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Pur Désir de Fleur d’ Oranger

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Denise Beaulieu on her blog Grain de Musc describes Fleur d’Oranger as “A cheap thrill, bracingly citrusy in the top notes, baby-aspirin tart in the heart. Great for layering, lovely on a pillow”, and better than other “designer” orange blossom scents but at one-fourth the price. Fleur d’Oranger opens with bright orange citrus, juicy and sweet but with zesty tartness. 

This shower-fresh opening soon blows by and segues into soft white flowers in the heart, delicate orange blossoms in all their fragrant luminous splendor. The musks come up in the base, soft and clean, so that the white orange blossoms remain pristine and pure, soothing rather than sensual. It dries down as a sheer orange musk, light and gauzy, and is gone in a couple of hours.

Notes on the box state “Made with Orange Flower Essential Oil”.  The Yves Rocher website claims that many of their fragrances are made from essential oils distilled from blossoms harvested from their own farms in southern France. Whether this is true or not, Fleur d’ Oranger is to my nose, the pure scent of real orange blossoms as I remember them. Simple and unadorned, it can’t be compared to a perfume like Fleur d’Oranger by Serge Lutens, a luscious seductive orange blossom powerhouse.

To me, Pur Désir de Fleur d’ Oranger is simply the scent of natural orange blossoms. Citrusy, airy with bits of green leaves, softly sweet and musky, a natural scent.  A quiet pleasure to enjoy when perfume is just too much.


Notes: Orange blossom, musk

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Annick Ménardo




Price: $5.00