Summer Mood: Your Favorite Fruity Fragrances

Over the past few weeks, I’ve reviewed a few summery fruity-floral fragrances, from Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau à la Folie to Parfums DelRae Emotionnelle. As I was wearing these fun and bubbly perfumes, I realized that I’m enjoying them far more than I thought I would.

I love iris, woods and jasmine notes. Those scents are immediately appealing and don’t require me to try too hard. But I always think of fruity notes as difficult. Yet, when I examine some of my favorites closely, I realize that I have quite a few fruity scents that I love and wouldn’t give up for anything: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune (my most recent rediscovery thanks to Suzanna’s review), Hermès Un Jardin Après La Mousson, Vero Profumo Rubj, Donna Karan Be Delicious, to name a few.

What about you? What are your favorite fruity or fruity floral perfumes? And feel free to say that you dislike all fruity fragrances!

By the way, you might have noticed that there is a clear summer theme on Bois de Jasmin this week. This is because even my rainy Northern city has finally received its share of sunshine!

Gooseberries photo by Bois de Jasmin



  • eminere: It’s Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Nil and En Méditerranée for me. July 28, 2012 at 8:56am Reply

    • Victoria: I love the Jardin series, apart from Un Jardin Sur Le Toit. July 28, 2012 at 2:33pm Reply

  • Michele: I love Kilian’s Liasons Dangereuses. The combination of the coconut with plum, blackcurrent, and peach with rose and all the other notes really works for me. I view it as a sophistocated fruity floral. I did not care for L’Eau a la Folie- on me it smelled too “masculine” with the lime and moss predominating. July 28, 2012 at 9:36am Reply

    • Victoria: This makes me want to try this by Kilian perfume again. I don’t remember it well, but it sounds interesting. July 28, 2012 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: I, too have to echo your love of iris, jasmine & woods. Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, Jo Malone Verbenas de Provence (very similar to A. Goutal’s Hadrian). These never fail me on a balmy day. Fruitier without depth and sophistication is not for me. July 28, 2012 at 9:58am Reply

    • Victoria: I also prefer my fruit blended with something else. Even Be Delicious I mentioned above is not just an apple, but really a violet leaf perfume. July 28, 2012 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Anne Sheffield: I love un jardin sur les toits by Hermes, although it has the staying power of an hyper active child on a chair. But I love it. I must admit I am not a huge fan of full on fruity scent. To my skin it feels fake. In the summer I mostly shower in Bronze Goddess or Cristale EDT. I am happy to see summer has reached you Victoria! His from me. Anne July 28, 2012 at 10:00am Reply

    • Victoria: That was my main problem with Un Jardin Sur Le Toit. Puff–and it was gone.

      Bronze Goddess is another favorite summer staple! July 28, 2012 at 3:15pm Reply

  • Lucas: To be honest I didn’t have much to do with fruity fragrances since the very beginning of my perfumista-hood. Yes, there were some, but in most cases I can’t even remember now how they smelled.
    Histoires de Parfums 1969 is a nice perfume. It’s not exactly fruity but it has a lot of lovely peach in the opening. July 28, 2012 at 11:25am Reply

    • Victoria: Is Histoires de Parfums 1969 the one that has peach and rose? July 28, 2012 at 3:16pm Reply

      • Lucas: Yes Victoria, it’s the one. But it’s more of peach-chocolate than peach-rose, still a great perfume, really. July 28, 2012 at 3:26pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thanks! I get confused, since the line is so large now. Will dig out my sample box and see if I have it there. July 28, 2012 at 3:32pm Reply

          • Lucas: If you’re looking for a gorgeous rose within Histoires de Parfums range you should definitely try their Mata Hari, year 1876 July 29, 2012 at 5:35am Reply

            • Victoria: Thank you for another recommendation. I will do! I know that Mata Hari was among my HdP samples. July 29, 2012 at 5:53am Reply

              • Parfumista: Mata Hari is a slight confusing but beautiful perfume see my review July 29, 2012 at 8:38am Reply

  • MB: I love Emotionelle! I’ve been wearing it for the last couple of years, I think, or whenever it first came out. Interestingly, if I’d heard about a perfume w/ a melon accord I would have crossed the street avoid it, but one scant whiff was all it took. It’s a happy scent for summer and as mood elevating as a seratonin re-uptake inhibitor! July 28, 2012 at 11:49am Reply

