The Best Rose Fragrances for Fall and Winter
In general, people tend to associate the scent of roses with springtime. Few other flowers, after all, can capture the pure energy of a world awash with blooms quite like it. In keeping with that philosophy, perfumers then prominently feature roses in fragrances that are released and intended to be worn during the warmer months. Enthusiasts also often recommend switching to fragrances that feature roses as a central note after the colder months have passed.
If you love the scent of roses, though, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t surround yourself with it even when the temperatures start to drop. It’s timeless, and it goes well with other fragrance elements that rise in popularity between autumn and winter.
The trick to wearing rose perfumes all year long is to pay attention to the fragrance notes that surround them. The autumn and winter months call for rich, warm scents that, in turn, give off an opulent vibe. Below are a few of our favorites here at Scent Split:
Portrait of a Lady – Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
Launched in 2010, the Portrait of a Lady perfume was designed by French master perfumer Dominique Ropion, the same nose responsible for such iconic fragrances as La Nuit de L’Homme from Yves Saint Laurent and Flowerbomb from Viktor & Rolf (both also available on our website!).
The Portrait of a Lady perfume evokes roses at first sniff with its distinct rose top note. According to Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, 400 Turkish rose flowers are utilized in every 100mL bottle. The blooms dance upon a heart of intoxicating patchouli, permeated with the warm spices of frankincense and sandalwood. A compelling combination of blackcurrant, clove, and raspberry notes round out this beautiful Amber Floral fragrance that’s perfect for autumn or winter wear.
We offer the Portrait of a Lady perfume in various sample sizes, as well as the original 100mL bottle with its original packaging. To try this scent out for yourself today, simply choose a sample size from our available selections and add it to your cart. While marketed towards women, Portrait of a Lady is also a superlative cold weather fragrance for the adventurous man.
Lyric Woman – Amouage
Like Portrait of a Lady, Lyric Woman is an Amber Floral fragrance designed by Daniel Maurel for Amouage. He is also responsible for the perfumery house’s Epic Woman and Memoir Woman.
Lyric Woman evokes dark crimson roses in full bloom, but like all good things, it comes to those who wait. The fragrance gives off a strong opening of warm spices: bergamot, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. The heart opens up later to reveal floral notes of rose, angelica, jasmine, and ylang-ylang, given fire by feisty geranium. This complex scent is rounded out by woody base notes that give it a truly luxurious feeling, including oakmoss, musk, vetiver and sandalwood mixed with creamy vanilla and tonka bean.
Heady and intense, yet unabashedly modern, Lyric Woman is perfect for someone who fiercely indulges in her passions. Score a sample today by visiting the product page.
Tudor Rose – Burberry
Tudor Rose, like many other Burberry fragrances, takes its inspiration from the brand’s birthplace of England. It is part of the Burberry Bespoke collection and was launched in 2017. Francis Kurkdjian is the nose behind this fragrance; yes, the same Francis Kurkdjian as Maison Francis Kurdjian, home of the legendary Baccarat Rouge 540.
His creation for Burberry is an homage to the flower it’s named after, as well as the gardens where they can be found in full bloom. One whiff and you’re in the private gardens of Kensington Palace, the former home of the English Rose herself, Princess Diana. This unisex Chypre Floral opens with bergamot before revealing Bulgarian Damask and May roses beneath, mixed with the lightness of jasmine and peaches. Its base notes are composed of earthy ambergris and patchouli, wrapped in warm cashmeran and leather.
Tudor Rose is a lighter fragrance than the other selections on this list, which may make it a bit too bright for winter. However, it’s a lovely fall scent that will make you feel like you’re bringing a garden of roses with you everywhere you go.
Rose Prick – Tom Ford
The head-turning Rose Prick is also inspired by a garden awash with roses—the titular designer’s very own private one, in fact. Everyone knows who Tom Ford is—he’s fashion royalty, and many of his scents have garnered widespread acclaim. Released on Valentine’s Day 2020, Rose Prick is a unisex Cypre Floral from the Tom Ford Private Blend collection, which also includes such well-loved fragrances as Fucking Fabulous and Oud Wood
Often described as a classic rose fragrance with a twist, Rose Prick is a rose decidedly not by any other name—it’s Tom Ford, baby. The opening is chipper and zesty with Sichuan pepper and turmeric, before revealing a trio of roses at its heart: Bulgarian rose, Rose de Mai, and Turkish rose. Like our other selections here, it has base notes of patchouli and tonka bean, creating a rich, full-bodied fragrance.
Rose Prick is for the woman or man who knows themselves well and isn’t interested in apologizing for it. Elegant yet wild, it’s a gorgeous fall scent that should continue to bring you pure, unabashed joy throughout the winter months, too.
If you wish to try out any of the scents we've mentioned here, you’re in luck! Here at Scent Split, you can easily sample them. Consider browsing the rest of our extensive catalog, too!