Fleur d’Oranger 27 by Le Labo 2006 + GIVEAWAY

Heya Perfume Posse! Portia on the Posse all the way from from Australian Perfume Junkies. We will be looking at a fragrance that arrived this week in a split from Monica on one of the fragrance boards on Facebook. Thanks Monica.

Fleur d’Oranger 27 by Francoise Caron for Le Labo 2006

Fleur d`Oranger 27 Le Labo FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Orange blossom, petitgrain, bergamot, lemon

Orange is right, the fruit, the tree, the flower, the pith and the juice. Straight up orange. Fleur d’Oranger 27 is a wealth of oranges. I also get a little almond and some zingy rose but basically this is a citrus, very cologne-ish, refreshing and a little sweet warmed by some resins perhaps and into the heart we get some breathiness and spice, none of which I can name. I’ve been wearing Fleur d’Oranger 27 the last couple of days and it smells like something else I’ve worn in the not too distant past but I can’t put my finger on it.

Fleur d`Oranger 27 Le Labo  oranges pixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Fleur d’Oranger 27 is lovely, smiley and if you want to smell of citrus plus for about 5-6 hours then this fairly linear baby might be exactly what you’re looking for. I like it but think the price a bit steep for what it is. Though it’s really nice, I just seem to be waiting for it to happen, if that makes sense. You will love wearing it for spring and summer and even in autumn it has a lovely sizzling sparkle that will remind you of warmer times.

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and Best Things In Beauty (HA HA HA No wonder it seemed like something I’ve worn recently Australian Perfume Junkies)
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Portia xx

Fleur d’Oranger 27 GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 3 winners who will each get:
1 x 2ml decant of Fleur d’Oranger 27
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who:

In the comments writes me a memory that involves orange blossoms, oranges or a fragrance that includes either that you happen to love.


Entries Close Sunday 20th April 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Thursday 24th April 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


  1. Orange blossoms remembers me my very first kiss. I was 14 in holidays in Tunisia and the guy who was working at the dessert buffet kissed me after the restaurant close around 10pm , he was eating some of the orange blossom delightful cakes. Sweetest tongue ever. That’s the dirty orange blossom smell but there is also the clean one, the baby head smell, the shower gel my mother used to buy for me when I was a little girl. Lutens did both: Fleurs d’oranger et Fleurs de citronniers. I’d love to find out in which categorie Le Labo goes, I’m very linked to that note, it is my childhood from the beginning to the end. Sorry for my english I’m French.

  2. What a great giveaway, thanks Portia! Orange blossom reminds me of being a bridesmaid in my sister’s first wedding. I was 16 and my dress was a sea green slinky halter number with a little jacket which of course I took off asap to show off my tan shoulders (hey, it was the 70s).I have been searching for my hg orange blossom perfume;so far Sonoma Scent Studios Jour Ensoilelle is the prime contender.

    • You may know that green is my favourite colour Rosarita. I love a halter dress too and even now I have lightly tanned shoulders, well sunkissed anyway because I love it when my body is full of Vitamin D.
      Portia xx

  3. I associate the scent of orange blossoms with my father. He passed away 22 years ago and my family will always remember that when we returned to my mom and dad’s home after the funeral, there was a very strong scent of orange blossom as we walked into the house. There was no orange blossom planted in my parent’s yard, and for sure none by their front door. I remember him telling me when I was little that it was his favorite flower. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of him, and it’s my family’s belief that it was his way of letting us know that he was wasn’t far and he was ok.

    • WOW Jamie,
      great story. How wonderful that your Dad can come back to you through scent. Every time I smell Tabac Original I smell my Dad.
      Portia xx

  4. I remember a family vacation to Florida. It was during the Easter vacation break from school, in the early ’60s. We all piled into the Oldsmobile station wagon and went from Buffalo, NY to Sarasota, FL. Along the way, we stopped at Stuckey’s which was an ubiquitous rest stop/pecan candy mecca back in the day. I bought a little bottle of Florida Orange Blossom perfume and some dates rolled in coconut and stuffed with pecans. Lovely smells, and I still think of the Orange Blossom perfume whenever I have dates. I love reading of everyone’s memories here!

