Floral perfumes are one of the most popular fragrances for a reason — who doesn’t want to smell as fresh and beautiful as a bouquet of the most aromatic blooms? From spicy and sexy to light and delicate, there is a wide range of floral fragrances to choose from when it comes to deciding on your signature scent.
This versatility is how rose perfumes have stood the test of time as some of the most popular fragrances on the market. Not just your grandmother’s scent anymore, rose perfumes come in a variety of scents — perfect for daytime, date night or anywhere in between. Read on to see the 20 best rose perfumes that will help inspire and motivate you to add a modern twist to your favorite classics.
Some classics are classics for a reason. These five perfumes are truly the best of the best, and will help you see everything with rose-colored glasses while smelling the best you can.
1. Safari by Ralph Lauren
Price: $75.12 for 2.5oz
Proving that rose fragrances can stand out in a crowd, this fan-favorite perfume was released in 1990 and has stood the test of time as a refreshing, one-of-a-kind scent, with citrus, floral and woody accords.
Top notes: Orange, mandarin, aldehydes, blackcurrant, galbanum, hyacinth, daffodil, pot marigold
Heart notes: Lily-of-the-valley, orris root, rose, carnation, Italian jasmine, orchid, honey, orange blossom
Base notes: Sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, amber, oakmoss, tonka bean
Best for: Any woman looking for a reliable perfume that will carry her seamlessly from the office to happy hour.
2. Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt
Price: $10.70 for 3.4oz.
Released in 1982, this is a classic fragrance recognized by many perfume connoisseurs, and is a luxurious perfume that shows how versatile rose can be. With a warm, sensual profile, this perfume blends citrus, fruity and woody notes.
Top notes: Aldehydes, bergamot, neroli, green notes, pineapple
Heart notes: Rose, ylang-ylang, tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine
Base notes: Civet, musk, opoponax, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, cinnamon
Best for: Any woman who loves and respects the classics, perfume included.
3. L’interdit by Givenchy
Price: $84.99 for 2.6oz.
Originally released in 1957, this perfume was launched with a new formula in 2002. Showing that rose fragrances can be spicy as well as sweet, this is a truly timeless scent for all occasions.
Top notes: Peach, rose, violet leaf, honeysuckle, osmanthus, peony
Heart notes: Rose, peach, heliotrope, strawberry, tuberose, plum, orange blossom
Base notes: Iris, patchouli, oakmoss, amber, musk, cedarwood, sandalwood
Best for: Any woman who wants a fragrance that will speak for itself, but not speak for her.
4. Romance by Ralph Lauren
Price: $89.24 for 3.4oz.
A perfume is meant to turn heads, and this 1998 concoction from Ralph Lauren is no exception. Balancing soft rose and florals with seductive spices, this is an intoxicating perfume that will be reached for time and time again.
Top notes: Red rose, freesia petals, lemon, chamomile, ginger
Heart notes: Lotus flower, white violet, carnation, lily
Base notes: White musk, oakmoss, patchouli, woods
Best for: Anyone looking to make a good first (and lasting) impression with their fragrance of choice.
5. Paris by Yves St. Laurent
Price: $80.67 for 4.2oz.
Designed as a tribute to the City of Lights, this 1983 perfume is a sensual fragrance that is reminiscent of a blooming, Parisian flower garden. With green, floral and woody notes, this is a rose fragrance that is sure to be noticed.
Top notes: Mimosa, rose, orange blossom, cassia, hawthorne, hyacinth, bergamot, nasturtium, geranium, green notes
Heart notes: Lily, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, lime blossom, rose
Base notes: Sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, cedar, musk
Best for: Anyone looking for a surprising, elegant signature scent that isn’t too dull or pedestrian.
Some say you’re never fully dressed without a spritz of perfume, and we like to agree! These five options are tailor-made for any number of daytime activities, from days at the office to afternoon lunch dates.
6. Anais Anais L’Original by Cacharel
Price: $38.55 for 3.4 oz.
Re-released with much fanfare in 2014, this elegant, ultra-feminine floral fragrance with high sillage and longevity is as invigorating as the first warm day of spring, and is ripe with the same possibilities.
