17 Fragrant Rose Picks For Your Valentine

Forgo fast-fading blooms and seek out longer lasting beauties. Janetta Mackay picks a few fragrant favourites


Roses de Chloe eau de toilette; Cote Noire Scented Rose; Byredo Rose Roll-on Oil; Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa eau de parfum. Pictures / Suppleid

Roses de Chloe 50ml eau de toilette $125
Fresh and tender, this citrus-edged bouquet has a heart of damask rose and magnolia and a warm amber trail. Beautiful for brides and lovers of romance.

Cote Noire Scented Rose $50
This life-like artificial rose comes in a frosted glass vessel, prettily boxed with a little spray bottle of oriental-rose room fragrance spray to perfume its petals. From Isabel Harris, Newmarket and selected other gift stores. Visit isabelharris.co.nz

Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land Roll-on Oil $106
The name pays tribute to nurses who worked on the frontline during World War I, with the scent first made to raise awareness and contribute a percentage of sales to the work of Doctors Without Borders. Turkish rose absolute combines with pink pepper, raspberry and white amber for an earthy edge. As well as this limited edition oil concentrate, Byredo makes a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum for $175. From Mecca Cosmetica.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa 50ml eau de parfum $229
As obviously floral as one of the Italian design duo’s runway headpieces, this bottle is a sweet mix of Turkish and African rose varieties with white florals and musk and cashmere woods.

Archipelago Peony candle; Lancome La Rose Blush Highlighter; Bulgari Rose Goldea eau de parfum; Jurlique Rose Body Cream. Pictures / Supplied

Archipelago Peony travel candle $30
This delicate scent is also available from the American maker in a larger candle in a glass jar for $70. Visit isabelharris.co.nz

Lancome La Rose Iridescent Blush Highlighter $77
Lancome has taken the house symbol and turned it into the prettiest confection for the complexion. Seems a shame to dig a brush into the petals, but then roses never last. This limited edition paper one comes in a bijoux box that you may like to keep for trinkets. In selected department stores and pharmacies from February 20.

Bulgari Rose Goldea 50ml eau de parfum $166
Damascena rose is offset with white musks and milky woods in this new Bulgari fragrance which adds a jasmine twist.

Jurlique Rose Body Cream $48
In a richer formula than the lotion, this absorbs well to nourish skin naturally, with jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butters and soothing botanicals, including chamomile. The rose essential oil adds aromatic indulgence. From selected department and health stores and pharmacies.

Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne; Viva La Juicy Rose eau de parfum; Diptyque Rosa Mundi Scented Oval; Tom Ford Rose Candle. Pictures / Supplied

Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud 100ml Cologne $280
This gives an oriental twist to rose, with the addition of agarwood (oud), clove and praline notes for delicious depth. Those who like lighter florals, should try the brand’s fresh Red Roses Collection. From Britomart flagship store or at Smith & Caughey’s Queen St.

Viva La Juicy Rose Juicy Couture 50ml eau de parfum $145
Complete with rose-gold champagne bottle charm, this is a sparkler. Effervescent top notes of warm citrus and hints of honey and amber wrap around rose and peony for girly fun. From Farmers and selected pharmacies.

Diptyque Limited Edition Rosa Mundi Scented Oval $71
From a special Valentine’s Day collection featuring floral illustrations from French interior design company, Antoinette Poisson. As well as this porcelain wardrobe hanger, the collection includes a decorative candle, solid and roller ball perfumes, a hand cream and a multi-use mist for fragrancing linen and the home. Rosa Mundi is a mix of damask and centifolia rose extracts. From Mecca Cosmetica stores, visit meccabeauty.co.nz

Tom Ford Private Blend Cafe Rose Candle $315
Modern, elegant and a little unexpected, Ford’s Cafe Rose Private Blend fragrance ($370) transitions well to use in a lasting candle. A medley of may, Turkish and Bulgarian roses melds with saffron, coffee, pepper, patchouli, incense, sandalwood. From Smith & Caughey’s Queen St.

READ: Tom Ford's Lasting Influence

Issey Miyake Florale eau de toilette; Elie Saab Rose Couture eau de toilette; Atelier des Ors Rose Omeyyado; Weleda Natural Rose Perfume; Aromatherapy Renewing Rose Body Oil. Pictures / Supplied

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Florale 50ml eau de toilette $139
For a light spring-fresh rose interpretation this is a good choice. There’s hints of lily and a gentle muskiness as well, rather than anything too stridently green or sweetly fruity added.

Elie Saab Rose Couture 50ml eau de toilette $140
This takes Elie Saab’s signature rose-anchored scent into a sweeter new direction, adding caramel to the signature rose petals and orange blossom. Peony and rose nectar round out the richness, with a base of warm woods.

Atelier des Ors Rose Omeyyado $499
This modern French niche brand looks back in time to the opulent palaces of the Levant for inspiration and decoration. Gold-leaf flakes float in this sugary rose fragrance, made from velvety damask roses. From World stores, see worldbrand.co.nz

Weleda Natural Rose Perfume $39
Following on from its wild rose-scented natural skincare, Weleda has added this essential oil fragrance to its range. Rose is supplemented with notes of rose geranium and ylang ylang in a composition with a powdery slightly spicy quality. From selected pharmacies and health stores, visit weleda.co.nz

Aromatherapy Associates 100ml Renewing Rose Body Oil $100
Rose essential oil is said to uplift and renew. Here it is boosted by the addition of neroli and geranium. Ideal for dry skins and suitable for use during pregnancy. Pick up this English brand from East Day Spa or book for the massage. Visit eastdayspa.com

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