Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH The Color Orange is a fragrance based on the color orange used in Rothko’s no.12. Appropriately it is heavy on citrus. Oranges are orange. At first spritz it is a juicy but rugged citrus. It smells like fresh, hand squeezed oranges. It’s a mix of the juice and the peel. It’s a bounty of mid-winter ripe citrus: juicy blood oranges, mandarins, and grapefruit. These are listed as the top notes and you can really smell them. Citrus crops are one of the few things that I enjoy about winter. Who doesn’t love the feel of a blood orange awakening the senses in the dead of winter? I can smell the lushness of blood oranges, the tartness of little mandarins, and the rugged sweetness of grapefruit. It is like an olfactory vitamin C bomb. It’s bold and refreshing, tart and only sweet in the way that a pink grapefruit or blood orange can be. Surprisingly, The Color Orange becomes “lighter” and flirtier. It has a whimsy blend of neroli/orange blossom. It’s still “citrus” but with a breeze of neroli/orange blossom. It becomes much more feminine, smooth, and less rugged. It’s just flirty, coy. It blends smooth like the oil paints used in a Rothko painting, seamless but with definition. I love the base. This flirty, coy citrus-floral turns in to a moody, Medieval animalic citrus pomander. The dry-down is spicy and rich with wintery myrrh, ambrette seed, and sensual musks. This isn’t a Christmas time craft project type pomander, heavy on cinnamon, stuffing an orange peel with cloves. This is how I imagine a Middle Ages pomander, animalic heavy on ambergris, rich resins, and orange rinds, all carried from distant, warm lands. Something to outweigh the less than perfect wintery weather of the land where you reside. This is a reminder of warmth, sunshine, and bountiful groves. Not the rain, cold, frost, snow, grayness of December.

I really like this fragrance for winter. It is refreshing, warm, and very much like the citrus in season. I would say that you would like this if you like “rugged” citrus, something “orange”, winter citrus blends, Diptyque L’eau de Tarocco, Keiko Mecheri Sanguine, Red Flower Organic Ambrette, Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange, and/or Fresh Bergamot Citrus. Oh, or Bliss Blood Orange & White Pepper body cream. The fragrance wears for about 4 hours.

A few sizes of this EDP are available. A 1 oz spray goes for $65. It can be purchased at DSH Perfumes website.

Rothkos no.12

Rothko's no.12

This summer I have been craving anything orange blossom. This mainly includes my orange blossom fragrant floral waters mixed in iced tea or orange blossom sorbets. I have always loved orange blossom in gastronomy but for some reason have kind of ignored it when it comes to fragrance. I go in fragrance spurts and this summer I have been craving orange blossom. It is such a bitter but delicate floral. I was happy to see that Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH has Fleurs d’Oranger du Roi. Evidently Louis XV was a mega fan of orange blossom for its “grace and lightness”. Well, I’m a mega fan too for the same reasons. Fleurs d’Oranger du Roi is one of those “true to the game” orange blossom scents. Don’t expect a complex blend with other star florals, spices, or woods. This is all about the beauty of the orange blossom. At first it is absolutely perfect and exactly what I have been craving. It smells bitter and citrusy with just a hint of floral. It smells identical to the orange blossom waters that I use in the kitchen (and I’ve been known to dump a bottle or two in the bath). It is more bitter like citrus rind than floral. It becomes more “blossomy” and less bitter after about 10-15 minutes of wear. It then becomes “pure” orange blossom. It is a soft and delicate neroli scent. It is lovely, delicate, and light. This is perfect for summer. Unfortunately, this fragrance only wore on my skin for about an hour in the summer heat. That isn’t hot lasting power for an EDP; however, I have not found an orange blossom fragrance that lasts longer than this. Some accords just do not last no matter what. These accords are mainly the “bubbly” and “light” scents such as citrus blossoms. FYI: From what I understand neroli oil and orange blossom oil are the “same” thing, meaning they come from the same source. The name is different depending on how it was extracted.

Overall, this is what I expected. I wouldn’t call it an “artful” or “creative” blend but it is so nice. It mainly resembles the Lebanese orange blossom floral waters that I use in the kitchen. However, this EDP lasts much longer than if I spritzed my skin with my waters. (I’ve tried and they last like 5 minutes). I realize that is hard to convince orange blossom to hang around until dessert. But, I also realize that orange blossom is a beautiful soliflore and it doesn’t need to be messed with to be “artful” or “creative”. It’s nice as is. This is exactly what I’ve been craving for summer and I’m happy with this fragrance.

This retails for $27 for .25 ounce EDP spray and can be purchased at beautyhabit.com. That is a tempting price point. Bonus, this line has 100% botanical fragrance and is hand-blended, hand-poured, and hand-bottled.

Of course I would go for a cleanser that has “essence” in the title. I like for all the products I use to have a pleasing aroma and I want something that I can look forward to using.

Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser is a rich, glycerin based cleanser with a “vaseline” like texture. It smells of orange oil which kind of reminds me of furniture polish but in a good clean way, not a gross chemical way. The cleanser is enriched with olive oil, aloe vera, rosemary and orange oil. It is deep cleansing without leaving the skin dehydrated feeling. Actually afterward my skin feels “nourished”. I have normal/combination skin (towards the drier side) and this stuff does a great job. It cleans without making my drier patches feel drier. I had no allergic reactions to this product and no unusual breakouts. My husband likes this product too and he has thick man skin. It retails for $8 and you can get it at Target, most drugstores, drugstore.com, or burtsbees.com.

Like everything under the sun, I’m sure this product isn’t for everyone. Skincare is a risky business where one product works wonders on someone and makes another wonder why they bought it. It is very fragrant cleanser and has a texture unlike most deep cleansing or foaming face washes that most people use. Some people may dislike this. I would say it isn’t for very oily skins but I know people with very oily skins that use this and love it. It doesn’t dry their skin out and helps nourish and protect their skin from all their harsh prescription acne meds. I’ve used this when it was the dead of winter and my skin was flaky and raw. It really smoothed my skin. Plus, I enjoy the aroma and texture. It used to be in an aluminum toothpaste like tube which was annoying and wasted alot of product. Now it is in a plastic toothpaste tube that doesn’t leak as much. And I’m not sensitive to fragrance. Thank God.