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
Photo 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?
Photo 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.
Photo 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.
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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