Fleur d’Oranger was a limited harvest edition in 2005, it came back in 2007 and now once more this year in the very sensible 50ml form and only available in Europe.
Orange Blossom is a beautiful note, but one that can go badly wrong for me. It can be loud overbearing and soapy. It can also be smooth, honeyed and sweet, soft, caressing, calming and uplifting. Orange Blossom done right, smells like liquid sunshine.
What about L’Artisan’s version? Let us take a closer look.
Fleur d’Oranger was created by Anne Flipo and includes notes of orange bigarade, petitgrain, neroli, honey, beeswax and orange blossom.
Fleur d’Oranger opens green and fresh, the orange blossoms are not open yet, we smell the tree, the leaves. Soon the flowers open and the fragrance becomes sweeter, rounder, it starts to glow almost, the orange blossoms are lush and creamy and wonderfully honeyed and smooth. Fleur d’Oranger deepens until it is almost unbearably beautiful, then slowly recedes into a warm honey-tinged base that is very long-wearing.
Fleur d’Oranger makes me feel very feminine, it rises in lazy tendrils from my skin and makes me smile and almost purr like a cat. It makes me feel contented.
I recently fell very hard for an orange blossom perfume that is hard (read: expensive) to obtain, the L’Artisan more than compensates my craving for this genre. It is not exactly like Xerjoff Oesel, but it comes close enough for me to be happy and content.
As for other orange blossoms – it is way smoother, less soapy and less loud than Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, more natural and lusher than Gaultier Fleur du Mâle. It is sweeter and less effervescent than Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli, another favorite.
Currently the L’Artisan website is out of stock, but if you are an orange blossom lover and come across Fleur d’Oranger, don’t hesitate to pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.