There are 11 reviews of Fleur d'Oranger.
This is what I've been looking for, and why I became interested in fragrance in the first place.
It's a funny story actually. Well maybe not funny, but I'm sure not many have come to love a fragrance by way of a punch bowl.
Here in NYC, there's a restaurant that started out as a speakeasy, called Cienfuegos, that required navigating through a Cuban sandwich shop up a hidden set of stairs to a gilded room. The gimmick was that they served drinks in silver plated punch bowls, accompanied by small flower-shaped glasses with dainty handles. The perfect place for my bachelorette party.
One of the drinks served that night was a concoction called an Isle of Manhattan Fizz. It consisted of rum and gin and pineapple and coconut and something else that made it less like Club Med in the Caribbean and more like drinking perfume. It was orange blossom water.
I found the recipe for the drink online, bought a bottle of orange blossom water at Kalustyan's, and I was hooked. I realized the reason I loved Morrocanoil hair treatment, and why I loved white floral perfume - it was orange blossoms. I bought a bottle of neroli essential oil at the health food store, added it to some sweet almond oil, and to this day cover myself in the stuff after every shower.
Then I started sampling petitgrain. And the oil of the bitter orange. And I thought - all the notes are there! The wood, the floral, the green, the citrus - one could make a perfume out of the gifts of the bitter orange tree. I found said fragrance in Fleur d'Oranger, and then found out it was made in limited quantities and would cost me my first-born child and the help of Holmes and Watson to procure a bottle. Of course.
So I hunted down a 3ml sample of the 2005 vintage, and heaven was mine. It was everything I wanted - the heady floral, the creamy white petals, the minute indoles, the softness, the light citrus, the wood and green leaves of the tree. That something that hits me right in the limbic system and makes me feel like a goddess and a queen and a wood nymph, simultaneously. I want to bathe in a dilution of it like Marilyn Monroe bathed in champagne.
I'm gushing, but this is coming from someone who has an unabashed love of orange blossoms. Perhaps I should be more embarrassed, less enthusiastic. But finding one's scent soul mate is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Of course, she has to be hard to get.
Pros: All the orange tree has to offer
Cons: Rarity and expense"
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