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Flora Luminare (2019)
by Molton Brown


Flora Luminare information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseMolton Brown
Parent CompanyKao

About Flora Luminare

Flora Luminare is a shared / unisex perfume by Molton Brown. The scent was launched in 2019

Flora Luminare fragrance notes

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Molton Brown is admittedly more well known for their high-end shower gels than their perfumes, but they seek to change that, and have repackaged as well as introduced new perfume lines that sell in an entry-level niche price bracket, undoubtedly to scoop up on some of "that money" while the getting is good. Flora Luminare (2019) is one such scent and is almost exclusive to the Neiman Marcus chain in the US, while back in their home turf of the UK are sort of in the same train of thought as a Jo Malone or Penhaligon's (both brands also marketed as more upscale in the US). Flora Luminare is made in eau de parfum and eau de toilette, both with a few key differences mostly in the base notes of bitter almond, mate, frankincense, and sandalwood being in the EdP to make it rounder and warmer, while frangipani is present in the otherwise more-transparent EdT. I honestly prefer the EdT over the EdP, as the heavier version of this stuff takes the focus too far away from the florals, but your opinion may differ after comparison.

The opening of Flora Luminare is roughly the same for both versions save the bitter almond and petitgrain in the EdP. Otherwise, you're getting hedionic jasmine, neroli, and ylang-ylang in perfect white floral harmony, just with less sweetness in the EdP. The heart of EdP is rose, mate, and vanilla, while the EdT goes with rose, gardenia, frangipani, and has a much cleaner feeling, better for summer or after a shower. The base of the EdP goes down the incense and woods route, becoming something "oriental lite" which is boring when you consider stuff like Shalimar (1925) still stalks the earth, but the EdT has a nice dry cedar, white musk, and light mossiness that gives it a natural feeling similar to a Diptyque floral. Fans of Olène (1988) or Do Son (2005) will find favor in the EdT of Flora Luminare. Wear time is a bit low at 6 hours but the sillage wafts to and fro fairly effortlessly in that time with the EdT, while the EdP has much better performance all around but is too nondescript to be enjoyable.

Flora Luminare is a nice floral song and dance that seems simple yet satisfying if you're into the eau de toilette version, but goes down a bit of a lost path in its richer Eau de Parfum form, and I feel maybe the accord from the EdT should just have overall been beefed up like Diptyque often does with it's EdP versions of classic florals, rather than be so drastically re-orchestrated into something it cannot sustain. Never have two different version of a perfume gotten me so conflicted and since they exist in a single entry I'll have to parse the two in my judgment. I would give a thumbs down to the EdP but a thumbs up to the EdT, so in this case I'll just spit out a neutral rating as an average of the two. This may seem grossly unfair to some, but I'm not given a choice when they exist as one both by the house and by most websites that list them. Sample and reach your own conclusion, as you may love or hate them both. As for me? I'll likely stick to the shower gel unless I fall in love with something else from the line.
28th September, 2019

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