    • Victoria: Emotionnelle is a mood elevator like no other. I also steer clear of melons, but that one is a winner. July 28, 2012 at 3:17pm Reply

      • MB: Hi again. I can’t see to find your Emotionelle review. Maybe you haven’t published it yet? Can’t wait to read it! July 28, 2012 at 8:05pm Reply

        • Victoria: It’s going to be published next week. I ended up rearranging the order of some posts, but didn’t edit this one. Didn’t catch it until it was too late. July 29, 2012 at 5:54am Reply

  • Anna Minis: I don’t like to eat fruit, and I don’t like fruity perfumes either, except those with peach or plum in it. For exemple Femme or Mitsouko or So Pretty; but those are not ”fruity perfumes”, I guess. My absolute favorites are mostly labeled ”chypre”. For a bright summer day, I like Fleurs de Citronnier. Today (hot, moist weather) I wear Shalimar l’Initial (I smell some fruit there). Or a citrus, like Eau de Rochas. Or Eau du Coq. July 28, 2012 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: I can live on fruit! If we don’t have fruit at home, but our fridge is stuffed with other things, I still feel that we have nothing to eat.
      Do you like salty tastes then? July 28, 2012 at 3:18pm Reply

  • Claudia: I still like Jean Nate for hot summer days. When I was in high school (1974) I had the “friction pour le bain”, the spray, and the shower gel (maybe?). July 28, 2012 at 12:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: Jean Nate is fantastic! One of the best drugstore classics. July 28, 2012 at 3:18pm Reply

      • Rina: Unfortunately, it hasn’t aged well, IMHO. My Mom wore it ALL.THE.TIME until it was reformulated (late 70’s?). She was heartbroken and has never gotten over it… July 28, 2012 at 7:52pm Reply

        • Victoria: Oh no! I didn’t smell it recently, my bottle is quite old. July 29, 2012 at 5:54am Reply

  • Dianna: I typically don’t like fruity scents but I truly cherish Vero Profumo Rubj. Incredibly fascinating scent. July 28, 2012 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: I fell hard for Rubj, and I enjoy wearing it very much. Sultry and yet comforting. July 28, 2012 at 3:19pm Reply

  • Daisy: Following Olfactoria’s review of MDCI’s Péché Cardinal, I decided to give fruity fragrances a shot and quickly fell in love with it!

    That lead me to seek out peach in other fragrance. Keiko Mecheri’s Peau de Pêche is so fresh and lovely too. If budget permitted, I would love to own both.

    The green mango accord in Un Jardin sur le Nil is gorgeous.

    This summer, I have been wearing the bright and sunny Orange Sanguine from Atelier. It just makes me so happy every morning. July 28, 2012 at 1:57pm Reply

    • Victoria: I call Orange Sanguine a “wake me up” perfume. It’s so uplifting and refreshing. Like a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning. What can be better! July 28, 2012 at 3:20pm Reply

      • Daisy: I agree. Better than coffee 🙂 July 28, 2012 at 4:30pm Reply

  • maggiecat: The only fruit notes I uusally like infragrance are the citrus ones – Chanel’s Cologne, AG” Eau d’Hadrien, Guerlain’s AA Laurier Reglisse…. That said, Un Jardin sur le Nil did appeal to me when it came out – but overall I have to say that I’m not much of a fruity fragrance person (I’m with you on jasmine, woods, and vanilla!)! July 28, 2012 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Victoria: Laurier Reglisse is so fresh, it’s like a sip of lemonade on a hot day. As we were talking about Pamplelune the other day, some of Aqua Allegorias are surprisingly intricate for such straightforward perfumes. July 28, 2012 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Undina: Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations is my current favorite – I enjoy every minute of wearing it. July 28, 2012 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Victoria: I need to try it again, so thank you for an added incentive. July 28, 2012 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Sigrun: At least, when living up north, you do notice and cherish the sunny days 🙂

    I do love fruity scents in summer as well and recently I’ve been exploring melony note by wearing Malles “La Perfume de Therese”, Diorella and Emotionnelle. And Rubj Extrait is another great summer scent – I wore it for midsummer 🙂 July 28, 2012 at 3:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: For sure! Each sunny day feels like a gift. 🙂

      Sounds like we share many favorites. All of the ones you mentioned are among my top most worn perfumes this summer. July 28, 2012 at 3:34pm Reply

