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Reviews of Fleurs d'Oranger by Serge Lutens

Total Reviews: 62
Little girl in blue BY Amedeo Modigliani 1918
06th February, 2018
I've liked everything I have tried from Serge Lutens, and FdO is another likeable fragrance in this line. Typically I find white floral scents to be too reminiscent of bath products or women's shampoo and FdO does ring that bell, but it's not intolerable in any way.

I don't get a sweaty blast of cumin as some reviews mention, but the opening 30 minutes are a medicinal like citrus and spice. It actually fits in to work with the rest of the fragrance evolution fairly well as the remainder of the scent is a jasmine, orange blossom and rose concoction that quickly conjured a luxury hotel spa or woman's bathroom. The jasmine seems to dominate the fragrance and it has a soapy clean aspect to it.

As with most unisex scents, the white floral and lack of wood notes make this one lean very feminine to my nose. I might like this as a bath fragrance for my wife, but it's too soft and flowery for me to want to wear out any time.

I'll give it a solid neutral rating.
31st May, 2017
I am a Tubereuse Criminelle addict. In the past 4 years, I have gone through 3 bottles of it. Ever since Uncle Serge pulled TC from the exports line, I have been saving my last bottle, taking it out of the box only to admire the dark-colored juice and only occasionally sniffing it, lest I run out before I could get to Paris. TC made me think that I liked tuberose, but alas 99% of tuberose frags are unwearable to me. I do not care for vampy, sticky sweet bubble-gum tuberose (giving you the side-eye, Fracas). I adored the dark side of tuberose, that cold, calculating diva, who lures you with her narcotic-floral scent, but smells like medicine, rotting chicken, and burnt tyres if you get too close to her. For over a year, I tried a many tuberose fragrances before giving up completely on finding a worthy Tuberose to fill TC's thigh-high stiletto boots. "I guess I'll just have to save up to go to Paris," I told myself. I bought a bottle of A La Nuit to cure myself of my TC addiction. If I were to develop an addiction, I thought, it might as well be something that is easily accessible.

Enter: Fleurs d'Oranger. For whatever reason, I busted out my baggie of perfume samples last week. I smeared a bit of Fleurs d'Oranger on my wrist and decided that, despite the fairly strong dose of cumin, Fleurs d'Oranger was pleasant enough to be full bottle-worthy. Plus, it reminded me of early morning walks I used to take when I lived in my favorite city in the whole world. There is a house in my neighborhood with orange trees in its side yard, and the smell of orange blossoms hits you like a ton of bricks when you walk past that house in springtime. Expecting a fairly standard Serge Lutens Treatment of a classical flower, imagine my surprise when I sprayed Fleurs d'Oranger, and I smelled...Tubereuse Criminelle! In fact, FdO smelled to me like TC who had gone and rolled around in a bed of ground cumin seeds instead of ground cloves. The icy methylated aspect of TC that I found so highly addictive is present in FdO as well. Though not an exact substitute, it seems that I have found *a* substitute, the methadone, if you will excuse the analogy, for my TC addiction.
12th April, 2017
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Vanity made me buy this but an appreciation for the lush orange blossom and subversive spices made me use most of my bottle.

I received a sample of this with my purchase of Santal Majuscule. (I like to buy directly from the Lutens website because they always send a load of freebies - no one else seems to do that anymore in the UK.) I had not had high hopes because white florals are not really my thing without a heft of wood or moss to ground them. However, I was showered in compliments with this - it actually became embarrassing a few times at work reaching for the coffee... So I thought that I should get a full bottle.

It is a very full and sensual white floral, with as much tuberose and jasmine as orange blossom, but also some dirty spice too. It is not, however, a spicy scent, which is why it didn't work for me. I have learnt that I am not a white floral person, which is why the rating is neutral - I just find it too sunny and not interesting enough, even if I can admire the lushness. And I now never reach for this, even though there is probably only about 15ml left, so it is just annoying me, taking up shelf space of something I really want. I'll either find it a loving home in the UK, or use it to scent my ironing.
17th August, 2016
On paper I should really love this. Orange blossom is amongst my most favourite floral notes. This is an unusual one because frequently I despise the openers of fragrances but enjoy the settled down effect of the dry down or skin scent. However, this is the first scent to have the opposite effect. I adored the opening, pure juicy summery fragrant orange blossom, powerful and jolly but this does not settle nicely on my skin. I'm getting Marrakech spice market, and not in a good way. I'm getting a heavy hit of cumin which fives the impression of a sweaty armpit. I smell like I've rolled around in a spice rub. Having loved the wave of orange blossom upon first spritz, an hour later I'm disappointed, especially judging from the other reviews and it's evident popularity.I must be one of the unlucky ones! However the silage and projection is amazing so if you get more florals than meat marinade or body odour on your skin I see how it could be beautiful.
07th June, 2016 (last edited: 14th June, 2016)
Fleurs d’Oranger by Serge Lutens is a perfume that I’d consider as a real benchmark for orange blossom in perfumery. I do not like orange blossom at all as a note, but I have a sneaking fondness for how it’s done in FdO – at first juicy-sweet and dripping with honey, and later on, its sweetness reined in by quite a nice dose of cumin.

