This week’s latest launches will leave you feeling rosy cheeked and petal scented. One of fragrance’s most legendary ingredients, we present a rose for every mood and pocket. Fall into Atkinsons Rose Rhapsody, or surrender to the sheer sensuality of Kilian Love Don’t Be Shy Rose & Oud. Can we say you’ll come up smelling of roses? We just did.
Taking their love of all things British, inspired by England’s national flower, this Harrods exclusive overlaps luscious Turkish rose absolute with fruity mandarin for a floral that manages to be charming while totally contemporary. Perfumer Soizic Beaucourt weaves budding sprays of sparkling jasmine through earthy patchouli, rich benzoin and a softly smoky oudh in the base. Harnessing all the fresh, fruity and powdered opulence facets, the Tudor rose-emblazoned bottle is glorious, too!
£195 for 100ml eau de parfum
ROSE EAU DE TOILETTE
Roses are clambering all over the fragrance universe right now – here, as a very affordable, long-lasting eau de toilette from a fabled British name. Fresh and sheer, almost dew-drenched, its leafy greenness unfurls to a geranium and rose heart. Bury your nose deeper in its bloom, for notes of honeyed spice, entwined with soft white musks. And how much do we love the rose-strewn bottle?
£16 for 50ml eau de toilette
LOVE DON’T BE SHY ROSE & OUD
Each year, Kilian Hennessy reworks one of his iconic fragrances – this time around, cleverly tapping the legendary Calice Becker for 2020’s spin on Love, Don’t Be Shy. She’s pushed one of Kilian’s most popular perfumes in a complex direction, layering it with the richness of oudh oil. The gourmand-floral is incarnated as a special limited edition in which rose and neroli essences lose their innocence, served up in a sexy, lacquered clutch bag.
£400 for 50ml parfum
Another blooming wonderful rose scent: Yardley is on-the-money with the rose revival. Or rather, on the not-too-much-money-at-all, since Opulent Rose’s price-tag belies its elegant sophistication. Swirling with 90% natural ingredients, it has a flower-shop note of cut stems along armfuls of enchanting roses, lightly spiced by the clove-like facets of carnation. On the skin, it warms beautifully to reveal white musk, patchouli and amber. Opulent, yes. Extravagant? Refreshingly, no.
£20 for 50ml eau de toilette
IFF’s Nelly Hachem laces leather in this latest to join Armani’s Les Mille et Une Nuits collection, inspired by the opulence and sensuality of the Middle East. Named after Zerzura, the mythical ‘oasis of little birds’ in Arabic, it’s at first fresh with mandarin, elemi and cool violet leaf accord, pulsing with a duo of roses and an iris note in the heart. Vanilla infusion and cedar make for intensity on skin, whatever your gender.
From £155 for 50ml eau de parfum