  • Anna Minis: Salty tastes. oh yes! Pommes frites, potato chips, moules, oysters, you name it. Also vegetables, eggplant, lentils, beans, tomatoes. Garlic, spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino, with pecorino. My christmas dinner is always the same: patates frites (a treat, I eat it seldom: I don’t want to be fat)–salmon, salad with mayonnaise, and Finlandia wodka. July 28, 2012 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: That’s a great Christmas dinner! Ours tend to change from year to year, but I love the idea of having a certain tradition on that day. July 29, 2012 at 5:51am Reply

  • Mille Fleurs: I love La Belle Helene, Le Rivage des Syrtes, Caron Accord 119, Rocas Lemon Cloud and most fig fragrances. July 28, 2012 at 3:54pm Reply

    • Victoria: Is Lemon Cloud very sweet on you? I love the idea of it, based on the story and the description, so I need to try it at last. July 29, 2012 at 5:52am Reply

  • Alityke: I like my fruit with suede, yep you guessed it, Daim Blond and Bottega Veneta.

    Otherwise my fruit of choice is raspberry but tempered with Violet. Guerlain Meteorites and Lanvin Jeanne Couture.

    Otherwise Mitsouko, Femme and Arabie do it for me but these are far too complex to be called fruities.

    Nicky Verfailles Grain de Sables was my wedding scent with its ripe melon on florals, so beautiful and so mourned July 28, 2012 at 4:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: Grain de Sable was my recent discovery, and it’s fantastic. Luca Turin called it a minor masterpiece, and I completely agree. So, I know that you smelled irresistible on your big day. July 29, 2012 at 5:58am Reply

  • behemot: I like some fruity fragrances. Keiko Mecheri “Peau de Peche”, Aqua di Parma “Arancia di Capri” and sometimes, Be Delicious are my summer faves..
    Diptyque “Ombre dans l’eau” has a fantastic blackcurrant note, but this fragrance is not that great on my skin, unfortunately.. July 28, 2012 at 4:48pm Reply

    • Victoria: So happy to see another Be Delicious fan! This perfume gets lambasted on regular basis for being dull, but I find it such a fun, interesting blend. July 29, 2012 at 6:00am Reply

  • behemot: ..and I forgot about FM Perufme de Therese, if we dare to call it fruity floral 🙂 July 28, 2012 at 4:50pm Reply

    • Victoria: We dare! 🙂 Not all fruity florals are cheap compotes that the fragrance industry churns out in massive quantities. July 29, 2012 at 5:59am Reply

  • Emily: I think peach can be lovely, especially when it keeps sophisticated company (e.g., in the new Rochas Femme and in Mitsouko). Lucy B’s Royal Egyptian Amber and Honeysuckle is a more easygoing warm-spicy-peachy floral that I quite enjoy, and a bargain at $28. Also, osmanthus is one of my favorite floral notes, and it has a beautiful peach-apricot element. I’m particularly fond of The Different Company Osmanthus.

    Eau de Rochas and Cristalle EDT are my favorite citruses, and I haven’t yet met a fig that I didn’t like (favorites include AG Ninfeo Mio, which also has a nice burst of citrus; the tragically discontinued Tokyo Milk Ex Libris; and Pacifica Mediterranean Fig.) In general, I’m open to fruity notes as long as they aren’t too sweet and as long as the perfume feels balanced overall — though I admit I haven’t yet loved any perfume with noticeable melon, pear, or apple notes. July 28, 2012 at 5:05pm Reply

    • Emily: Ooh, and I also enjoy the orange creamsicle at the start of Anne Pliska. That’s just a terrific perfume in general. July 28, 2012 at 6:30pm Reply

      • Victoria: I love the orange notes in it too. They are really closer to an orange dessert, as you say, rather than to a freshly squeezed orange juice. July 29, 2012 at 6:02am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m busy jotting down more interesting fruity perfumes. I haven’t even heard of Lucy B! July 29, 2012 at 6:01am Reply

      • Emily: Victoria, Lucy B is an Australian line. Indiescents carries it, which is how I discovered Royal Egyptian Amber and Honeysuckle (haven’t tried any of the others, precisely because they contain fruits that I don’t usually get along with!) July 30, 2012 at 12:45pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you, Emily. Onto my list it goes. I love discovering these small lines, because sometimes the perfumes can be unusual. Amber and honeysuckle sounds like a great combination. July 30, 2012 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Cait: I am glad to hear everyone come out about their fruity loves, since they are sort of taboo in the perfumista world. My favorites are Neela’s Bombay Bling, a high octane fruity spicy floral with mango and a rich floral heart, Aftelier Orange Sanguine, a delicious liquid orange juice that recalls a sunny morning by the sea with orange juice and good coffee, and MPG Fraiche Passiflore, a musky passion fruit I wore around the time I visited the patisseries in Rio and tried to apprentice to a baker. Mm, now I want to revisit that one. July 28, 2012 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: Fraiche Passiflore, Rio patisseries, baker’s apprentice…. Cait, that already sounds like a great story!

