For starters, check out this thread:
And yes, Eau d'Orange Verte is quite short-lived.
Thread: Orange/Mandarin/Tangerine scents
I'm looking to buy an "orangey" frag for the summer, and would like some advice on my options.
I was thinking about Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes, but I heard it has poor longevity. I want something with some staying power. Any suggestions?
PS - just recieved a free 12 pack of Creed samples with my order from Parfumsraffy - so I'll have plenty to do testing those over the next week or so!!
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For starters, check out this thread:
And yes, Eau d'Orange Verte is quite short-lived.
Hmmm.... Might want to check out Minotaure from Paloma Picasso or Fresh Index Tangerine Lychee. The tangerine lychee might be a little to feminine, though both seem to have great longevity on me. Hermes Concentree D'Orange Verte has decent longevity on me as well, but I'd still pick Minotaure over it any day.
The Hermes Oranges are nice, but they're not plain straight up orange/tangerine scents. They have a bitter leafy side to them, though they're great.
Check out Aqua di Parma's Arancia - it's excellent and it smells exactly like fresh, natural tangerine, and it actually have remarkable longevity, not only for a citrus fragrance but compared to many other frangrances as well.
It gets compliments for sure and never offends. I find it mixes well with SIlver Mountain Water too.
Also try Moschino Friends Men..
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I think by their very nature orange/citrus scents are short-lived, probably for scientific reasons that someone more knowledgeable than me can describe
that being said, I love the orangey topnotes of Neroli Sauvage, as well as the wonderful crisp green oranges of Eau d'Orange Verte (I don't much care for the concentree version though, it loses something in the translation)
Actually you might want to try "Musgo Real" No. 1. It contains Orange/Amber and a little musk. The musk is very light and the Orange really stands out.
Try Royall Mandarin. It has the citrus notes of Happy for Men, but with a lot more siliage, strength and durability. On the down side it isn't quite as fresh and has a harsh note in it. Apply with a light hand.
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An orange/gourmand treat can be found in Elixir des Merveilles by Hermes - but its a candied orange peel note, not a wet crisp orange/citrus
For that, get the Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte...I love the Concentree version (Mr. JC Ellena, Terre d'Hermes creator, did it)
Guerlain Orange Magnifica has better lasting power.
Minotaure and Roma are two of my favorites, but if someone asked me about an 'orange' fragrance, neither would come to mind. Ladykiller, cutecake crumbler or Over The Top Italian scents---but not 'orange'
That's rather like asking for a lemon/citrus and recommending Habit Rouge, imho
Calypso Tangerine & ll Profumo Mandarine might be worth a sampling. Luckyscent just sent me those samples and they are pretty pure scents. Good luck.
I never tried the Profumo one, but I own Calypso Tangerine Homme and I have to say ... it's my favorite "orangey" scent after Hermes D'Orange Verte Concentree. I just don't wear the latter anymore because the longevity is just so insanely poor.
Calypso is much better on the longevity, but still not a "long lasting" scent as that's very rare for any citrus.
Head straight for the Aqcua di Parma section!
I'm not knocking Arancia at all, I love orange scents and I've tried them all. I just think Calypso Homme has the best combination of longevity, sillage, and something more than just straight orange. It just works the best for ME.
Try l' artisan's Mandarine Tout Simplamente ... it's the closest to an orange I've smelled. It doesn't smell like a musty citrus; it's really juicy and fresh, with some green notes and ginger. It was a limited edition but there may be bottles on ebay somewhere, or I have decants if you want.
Miller Harris Tangerine Verte is tangerine in a bottle.
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Eau du Sud from Annick Goutal is a truly great citrus scent that actually has pretty decent lasting power. Tuscany per Uomo has a lot going on besides citrus, but it does have a persisitent orange note.
Eau d'Orange Verte is glorious but it has shocking longevity.
I find 4711 slightly longer lasting!
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I cant believe no one has mentioned Little Italy... pricey, I know. It's a peeled orange, plain and simple, with somewhat of a jasmine note in the heart. I'll second Tangerine Vert and Moschino Friends (which I consider the latter to be Orange Juice bottled).
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Clinique Happy for men also has a sweet orangey smell. Otherwise I'd also go for the Hermes Oranges.
I love mandarine perfumes and my favourite is Mandarino Absolue from the italian firm
Il Profumo. It is very expensive, but the absolue version is in effect a pure perfume, so you need very little and it lasts for ages.
I once smelled a Jo Malone cologne in Lafayette Galeries, I think Orange Blossom. Btw, it smelled as a Fanta, but orange lovers could enjoy it
Try Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal, or even better, Nuits d'Hadrien from the same range. Sometimes I combine that with Orange Blossom by Jo Malone, or use the Eau d'Hadrien body lotion.
This thread wouldn't be complete without a mention of Zesty Mandarine Pampelmousse!
I'm actually thinking of going to pick some up right now!
Lately I've been wearing:
Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah
Two other possibilities: Signoricci by Nina Ricci, and Royal English Leather by Creed.
I like Signoricci because of its pronounced mandarin note (it also has some petitgrain). But this is also countered slightly by sage and wood. They lift and aerate the citrus.
Royal English Leather is, in my view, first and foremost a mandarin scent! It also has a slight leathery aspect, and a powdery note or aspect.
