I should have learned my lesson by now: never, ever spritz yourself with multiple spritzes of your newly received fragrance sample that you never smelled.
Two hours later, I'm left with the worst sensation ever: the sensation that I'm dressed with a sweater where three big fat male cats have spent the night, not only sleeping and snoring....
Hope you get the idea.
Strange, because I never smelled cats' urine in other fragrances, except from some musks. And because I'm a fond lover of Orange blossom (I've bought a 3.4 oz. bottle of L'AP Seville a l'Aube lately...).
But this one really hurt my nose: I guess it's the sharp tuberose-hibiscus notes that increase the acrid quality of the orange blossom. Or maybe I'm your average immature perfumista who can't handle the presence of quality raw products instead of synthetic ones in niche perfumery.
And yet, I believe Serge Lutens to be a creator of masterpieces and of fragrances I can't live without (namely Chergui, Feminité du Bois and Datura Noir). It's just that I can't grasp the full meaning of this one.
This is one my sister's favorites in her scent collection. Whenever I visit I spray this on myself and am transported by the beauty of this orange blossom concoction.
I find the longevity and sillage to be phenomenal.
I am tossing up whether to buy this for myself or just save it for the days when I raid her scent collection.
((It feels like such a little sister thing to do...still "dressing up" in her things though we are now in our late thirties;-))
I get no cumin at all from this only a beautifully balanced orange blossom with great staying power and sillage. It is hard to be critical of this scent as it is just so well put together. Perhaps I would have preferred it to be more indolic but that is just nit picking really - warm, gorgeous scent. I am on my second bottle
This smells like B.O. Not in a good way. They should call this fragrance, "Dude, Take a shower!", or maybe, "Taxi Driver on the Hottest Day of Summer".
I am completely in love with this Serge Lutens scent of sexy orange blossom magnified with tuberose, made delicious with hints of white rose and jasmine. It's magnificent. Fresh yet sultry ,heavy and yet not overbearing. Sexy and memorable - it may be one of the ' less interesting' Serge Lutens but it's a winner. It's a No. 1 orange blossom scent.
Opens strong, forceful and you think you'll be overcome but then ,FdO draws back to become a fluid orange blossom of subtlety and grace - a skin scent for hours. I feel I could almost drink this scent.
Lovers of 24 Faubourg by Hermes should adore this one. I prefer this over the Hermes.
I respect all and love many of the Serge Lutens fragrances. Immensely. I love the scent of orange blossom. Immensely. Serge Lutens Fleurs D'Oranger smells neither Serge Lutens or Orange Blossom. It smells like orange slice candy straight up. No complexity, linear and I'm so lost here.
My third bottle arrived yesterday--I find it an incredibly sensual scent, but at the same time it has a delicacy that makes it appropriate for occasions when I don't want to send people reeling. It stays quite close to my skin, but people I hug when I'm wearing it always say I smell amazing.
The top notes of Fleurs d’Oranger are likened to dewy orange blossoms on the tree in early morning. However, this tree grows in Serge Lutens’ garden, which means it has an unbelievably rich soil. The blossoms warm up to the glowing sun of high noon and attract humming bees to transform them into honey. They exude a sweeter scent with the help of understated tuberose and jasmine notes. By the end of the day, the rich soil reveals itself in full blast with the signature Serge Lutens amber and cumin. The blossoms have melted into sweet golden honey and turned deep orange, saffron, crimson and fuchsia in the sunset. Its creator was right: it is the scent of happiness!!
A fragrance that I associate with extreme weather conditions and for some reason, either Andy Tauer or Hermes but not SL:) It is sultry enough for heat waves and lively enough for snowy winters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a well-balanced performance on my skin. It starts as a thick, full-bodied powerhouse, visits some heady but clean white flowers and turns into your usual soapy orange flower very very quickly. Still, I imagine it to be stunning on the right person. 3.5
beautiful? yes. neroli? sadly it is not.
on my skin this starts out citrusy neroli, kind of like LUSH's prince triple orange blossom shaving cream or their orange blossom "gorilla" perfume, but in minutes, it changes into white floral, mainly jasmine and tuberose that kind of reminds me of estee lauder tuberose gardenia.
i like white florals and wear them well, so i do enjoy wearing this one, but i think it misses the mark as a soliflore. i wish the neroli stayed longer - bright and sunny like in the beginning. however, it does smell delicious and i do think i will buy again (it's cheaper than the EL tuberose gardenia) for the tropical white flower aspect of it. on me, the fragrance stays clean throughout, with not a lot of the indolic notes coming through from the spices in the base, nor through the "fleshy" aspect of the white florals present.
nonetheless, it is a beautiful composition, and for that i give it 3/5, but it misses the mark as an orange blossom fragrance. at least it's not a fruit-caramel-vanilla-and-nondescript-flowers abortion like 90% of the perfumes on the market today. good longevity, as with most SLs, lasting at least 6 hours before it wears off.
as with all fragrances, YMMV depending on skin chemistry. continued >>
Notes: orange blossom, white jasmine, Indian tuberose, white rose, citrus peel, hibiscus seeds, cumin and nutmeg.
This fragrance opens with the radiant aroma of orange blossoms. Citrus peel tames the blossoms' rich sweetness and adds welcome tartness to the floral. As long as the zesty citrus note is present in the head accord it is fresh and juicy, but once it is replaced by heavy white florals the accord becomes very intense again. A spicy undertone reminiscent of popcorn further modifies the accord into something sweet and spicy, dry and sunny. Serge Lutens created a scent which is not as fresh and flowery as most orange blossom offerings and which therefore can be worn by anyone. Despite its array of heady floral notes the fragrance loses steam rather fast and after roughly four hours it vanishes.