Last week (and in various other Posse posts), folks, including me, have been expressing their love for Hiram Green’s Dilettante. Its orange blossom goodness, paired with a touch of petitgrain, makes it a beautifully simple treat for summer, or anytime really.
There’s just something about orange blossom that makes us love it so. As our darling Patty said in her guide to the best OB scents a few years ago: “Orange blossom, when done right, is joyous, like a ray of sunshine that is almost too bright.” And indeed it is.
Now I’ve been an orange blossom lover since elementary school, when an OB solid perfume (bought on a field trip to a Native American reservation) saved my sanity on many a swelteringly hot day on a very smelly school bus. In fact, that experience turned out to be the second post I wrote for the Posse.
Since then, I’ve happily tried every OB that I can get my hands on and can honestly say I’ve not met one that I didn’t like. Although one day a particularly heavy hit of cumin in a double spray of Serge Lutens’ Fleurs d’Oranger did set me back a bit, until it wore off.
Orange blossom and related scents that I enjoy wearing now include the aforementioned Dilettante, my Holy Grail of sunshine scents, Le Labo’s Tubereuse 40, and Ava Luxe Neroli Blossom, which is The One that takes me immediately and happily back to the orange groves of my childhood (and that beloved solid perfume I mentioned earlier). Others that I greatly enjoy include Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom, Hermes’ 24 Faubourg, and L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube. And I’m sure some of you will remind us of other lovely ones as well.
What about you? What floats your orange blossom boat? I do know some of you don’t like scents that are on the soapy side, although that’s never bothered me.