      And I agree with you that it’s fun to talk about these perfumes. There is such an interesting range too, from complex Le Parfum de Therese to fizzy Bombay Bling. July 29, 2012 at 6:03am Reply

  • Anna Minis: On second thought: I love Philosykos and Fraîche Passiflore. And Diorella too: is that fruity? To my nose it is fresh and woody. July 28, 2012 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Victoria: Diorella has a huge peach note. Yes, definitely very fruity! July 29, 2012 at 6:04am Reply

  • Christy C: -Vero Profumo Rubj edp
    -Ormonde Jayne Frangipani (on me the lime carries through the entire time)
    -Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier

    I love the latter two for summer and Rubj I think will be phenomenal year-round! July 28, 2012 at 6:02pm Reply

    • Victoria: Fleurs de Citronnier is so perfect on a hot day! July 29, 2012 at 6:05am Reply

  • Anna Minis: ……and Eau de Mûre MPG (sometimes layered whith Van Cleef)…more fruity cravings than I thougt! July 28, 2012 at 6:06pm Reply

  • Elisa: I really love the tart fruity notes in perfumes like L’Ombre dans l’Eau, Pulp, Rose Praline, Moschino Couture, and Liaisons Dangereuse. I also like the occasional fruity gourmand, like Hanae Mori or Badgley Mischka. July 28, 2012 at 8:21pm Reply

    • Victoria: Badgley Mischka started me on my fruity perfume explorations. It’s so unapologetically bubbly and lighthearted, but it’s also complex enough to keep your interest. July 29, 2012 at 6:06am Reply

  • Suzy Q: Hilde Soliani Il Tuo Tulipano! It won me over, hater of fruity florals.

    Even though citrus is a fruit I don’t include it when I think of this genre. July 28, 2012 at 10:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: I also usually think of fruity perfumes as the ones that have something other than citrus–berries, apples, mangoes, passion fruit, apricots, etc. July 29, 2012 at 6:07am Reply

  • Amy M.: My favorite fruit scents are Bombay Bling, Phylosykos, and L’Ombre Dans L’Eau.

    This week, though, I tried a fascinating scent that I’m really excited about! Parfums Delrae’s Bois De Paradis – a jammy, figgy, somewhat complicated rose.
    Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Orange.
    Middle: Rose, Blackberry, Figs, Spices.
    Base: Balsam, Woods, Amber, Incense. July 29, 2012 at 12:16am Reply

    • Victoria: So glad to hear that you like Bois De Paradis. I brought a large sample of it with me, and now I regret not taking the full bottle. It’s such a sophisticated and yet dramatic perfume. I think that it would be perfect on a cool fall day. Imagine how nicely it would match the autumnal smells of fallen leaves and bonfires. July 29, 2012 at 6:09am Reply

  • Amy M.: Oh-forgot to mention how impressed I was with Orange Star by Tauer, although I’m not able to wear it well. 🙂 July 29, 2012 at 12:18am Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t tried Orange Star, but I keep hearing people describing it as orange Fanta. Not sure if that’s what I want to smell on my skin, but I love the smell of Fanta. A nice childhood memory. July 29, 2012 at 6:10am Reply

  • solanace: Un Jardin in Méditeranée was too sharp for me. Maybe I’m not a fig girl, but I still have to try Ninféo Mio and Phylosikos. Citrus smell great (and now that I’m pregnant, I’m craving – and drinking – liters of lemonade from my garden every day), but citrus perfumes tend not to work well on my skin, so I save them for my sister. I like my fruit kind of warm, even in summer. Rahat Loukoum, with the almonds flanking the cherry. I’m also really fond of the coconut note in Bronze Godess, it kills me that my husband says it reminds him of his mom doing house chores (in Brazil coconut soap is ubiquituous, we wash clothes and dishes with it). AG Mon Parfum Chéri scared the hell out of me when I first tried it, but for some fiendish reason I keep reaching for the decant again and again, and it really is growing on me… July 29, 2012 at 5:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Hurray! Congratulations, A! Such exciting news. Do you find that you enjoy some perfumes/smells now more than others? My friend, another perfume lover, said that when she was expecting her baby, she couldn’t wear any of her favorites. The only thing she could stand was a crisp bitter orange perfume like Demeter Gin and Tonic. July 29, 2012 at 5:57am Reply