If it were not for the cumin (and the sultry tuberose in the base), Fleurs d’Oranger might come off as most orange blossoms do on my skin – far too sweet, bubblegum-like, and juvenile. The cumin gives the happy-go-lucky, sunny orange blossom an adult, sexy edge, a shot of much-needed sweaty armpit, let’s say.

However, I hear the reformulated version took away all the cumin and left behind a simple orange blossom. My decant was the pre-reform version; when I went to retrieve it to send it to a friend as part of a swap recently, I noticed that the bottle had smashed and the contents leaked out all over the box. I felt kind of sad, because although I didn’t like it enough to keep it, I did like its sunny, sexy, slutty goodness every now and then as a mood-enhancing drug.
31st May, 2016
The idea of supporting white florals with cumin is not new. It goes back as far as Molyneux's 1962 Fete. Here, however, the trademark concentration of oils for which Lutens is known, kicks this up many notches.

Strong tuberose combines with the green jasmine of their soliflore, A La Nuit. The green note is helped by white rose. The neroli itself sweetens the background rather than being center stage as the name of the scent would suggest.

Citrus peel, cumin and nutmeg provide the dark, spicy warmth. Supposedly hibiscus seeds also play a part, but since their scent is unknown to me, I can't locate them.

A strong mixture of white and green florals supported by earthy spices - my summary of the experience. I find it superbly done and one of Lutens' very best creations.
06th May, 2016
Normally, I love orange-blossom and white florals in general, so I thought that this perfume should be one that I absolutely love! Plus, I sprayed some of it on a card from the tester bottle in Sephora and, for some reason, at the time, I thought it came out smelling exactly like sweet, fruity orange drink! I kind of wondered why an expensive perfume would smell like orange flavored candy but I decided to try a sample and review it at home anyway!
So, today, I finally sprayed some on my actual skin, and I realized with shock that sometimes there really is a huge world of difference in how a scent can smell on a piece of cardboard-paper, or sprayed in the air or on fabric, compared with how the notes come out when actually sprayed on your skin! To tell you the truth, I already knew about this, but with some fragrances there can be more difference than with others, and this is one where, on me anyway, there is an enormous difference! (Plus, now I'm smelling it here in my room, without the other smells in a cosmetics store blending in my nose!)
So, yes, "Fleurs D'Oranger" doesn't actually smell like orange drink, or even predominantly like citrus, contrary to what Luca Turin says. (At least, to my nose it doesn't) I kind of wonder if he made the same mistake of just spraying it on a piece of cardboard-paper too, instead of actually testing it on himself. This fragrance actually is predominantly a white floral bouquet of orange blossom, jasmine, rose and tuberose, although I have to admit I can't really smell the rose at all although apparently it's there. Normally, I love this type of perfume, but honestly, there are a lot of other white florals I like a lot more than this one! Actually, I've found that I don't really like the way white florals are done in the Serge Lutens line! I also tried "A La Nuit", which is his night-blooming jasmine scent, and I actually thought that one smelled far too bitter and green. I like this one a lot more, it's much more pleasant to my nose! But it's too masculine for me! I think I would find this one incredibly sexy on a guy, which is why I'm giving it a thumbs up and four stars! I highly recommend it to all the guys, and I think you should try a sample of it today! For women though, you might not necessarily like this, even if you generally like white florals. It isn't really pretty or delicate like feminine white florals usually are, plus it also has cumin in it, which I almost never care for! You can try it if you like, but personally, I wouldn't wear this one! There are lots of other orange blossom perfumes I prefer on myself!
11th December, 2015
This stuff is gorgeous. Of course, it's got plenty of orange blossom, but supported by white flowers and quite a bit of jasmine, with a touch of soap underneath. There's also a bit of funky musk and sweaty cumin hiding in there, but it's quiet and manages to perfectly balance all the flowery prettiness, so it's nothing nasty. Given time, it ends up as a soapy, floral neroli.

