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I can’t get enough of orange blossom/neroli scents this summer. It is very difficult to find “guides” online, so I’ve created a brief  collage/guide to fragrances which are heavy on this light, bitter floral. There are many scents on the market with these notes. I’m focusing on those that are heavy on orange blossom, like a splash of a refreshing Lebanese floral water in an iced beverage. I am looking for those “delicate” scents. From what I understand orange blossom and neroli are the same thing it just depends on how the oil is distilled (steam vs. water). However, neroli is supposed to be from a bitter orange blossom while most orange blossoms are not “labeled”.

Budget Orange Blossom Scents: Yves Rocher Pur Desir Orange Blossom/Fleur d’Oranger EDT is light and beautiful. It really competes with the more expensive stuff. It is $22 for 2 oz, body products are available as well. It’s a bit crude but still very orange blossom, a bit medicinal. I like it in a strange way. It is a nice drugstore find and the price is awesome: Sanborns Orange Blossom Cologne. It retails for about $4 for over 6 oz. of product. Tokyomilk Lotus Sake Petit Parfum Solid is a fruity/citrus orange blossom fragrance. It retails for $18. This would be a very light fragrance but very refreshing pick-me-up if transferred to a spray bottle: Caswell-Massey Orange Flower Water. It goes for $16 for 6 oz. It’s a pretty orange blossom with the help of jasmine, The Body Shop Neroli Jasmin. It retails for $17 for 1 oz. Parfums des Beaux Arts Eau de Fleur d’Oranger du Roi (review) is a lovely and simple soliflore orange blossom scent. The EDP spray retails for $27 for .25 oz.

More Expensive Orange Blossom Scents: 88 Orange Scent Blossom EDP is a clean, spring like floral with orange blossom and lilac. The 2 oz. spray retails for $55. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne is crisp and light. The large bottle (3.4 oz) goes for $100. Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli is a tart, citrusy orange blossom. The cologne retails for $98 for 3.4 oz. Annick Goutal Neroli EDT is a beautiful, elegant orange blossom/neroli scent. The 2.4 oz. bottles goes for $115. To my surprise I found out that I really like Prada Fleur D’Oranger EDP. At first it wears hissy but the dry down is great and worth it despite the unusual top notes. The 3.4 oz. spray retails for $100. I’ll never forget the 1st time I sniffed Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger. Did it start my obsession? The 1.7 oz. retails for $120. Le Labo Fleur d’Oranger is a fresh and citrusy orange blossom scent and I can’t get enough of it. It is $200 for 3.4 oz. Laura Mercier Neroli is EDP is a fresh, floral orange blossom. It is $75 for 1.7 oz. Cinq Mondes Pluie D’Aromes Ritual d’Atlas is a fresh blend of citrus and orange blossom. The 1.7 oz. spray goes for $85.

I was reading that neroli/orange blossom is used to relieve tension and anxiety in aromatherapy. No wonder I am loving this stuff, it has been a stressful summer. However, we did close on the house and we’ve started repairs. I spend all my day removing wallpaper, cleaning, and pulling faux fur off of doors. What fun! (See the home blog if you want more.)

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Linden/linden flower is such a pretty, bubbly, and flirty scent. It is one of my favorites for spring and summer and lately I haven’t been able to get enough of it. It’s a slightly honey-ish floral in a honeysuckle way and tart like a lime blossom. It brings back sweet memories of linden tea and linden honey in early summer. If you are a fan of citrus blossom fragrance then I think you’ll love linden like I do. I love this scent but it can be difficult to “find”, so that’s why I’ve put this “collage” together. I want to help myself and others find a place to start when finding that perfect linden based fragrance.

Budget Linden: I have raved about it before for its true linden-ness, Le Provence Santé Tilleul/Linden. It retails for $27 for a big, simple looking bottle. This is an EDT so lasting power isn’t so great  but it smells amazing. This is the “truest” linden fragrance that I have found, it is a single note. Tokyomilk Pafum has a gorgeous floral linden with delicate touches of rose and wisteria, Waltz (I have raved about this one also). This scream femininity and retails for $28 for 1 ounce. It comes in a really cute bottle. A nice white floral linden blend is Voluspa Floraison Linden Blond Tabac, it’s a heady blend of tuberose and linden. It’s ultra femme and flirty. The 1 ounce cute travel spray goes for $18. Demeter has a Linden that goes for $20 for 1 ounce. It smells lovely but the lasting power isn’t hot. I hate to include a limited edition fragrance, but MAC has a nice one for $25, Naked Honey, it is a bit like sweet linden honey. I recommend trying it while you can.