Top notes: Orange blossom, galbanum, hyacinth
Heart notes: Rose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley
Base notes: Amber, incense, cedar, sandalwood
Best for: The sophisticated working woman looking to touch base with the flower child that lives within.
7. Flora by Gucci
Price: $73.31 for 2.5 oz.
This fresh, lighthearted fragrance was released in 2010 and was practically tailor-made for warm weather days. Expertly combining lighthearted florals, cozy warmth and a kick of sultry spice, this perfume will withstand anything you put it through.
Top notes: Peony, citrus
Heart notes: Rose, osmanthus, clove
Base notes: Sandalwood, patchouli
Best for: Any woman looking to touch base with the freshness and excitement of a new season ahead.
8. Blossom by Jimmy Choo
Price: $41.40 for 3.3 oz.
This sweet perfume was released in 2016 and was designed with warm spring and summer adventures in mind, perfectly blending juicy, ripe fruits with fragrant, blooming rose.
Top notes: Raspberry, citrus, red berries
Heart notes: Sweet pea, rose
Base notes: Sandalwood, musk
Best for: The woman who views every day as holding the possibility for a new, exciting adventure.
9. Woman by Ralph Lauren
Price: $89.24 for 3.4oz.
Though rose is a common scent in spring fragrances, this perfume shows that rose can be worn year-round. Launched in 2017 and designed for autumn day wear, this scent combines floral, woody and nutty accords for a truly unique perfume experience.
Top notes: Pear, blackcurrant, rhubarb
Heart notes: Tuberose, orange blossom, Turkish rose
Base notes: Hazelnut, sandalwood, woody notes
Best for: The preppy woman who is pumpkin spice and everything nice all year round.
10. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet by Christian Dior
Price: $89.24 for 3.4 oz.
Designed for outdoor wear during any number of springtime occasions, this 2014 fragrance bottles the essence of springtime with a soft, lasting feminine scent that combines delicate rose with sweet fruits.
Top notes: Sicilian mandarin
Heart notes: Peony, damask rose, apricot, peach
Base notes: White musk
Best for: Any young (or young at heart) woman looking for a fragrance that will last during any number of outdoor engagements.
Rose has a reputation of being used in more mature fragrances, but these five selections prove that the rose scent can be successfully utilized in many modern perfumes—and it’s here to stay.
11. Le Parfum Rose Couture by Elie Saab
Price: $40.83 for 1.6 oz.
This delicate, beautifully floral fragrance was introduced in 2016 to be a modern take on the classic scent of rose through combining feminine pink florals, ripe fruits and woody musk.
Top notes: Peony, rose, orange blossom, bergamot
Heart notes: Rose petals, peach, jasmine, vanilla, lychee
Base notes: Patchouli, sandalwood, caramel
Best for: The ultimate girly-girl looking for a fragrance that matches her upbeat, feminine energy.
12. Rose Prick by Tom Ford
Price: $297.49 for 1.7 oz.
Launched in 2020, this sumptuous, enticing perfume puts an earthy spin on the classic rose perfume to create an endlessly unique fragrance you’ll reach for time and time again.
Top notes: Sichuan pepper, turmeric
Heart notes: Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, May rose
Base notes: Tonka bean, patchouli
Best for: A creative woman looking for a classic scent with a wholly unique twist.
13. Narcisco Rodriguez Rouge
Price: $65.68 for 3oz.
Released in 2018, this fiery, long-lasting perfume shows that rose doesn’t have to be a delicate floral scent. Through blending rose with spicy musk and other fragrant flowers, this perfume creates a new way to wear your favorite flower.
Top notes: Bulgarian rose, iris
Heart notes: Musk, orange blossom, tuberose
Base notes: Tonka bean, vetiver, white cedar, black cedar, sandalwood, vanilla
Best for: A passionate woman who approaches everything in her life with confidence, including perfume choices.
14. Flowerbomb Bloom by Viktor & Rolf
Price: $93.49 for 3.3oz.
