Celestial Seasonings does not do this justice.
Agraria Bitter Orange is more like those incredible pomanders of old. Deep, warm cloves plus other spices like ginger and cardamon;Â*lush but stately bourbon roses; Seville Oranges -- like the ones for good tawny marmalade and with that same candied sense, not a fresh squirty-juice note;
Agraria's Bitter Orange is a matured, meditative, almost nostalgic fragrance, not a sparkly, energizing scent. It is not terribly complex, but neither is it murky or opaque or too simple. It is quite satisfying, especially in autumn or winter. You can listen to Bach or Hayden surrounded by this fragrance.
If you are looking for a juicier fresh Orange note and zingy pepper into the spice, a simliar scent to Agraria's Bitter Orange but in a different, Â*sprightlier mood is Â*i Profumi Firenze Spezie dÃ¨ Medici
, supposedly inspired byÂ*frargance formulae of the Medici family. It has that same spiced pommander feel, but it is a different feeling state entirely.
Agraria prodcut is internationally distributed (maybe you saw the reference to Giorgio Armani being an Agraria Bitter Orange fanatic in the NY Times article link in NoseOrgy's Aedes thread. ) Â*So you can email to find out where you can buy in your area: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somewhere in the 90's they expanded to personal fragrance and now have the works: cologne, bath gel, body lotion, shampoo & conditioner, soap, bath salts, candle, potpourri, sachet, diffuser, incense.
The potpourri is still wonderful, even though potpourri was over exposed and cheapened last decade. The personal fragrance is superb. Same level of quality.
Agraria has been around since the late sixties, early seventies. began as a country antiques store in San Francisco and potpourri was their start. Â*
By late 70's Agraria introduced candles and srpay home fragrance and other scents. Then Henry Bendel got it in NYC when the one and only Geraldine Stutz and inspired Lee Bailey had the ground floor filed with the most exciting and absolutely magical things for the home. Bergdorf Goodman/Nieman Marcus had Agraria by the 80's. I could only get it in Manhattan at Bergdorfs in '84. Â*The candle container had the same woven-cane wrapping as it does now which casts such a lovely shadow pattern on the walls. Â*
It dropped off my radar for the last 20 years but Â*I could still conjure the wonderful aroma. So I am back. It would make a fabulous persaonl fragrance.