Attention perfume people, Orangers en Fleurs is a really lovely new smell from Houbigant, a perfume house that hasn’t really produced a new scent for aeons, despite being one of the oldest perfume establishments in the world and inventing the ‘fougère’ or fern/green based category of perfume (Fougère Royal is one of its famous creations).
You might know the Houbigant perfume house for Quelques Fleurs, a real bouquet of a floral that is a grand old dame of perfumes. Quelques Fluers is actually 100 years old this year and there will be full scale celebrations going on nearer Christmas (major perfume purchasing period) so you have been warned. I chatted to the owner of the house, Gian Luca Perris, last week at the new scent launch, who gave away very little about what might be happening but he was very charming so we’ll forgive him his tight-lippedness. We wrote about Quelques Fluers here, I have a bottle and although it has a slightly old-school, a-floral-your-nan-might-wear feel to it, I do love it.
The new scent is Orangers en Fleurs, an orange blossom/tuberose/jasmine floral with an elegant green-y grounding created by combining eau de brouts (an accord that uses petigrain- the orange leaf oil) in the mix, which stops it becoming too sweet and cloying. There are hints of nutmeg and musk as it dries down too, so it’s a robust rather than girly floral and i just loved it on first sniff. It’s the second orange floral perfume launch I’ve been to this summer, is there a trend here? Whatever, it’s really gorgeous in the traditional richly-floral, made-with-good-quality-ingredients way. definitely one to look out for if you are a quality floral girl.
Available from Roja Dove at Harrods
£99.00100ml Eau de Parfum