      • solanace: Thank’s, V! It might be only superstition, but I’ve heard from old woman that expecting a boy causes way more nausea than expecting a girl, and as a matter of fact in my first pregnancy (a boy) I was so nauseated I couldn’t even think about perfume, but now the only things I can’t stand are fish and feijoada (go figure…) Anyway, I’m in full pefumista mood, and so happy it’s a girl! Hope she is enjoying the Shalimar! July 30, 2012 at 6:49am Reply

        • Victoria: So happy for you! I was just reading a book that was explaining that some of our likes and dislikes in food and scents can be determined by what our mothers liked when they were pregnant. My best wishes to your and your future Shalimar lover. 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 8:02am Reply

          • solanace: That’s something I saw with my son. I ate olives and drank tomato juice all the time while I was pregnant, and he loves both! July 30, 2012 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Anna Minis: I sniffed at my Diorella again, and yes, a peach note! My perception of that perfume changed at once. Strange that I never noticed, given my fondness of peach notes in perfume. My nose always catched the woody aspect. Now I appreciate it even more, thank you, Victoria! One learns every day from you. July 29, 2012 at 7:10am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m so glad that you found something else to enjoy in Diorella. Whenever I revisit it, I always discover something new about it. It’s such a complex fragrance. July 30, 2012 at 3:49am Reply

  • koray: my favorite summer-fruty perfume, hermes un jardin en mediterrane, serge lutens bois et fruit, as the combinations of flower and fruits and little bit leather; frederic malle le parfum de therese ( I love it this fragrance) 🙂 July 29, 2012 at 8:26am Reply

    • Victoria: The combination of fruit and leather is often a winner for me. There is something complementary about it; the leather tempers the sweetness nicely. July 30, 2012 at 3:49am Reply

  • Parfumista: For summer Hermes Un Jardin du Nil always is good. For the rest of the year: Neela Vermiere Bombay Bling and Missoni Missoni which I think have some similarities to BB is nice fruity choices. There is of course many other but those were the one that just popped up… July 29, 2012 at 8:35am Reply

    • Victoria: I like Missoni very much as well. It has such a surprising striped effect–a layer of lily of the valley, of chocolate, of green leaves, of apples. Glad to see it mentioned. July 30, 2012 at 3:51am Reply

  • Austenfan: I often don’t know whether something is a fruity floral or not. I am not counting citrus either nor Fig. So is Philosykos a fruity floral?
    Off the top of my head ( hot, after a long bicycle ride) I like:
    Delrae; Emotionelle. ( I love melon in perfume although I have grown rather tired of L’Eau d’Issey.)
    Goutal: Quel Amour, Le Mimosa, Petite Chérie
    Nicolaï: Balkis, Eau Exotique, A la Folie, Turquoise.
    MDCI: Péché Cardinal
    Vero Profumo: Rubj ( extrait and edp, although I strongly prefer the former)
    Prescriptives: Calyx
    FM’s EdP: Thérèse and Dior’s Diorella ( these two are so linked in my mind)
    Lancôme: Trésor

    Off topic: there is a really interesting food market next week ( 3-5th of August) in St.Niklaas with food from all over Europe. If you google euromarkt 2012 st niklaas it will tell you all. July 29, 2012 at 11:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Philosykos isn’t really a floral. It’s built on a distinctive cedarwood base, so most perfumers would classify it as a woody blend. The citrusy-fig notes are really just an accent. But that being said, the classifications aren’t anything written in stone. There is a lot of subjective interpretation too.

      Your list is fun! And it reminds me that I need to smell Péché Cardinal at last.

      Thank you for mentioning the market! I already told my husband that Sint Niklaas is a part of our weekend plans. 😉 July 30, 2012 at 3:55am Reply

      • Austenfan: Péché is quite trashy for an MDCI. Admittedly I only sniffed it once, but I was very smitten.

