The best rose perfumes that will transport you to an English garden

These romantic rose perfumes are sure to be a hit with floral fragrance fans

three of w&h's best rose perfume picks—Diptyque Eau rose, Tom Ford Rose Prick and Byredo Rose Of No Man's Land—on a pale pink background with rose pink shadows around each product image
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As classic fragrances go, rose perfume is the undisputed and long-reigning champion. But you shouldn't let memories of old-fashioned, powdery scents put you off—modern blends and complementary notes bring out the best of what rose perfumes have to offer.

An olfactory favorite, rose fragrances are some of the best perfumes for women who want to project a more feminine aura. It’s a scent that often provokes memories, whether it’s reminiscent of your grandmother’s classic perfume or brings you back to an English summer garden, rose perfume seems to be the ever-stylish little black dress of the perfumery world. 

It can be tricky to find a rose perfume that you love without knowing how to buy fragrance online. Rose scents often get a bad reputation for being old-fashioned, cloying, or outdated, but rose is actually incredibly versatile: It’s suitable for blending with other notes or holding a fragrance on its own and while it can be powdery, with the right blend, it can also be fresh, light and uplifting. 

So, if you’re searching for a new rose perfume to become your signature scent or you’re looking to dabble in this classic fragrance for the first time, these are our picks for the best rose perfumes, from classically powdery to fresh and modern. 

The best rose perfumes, as chosen by our experts

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

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1. 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.

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2. Jo Malone London Red Roses

Best rose perfume for special occasions

Specifications

RRP: $199/£102 for 100ml
Top notes: Lemon
Heart notes: Red roses accord
Base notes: Honeycomb

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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Higher price point

Just like a bouquet of fresh red roses, this fragrance is the epitome of rose perfume. One of the best Jo Malone fragrances for flower fans, it’s floral and romantic but the hint of lemon cuts through the powdery-ness for a more up-to-date take on a traditional rose scent.  

Traditionally rose does tend to become powdery on the skin but the additional sharpness of the honeycomb base, as well as the citrus notes, give a lot more depth to this cologne without being heavy. It's truly a special, romantic fragrance that's a very common scent for brides on their big day—and it also comes in a candle form for anyone looking for the best Jo Malone candles.

Byredo rose of no man's land

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

Penhaligon's elisabethan rose

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5. 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. 

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6. 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 is the one 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.

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

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7. 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.

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8. Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum

Best rose perfume for warm summer 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 hot summer's day where its citrus notes can really stand out. 

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9. 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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10. 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

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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.

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.