    • Cool story Queen Cupcake. Those road stops featured heavily in our lives too as kids and teens, no matter where we’d be going on the east coast of Australia for holidays Mum would always drive us in a big station wagon. The whole family would pile in and off we’d go.
      Portia xx

  5. On a road trip to Baja, my boyfriend and I stopped in Bakersfield to search out some honkey-tonk bars that featured classic country music. After a full night of listening to the Bakersfield’s Sound on jukeboxes, it was too late continue on our road trip. We drove a little ways and slept in a nearby orange grove. The next morning we woke up very early to an intoxicating aroma of orange blossoms. The sight and smell of the orange grove was magical and became an integral part of memorable trip.

    • WOW Jam, that sounds amazing. I am too scared of Australian wildlife to do such a thing.
      Portia xx

  6. Thank you for the great giveaway!
    The smell of oranges always bring in my mind the winter holidays in my childhood, the goodies and oranges put in the shoes by Saint Nicholas, the Christmas presents, the light and happiness and joy, the New Year’s Eve…
    I met Orange blossom much more later and I was happy to discover it in a lot of perfumes I love. It comes in my mind Seville a L’Aube (L’Artisan), Oranger en Fleurs by Houbigand, the Lutens’ Fleurs d’Oranger and Fleurs de Citronnier, Le Parfum Elie Saab, Neroli Anick Goutal

    • Hi there Gentiancraciun,
      Two of my personal favourite fragrances Seville a L’Aube and Elie Saab. Great stuff.
      Portia xx

  7. Thank you for the chance to win. Oranges, it’s california.

  8. There were many orange trees in Florida where my parents lived in the winters. On several occasions when we would take our children to see their grandparents, my father would take a golf club and take our boys “orange hunting.” Many years later, my boys still remember that.

  9. Little Italy is the orange fragrance I reach for 🙂

  10. Oranges were always in our Christmas stockings growing up. I have continued the tradition and we do it in my home as well. Orange Blossom is also one of my favorite notes. Love it when it’s soapy too! Thanks for the draw!

    • EdpGypsy, So great that you would get oranges at Christmas. YUM. I too like a bit of soap in my OB frag.
      Portia xx

  11. Orange you going to comment on Orange Sanguine? My go to when I am pithed off, lol. And it is so a peal ing you can wear it anywhere and get compliments. No groaning please.

  12. I love the freshness of orange…I think Orange Sanguine is my most reached-for orange perfume – so zesty and fresh!

    • Hey Laurie,
      The aromatherapy people say the scent of orange can instantly transport you to a happier place.
      Portia xx

  13. DNEM. Just wanted to say hi and SMOOCHIES! Not a big fan of the blossom, meself, preferring the fruit…but interestingly enough..the rabbit hole, via that Google Walk Down Memory Lane? An OB scent from way, way back in the day: Nina Ricci Bigarade which is heavy on the blossom.

    xoxoxoxoxo to you, my darlingest!

    • Smoochies accepted and return with interest Musette.
      SEE YOU NOVEMBER!! I’m near widdling with excitement already
      Portia x

  14. Love the smell of oranges. Really need to wear my samples of Orange Sanguine this summer. I love Lancôme O de l’orangerie for the blossoms. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Hey Portia! Please put me in the draw, OB is a favourite of mine. I’ve just bought Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs and I’m wearing the heck out of it – huffing the back of my wrist right now 🙂

  16. Hey Portia put me in the pot it sounds like a great one!
    I remember teaching my little brother how to peel oranges, without squishing it!! lol!!

  17. I’m on the hunt for the perfect orange/orange blossom scent.Just the perfect time.Thanks for the recommendation and the draw!
    Where I live don’t grow oranges but I love the idea of a perfume that captures every aroma of an orange tree.
    I love Andy Tauer Zeta it has orange blossom in it and perfectly fits the balance of lindedn blossom and rose.
    First time I wore it on a spring day the streets were wet from the rain the air was warm and this aroma perfectly fitted the moment.Every time I smell it I imagine a warm day after rain with blossoming linden trees near buy and a blooming rose underneath.

  18. Orange blossoms are such a wonderful scent. When I was teaching overseas in Korea, I had to leave the country and re-enter for immigration reasons, so I took a long weekend to Fukoka Japan. As I walked from the subway to my SMALL hotel room, The monsoon rains stopped, and the sun came out, warming the hundreds of orange trees lining the road. I was tired, lost and OMG wet, but that smell made me stop, sniff the air and smile. It still does.

