The often cloying aromas of yesteryear have given way to a new crop of pleasing compositions.
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Thanks to the addition of unique ingredients such as green tea, tarragon, papyrus, and smoky guaiac wood, rose fragrances are back and entirely fresh again. So why consider the utterly romantic flower for your bridal bouquet only? Here, the best scents to try out for your wedding celebration.
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Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose
For a modern update on their iconic fragrance, Lancôme blended tangy raspberry with precious rose absolute to create a sweet floral scent. At the heart of it is the classic Trésor base of vanilla and musk mingled with warm cedar essence. A bouquet of jasmine, sweet peony, blackcurrant absolute, and intense pink pepper round out the sparkling aroma (from $55, lancome.com).
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Chloé Roses de Chloé
This fragrance features top notes of fresh bergamot and crisp tarragon with a delicate essence of damask rose. Dewy blooms and newly cut grass come to mind, while magnolia and litchi lends a distinctly modern touch (from $120, neimanmarcus.com).
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Balenciaga l’Eau Rose
This light eau blends youthful blackberry and spicy black pepper with a heart of violet and rose. Base notes of cedar and cypress lend depth. A study in contrasts, this scent is both delicate and rebellious, with a fruity opening and a woody drydown ($115, balenciagafragrance.com).
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Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile
Juicy Italian bergamot and mandarin mingle with a refined bouquet of lily of the valley, violet, and peony in this perfume. But the star of it is the inimitable Centifolia rose, which is handpicked from the gardens in Piedmont when their scent reaches its peak intensity. Sophisticated notes of cedar, ambergris, and musk linger for up to 12 hours (from $123, sephora.com).
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Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme
Unique top notes of spicy ginger and refreshing bergamot give way to reveal precious Turkish rose absolute blended with velvet oud in this Oriental-inspired pure perfume. Base notes of Indonesian patchouli, papyrus, benzoin, and Somalian incense heighten the intensity of this sumptuous fragrance. Best of all, this warm rose can be carried through all seasons (from $80, ahalife.com).
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Yves Saint Laurent Majestic Rose
This lush fragrance is centered around the dense May rose, accented with sweet honey and vibrant saffron. Bergamot adds a note of freshness while candied raspberry and leathery papyrus make it uniquely captivating. At the base, balsamic oud wood blends with smoky guaiac wood for a lingering woody trail ($250, yslbeautyus.com).
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Eau de Cartier Goutte de Rose
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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose
Flowerbomb devotees rejoice. This latest incarnation of the iconic fragrance is fresher, lighter, and bursting with tangy citrus and exotic accents. Top notes of sun-drenched grapefruit and mandarin orange blend with zesty pink pepper. Green tea makes a surprise appearance, lending a note of bitterness. Jasmine, rose absolute, and orchid unite at the heart and dry down to reveal touches of amber, cashmeran, and patchouli ($95, viktor-rolf.com).
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Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Rose
At the center of this fragrance is a trio of carefully blended roses: Moroccan rose absolute, Bulgarian rose essence, and rose centifolia accord. Rose absolute lends richness and structure while the rose essence and rose centifolia bring a breezy lightness ($225, neimanmarcus.com).
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Terry de Gunzburg Rouge Nocturne
Notes of bergamot, Turkish damascena rose, and opulent amber unite in this heady fragrance that is simultaneously musky and powdery. Indonesian patchouli is rendered feminine with notes of vanilla. Like a deep, dark red lipstick, this rich scent is irresistibly alluring ($160, feelunique.com).
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Aerin Evening Rose
Inspired by an English Jacobean hand-blocked linen fabric dating from the early 20th century, this unusual and surprising fragrance pairs Bulgarian rose absolute with rich cognac. Juicy, sugary blackberry and voluptuous rose centifolia bring soft warmth. Feminine yet sultry, polished yet warmly comfortable, this is a captivating, everyday rose scent ($185, neimanmarcus.com).
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Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit
Like most of Serge Lutens’ offerings, this is a unisex fragrance. Unlike any other rose fragrance, this is substantial, regal, and intoxicating in its musky richness. Notes of Turkish rose, yellow jasmine, and velvety musk mingle with dark sandalwood. Beeswax and a touch of apricot bring a hint of sweetness. This is the opposite of a dewy fresh rose; imagine instead a dried rose pressed between the pages of an old book ($310, us.sergelutens.com).