Forget your grandmother’s powdery, cloying scent. Modern incarnations of this classic scent are fresh, clean and decidedly au courant.
Valentino Rock n’ Rose
Three scent layers capture the designer’s idea of a rock princess attitude: Lily of the valley and black currant evoke innocence, rose and gardenia elegance, while sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla portray provocation.
($58-$78; Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom)
Serge Lutens Rousse
The legendary perfumer reworks a classic by adding juicy mandarin, spicy clove and cinnamon, plus an unexpected dash of woody balsamic vinegar and soft amber.
($100; Barneys New York)
Bond No. 9 Bryant Park
Evocative of the glamour surrounding New York Fashion Week, this rose, rhubarb, patchouli and pink pepper blend, housed in a colorful swirled bottle, captures the energy of this stylish neighborhood.
($40-$185; Bond No. 9, bondno9.com)
Givenchy Very Irrésistible Rose Centifolia 2006
The Centifolia rose is best known for its bright pink color, 100 petals and heady aroma. The 2006 crop, grown in the Vignal rose garden in Chateauneuf de Grasse, France, was said to be particularly spectacular—see for yourself in Givenchy’s limited edition scent.
($75; Nordstrom, nordstrom.com)
Bath & Body Works Moonlight Path
Rich, deep tones of black currant, bergamot, purple orchid and amber elevate the rose heart note to become something more mysterious and sensual.
($28; Bath & Body Works)
Etat Libre d’Orange Putain des Palaces
Translated to mean “Hotel Slut,” this irreverent cocktail is all about seduction: Rose absolute is blended with leather essence, rice powder and spicy ginger for an unusual but flirty effect.
($65-$95; Henri Bendel)
L’Occitane Rose & Reine
Roses cultivated in Morocco, Turkey and Grasse, France, make for a less traditional scent, which is further updated with fruity notes of apricot, raspberry and blackberry.
($34; L’Occitane, loccitane.com)