This is one of those perfumes that I catch whiffs of while walking around and it makes me think of Spring time when the flowers are all in bloom. It smells like nature, but better. Thumbs way up!
14th October, 2015
I was sorry to find that this was the first perfume from the Serge Lutens line that I could not wear. On my skin, it smelled like something used to scent dish-washing detergent only a thousand times stronger. I didn't leave it on me long enough to do a thorough review. As soon as I put it on I knew it was a mistake and after I had used every available soap and cleaner, I finally splashed alcohol on the spot until the scent of the perfume was extinguished - almost. It certainly lasts well.
In the future I will be very careful of using any perfume with even a trace of citrus in it. Now I understand why my cats leave the room if anyone peels a Mandarin orange or a Tangerine in their presence.
23rd February, 2015
This was once, at the very least, interesting, what with it's cumin topnote. What's sold now is a bland, cloying white blossom upfront, jasmine in the rear. Nothing wrong, but nothing right either.
19th January, 2015
Drop dead gorgeous!

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful smells I've come across! It's clean and dirty and lush and pretty all at the same time! So aromatic and indolic and honey-sweet. I think this is a perfume which needs to be experienced. Words alone cannot do it justice.

First of all, it's strong, but not strong in a synthetic way. It's more like the strongest smelling natural flowers I can think of. The name itself is somewhat misleading as Fleurs d'Oranger means "Orange Blossom" and the orange blossom itself is only half the story here. Instead we also have a highly indolic, beautiful and heady sambac jasmine note, which works with the orange blossom to give incredible floral and sensual depth to the perfume. Another huge player here is tuberose... and what a flower that is! It's a rich, creamy, slightly green & tropical flower that really brings the party to this perfume! But it's not too overdone. It's totally wearable as it's more of a sultry, soft honeyed floral (but very deep).

I think this one is similar to Serge Lutens' A la Nuit, which was a huge lush, green, honey sweet indolic jasmine. Here it is a combination between the three white flowers of jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom... with some spice (mainly cumin) to make it a little more sultry/sexy. To me the cumin doesn't come across as sweaty or anything like that, on my skin it's still a very clean floral. I think orange blossom (especially neroli) has a tendency to be soapy clean, as it is a common ingredient in most soaps. But here the other lush & heady white florals, as well as the spices and rose, really serve to make it very sensual and full of character. In a word, on me this smells absolutely divine! If you appreciate fine perfume and beautiful floral smells (especially tuberose and jasmine), then please do try this out. For me it's an absolute love. But try it on your skin first!
12th December, 2014
Whoosh! Fleurs d'Oranger hurls heady, indole-laden orange blossom like a projectile weapon as soon as it leaves the bottle. Once it's knocked your head back with its opening salvo, it calls in reinforcements in the form of a crisp, green floral note that suggests lily-of-the-valley, but must actually be a very limpid rose. This addition lends the scent some clarity while balancing the swoon-inducing indoles of the opening. The simple, sweet floral accord taht results soon settles in as the heart of the fragrance, and its extended sillage leaves a bright nebula of scent in the wearer's wake.

For all the animalic decadence inherent in the orange blossom indoles, Fleurs d'Oranger reads as a happy scent: sweet, dewey white flowers in the sunshine of a cool spring morning. An unusually crisp, yet still sensuous tuberose note spreads itself out as a backdrop, but its heady tendencies are moderated by a healthy dose of citrus zest. I get very little cumin out of this scent, and the base reads to me mostly as clean white musk. I quite like Fleurs d'Oranger, and add it to the list of Sheldarke-Lutens fragrances (Gris Clair, Un Lys, Sa Majeste la Rose, Chene, Tubereuse Criminelle,) that offer relief from their accustomed spiced and honeyed orientals.

