Bill Shakespeare knew what he was talking about when he wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." And to prove it, here are the pick of the rose-based scents on offer now.
Chloe's Roses de Chloé eau de toilette spray (left; HK$835/50ml) was created by perfumers Michel Almairac and Mylene Alran to bring out a facet of rose not found in the brand's previous fragrances. The scent is simple and clean, and features bergamot, damask rose essence and magnolia, as well as white musk and amber.
Emporio Armani's Diamonds Rose (second left; HK$550/50ml) has a fruity top note of bergamot, raspberry and blackcurrant, and a spine of Bulgarian rose and white flowers, such as lily and freesia. The warm, musky base is made up of patchouli and ambrette seeds, which add sweetness.
House perfumer Thierry Wasser has polished up Guerlain's La Petite Rose Noire (second right; HK$790/ 50ml), which now blends Bulgarian rose essence and Turkish rose absolute with black cherry, almond, berries and bergamot for a playful, fruity touch. The aromas of tonka bean and smoked black tea make up the base.
Founded in 1947 by Rose Repetto, it is perhaps not surprising that French ballet shoe brand Repetto's first EDT Natural Spray (right; HK$590/ 50ml) has a core of rose. Created by perfumer Olivier Polge, the fragrance opens with pear and cherry blossom, which are followed by a floral heart of rose and orange blossom. With a powdery base of vanilla and amber wood, the fragrance has a young and "girly" appeal.