More Expensive: A complicated but beautiful linden that contains notes of lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, and vetiver, Pafrums DelRae Début EDP, $135 for 1.7 ounces. A fruity, “young” feeling linden is Trance Essence Whyte Rabbit which retails for $90 for the largest bottle, a roll-on oil is also available and is cheaper. I love the playful, bubbly floral of L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons EDT. It is a fun floral with linden, citrus blossoms, and jasmine. It’s so beautiful and I find myself using it frequently. This retails for $95. I like the “moodiness” of Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel. It’s a wet and rainy blend of linden, violet, and iris. It goes for $115. This fragrance contains linden but is heavy on lots of other stuff like aquatic and wood notes, Estee Lauder Pure Linen Light Breeze. It  manages to be playful and fresh with linden blossom. The largest bottle goes for $72.

This is my “beginners” list, if you have any others to share, please do. I am always on the “smell-out” for linden based fragrances. They just make me happy.

This fragrance was difficult for Guerlain. It didn’t attract the “typical” Guerlain customer, you know the person that swears by Jicky or Eau du Coq, and it didn’t attract the mainstream consumer (the person that purchases every new release at Macy’s) because it is just too “odd” for their tastes. I am in the middle ground consumer. I love all Guerlain fragrances. I wear Jicky, but I also wear fragrances like Benefit Maybe Baby.

This fragrance is like a “young old lady fragrance” if that makes any sense. (I hate describing fragrance by age groups, its just wrong just like putting age equivalents on standardized tests). It is a super powdery fragrance. It’s kind of sweet like a dusting powder but it is very powdery from orris root and something that resembles candied violets (my ultimate weakness). It has a sweet rose, like a rose lozenge or pastille. Sweet, but only foody if you are a floral food fan like myself. It’s musky and clean while being powdery and floral.Guerlain’s website states that “olfactory pyramid has been ‘deconstructed’ to reveal three faucets of INSOLENT femininity that suits everyone’s taste and mood…sparkling violets, glints of red berries, and rays of iris.” Well, maybe not suited for everyone’s taste and mood, but definitely my own. Some of my favorite memories included last summer, my 1st summer in the Northwest. I would pick berries with a Choward’s violet candy in my mouth and I wore a cheap no label Italian iris/orris root EDT in the late days of summer. It was nice, happy times. So Insolence has nailed what I’m looking for. It is much more feminine than me sweating and ignoring bloody berry scratches. This is so feminine, soft, powdery. It is an “olfactory spiral”, this is just a gimmick that means that top note, middle, and base are all together and it pretty much stays the same throughout the wear. This is somewhat true. It smells much like initial spritz even a few hours down the road. I mean it is a little different but the idea is still the same. It isn’t like violet, berries, and musk. It is more all of these things in a blender once the alcoholic top note dries down. It is a sweet fragrance with candied violet, rose, vanilla, sandalwood but note overly sweet like cotton candy fragrances. It does appear fruity, but for some reason this just doesn’t linger with me (slightly like a red currant).  It is just sweet but not too sweet to wear for summer. I find that I wear this throughout the year.

I like Insolence much better than L’Instant which I find too vanilla-y and overwhelming. It is “young”, I guess but I found that many people under 30 are completely turned off by this fragrance that many ladies over 30 find this too “young”. I was working the launch of this fragrance and you wouldn’t believe how many people were offended by this one. I just didn’t get it but I am sure many of them would find Shalimar offensive and SJP Lovely not. I don’t find this one offensive at all, if anything it is too tame and pretty. Also, the use of Hilary Swank as the “face” of the fragrance was a bad idea. You don’t realize that the public is so sensitive to that kind of stuff until you see it in action. Many people do not find her glamorous (or attractive really!); people really do use her name and “horse face” together alot. Anyways…

It wears for many hours, extremely well for an EDT. I smell it on my jackets and scarves days after wear. My husband loves this one. It just smells “girly” so I am sure it will attract the opposite sex. My husband always says that he hates vanilla in fragrance because it smells “cheap” but he seems to like it in this. It adds a sweetness and softness to the floral notes. It also helps the violet stick around (I still haven’t found a violet fragrance that loves to be with me!)

The bottle is OK. It’s a bit chunky and the plastic top is a bit oversized. The 1 ounce bottle goes for $55. It is getting harder and harder to find! Please don’t tell me that it is being discontinued like I predicted it would be since it’s launch. I still have a 3.4 ounce bottle left and maybe I need to get my hands on another.