(As an aside, I am puzzled by repeated assertions that Fleur d'Oranger was cloned when Lutens released the more recent Mandarine-Mandarin. Except for orange zest - a condiment in Fleurs d'Oranger, the main course in Mandarine-Mandarin - the bright but indolic floral and the dark, smoky, spicy, carmelized citrus-oriental have exactly nothing in common. Maybe my nose is broken.)
14th June, 2014
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Cannes Show all reviews
United States
Year round love affair

I discovered Fleur d'oranger on a cold Chicago winter day. The kind of winter day that freezes everything in sight. I sprayed a tiny bit on my wrist and went about my day. Right off the bat, I got a ton of jasmine. A flower I don't fully appreciate or am drawn to. The next day, I slipped on the same jacket. And as I drew my hand up to my face, a warm feeling enveloped me. I quickly realized it was the fleur d'oranger from the previous day. The temperature outside was at around 10 degrees Fahrenheit but I felt like I was on the Amalfi coast in august. What a beautiful scent in the winter and just as gorgeous in the summer.

Pros: longevity

23rd September, 2013
This is a white floral, and as other white florals it starts out loud. It opens with a blast of orange flowers and develops into a more skin scent of orange flowers, then perhaps jasmine, and also a bit of vanilla and spices from what I can smell.

It projects a beautiful scent of white flowers. Quite powerful and floral and never sweet. It fits perfectly in a tropical climate - both for men and women. Completely unisex, I would say. It may be challenging for men to wear this fragrance in a corporate setting, or it may not fit that well in colder weather. But in the hot and humid climate of the tropics - it shines as a true natural scent.
23rd September, 2012 (last edited: 02nd October, 2012)
A well-rendered orange blossom that starts off with a tuberose angle before drying down to warm, creamy flower. Beautiful, with staying power to boot.
20th September, 2012 (last edited: 24th September, 2012)
The density of white florals can often cloy. Serge Lutens’s Fleur d’Oranger offers one way out – make the flowers so real that despite the thickness of the scent the feel will still be fresh. The orange blossom is mainly in the opening, after that this is a bowl of garden fresh jasmine centre stage with a vase of tuberose some distance in the background. This is a living, breathing thing and even the indoles natural to these blossoms are alive and dancing, unlike the saggy, unwashed creatures that languish in other perfumes. I rarely choose to wear white florals, but this one is beautifully done.
The edges on this do blur about 3-4 hours in, but apart from the loss of the feeling that one is smelling real flowers, the notes don’t distort much.
30th July, 2012
This is elegantly yummy!!! Before this, my experience with orange blossom was the acrid white shoulders, and a discontinued origins scent. This is very niice. I am seriously thinking of buying a full bottle of this. I can see where one viewer got the "concentrated coppertone". I actually LOATHE suntan lotion scent, but for some reason, this is glorious!!!!!
14th May, 2012
Emily Show all reviews
United States
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. That is Fleurs D'Oranger. An absolute orgy of sparkling, iridescent sequins, glistening megawatt floral notes that seem to dazzle me over and over. This is the Vegas showgirl of Serge's line. All flash, no subtlety.

There is an evenhanded marriage of girly tuberose, pert jasmine, sweet orange blossom, subtle citrus and spicy cumin that is so light and so delicate, it makes you forget that this is a bombshells fragrance. Shades of tangerine, amber and salmon pink are evoked and a glimmer effect comes through the nose. It's fizzy like a cold morning Mimosa.

Orange Blossom by Jo Malone does not compare as it is markedly sheer and filmy compared to this. There is a shiny, firm structure to Fleurs that is hard to achieve in this category of neroli themed florals.

I also love that it can be two things at once. It's sexy that is disguised as cute. I definitely want to wear this on a scooter racing through the French countryside and again in a black satin cocktail dress at a penthouse party. It's a very versatile feminine fragrance, but raciness wins out over sweetness in my opinion.

Funny that this is still considered a unisex product. I would imagine a gentleman would need to possess effervescent good taste to pull this off.
03rd May, 2012
The scent of hapiness.
The title is FleurS d'oranger, and that's what it is, a bush of orange flowers. The strong neroli note is coupled with a fresh greeny rose for the start. Rapidly, tuberose and jasmine perform a dimensional presence and a sensual effect. All those white flowers share similars olfactives molecules and there are here melted togethers to perform an opulent floral scent in the typic Lutens tradition. Serge managed to create the perfect paradox between opulence and freshness, the same sensation you smell with white flowers in reality.
There is just a hint of spice (nutmeg and cumin), just enough to delicatly make the overall a little bit dirty.
Sensual, fresh and comforting as the neroli is.
22nd November, 2011
Maybe my favorite tuberose and my favorite orange blossom. A wondrous creation in the classic French style. Heaven on earth.
17th September, 2011
While wearing FIRE ISLAND this afternoon, I was reminded of my first Serge Lutens experience: FLEURS D'ORANGER, about a year and a half ago. My sample was of unknown origin (I found it in a gwp bag, and I honestly had no idea when or from where I had acquired it), so when I sprayed it on and discovered that the perfume was essentially the scent of super-concentrated Coppertone suntan lotion, I was a bit disappointed, for all of the same reasons that some people are disappointed with FIRE ISLAND.