This 2017 fragrance reformulated the fan-favorite Flowerbomb perfume and added in a completely new accord: mountain air. This created an uplifting, exciting scent that combines rose, floral and citrus accords for a revitalizing, everyday perfume.
Top notes: Mandarin, pomegranate
Heart notes: Mountain air, jasmine, freesia, Damask rose
Base notes: Woods notes
Best for: The working woman looking for an everyday perfume with a refreshing kick.
15. Idole by Lancome
Price: $109.64 for 2.5oz.
Released in 2019, this distinctly feminine perfume shows how varied the scent of rose can be by featuring two different varieties of the flower. Supported by ripe fruits and warm, woody elements, this is a perfume perfect for warmer months.
Top notes: Pear, bergamot
Heart notes: Indian jasmine, Turkish rose, rose de mai
Base notes: Vanilla, musk
Best for: Any woman looking to embrace her inner and outer beauty and femininity.
Whether you’re having a classic dinner and movie date or spending an evening snuggling on the couch with takeout, these five fragrances are perfect for helping set the mood for date night.
16. Dolce Rosa Excelsa
Price: $42.12 for 1.6oz.
Launched in 2016 by the legendary fashion house of Dolce & Gabbana, this perfume puts a sensual twist on the classic flower, inspired by the beauty and allure of the Italian region of Sicily.
Top notes: Papaya flower, neroli
Heart notes: Amaryllis, water lily, narcissus, rose, Turkish rose
Base notes: Musk, sandalwood, cashmere wood
Best for: An elegant woman aspiring to live every day and night like an Italian vacation.
17. Modern Muse Le Rouge by Estee Lauder
Price: $44.97 for 1.7oz.
This 2015 perfume shows that all rose perfumes aren’t delicate and sweet, and that some have a sultry edge. An expert blend of floral, aromatic and spicy accords, this is a rose perfume that packs a seriously impressive punch.
Top notes: Red raspberry, redcurrant seeds, saffron, pink peppercorn
Heart notes: May rose, jasmine, Turkish rose, magnolia petals
Base notes: Ambrette, Madagascar vanilla, vetiver, patchouli
Best for: The passionate woman looking for a scent that matches her intensity for life.
18. My Burberry Black by Burberry
Price: $59.97 for 3oz.
Designed specifically for evening wear, this 2016 fragrance showcases the wide range of rose perfumes by featuring a dark, blood-red rose rather than a delicate flower. Supported by animalic notes with a surprising longevity, this is an adventurous fragrance not for the faint of heart.
Top notes: Jasmine
Heart notes: Red rose, peach
Base notes: Amber, patchouli
Best for: An edgy, bold woman who wants her signature fragrance to stand out just as much as she does.
19. Idylle by Guerlain
Price: $49.97 for 3.3oz.
Roses are often viewed as the most romantic flower, and this 2009 fragrance pays tribute to this blossom’s reputation. Seductively mixing earthy, floral and fruity accords, this is a scent that will make special occasions all the more special.
Top notes: Lychee, raspberry, Bulgarian rose, white freesia
Heart notes: Lilac, pink peony, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, white lily
Base notes: Patchouli, musk
Best for: Any woman looking for an elegant fragrance that will help her mark important times in her life.
20. Endless Euphoria by Calvin Klein
Price: $29.27 for 4oz.
Not all evening perfumes are rich and seductive, and this dazzling 2014 fragrance proves that. Combining romantic red rose with woody and citrus accords makes for a truly spellbinding scent that can be effortlessly taken from day to night.
Top notes: Cherry blossom, bergamot, mandarin orange
Heart notes: White syringa, violet, red rose
Base notes: Indian sandalwood, green bamboo, musk
Best for: The dynamic and multi-faceted woman who wants a perfume to match her enigmatic personality.
No matter which rose perfume you’re sporting, remember to embrace all the possibilities that these scents offer. Whether you’re wearing an old favorite or a modern release, making this scent uniquely your own will help show that the perfume does not define you — you define the perfume! Treat yourself to one (or more) of these rosy perfumes to show that, like the scent of rose, you’ll never go out of style.