Choose rose notes for good make-up sex

Choose rose notes for good make-up sex

By Deborah Fulsang

“Rose has the ability to let anger go and let healing take place,” says Jacqui MacNeill, aromatherapist and founder of Vancouver-based Escents Aromatherapy“It’s a good scent to use if you’ve had a fight.”

On that note, we’re thinking of a few rose-based fragrances to set the appropriate mood this Valentine’s week.

Of course you could go the ultra-elegant route. Chanel No.5 packs a heady wallop of rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang in a sparkling, grown-up aura. Add killer heels and wear something cute and au courant and you’ll walk that chic line between old-school glamour and nouveau street chic.

Then there’s Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie, which is ideal for those who appreciate the legacy of the rose but who aren’t necessarily floral fans. There’s a fresh citrus top, mimosa and rose heart and then a rich trails afforded by vanilla and benzoin. Sexy. $135 (50 ml),

Sultry rose combines with woody, spicy notes (cumin, cedar, amber, wood and musk) in Le Labo’s Rose 31. It’s a rose-themed toilette with a hit of delicious darkness that’s great on both men and women. $145 (145 ml),

Enjoy the je ne sais quoi of the iconic rose in Yves Saint Laurent’s YSL Paris, a sparkling and thoroughly femme, romantic rose-based perfume full of roses with mimosa and creamy violet, warm amber, sandalwood, iris and musk. EDT, $118 (125 ml),


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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.