Throughout the ages the humble rose has remained one of the most precious and multifaceted ingredients in perfumery. There’s a rich familiarity to the scent of a rose even though it’s a truly multifaceted thing - a rose can be sultry, spicy, musky, metallic, green or even woody (and sometimes even at the same time). In olfactory terms, a rose is a pretty hard thing to create because when you try and distill the rose flower, the material you are left with does not smell like the idea of how a freshly cut rose smells according to our brain.
In short a perfumer has to use their talent to create the notion of a rose by using other materials to bolster the natural ingredient. And of course, thanks to the wonder of Mother Nature, there exists many different types of rose, most of which smell remarkably different from each other; so it’s no wonder that there are so many versions or aspects of a rose that feature in perfumery. So, to help you navigate the options available we’ve put together a guide that features six different variations on the idea of a rose.