I decided to give FLEURS D'ORANGER another chance and this evening seemed like a fine time, with the memory of FIRE ISLAND still fresh in my mind. The good news is that FLEURS D'ORANGER is not really a Coppertone clone. My earlier sample must have evaporated somewhat and changed in the process. Instead, what I find with this fresher decant is that FLEURS D'ORANGER is not unlike the drydown of FIRE ISLAND, with its tuberose, neroli, and musk, but with much more emphasis on the white florals (including jasmine) and also a kind of golden oriental amberish (not ambery...) quality where FIRE ISLAND was more "ozonic". This is a powerful little potion, big white flowers in a long lasting base that amplifies the already heady mix.

I recommend FLEURS D'ORANGER as a much more perfumic and feminine alternative to FIRE ISLAND. But if you don't like big fat white flowers, this may be too much.
03rd August, 2011
I sampled this fragrance on a sunny February morning in Stockholm, as I was just beginning to recover from a case of winter bronchitis that had me home-bound and unable to smell anything for a few weeks-

Wow, I felt as if I had been given an injection of some kind of feel-good mega-vitamin! The sheer exuberance of this orange blossom powerhouse was definitely what the doctor ordered!

As the cumin notes began to make their presence known, though, I got a bit of a locker-room vibe- incredibly animalic, almost embarassingly so- I was glad that I wasn't in a roomful of strangers or on a crowded Metro...

Having recently tried other orange blossom fragrances by Prada and L'Artisan, Fleurs d'Oranger definitely stood head and shoulders above the other two for power and originality- but this fragrance seems built for seduction rather than for everyday use-
25th July, 2011
Rambunctious ,full blooming, dripping orange blossom- sweet, heavy lidded and sexy . There is a hint of black tea in there somewhere that keeps Fleurs d'orange from tipping sideways into indolic hell . Yes, there's a hint of sweet tuberose but the orange blossom is 100 % there. Some similarity to 24 Faubourg but the Hermes is a lady and the Lutens is a showgirl .:)
Lasting power - very good .Sillage very good.
17th May, 2011
Fickle. A little like a friend I want to avoid but so much fun once we do get together. Comes on strong and then becomes stand-offish. Seems not to last very long, but when I inhale a scarf I wore the lingering scent is delicious. I'm wanting to layer it but haven't found the right combo for me --- I'd love to hear suggestions.
27th March, 2011
at first i couldn't stop raving about this, now its mediocre for me..quite boring orange blossom, srry serge im gonna trade you in for APOM ;-p
18th March, 2011
Each time l tried this from my sample it seemed to behave differently. Sometimes it was sunny, vibrant, fresh, almost bitter orange peel. At other times it was spicier with more of the nutmeg, or it was warm, syrupy & almost heavy. But at no time did l get the sweet, fresh orange blossom that l was expecting. This simply annoyed me, & so did the fact that yet again, a Lutens fragrance just doesn't last on my skin.
03rd February, 2011
A linear orange blossom, as far as I can tell, with underpinnings of jasmine.
31st January, 2011
I tried this today and all I can say is that we are before a very refined scent, very well done orange blossom with nice projection and longevity, without being intrusive at all.
Maybe better suited for women, but I enjoy it anyway.

Thumbs up !
10th September, 2010
This is the smell of - happy. The smell of joy. My Florida childhood - which included orange trees in the back yard - wafts out of the bottle to start, followed by...

The scent of all things good and true and beautiful and smolderingly sexy underneath, with that whisper-soft suggestion of cumin and the rather more obvious note of nutmeg. Some of the reviews mention the indoles, some the cumin, and on me, I get none of that. I get my ultimate, sinsational, scentsational, spectacular self. If the male reactions in my vicinity are anything to go by, this has the impact of a pulse bomb. Wearer, beware!

It lasts a long time, sillage is incredible and I want to be buried with a bottle.

I am no longer a mortal, I am a goddess. Anything that makes me feel like a goddess is worth every penny.

There are rumors that there's a slight difference in strength between the bell jar - which is what I have - and the rectangular spray bottle. I can't compare - does anyone else know more?
19th August, 2010