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Did I not spray enough of it, to get the longevity that you mentioned Caesar?
I did NOT buy it.
What about Miller Harris 'Citron Citron' ? 'Tangerin Vert' is good but kind of a mild citrus.
I have L'Artisan 'Tout Simplement' and it has no longevity at all. I haven't tried 'Citron Citron ' but according to the notes it looks promising.
Sheesh, why has it taken me so long to post on this thread?
Clinique Happy, for sure. It's orange & lime w/ a hint of clean musk.
I'd also recommend Banana Republic M. This stuff is VERY orangey!
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Both Obsession & Lanvin Arpege have a nice mandarin/neroli top note. Obsession is more subtle but still very present.
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But seriously folks... as someone on whom fragrance tends to evaporate rather quickly, this one does have decent longevity on me, as good as most of my EDT's, better than some. I've never put it on my wrist, and I notice that in general things disappear from my wrist much faster than on the neck.
That said, I do use several sprays of it, 5, 6, 7, more all on the neck and face, as it isn't very powerful, and also since the smell is so pleasant and inoffensive that this is a rare exception among EDT's and fragrances in general in that you literally can't put on too much.
I suggest you try some on your neck and throat, and be generous, and it should definitely last a few hours without having to re-apply.
Hope it works, cause it's a good one!
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Ok, will do the whole chest, face, neck upper body full on spray next time - I liked it and maybe the Pomegranate Noir (on my other wrist) was shifting my attention too much at the time?
Or maybe you're an Acqua di Parma rep in a clever disguise - gotcha!
Will report back to the Tangerine Fan Club very soon!
I tried the new guerlain Mandarine Basil (from the Aqua Allegoria line) and find it quite good - a very nice citrus with a fresh green edge.
And count me to the Calypso Tangerine and Acqua di Parma's Arancia fan club: both are superb. Arancia has a great bodycare range, too (shower gel and lotion etc), so you can prolong its staying power.
Thanks for all the help guys.
I've just ordered Concentrée D'Orange Verte (and Mugler cologne for the summer) from Fragrancenet - the price was very low, so I'll see what I think. I've never made a purchase from Fragrancenet before, but the reputation seems to be good - are they ok?
It does seem to be in the nature of orange/citrus scents to have poor longevity, and that's what made me go with the Concentrée.
I now have loads of suggestions for future purchases, so thanks again!
Congrats on the CDoV purchase - one of my favorites. Just feel free to overspray it (10-15 sprays) and you'll get average longevity out of it, for a citrus scent.
Fragrancenet - no haven't purchased from them before...good luck. Feel free to repost your experience with them here on Basenotes (good or bad) so that we all can be informed for future purchases, etc.
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I am using Creed Private Collection - Selection Vertes and I love it. Great mandarine scent and with a hint of mint, makes it an incredible combination!!! Only problem is that its relatively hard to get and packaging starts from 250ml. Considering its quality, rarity and size its quite a good deal imho.
Also today I got myself a bottle of Il Profumo Mandarine. Pure mandarine, very long lasting!!!
Acqua di Parma's Arancia is a great choice too, but also (on my skin) it doesnt really last very long...a great fragrance nevertheless!!!
gotta go with Bond Little Italy here
I'm in the same bandwagon for Orange Verte Concentree, tart and green with a wooded base to keep its longevity as well as Eau/Elixir/Parfum des Merveilles, and L'Occitane Ruban d'Orange is also great, straight up orange, zesty fresh like it was freshly peeled with a fizziness to it--really uplifting with decent longevity.
And excuse me if I allow, the complete name is: Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri by Acqua di Parma. In the top notes there is the B-E-S-T orange fragrance that I have never smelled! And the M-O-S-T natural orange fragrance! It's very very fresh and the alcoholic percentage is low, in fact it's defined "eau perfumee" and not eau de toilette. Perfect for Summer: Most advised! :wave:Ciao, mr.setter
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Bond no. 9 Little Italy has some good tangerine oranges ..
Just tried Tangerine Verte by Miller Harris today, for the 1st time.
I had high expectations for this - but honestly, the overall affect replicated Eau D'Orange Verte by Hermes so strongly, I can't imagine owning both. I also found the tangerine notes a little less 'tangerine peel' than Arancia by AdP.
I still think Arancia has probably my favorite tangerine top notes, ever. It just lasts horribly short on me, I'm thinking even shorter than other people experience.
Three good ones:
Orange Spice, Creed.
Cologne Bigarade, E P Frederic Malle.
Cuir Oranger, Miller Harris.
How about Creed Neroli Sauvage?
Bond No. 9 (Little Italy)
Although it is somewhat short lived when it comes to sillage, I find it stays close to the skin for a long time.
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I could only dream they'd make it an EdT or EdP. If only the sillage power lasted a little bit longer. I still think I will purchase a bottle considering it's $55 for 100ml. I don't think I would miss the money as much as I would not getting it.
Don't forget Happy for Men, Le Roy Soleil and (albeit a tad off-topic) Jo Malone's Grapefruit.
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For summer, my personal thumbs up to:
COMPTOIR SUD PACIFIQUE - O'POMELO
Its zesty grapefruit/pomelo notes are both striking and refreshing!
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