    Thanks for the draw.

    • Tena you taught in KOREA!! How totally cool. what were you teaching? I will be in Korea next Friday, what a wonderful country.
      I love Japan too and can imagine your delight at the fragrance of OB surrounding you.
      Portia xx

      • I taught English and French in Anyang-Shi for 2 years, mainly in the school system and LG business classes . I miss it a lot.

  19. I wear AA Mandarin Basilic quite a bit when I’m going to work out, this sounds like a different take on orange. I’d love to try it. Thanks for the draw!

  20. Oranges remind me of visiting my bf at his college in southern California. Fruit? on trees? The most delicious oranges I have ever had, and it is always a little hard to go back to supermarket oranges after that 🙂

    • Oh yes, we had an orange tree in the back yard for years till I rented the place out and it died. Those oranges were the BEST!
      Portia xx

  21. Aww, I was hoping it reminded you of Liberte or something more affordable. When I was a kid, we moved around a lot, but went back to Southern California at least once a year to visit relatives. My great-grandparents had one small tree in their small yard (garden to you), and always let me pick one orange, which was always nasty and sour. To this day I don’t know if they weren’t ripe, or just weren’t very good-tasting oranges. I always wanted to pick one and taste it, though, and the tree always smelled wonderful. To this day I love the smell of orange groves (and am old enough to remember when Orange County actually had them) and orange blossom, even though blooming citrus trees always signal the worst time for my allergies. I’m also still looking for my holy grail orange blossom perfume. Jo Malone OB was the last one I tried, and it smells AMAZING for the first fifteen minutes or so. After that, it’s just okay. xxx

  22. I bought Concentre d’Orange Verte at a shop on the island of Lesvos earlier this year. Now, whenever and wherever I wear it, that herbal sweet tang will take me back to those small twisty streets, and that beautiful harbor!

  23. Unfortunately I don’t have any memories connected to orange blossoms. I don’t think I’ve seen an orange tree in person, come to think of it. But I do love orange blossom perfumes and my favorite is Lutens’ Fleurs d’Oranger. Such a magnificent perfume and on my skin, it doesn’t become a sillage monster as it is reputed to behave on other people. It’s sweet and sunny, with that little hot touch of cumin underneath. Just perfect.

    • Hey there Puhfume,
      What a shame you’ve not seen an orange tree. Recently I gave a gardenia to one of my male frag buddies, he had long loved the smell in fragrance but never seen a gardenia bush. He was so overwhelmed by the flower’s scent. It would be the same for you.
      Portia xx

  24. this brings back how we coincidentally found a beautiful, old botanical garden in the middle of Florence, Italy, while strolling around. There were many citrus trees, oranges, lemons and fruits I had never seen before.

    • WOW! Near the centre or far? I love Florence. What a fabulous city, and such xcheap leather goods. MMMM
      Portia xx

  25. I’ve tried this fragrance by Le Labo, and didn’t care for it too much so DNEM. I’m not sure why – maybe because it is so linear. My favorite orange fragrance of the moment is Houbigant’s Orangers en Fleurs. I haven’t tried Orange Sanguine, however, and it seems to be a favorite among perfumistas so maybe I should add that to my sample list. Thanks for the review 🙂

    • Hey Kandice,
      Nice to see you. I get that you are not enamoured, maybe you’ll have better luck with the Orange Sanguine, but why would you if Houbigant’s Orangers en Fleurs has hit the spot. It’s nice to find one that works and stick to it sometimes.
      Portia xx

  26. An orange blossom perfume that I really like is Laura Tonatto’s Fior d’Arancio. Happy memories are the times that I’ve worn this scent. It’s great!

  27. Thank you for the review and giveaway. Sadly, oranges do not grow here and I have not yet seen orange trees in bloom. But I like the orange blossom note in a perfume. Fleurs d’Oranger by Serge Lutens is probably my favourite orange blossom perfume. And I was quite impressed by 24 Faubourg, although I find it a too heavy for frequent wearing.

      • Portia,
        By the way, today I am wearing a scent which is very different from both Fleurs d’Oranger and 24 Faubourg but is still an orange blossom fragrance. It’s Castile by Penhaligon’s. This one is a soapy clean orange blossom, great for ‘just from the shower’ feel.

