Undeniably romantic and alluringly modern - smell the roses with these cult scents

Gertrude Stein may have written, 'A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," but we beg to differ. Not all rose perfumes are created equal - we've all had a bad experience with a floral fragrance that's more evocative of stale potpourri than the sophisticated-yet-sexy scent the label promised.  

But there's a reason the rose has inspired more romantics, poets and playwrights than any other bloom - when done right, the scent is sublime. Here are nine of our favourites, more evocative of rambling wild roses rather than the staid garden variety.

 

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