Orange Blossom by Penhaligon’s 2010

Hey Perfume Posse Peeps! Orange Blossom is a hard note to soliflor because we all have our own internal scent memory (well I do from the orange tree in the backyard when we were kids) of how Orange Blossom should smell. Penhaligon’s offering is very pretty.

Orange Blossom by Penhaligon’s 2010

Orange Blossom by Bertrand Duchaufour

Orange Blossom Penhaligon`s FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Neroli, bergamot, amalfi lemon, pink pepper, violet leaf, cardamon
Heart: Jasmine, tuberose, rose, orchid, peach blossom, orange
Base: Musk, sandalwood, Virginia cedar, vanilla

There is some confusion surrounding dates. Orange Blossom was originally released by Penhaligon’s in 1976 (created by Michael Pickthall) and has been resurrected in 2010 by Bertrand Duchaufour as part of their Anthology Collection.

LOVELY! The first word that springs into my head is lovely. Sparkling citrus, like an orange sparkling water, very fresh and wet and slightly green. I float on a sea of lightly effervescent citrus and it is pretty and light but surprisingly dense. There is a lovely pithy resinous breath that flows in underneath and creates a warm depth in counterpoint and then we are into a citrus tinged floral bouquet. Is this spring in a bottle? Have I found the secret elixir to propel me back into the great green rush and surge of spring growth?

Orange Blossom Penhaligon`s Van_Gogh_-_Angler_und_Boote_an_der_Pont_de_Clichy WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Yes, Orange Blossom is about the orange blossom but it is not really a soliflor. Orange Blossom is about the dream of spring, the flowers, fruit and springtime frolicks in the warmth after winters has left the world go. Orange Blossom is picnics and sports, laughter and running madly around the backyard and then doing helicopters on the spot in sheer unbridled happiness that spring has arrived. Ha Ha ha! I go on a bit sometimes but whenever I wear Orange Blossom by Penhaligon’s I find myself smiling from ear to ear and remembering the mad and happy days of spring in our backyard being a complete nutter with my sister and one or two of our dogs.

Orange Blossom Penhaligon`s kids-running McConnMama PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Once the heart subsides we get a lovely sweet and pithy dry down. The notes don’t say honey but I do get that left over animalic growl towards the late middle and end, not hugely but a quiet memory of it. I like Orange Blossom very much.

Further reading: Scent Epiphany and Bonkers About Perfume
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Do you have a favourite Orange Blossom fragrance? Do you have a fragrance that takes you right back to your childhood?

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Portia xx

  • Peppermoon says:

    I’m an orange blossom lover and though I like the Penhaligon’s version, it’s a bit too…”nice girl”. Some of my favorites are L’Artisan “Seville a L’Aube”, Houbigant “Orangers en Fleurs”, Jo Malone “Orange Blossom” and Hermes “24 Faubourg”.

    • HA! PepperMoon, you have me smiling. I can definitely see you wanting more bang, those frags you mention are like engagement rings with orange blossom as a central stone in amongst other diamonds to give more sparkle and to make the whole look bigger, Penhaligon’s has done more of a solitaire, which is not to everyone’s taste.
      I love a few of your choices too and on different days reach for different things, Seville a l’Aube is one of my all time faves.
      Portia xx

  • Kandice says:

    I love both Sweet Redemption by BK and Houbigant’s Orangers En Fleurs. However it would be nice to find a light, uncomplicated orange flower scent. Maybe this is it?

    • Hi there Kandice,
      Sweet Redemption is one of my favourite By Kilian fragrances. YUMMY! Yes the Penhaligon’s is a simple, casual scent by comparison. Sometimes you just want pretty and easy.
      Portia xx

  • jirish says:

    You have made this sound so lovely that I will have to order a sample. It also sounds like something that would be work appropriate, which is what I look for in a scent right now. My fav orange blossom at the moment is Seville a l’Aube, but that I think is probably a very different kind of orange blossom.

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, dear! This sounds delightful; can’t believe it has not crossed my radar before now. How would you say it compares with L’Artisan’s Seville a l’Aube? Hope you’re having a ball on your trip!

    • Hey Ann,
      Having an amazing time thanks.
      In my memory, without having either on hand, Seville a l’Aube is way more intricate, has what feels like masses more nuance and the story is much broader. Comparatively this is a simple fragrance to wear.
      Portia xx

  • Tara says:

    Lovely evocative post, Portia. I can just imagine you doing exuberant heiicopters in the backyard as a child. Lovely image.

    Vanessa gave me a decant of this ages ago so must check it out asap.

    • Hey hey Tara,
      Thank you. Truth be told we were still doing happy helicopters in the yard at Pymble till the day we sold. It was a perfect place for them.
      If Vanessa thinks you’d like it then I’m pretty sure it’s solid advice.
      Portia xx