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Fleur de Chine (2013)
by Tom Ford


Fleur de Chine information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
PerfumerRodrigo Flores-Roux
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Fleur de Chine

Fleur de Chine is a shared / unisex perfume by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux

Reviews of Fleur de Chine

Vintage in structure, opens with a blast of aldehydes and I can't help but think of Arpege and No5 in the first minutes; vintage in feel but not dated. But then the white flowers are blooming and they're creamy and intoxicating. A nice addition are the fruits which are not intrusive, but just an extra flavor and the woods provide a solid structure in the background. In the end, it's an aldehydic/musky/floral/fruity oriental, a sort of a contemporary interpretation of a vintage perfume.
15th October, 2018
Floral woody potion from the skilled, adventurous nose of Tom Ford, part of the Private Blend Atelier d'Orient collection.

Fleur de Chine smells a LOT like the vintage formulation of Lanvin's Arpege for women: Fruity, musky, flowery, aldehydic (i.e. soapy-waxy-lemony-floral) and powdery (in different proportions, though). So from the outset, FdC has a retro ladies' scent vibe to it, but it is deeper than that in the end.

FdC takes the vintage aldehydic perfume vibe and brings a more contemporary, fresher approach that feels polished and clear in comparison. Yet, I don't know how many women (much less men!) would want to smell like THIS fragrance necessarily, semi-classic as it may feel.

It comes down to how much you enjoy the innovative elements within FdC - particularly, the hyacinth, wisteria, jasmine, peony, magnolia, etc. - in comparison to the whole formulation. I personally would enjoy smelling this on a mature lady and wouldn't venture to wear it myself.
24th September, 2018
Tom Ford knows Asia better than I do, but I can't help but see his new ‘Atelier‘ collection as reflecting a white guy asian fascination. I can't imagine a Tom Ford product release without a fairytale marketing strategy, and Fleur de Chine and the others in this collection (Plum Japonais, Rive d’Ambre, and Shangai Lily) don’t disappoint.  The fairy tale is an unexamined take on the ‘mysterious orient / dragon lady / inscrutable east’. It relies on well-know imagery. It is based on irrational fear and defensiveness. It is rich with generations of bigotry. Effectively, it’s precision-built for the fashion industry. The trigger is in the name of the perfume. Say Shanghai Lily 3 times in a row while looking into a mirror and it just comes to life.

A wonderful thing about stereotypes is that they are timeless.  Ford's oriental bit is straight out of 1920s European Orientalism.  Not updating a stereotype to contemporary standards is a way of distancing one's self from the prejudice originally associated with the stereotypes and innoculating one's self against accusations of xenophobia and racial predjudice. That is, referring to old stereotypes is unlike actively engaging in stereotyping. It is historical. Literary. Post-modern. Post-colonial.

If only wishing could make it so. 

Take-away # 1 is never look to fashion for a history lesson. Take-away # 2 should be apparent even to the fashion-minded. Smugly using anachronistic Asian references from the late-colonial sensibilility (the Ford line is called the "Atelier d'Orient" collection) doesn't do a thing toward defusing the racism of such language. It simply relies on exotic side of racism. The mystery, the exoticism.  Oooohh... The fetish. It would be more offensive if it weren't so tired. 

The perfume:

Interesting for the fact that it starts like insecticide, and then grows creamy. A fascinating technical trick, I’m sure, but ‘creamy’ in this case is synonymous with ‘vague’. This olfactory pairing is much more clearly expressed in Calvin Klein Truth, a discontinued perfume available cheap online.

18th June, 2014
Even though I am a guy, I really like this floral scent. I tend to spray a little on my shirt when wearing it. It'll last way longer.
25th December, 2013
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United Kingdom
Magnolia and Tea

The top note is nice, with magnolia, jasmine and bergamot opening up with a lovely hyacinth added, and merging with a nice Chinese tea note. Wood is present in the base but overall it is a bit dull towards the end. Two hours longevity on me.

14th June, 2013

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