Orange notes are extremely popular in and out of Basenotes. However I like bitter orange notes also and I have a feeling I'm in the minority - since I rarely see them mentioned here.
I've encountered bitter orange in Bigarade Concentree by Frederic Malle, where it really shines in the hands of JC Ellena: it weaves in and out of a 'dirty' orange peel note and then vanishes into thin air (!) I've also smelled it in Play by Comme des Garcons, where it's appearance caused many to compare it to the smell of Tang (a popular US artificial orange powder drink). And...well Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes, of course.
Today - I was lucky enough to encounter it again in Eau de Elide by Diptyque (thanks stuigi). In EdE it's folded into a wild lavender note that's dry, quite aromatic and extremely addictive. I'm not quite sure if I want to smell like this all of the time (this is one of those Diptyque scents that I would instantly like if I smelled a candle scented like this), but I'm willing to give it a few more wearings to see how this wears.
Are there any other scents I'm missing here?
Last edited by mikeperez23; 11th December 2007 at 10:18 PM.
I love it.
Bitter Orange=bigarade=seville orange
Eau D'orange Verte
Creed Citrus Biggarade
Anything with bigarade in the name. Many mixed citruses have some bigarade, as do other scents.
Eau d'Orange Verte is an old classic, while Citrus Bigarade is just wow - its the bigarade note rendered at 1080p !
I love bitter orange. Bigarade Concentree was my SotD today and I was rather impressed by it. I got it as a sample when I ordered some Musc Ravageur and have been loving it ever since. It reminds me a lot of Terre d'Hermes, but with more bitter orange emphasis, and I think I like the overall scent of it more.
I'm enamored by this note. Today I combined Terre d'Hermes with Eau d'orange Verte and it was a very good day indeed! Since I haven't smelled Bigarade Concentree I've been curious if this combination might come close. I'm dying to try it. I'm curious if people here think, for a person on a limited fragrance budget like myself, if Bigarade Concentree is worthy of the expenditure if one already owns T d'H.
Last edited by nthny; 12th December 2007 at 02:09 AM.
Have you done the 'online quiz' that the Frederic Malle has on their website and submitted your responses? When I did, and I stated that no retailers in my city sold Malle products they sent me 3 samples in the mail, free. Try it, if you haven't: http://www.editionsdeparfums.com/mallesite_gb/index.htm
Which is in Oscar for Men? Bitter orange, or sweet orange?
It's not a mystery here: I love bitter orange among all the citrus palette.
Bitter orange has the aromatic and thick quality of bergamot but shines and dares with its bitterness without being piercing like grapefruit (which I do like too), it's the perfect balance. But it's also a not very popular note due to its particular temper unless it's used in small quantities, probably due to the bitterness: I suppose that people expect to smell sweet and fruity thinking of orange, even like a candy (think of Happy) and the thick, sometimes "dirty" aromatic bitterness messes them.
I do love how JCE used this longtime forgotten fruit to make it the star of Bigarrade concentré: I've never understood the body odor connection though, I just can feel some spicy cumin in it combined with a warm skin effect. If there's someome with body odor equal to bigarrade concentrée, please, tell us the secret!!
Other scents featuring a trong presence of bitter orange are Creed Citrus Bigarrade and Eau d'Orange Verte but both fade so quickly, specially the Hermès. what a pity.
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I am not a big fan of citrus notes but Ellena works wonders with bitter orange and wins my admiration. Terre d'Hermes, Cologne Bigarade and Bigarade Concentree are among the best I've worn. Bitter orange notes have an edginess about them that energizes me. Definitely a feel good note for me.
Hey Mike, didn't I send you a bit of Maharanih? Overdose of persistant and puckering bitter orange there.
And btw, cashmere weather here. I can actually wear it while you have to pet it sadly in the closet and turn away. But you can revenge yourself by reminding me that the sun isn't actually pale and white and low in the sky.
Sending BEMs scuttling back to Betelgeuse with my fierce fumage!
I also enjoy bitter orange and can detect it in scents like Azzaro Chrome, Baldessarini, and Romeo Gigli.
Actualy, despite having just swapped a full bottle of C&S Cuba with another BN'er, the only note i DID like in the opening was the unusual blood-orang-esque notes in the top.
I dont think theres a citrus that Im NOT fond of.
Doesnt anybody get the bitter orange in Declaration?
Serge Lutens- Chergui
Lolita Lempica Au Masculin
Hermes- Un Jardin de Meditaranee
Serge Lutens- Arabie
I lover the bitter orange smell.
To my nose Santa Maria Novella "Colonia Russa" is one of the best achievement in this field, a slightly dirty/ambery bitter orange, which is suitable for winter time.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 12th December 2007 at 03:58 PM.
Bigarade Concentre is the only one I've tried with a bitter orange note, and I really enjoy it.
As with many other notes, it totally depends on what they do with it. Bigarade Concentree--nope. Too much like fruit rotting on the tree in my parents backyard. Eau d'Orange Verte--I don't feel like I'm sniffing a bitter orange so much as a 'reminder' of bitter orange, which works a lot better for me.
I do like bitter orange, but i prefer a semi sour (not the very sweet ) type of blood orange.
I also didn't think of Eau d'Orange Verte as a very bitter version of it as grizzlesnort mentioned.
Last edited by castorpollux; 12th December 2007 at 04:53 PM.
I love it too. Creed Citrus Bigarade...
Very nostalgic scent for me that reminds me of some sort of toy, candy, or eraser from my childhood in the early 1980's. I like that extra dry, but still crisp and refreshing bitterness. The CB has the juicy citrus on top too, and this combination makes for one of the best citruses around.
Lately I've been wearing:
Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah
I guess I also realized (thanks shadesofbleu) that Eau des Merveilles also has a bitter orange note in it also, compliments of the seville orange note. Honestly I thought EdM just had a regular orange note, not a bitter one - but I stand corrected.
Does anybody think these two are similar? Citrus Bigarade is on my short list of future buys.
Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.
Does D&G Masculine have it? I love itanyway.
Bitter Orange = Sweat Smell
To me anyway in BC........
Last edited by Mattybumpkin; 18th December 2007 at 09:41 PM.
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Current Rotation: Terre D'Hermes, Boucheron PH, Villoresi Uomo, Green Irish Tweed, Chanel PMC, Gucci PH, Floris Santal, Carven Homme, Dunhill '34, PI by Givenchy, Parfums de Nicolai New York
Last edited by mikeperez23; 18th December 2007 at 09:49 PM.
Yes, I do. I think Creed Orange Spice has this in it. A little bit like Kouros.
Thanks to Turin's review in The Guide, I just realized that those top notes of Numero Uno by Carthusia, one of my favorite chypres in my wardrobe, is bitter orange. Mixed with the mossy notes, it almost smells 'peachy'.