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Quelques Fleurs L'Original (1912)
by Houbigant

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Quelques Fleurs L'Original information

Year of Launch1912
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 112 votes)

People and companies

HouseHoubigant
PerfumerRobert Bienaimé
Parent CompanyLoft Fashion and Beauty Diffusion

About Quelques Fleurs L'Original

Discontinued in the fifties, but relaunched in 1988.

Reviews of Quelques Fleurs L'Original

From a current EDP sample: Starts off with a shot of hairspray aldehydes and indistinct fruit over white florals and a ton of powdery soap. Given a few minutes, a complicated mix of soapy musks take over and the whole thing smells like laundry detergent, specifically Tide powdered soap, the original scent in the orange box. It's very clever - somehow it clearly smells dry and powdered, but simultaneously warm and moist like a laundry room.

This style of laundry/fabric softener perfume smells very modern - it's really only the onslaught of powder that keeps this from smelling like a current release. As such, I'm conflicted. Is this a thumbs up for being a classic masterpiece, or a thumbs down for smelling like a Febreeze candle?

The answer may lie in the vintage version. Thanks to a generous BNer, I've also tried the vintage parfum, which is still extremely soapy powder, but without the laundry association (it's probably nitro musks - ouch! My liver!) and with more of a spotlight on the retro aldehydic fruits at the top.

So I guess that's it. I'd recommend the current EDP if you just want to smell extremely clean in a vaguely classy sort of way, but not if you're looking for a timeless contemporary of masterpieces of Joy or Chanel No 5. Meanwhile, the vintage parfum is an improvement if you're an eBay expert.
20th March, 2019
Today I am wearing Quelques Fleurs (pure perfume), after (for some reason) having waited over 30 years to try it. Long before I was born, this was my Mum's favourite perfume, along with Caron's Fleurs de Rocaille (which she has always maintained are very similar; though now I've tried both, I really can't agree); she now wears heavy florals like Joy, 1000, Chanel No22 and Muguet du Bonheur.

Quelques Fleurs reminds me very much of Max Factor's Le Jardin and Un Amour De Patou, though it is richer and powdery (which the other two aren't). If I smelled all three perfumes at the same time, I'm sure Queleques Fleurs would be a far more distinguished fragrance altogether, but on my skin they are very much along the same lines.

A very beautiful perfume, Quelques Fleurs is perfect for warm weather - I could it imagine it being a little bleak in winter.
29th May, 2016 (last edited: 11th June, 2016)
Neroli, Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Muguet, Ylang Ylang, Canation, Violet, Orris, Sandalwood, Musk, Civet, Honey, Heliotrope, Vanilla

The result is a very green scent, a combination of so many notes that none really stand out.

I find it is closest to Lelong's Indiscret, but seems rather coarse compared to that mellifluous blend.

Quelques Fleurs does nothing for me, unfortunately.
26th February, 2014
Quelques Fleurs l`Original by Houbigant is a gilded time machine. With a single spray, one is transported to a Victorian flower garden (or at least what I think is a Victorian flower garden). Here is my impression: flowers punch you in the face and then continue to do so for a few hours. The enormous bouquet is green with a soapy aspect; I’m mostly picking up lily of the valley, rose, and lilac. The citrus adds a touch of bright fruit at first, but quickly gives way to expose a clean musk, and of course, flowers dominate throughout. Also, there is a touch of warm honey tying the whole thing together and every now and then a little civet surfaces to remind us that furry creatures live in the garden.

Even though QFO can be a Victorian time machine, it has a timeless aspect that makes it a beautiful addition to any floral lover’s perfume collection. Also, if you are interested in vintage fragrances, but can’t stand aldehydes, QFO might be your cup of, um, fairies and elves.

Rating: 5/5 timeless classic
26th December, 2012
I found two excellent minis of Chantilly & Quelques Fleurs.

The Chantilly mini was a far cry from the large bottles marketed these days..but that's another story.

The Quelques Fleurs rang my chimes, particularly the slight zing of herbs & citrus in the top notes, the delicacy of the floral notes & absence of cloying sweetness in undertones. This was one that worked well with my own body chemistry..& applied discreetly, was a subtle whisper..This is very pleasant to experience in an old fashioned full range perfume.
05th July, 2012
It was nice to hear the story of this masterpiece at the last edition of Exsence in Milan, March 2012.
When I tried it on I immediately had the idea of wearing a piece of history. It is like wearing a vintage Gyvency evening dress (the kind of dress wore by Audry Hepburn in Sabrina).
Very feminine and sofisticated
21st April, 2012

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