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Coming Up Roses: This Is NOT Your Grandmother's Perfume

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I am in love with rose perfumes...at least a few anyway. Except for the actual flower, and only in white, I have never been the biggest fan of rose anything, especially perfumes. The cloy scent reminds me of the 1977 version of Tea Rose or cheap air freshener.

It wasn't until I discovered Velvet Rose & Oud by Jo Malone that rose perfumes opened up my sensory world...and what a world there was to discover. These five rose scents have completely opened my mind, and have rocked my perfume world (and collection). My current obsession is Milieu Rosa by Odin, a beautiful floral composition blended with spicy rose scents; one word--amazing.
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Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Intense Cologne features a dark, rich scent of damask rose wrapped in smoky oud wood and spiked with clove. Top Note - Clove; Middle Note - Damask Rose; Base Note - Oud Wood. ($170)

Tom Ford Cafe Rose is a seductive unisex scent. Three precious rose essences marry with exotic spices and dark coffee. Top Notes - Saffron, Black Pepper and May Rose; Middle Notes - Turkish Rose, Bulgarian Rose and Coffee; Base Notes - Incense, Amber, Sandalwood and Patchouli. ($225)

Odin New York Milieu Rosa is a beautiful rose scent with an undeniable modern mix. Fresh, soft, sensual and woodsy, this floral composition blends spicy Moroccan rose, delicate Rose de Mai and honeyed Turkish Rose Otto. Top Notes - Moroccan Rose Absolute, Raspberry, Cassis, Mimosa; Middle Notes - Rose de Mai, Geranium, Jasmine, litsea Cubeba Oil; Base Note - Turkish Rose Otto, Amber Woods, Oak Leaves, Vetiver. ($210)

Annick Goutal Rose Pompon is a fresh rose scent. Dewy light roses are at the heart of the perfume and is enhanced with delicate facets of fruit and woodsy patchouli. Top Notes - Raspberry, Black Currant and Pink Pepper; Middle Notes - Rose and Pink Peony; Base Notes - Musk, Cedar and Patchouli. ($149)

Aerin Rose de Grasse is meticulously crafted with artisanal attention to detail, including the hundred-petaled Rose Centifolia, hand-picked in Grasse, the French capital of perfumery since the 16th century. The pairing of rose and cognac is both intriguing and unexpected. Notes: Rose Centifolia, Bulgarian Rose Otto, Rose Absolute. ($185)