powdery

A luxury fragrance but one that will last for hours. The blend of fresh rose with spicy pepper and heady amber makes this a bit deeper than your average rose scent. All Byredo scents are designed to be worn by both genders and although this scent is traditionally feminine it does have a touch of rebellion about it too. 

Although this fragrance does dry down to a more powdery finish, it is still beautifully modern and the added depth of fragrance means it should last a bit longer on the skin. The on-trend Byredo bottle also means that this would probably be a greatly-appreciated 30th birthday gift.

Penhaligon's elisabethan rose

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9. Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose

Best rose perfume for a traditionalist

Specifications

RRP: $208/£144 for 100ml
Top notes: Hazelnut leaf, almond oil, cinnamon
Heart notes: Red lily, rose centifolia oil, rose absolute
Base notes: Vetiver, musk, wood

Reasons to buy

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Elegant blend
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True rose scent
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Very long-lasting

Reasons to avoid

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More traditional

Known for making some of the best perfumes for women, Penhaligon's offers a truly classic rose fragrance. Delicate rose absolute and spicy cinnamon give this floral fragrance an elegant scent. It’s grounded by vetiver and musk and will linger on the skin for hours. 

According to the brand itself, "The Tudor rose, a symbol of Elizabethan England, is immortalized in this airy scent." And we couldn't agree more. It certainly has an air of regality and has amassed a cult following since it first graced the shelves in 2018. 

Gucci The Alchemist's Garden A Song for the Rose Eau de Parfum

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10. Gucci The Alchemist's Garden A Song for the Rose Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for luxury lovers

Specifications

RRP: $330/£285 for 100ml
Top notes: Bulgarian rose extract
Heart notes: Sweet musk
Base notes: Wood

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully designed bottle
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Modern rose scent
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Unisex

Reasons to avoid

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Very pricey

Just like the best Chanel perfumes, this Gucci offering might be eye-wateringly expensive, but this special fragrance bottle is something of a collector's piece. The fragrance inside could easily work as one of the best men's colognes as well as a floral option for women it’s not too sweet, and the base of wood and musks make for a deep, intoxicating scent.

It's most notably a bold and modern take on rose perfumes and has a depth that could be considered quite manly—which is ideal if you're after a fragrance that isn't sickly or too feminine.

Acqua di Parma rosa nobile

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11. Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for warm days

Specifications

RRP: $76/£106 for 50ml
Top notes: Tangerine, Calabrian bergamot, pepper
Heart notes: Centifolia rose absolute, peony accord, violet, lily-of-the-valley
Base notes: Musk, cedarwood, ambergris

Reasons to buy

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Feminine 
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Long lasting
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Beautiful bottle 
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Luxe for gifting

Reasons to avoid

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Could be overpowering to some 

An unmistakably feminine scent, Rosa Nobile instantly transports you to a sunny, Mediterranean garden with beautiful blooms. The citrusy blend of tangerine, earthy cedarwood and classic rose make this a formidable rose fragrance, which will be loved by most but could be a little overpowering to some noses. 

If, however, you like a touch of powdery-ness and the iconic smell of rose mixed with some freshness, you will love this. We think it's best suited to a warm day, or holiday, where its citrus notes can really stand out. 

Tom Ford rose prick edp

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12. Tom Ford Rose Prick Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for full-bodied fragrance

Specifications

RRP: $216/£240 for 50ml
Top notes: Sichuan pepper, turmeric
Heart notes: May rose, Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose
Base notes: Patchouli, Tonka bean

Reasons to buy

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Spicy, heady scent
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Long lasting
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Unisex

Reasons to avoid

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Not for those who don't like spice

Lively Sichuan pepper and aromatic turmeric have been blended with notes of rose to create a scent that lingers on the skin for hours. It dries down to a musky base with patchouli and Tonka bean giving an earthy, seductive base. 

This unisex fragrance isn't one for the faint of heart and might be a little overpowering to some, but if you want a standout scent that is instantly identifiable, Rose Prick will come up trumps. A iconic offering that would make a great 40th birthday gift.

Parfums De Marly Delina Exclusif Eau de Parfum, one of w&h's best rose perfume picks

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13. Parfums De Marly Delina Exclusif Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for smoky notes

Specifications

RRP: $280/£240 for 75ml
Top notes: Pear, Lychee, Grapefruit
Heart notes: Turkish Rose, Incense, Vetiver
Base notes: Vanilla, Musk, Evernyl

Reasons to buy

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Fruity, floral scent
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Woody rose notes
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Long-lasting

Reasons to avoid

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Opening could be slightly sweet for some

A headier twist on the rose perfume, this luxury fragrance boasts a fruity opening that packs in delicately juicy tropical notes which blend with a hint of vanilla for a layer of gourmand, making this a good option for those who can't choose between something floral and the best vanilla perfumes.

The use of Turkish rose gives this spritz a darker rose scent than other floral options—and it works well with the clean mossy evernyl notes that ground this in a woody musk base. What makes this fragrance really special though, are the heart notes of vetiver and incense that give this the smoky twist of an oud perfume. A great rose perfume option for those who prefer the headier side of the scale. The elegant bottle also means it would work as a 50th birthday gift idea or 60th birthday gift.