I love the scent of honeysuckle. It’s such a nostalgic scent for me. What I have realized after I moved across the country, is that honeysuckle isn’t the same. It appears to vary from region to region. In our back yard here in the PNW, we have these orange honeysuckle blossoms. The blossoms smell jasmine-ish and sweet, but they are far less sweeter and honey-ish than the white ones that I grew up with in the South. I’ve tried to keep an open mind to the different honeysuckle based fragrances that I try. I try to keep in mind that there is more than one honeysuckle and many fragrance houses use the term loosely. Here is a list of honeysuckle based fragrances in a variety of price points. Every spring I get a honeysuckle “bug”. I’m sure I will this year too. Please share any that you like so that I can give them a try. One of my favorites was the now discontinued Cynthia Rowley EDP (not the Avon one). It was heavy on honeysuckle and many other flirty florals.

Bargain Honeysuckle Scents: Yves Rocher has Fraîcheur Vegetale Honeysuckle/Chevrefeuille Cologne, it is light-wearing but very pretty and refreshing. It retails for $20 (watch the website for mega-sales and BOGO). Melissa Flagg Clementine (my review) is one of my favorite scents with its blend of orange blossom and honeysuckle. It retails for $32. Now a solid is available. I haven’t tried it yet. Bath & Body Works Wild Honeysuckle EDT is much more floral than sweet and retails for $26.50. A single note honeysuckle is Demeter Honeysuckle which retails for $20. It is pretty and I only wish it would last longer! Mary Kay has an EDT, Sparkling Honeysuckle, that is sunny and fresh. It retails for $25.

More Expensive Honeysuckle Scents: A classic honeysuckle soliflore is Calypso Chevrefeuille EDT that retails for $55. An intoxicating honeysuckle scent is Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Jasmine Cologne. Jasmine and honeysuckle were meant to be together in a blend. The largest bottle retails for $100. A fresh and flirty honeysuckle oh, and a classic is Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille EDT. The largest size gos for $115. Creed Chevrefeuille is rugged and “pastoral” kind of honeysuckle, much more green than the others listed. I like it and it retails for about $150. It really does stand apart from the others listed.

Plus 5 More Nice Honeysuckle Blends: Miller Harris Fleur de Matin is a green, fresh scent with honeysuckle. I think of it as a nice summer honeysuckle. Cielo Napa Valley (my review) is a blend that is heavier on fig and honey but the addition of honeysuckle type notes are very nice. It’s a sweet fragrance that I love for fall.  Harajuku Lovers Music EDT is a sweeter honeysuckle scent with adorable packaging. I love the crisp “green” with honeysuckle in Annick Goutal Eau de Camille. It is so easy to wear and very flirty. Victoria’s Secret Dream Angel’s Wish EDP is a very fruity floral with a kiss of honeysuckle. It isn’t my favorite in the list, but I feel I should list it.

I can’t escape the truth that I am a Southern gal. This is only evident for my love of Tyler Perry, mustard greens, and the smell of gardenias. I know that many people out there find gardenias too old-fashioned, too formal, and just too heavy. I love gardenia scents. I love those that come across humid and tropical, those that are sweet and romantic, and even those heavy, old-fashioned blends that remind me of a prim and prudish Southern woman.

Aromatique The Smell of Gardenia isn’t the highest quality gardenia out there. It is something for the home and not the body. The Smell of Gardenia reminds me so much of Sand & Sable or Jovan Island Gardenia (more of the later). It’s a formal and humid gardenia soliflore. There isn’t much more to it. It’s a “strong” gardenia. I love gardenia so I love this.

The thing about this oil is that a little bit goes a long way. This is a strong white floral fragrance. Too much of this oil could be headache inducing. I burn this oil. I think it is used to refresh potpourri. I may be 25 going on 50 but I refuse to do the potpourri thing. So, I burn it with a little water in an oil burner. The fragrance lasts a long time afterwards. It leaves my house smelling like I’m being courted by a dapper gentlemen and his gardenia boutonnière  in a courtyard in Savannah.

It retails for $9 and is available at Aromatique’s website. It’s a bit expensive but it really has a lasting fragrance that even covers up house dog odors.

If you are a tuberose lover then you will love Tubereuse. If you hate tuberose then you will hate this fragrance. This is a “true” tuberose blend, a real soliflore. Tuberose is the star of this fragrance. I love tuberose so I love this. Plus, the husband is a sucker for the scent and I’ll have to save this one for him. It will definitely make him take Frink the Frug outside, even in the PNW rain. Notes listed include: citron accord, mimosa, tuberosa, tuberose accord, French beeswax, heliotrope, Himalayan cedar, and Tamil Nadu sandalwood. I mainly just smell tuberose (for me this is a great thing). At the initial spritz it is “loud” like tuberose with a hint of citrus. When I say a hint, I mean am itty-bitty hint. Imagine a tuberose ambrosia. It’s a super intoxicating scent. I think nothing says “woman” better than tuberose. If you want to smell, feel, be sexy, reach for a tuberose heavy scent. You’ll stand out from all the predictable and cliche “sexy mama going to the club/bar” scents like Givenchy Hot Couture or Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Hot. My beef with the scent is that for an EDP it wears much more like an EDT.  I can barely smell it on myself after 1.5 hours. At this time it wears very closely to the skin. However, I can’t OD on tuberose like most people. I could bathe myself in Fracas pure parfum and not even notice it…On me Tubereuse smells like a mix of beeswax and tuberose, a bit sweet and faintly floral. Tuberose is a sweeter, tropical, exotic floral scent anyways and this is intensified by the beeswax.  It isn’t so woodsy on me during the dry-down and I can’t catch a whiff of cedar or sandalwood at all. So, it is very tuberose for about an hour. If I want hubby to actually smell this on me, I’m going to have to wait to spritz it right before he walks into the room. (He has a weak nose). Regardless, this is a simple fragrance, very sensual, I mean it is a night-blooming flower.

It retails for $27 for .25 fl.oz. spray at beautyhabit.com. Or you can purchase larger sizes like a 1 oz. EDP $65 on DSH fragrance website. I would say that you would love this if you love tuberose and are looking for a simple, sensual tuberose or if you like Diptyque Do Son, DL & Co. Angel’s Trumpet, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tubereuse, Profumum Tuberosa, Michael Kors EDP, Piguet Fracas, and/or Juicy Couture EDP.


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.


Provence Sante’s Tilleul or linden blossom EDT is a simple, sweet, and fresh linden spray. It is a light and refreshing fragrance that is perfect for warmer weather. It is 8-15% fragrance oil. I would say that it lasts for about 2-3 hours on the skin during warmer weather.
It is a simple fragrance and super concentrated linden flower. Linden is a slightly citrusy and sweet floral fragrance. It smells like a mix of lime and honeysuckle. It is one of those nice summery florals. It isn’t too heavy or overwhelming, like a gardenia based fragrance can be in the summer. This is the kind of “citrus” I can wear. It isn’t Pledge-ish but more floral.
The bottle is super plain and simple like the single note fragrance. It retails for about $30 for 3.5 ounces. I have had mine for about a month and have went through so much of it. I think I have like a half a bottle left. I keep reapplying because I love the fragrance so much. I personally wish they would offer an EDP. I like to be fragrant all day long. And I live in a cooler climate. I can imagine that this will be one of my favorites in the summer. If you like linden or honeysuckle based scents, Tokyomilk Waltz or Poe’s Tobacco, or even mimosa based scents then you’ll probably like this one.

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!