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Pur Désir de Fleur d’Oranger – A quiet pleasure – August 12, 2016


Image - - Orange blossom -Alexander Hardin, April 1, 2012

Hooray, hooray, we’re on our way. Summer vacation starts today.

Well, sort of. We won’t leave until Sunday, after we spend tomorrow doing a million chores to close up the house, do a huge cottage “food shop”, pack all the vacation essentials, load up the car…but I can’t think about all that right now. 

I take a break from thinking and writing about fragrance when I go to the cottage. I’ll wear it, or not wear it if I choose, and I sure don’t want to tax my brain making decisions about which one to wear. I’ve got beach chairs to claim, books to read, crosswords to finish, morning swims, afternoon swims, card games to play. I’m busy. That’s why I choose and pack only one bottle, one very simple uncomplicated scent with no drama or weird notes, something light and linear that I know makes me feel good, happy and relaxed.

This year the winner of Kay’s Vacation lottery is a 60 ml. bottle of Pur Désir de Fleur d’Oranger from Yves Rocher, a light fresh “botanical” fragrance. It’s not what I call “niche” but it is hard to find because this 2006 release has been discontinued, although it’s still available on ebay and amazon with some searching.  It's an EdT with citrus and light floral and musk notes, and according to Grain de Musc, it was created by one of our favourite noses, Annick Menardo (Bulgari Black, Hypnotic Poison, Bois d’Argent, Lolita Lempicka, Morn to Dusk).

Denise Beaulieu describes Pur Désir de 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 products are made from essential oils distilled from blossoms harvested from their own farms in southern France. Whether this is true or not, Pur Désir de Fleur d’ Oranger is to my nose, the pure scent of real orange blossoms as I remember them. Simple and unadorned, it shouldn't be compared to powerhouse perfumes like Fleur d’Oranger by Serge Lutens or Séville à L'Aube by L'Artisan, both luscious seductive take-no-prisoners orange blossom visions.

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 very natural scent.  A quiet pleasure to enjoy when perfume is just too much.


Pur Désir de Fleur d’Oranger is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.