It isn’t that I dislike Dior Addict 2, it is just that I can’t get over how it totally defines like 5-10 years of main stream perfumes. Spritzing on Addict 2 is like a 10 year time warp to 2000. It is a time capsule in a bottle. It is everything that was the rage. I felt like perfumes were only being made for “young” people through 1999-2006. Everything was young, “flirty”, and mostly “pink”. Dior had to jump on the bandwagon as well in 2005. And they know there are dated. How many freaking limited edition flankers have they created since launching this stuff? And how many “lighter” versions have they made to compensate for this “gum smacking 14 year old mall rat with a fake hot pink Coach bag all up in your face” fragrance?

Addict 2 is hissy but not offensive. It smells “light”, “young”, and “carefree”. It is an aquatic, fruity citrus, with a hint of white musk and hissy flowers like freesia. It contains all of the pink fruits such as grapefruit and watermelon.It is meant to be “energetic”. It contains notes of grenadine and it does smell of alcoholic fruits. At initial spritz it is citrusy with notes of bergamot and grapefruit. Then it is all fruity-floral from then on. It is melon-y, grenadine-ish, and super floral freesia (one of my least favorite floral notes). It is made aquatic by “water lotus” and other super obvious chemical experiment notes. It is grounded and dries down to a white musk. For the last few hours it is like a bergamot, white musk blend on me. (Actually, that isn’t too bad. But, it is that white musk that is sooo 2000.) It isn’t a poorly blended fragrance and for a fragrance marketed to “girls” it isn’t so bad. It isn’t a Dior masterpiece but it sure made them some money in the new millennium. I also feel they should of dropped the “Addict” namesake and just named it something else, something younger. You’re not getting any of your Addict clientele with this one. Move on Dior.

I was shocked when the ad campaign hit. I mean a 12 year old wearing makeup in their underpants selling a “sexy” and “intoxicating” product. And our society wants to hate on pedophiles when companies like Dior hyper-sexualize minors. But, that calls for an entirely new post. The company states, “Inspired by the Dior Girly collection, this tangy fruity-floral incarnates a bubble of optimism and mischievous femininity for the innocently sexy girl.” WTF? A slightly naughty but naively happy fragrance for the slutty little girl tease that doesn’t know if she is attractive or not and that hasn’t quite figured exactly why that “Blondes Do It Better” tee is inappropriate to wear to youth group meet-ups? I had to attach the ad and ask you “Do you know where your 13 year old daughter is at tonight?” Hopefully, she is not purchasing perfume.

For a hissy EDT it wears OK. It lasts an entire work day on me about 7 hours. I can see people like this if they are 14, like Lancome Miracle, Victoria Secret Garden fragrances, Victoria Secret Pink, YSL Baby Doll, Gucci EDP II, Clinique Happy In Love, and/or J.Lo Love at First Glow. The 1.7 oz. is $65 and the 3.4 oz. is $85. A Shimmer Body Lotion is also available.

I like many Bvlgari fragrances. I know they aren’t mind blowing or super original but I like many of them. They are simple and really convey a “mood”. For example, Omnia is one of the most “comforting” and “down to Earth” scents that I own. Green Tea is so “refreshing” and “energetic”. Rose Essentielle is one of the most “dainty” or “delicate” scents that I own. It is all lady. I find it very light, especially for an EDP. It is rosy but not super heavy and dominating like many “vintage” perfumes or fragrance oils or tuberose based fragrances such as Fracas or Michael Kors. This is light, almost “fluffy”. At first it is rosy, then you can slightly smell the crispness and “greeness” of violet leaves. The mimosa becomes apparent with some dry-down. This causes it to become soft and “fluffy”. It blends beautifully with the delicate rose. It makes it energetic and almost “bubbley”. It has a champagne vibe. It is fruity at times but in a champagne way, very true of a mimosa flower.  It is a lovely floral mix but don’t get me wrong, the star is the rose. This is def. a rose fragrance with a few other flowers and maybe a wood along for the ride. This is a super rosy interpretation of the original Pour Femme. I do prefer it over Pour Femme. But, I am a fan of rose. I love rose oils such as L’Aromarine. That being said, I find Bvlgari’s to be much more “wearable” and it is an artistic blend. It is a nice addition even if you have a soliflore rose that you love. It is nice and light. The star roses are “Ottoman” and “Prelude” rose, according to the website. I don’t even know if those are real.

I find that it does not wear very long on me. Of course, I am used to the staying power of rose oils. This one lasts about 3-4 hours on me and shorter in the summer. My skin just eats it. That is a bummer because the 1.7 oz. bottle retails for $92 and the 3.4 oz. for $132. My husband says that he can smell it on me much longer. ( I must add that this fragrance is a man magnet.) I think I may get too used to the fragrance? I do know that this one wears much longer than Voile de Jasmin which is equally as beautiful but with zip staying power.  I recommend this fragrance for those that love rose such as L’Aromarine Rose, Stella McCartney Stella (especially if you are looking for a “sheerer” Stella), Joe Malone Red Roses, and you may like this if you are a fan of “mimosa” fragrances such as L’Artisan Mimosa por Moi.  I must admit that this fragrance reminds me of a limited edition YSL Paris parfum that came out a few years ago, Paris Premieres Roses or something like that. I loved it but it was limited edition and went bye-bye. This is a great edition if you long for something super “lady-like” that still manages to be flirty. Not sure if you will like this one? A .34 oz. travel spray is available for $20 on sephora.com. * It is also available at fragranenet.com.


Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Coty Muguet des Bois is one of my all time favorite spring scents. It’s not too complicated and it isn’t expensive. It’s an old school fragrance from 1936. It usually retails for $18.50 for 1.8 ounces and trust me if you shop around you can get it for about $10. This fragrance is green, fresh, floral, and “wet”. It is a wonderful interpretation of wild lily-of-the-valley blossoms heavily hanging down because they are drenched in dew. It has that certain wild “muguet” quality. “Muguet” flowers are some of my favorite. They require little maintenance, spread rapidly, and produce so much fragrance for such small blossoms. Most bloom early on, just when I need to be reminded of life after long winters. At first spray, this fragrance is very green (aldehyde but not in a “dead” way like No. 5 or Mitsouko). It smells very floral and very wild lily. It is very “alive” and feminine. It smells a bit aquatic and very fresh. It quickly becomes “floral” and smells of wildflowers.It is a great fragrance for those that appreciate and know what lily of the valley smells like. This scent is not complicated. It is pretty straight forward, a soliflore with touches of “green”. It is spring with a hint of forest floor.

It only makes sense that I love this fragrance since the nose was Henri Robert, the man that brought us the Chanel Cristalle EDT and Chanel No. 19, two of my all time favorite summer fragrances. However, I find Muguet des Bois much easier to wear. It seems much more “modern” as well. It is hard to believe that it is was created so long ago. (Even though we all know that formulas do change through the eras.)

It is an EDT so it doesn’t wear very long. It wears for about 2 hours and I wish that it would wear longer because I love the simplicity and the freshness of this fragrance. It fresh but so feminine. The bottle isn’t so great. It has a cheap plastic “crown” shaped cap and a sorry label. But, I could care less. The fragrance is so good and it doesn’t cost much. Now if I paid $70 for it I would complain. It is available at fragrancenet.com for a great price!

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I know it is predictable but I really want florals for spring. I want a fragrance with a sign of life. Usually I go for chypre or green fragrance but right now I am in a very floral mood. It only makes sense. It has been green in the Pacific Northwest and smells very mossy/chypre but no floral notes. Things are starting to bud even if they were covered in snow every other day. It is only natural to crave floral scents. However some florals seem to “robust” or to “dry” for spring. It is all a matter of perspective and I am sure where you were raised. I prefer bulb flowers and wild lilies. Here are some of my favorites and I know that I am leaving something wonderful out but i just can’t include them all.

6 Bargains Scents: Coty Muguet Des Bois is one of my favorites. It is a soft classic lily of the valley and you get 1.8 ounces for under $20. It is floral and dewy. Another nice soliflore type fragrance is Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley it goes for $25 for 3.3 ounces. Tokyomilk Waltz is a nice white musk floral that reminds me of a frolic in a garden, much like the Fragonard painting. It retails for $28 for 1 ounce. Lush Sakura solid perfume is a nice blend of jasmine and mimosa. It smells of spring and only goes for $12. Demeter Wisteria is a nice soliflore that retails for $20 for an ounce. Avon Cynthia Rowley Petal EDT is a bursting Lily of the Valley inspired fragrance. It goes for $15 for an ounce and comes in a really cute hot pink hobnail glass bottle.

6 of the More Expensive Stuff: Diptyqye Jardin Clos EDT is a wonderful full hyacinth blend. It retails for $88 for 50mL. Guerlain Champs Elysees EDT is a light and flirty blend of roses and mimosa. It retails for about $60 and it depends on the size. The Marc Jacobs EDP fragrance is a nice fragrance with honeysuckle, jasmine, and gardenia without being too heavy. The 3.4 ounce bottle retails for $90 and the 1.7 ounce for $70. Melissa Flagg Mabel Perfume oil is a wonderful spring blend of lilies and honeysuckle. It retails for $42 for 1/8 ounce. Benefit Maybe Baby EDT is a nice flirty white floral. The 3.4 ounce retails for $48 and the 1.7 ounce goes for $32. I like the light almost bubbly scent of L’Artisan Parfumeur in Mimosa Pour Moi. The 1.7 ounce retails for $95 and the 3.4 ounce goes for $135.