Fragrance Families: Floral, Floriental, Oriental
Characteristics: flowery, natural, elegant, sensual
Fragrance Examples: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle – Une Rose, Heeley Parfums – Hippie Rose, Tauer Perfumes – PHI – Une Rose de Khandahar
A perennial flowering plant, woody in type, and bearing perhaps the most widely known, revered, and praised flowers in human history. The rose bears an aroma uniquely its own; cloned and mimicked frequently, with varying degrees of success. It is woody, powdery, fresh, and almost lemony, with different varieties and cultivars carrying their own unique degrees of aroma layers and profiles. Rose perfumes are most often made from the adored and valued extract, rose oil, which bears similarities with its cousin extract, rose water, which is as widely used in the culinary and cosmetics industries. Rose absolute is another compound derived from the rose, which is also widely used in perfumery. The most common roses are Rosa Centifolia and Rosa Damascena.