          • It makes me think of a posh soap of shaving cream. You know, soapy cologne-like. It does not smell like a shampoo or clean laundry to me, but it depends on what shampoo and detergent you use.

  28. The smell of orange blossoms always reminds me of my family’s orange groves in central Taiwan.

    • WOW! A lot of interesting information packed into a short sentence Alexandra L
      Portia x

  29. I love reading all the stories and the perfume ideas. My favorite citrus scent right now is an oil blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint. It’s sparkles, and reminds me of my childhood home. There we have an orange tree which bears seedless fruit so sweet and mild that we eat the oranges whole like apples, savoring the peel, pith, and fruit all at once, while juice drips from our elbows.

    • WOW Tiffanie,
      I’ve never heard of such an orange. Do you know it’s name? I’d like to plant one here.
      Portia x

  30. There is an orange tree in my neighborhood that is blooming right now.
    Oddly, when it is really warm, the scent is strongest about 20 feet away from the tree, and then, nothing until you put your face right into the blossoms. Yum.
    Thanks for the drawing.

    • Hey there Sunnlit,
      So interesting, does the scent change from far to near too?
      Portia xx

  31. I love both orange and orange blossom scents. Orange blossom reminds me of walking into our greenhouse in the middle of February – it’s freezing cold, everything is covered with snow, but suddenly you enter this warm, humid, incredibly fragrant space. It makes New England winters bearable.

    • Hey Monomatic,
      New England winters like in Valley Of The Dolls.
      I love greenhouses, one day I hope to live in a house with one attached.
      Portia xx

  32. My favorite orange blossom perfume is probably olympic Orchids’ Golden Cattleya- so thick and honeyed!

    • Great choice Connie. I never think of Golden Cattleya as an OB frag. I will go back and investigate.
      Portia xx

  33. Orange blossom is my favorite note, and actually what got me into the perfume hobby. I got a sample of Jo Malone Orange Blossom at the mall and I wanted more of that uplifting scent. As I got more and more into perfume, I discovered the warmer, more narcotic side of orange blossom. Right now I’d probably say that my favorite orange blossom scent is Houbigant Orangers en Fleur, but I’m always on the lookout to try a new one. 🙂

    • Hi there PepperMoon,
      Loads of love for Houbigant Orangers en Fleur on this post. I may have to grab myself some. I think I tried it but can’t remember.
      Portia xx

  34. Walking with my then to be husband inside a huge flowering orange plantation with a bottle of wine was somehow decisive for me to fall for him, like, this dude knows where to bring a lady. Orange Sanguine being one of my favorite colognes, I would be thrilled to try this one. Thank you for the draw, Portia.

  35. I remember holding my mothers hand as we are walking through the smelly streets of Djibouti(East Africa). This is after we fled the war torn Somalia, I remember walking by this flower shop that had some fresh orange blossom, unforgettable. Right after that we flew to France then to Sweden where we lived happily ever after.

    • Now that is a novel in a nutshell Nur Ibn K.
      I am glad there were some happy memories of such tragic upheaval.
      Portia xx

  36. The smell of orange blossoms has always made me think of my mom making baklava every Christmas – the combination of honey, pistachio, orange blossom water, and spices filled the kitchen with the most amazing smell, and she always made enough to last for a couple of weeks afterward (along with shipments that we sent to family and close friends).

    These days I also associate the smell with Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, my signature scent.

    • OMG!! Your Mum made Baklava? I can only dream of such a Mum. We have a special place in Sydney called Abla where we grab our authentic Baklava, and I love it.
      Portia xx

  37. I am wearing Atelier’s Orange Sanquine today and I happen to love Orange scented anything!! It is my summer go to fragrance… oh how I would love to have some Lelabo Fleur d’oranger 27!!!! I would be the luckiest girl alive 🙂

  38. Sounds lovely! My favorite orange scent right now is Byredo’s pulp. It’s just so over the top! Thanks for the draw.

  39. Oranges have never been my thing, so no memories of note there. Orange blossom water in desserts though does trigger a couple though, probably a summer at the great aunties when everything seemed different and new.
    Nowadays I smell neroli more than anything else, there are over 10 trees around work.
    My favourite orange blossom perfume is Kobe.

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