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Fleurs de Citronnier (2004)
by Serge Lutens


Fleurs de Citronnier information

Year of Launch2004
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 158 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Fleurs de Citronnier

Fleurs de Citronnier is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2004 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Fleurs de Citronnier fragrance notes

Reviews of Fleurs de Citronnier

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The Serge Lutens line is renowned for heavy hitting orientals - mesmerizing spicy and sweet-rich cocktails which are distinctive and in most cases not for the faint of heart. Fleurs de Citronnier (Fdc) is none of this - and it stands out because its more mainstream.

A pleasant and bright lemon-neroli opening transitions into a heart of white floral tuberose; its not a thin citrus accord but a full bodied citrus-floral combo yet never overbearing. FdC lasts for several hours with a slightly sweet musky base. If you like unisex fragrances that can work year around, give FdC a try.
01st January, 2021
The opening is a pure and fresh delight, and I wish it could stay there without the ballast of musk, which weighs it down too much. It goes from clean sheets drying on the line to the laundry room with all the machines overheating and the detergents suspended in the dry air.
13th August, 2018
Fleur de Citronnier is transparent. Not radiant or sheer but straightforward. The arc of the perfume is an easy but entertaining wear. There are no curveballs—spend one minute in this perfume and you pretty much know where your day is headed. Boozy citrus and a raspy, juicy floral accord take you into the heart of the perfume. A honeyed waxy foundation outlasts all the other notes. It’s the framework of the entire perfume, lasting through the lightly animalic floral drydown. Fleur de Citronnier isn’t the most complex wear, but the ride is so smooth and the moments are so lush that I find myself reaching for the bottle the minute I lay eyes on it. Waxy lipstick and a mouthwatering floral-citrus note combine to make Fleur de Citronnier a big tongue-kiss of a perfume.

Fleur de Citronnier has a musk accord that’s shaped a bit like the one in Muscs Koublai Khan. The two have a waxy sweetness that runs on the boozy side and a big, sculptural floral accord. Muscs Koublai Khan’s sweaty rose makes it a more down-and-dirty wear than FdC’s upstanding petitgrain-inflected citrus flower but not by a lot. They’re both seductive–they just move differently. Muscs Koublai Khan is an irresistible force, albeit a slow one. Fight it and it will likely take you down. But give in? There’s some serious pleasure there. Fleur de Citronnier has a much more buoyant quality than Muscs Koublai Khan. It’s built for gentleman-drag, the Vienna Waltz and garden parties.

27th June, 2018
Beautiful Fleurs des Citronnier, possibly the most underrated sleeper in Serge Lutens line. I fell in love with it about a decade ago and used it faithfully (it almost became my signature scent, almost supplanting Noir Epices, Amouage Interlude, Habit Rouge even)... then after a messy break up and sadness and anger I dropped it as one does with fragrances.

Fast track to this evening, tired after a long day of work at the computer, writing, editing and editing...
I am rejuvenated, renovated enough now and getting my groove back.. and have started revisiting the things that spark laughter and joy inside me.

So, a few sure sprays of this ever-surprising "Flowers of Lemon" on skin and cotton shirt, unbuttoned at the top:

Fleurs des Citronnier with its deceptive top notes of citrus and white florals quickly dive into a sturdy grove of ebony trees that reminds me just why I used to, and will continue to, love it. It's a quintessentially modern and unexpected take on a gentleman's fragrance. Is it old school?
Old-school citrus and bright flowers?
Only partly..
It's one of the most disarmingly sunshine-y, and sexy fragrances a man should have the right to wear.

The honey and the tuberose make sure it doesn't fade into over-politeness and the definite, deft dose of white and other musks keep the sexuality ever-present to any innocent bystanders who unsuspectingly venture too close.
It's a Christopher Sheldrake / Serge Lutens after all.
An exercise in loosening the top three buttons on your linen shirt and allowing the real you to glow and glow for a wonderfully long time.
It lasts a joyful 6 to 9 hours and yet it doesn't blare or blast its presence.

I'll say it again: it's sexy. You've been warned.

If you're a fragrance lover, it's great for by yourself:
reading or working at home,
For normals, eminently suitable for a date, dinner party, film festival, pick-me-up after a bad work week. almost anything... Medium amounts of spritzes and make sure you've got deserving company.
It's really too good to share with people who only know how to love whatever synthetic sandalwood is selling like hotcakes at Sephora.

Rare enough to make it your signature scent.

<© Mark Chan 2018>
01st June, 2018
A beautful and restrained mix of white florals, sweet and feminine.

The heady beauty of tuberose, neroli and lemon blossom swirl about, defining spring morning, and are ably supported by musk in the dry down. There is a dry note that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Others here have noted how different this is from the usual Lutens composition combo of fruits, florals and oriental notes. It is very refreshing. It could certainly be worn by a man, but probably not in a public setting.

Along with Lutens' Fleurs d'Oranger, created a decade earlier, the pair make a welcome addition to the genre of subtle white florals. Both are extremely well done.
16th May, 2016
Open Fleurs de Citronnier and crisp neroli with white flowers ride out of the bottle on dry, powdery woods. This brisk and refreshing accord is a pleasant surprise coming from a house known for lush, sweet, heavy orientals. The citrus and woods accord here actually borders on astringent - it's that snappy!

Some of the expected Sheldrake-Lutens sweetness creeps in as the scent develops, and the fleshy, indolic aspect of lemon blossom follows close behind. The two add a layer of warmth and complexity to what might otherwise have been a rather hollow composition. None of the heavier notes are overdone, so the overall effect remains extremely bright and buoyant. The base, built on a light, sweet vanilla and clean, powdery white musk, stays close to the skin once the drydown begins.

If many of the Serge Lutens fragrances are sweet, thick cordials, Fleurs de Citronnier is a champagne cocktail: effervescent, a bit tart, and unlikely to ruin anybody's appetite.
14th June, 2014

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