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.
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
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.
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
As other reviews have noted, this is a rich, deep, slight spicy (in my opinion) floral that has an old-school, ladies-who-lunch vibe to it. It doesn't waver much from it's opening notes of florals, which are strong but not overly so, and has a sophistication that is appropriate for day or evening. It's womanly rather than girly, so you have to be a real grown-up to wear it well.
I would like to sample L'Original one day. As far as Quelques Fleurs, it's a home run.