orangeblossom

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.)

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.