Editor's Pick: The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Eau de Toilette

Rose made modern.
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Rose made modern.

What it is: A modern take on classic rose.

What it does: Rose is one of those polarizing scents. Some people love it. Others (including me) think it's awfully close to old-lady territory. But there's no old-lady factor here. (Really—and this is coming from someone who had to retire her beloved Stella McCartney fragrance, which is supposedly a modern rose. Back in '06 I really liked it, probably swayed by all the publicity and by the fact that I love Stella as a designer. But alas, it wasn't meant to be. After a while I realized I just smelled like a grandmother, i.e. NOT sexy.)

Anyway, this one is different. It's like they took just a hint of rose, and then counterbalanced it with lashings of lemon oil for freshness, and base notes of vanilla and musk to give it warmth and depth. And since I’m pretty democratic about my fragrance choices, I’ll come right out and say it: I think this scent is actually sophisticated enough to hold its own against more pricey alternatives.

Best suited for: The feminine floral-lover that's looking for a lighter, everyday scent. The one caveat with many Body Shop scents is that they don't last as long, so pair this with the matching Shower Gel ($13), Body Milk ($16.50) or Body Butter ($20) for more mileage.

Priced at $25 for 50 mL. Available at The Body Shop stores across Canada, or online at www.thebodyshop.ca.