        On another note I got myself a bottle of Carnal Flower this weekend. I now only “need” Fracas and Goutal’s Tubéreuse to complete my tuberose wardrobe. July 30, 2012 at 10:43am Reply

        • Victoria: Great! With those three fragrances, you will be set. Do you have Tubereuse Criminelle already? July 30, 2012 at 12:28pm Reply

          • Austenfan: I have: Tubéreuse Criminelle, MPG’s Tubéreuse, Vamp à New York and Gardénia Passion, which smells mostly of tuberose to me. I have smelled the Kilian Beyond Love, liked it, but not enough to wish for a full bottle (at that price). July 30, 2012 at 1:59pm Reply

            • Victoria: Sounds similar to my tuberose lineup, except that I have Nuit de Tubereuse but no Vamp à New York. That’s a tuberose that I really want to acquire at some point. Emma, who comments here time to time, was so enthusiastic about it that I finally got a sample and fell in love with it. July 30, 2012 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Jessica: I have a few fruity favorites for hot weather! –Annick Goutal’s Quel Amour!, Clarins Eau des Jardins, and generous splashes of Murray & Lanman Florida Water. July 29, 2012 at 1:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: Just imagining these scents makes me feel cooler! 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 4:01am Reply

  • Emma: I’m not a fruity person but I guess Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger or Datura Noir although I prefer A la Nuit the most, a straight jasmine that’s not really fruity. July 29, 2012 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: I also like A La Nuit, because it dries down to that rich, balsamic base. Some jasmines smell too much of a banana peel to me, but not this one. July 30, 2012 at 4:02am Reply

  • Patt: I don’t really have anything new and different to bring to the table, but I did surprise myself by buying (and wearing!) a bottle of L’Eau a la Folie based on your lovely review of it recently. Other fruits that are in my rotation are Peau de Peche, Ninfeo Mio, and YSL’s Yvresse (a new-to-me fave). July 29, 2012 at 4:56pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yay! So glad that you liked it. It’s such a sophisticated fruity-floral, and the mossy note gives it a cool, fresh drydown. Since you mentioned discovering Yvresse, I think that L’Eau a la Folie and Yvresse are very similar in terms of their characters–bubbly, but tempered with those woody-mossy notes. July 30, 2012 at 4:05am Reply

      • Patt: Absolutely! I crave those woody-mossy notes, which is why, I think, that Calyx never worked for me. I loved the opening but couldn’t get past the overripe fruity dry down. July 30, 2012 at 8:55am Reply

  • Carolyn J.: Calyx is a year-round perfume for me. July 29, 2012 at 9:49pm Reply

    • Victoria: I went through 2 bottles of Calyx when it first came out. So many nice memories connected to that perfume. 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 4:06am Reply

  • Rose D: I must admit I prefer fruits as breakfast rather than as personal fragrance. Maybe what I do not like are cheap synthetics trying to resemble fresh fruits or those notes that turn out overtly sweet.

    This last reason is exactly what stopped me from trying Dior Escale à Portofino, until I finally gathered some courage and discovered one of my favourite citrus colognes!

    (Unconventional) Fruits I love? Chanel N°5 and Allure Sensuelle;

    Fruity discoveries? Le Parfum de Therese and Ormonde Jayne Ta´if (I am afraid the dates will turn out too caramelized in this);

    Biggest fruity surprise? A guy once commented Acqua di Gioia smelled like mango on me… :S July 29, 2012 at 11:08pm Reply

    • Victoria: I think that those cheap fruit compotes have done a lot to discredit the whole genre, which is a shame. I love the lighthearted, bubbly nature of fruity perfumes, and in some other cases, fruity notes add a juicy, sweet facet to the more complex scents like some of the ones you mention (Le Parfum de Therese, Ta’if, etc.) Sounds like you have quite a few favorites with different types of fruity notes. Even Chanel No 5 has a gorgeous peach in its top notes, especially the EDP. July 30, 2012 at 4:09am Reply

  • HB: So good to see all the fruity chorus chiming in. I feel unsophisticated sometimes when I reflect and realize how much I like fruity notes. Especially since I love to wear masculine fragrances and I don’t thing of my image as fruity/girly quite so much…

    That said, fruits are frequently the notes I reach for when I don’t want to have something weighing me down, regardless of season. I’ve been wearing the now-discontinued Mure from Molinard Senteurs line for years. L’Artisan Premier Figuier is another and just yesterday I put on some Coco Mademoiselle because I wanted that lift…plus I am a known Angel, and occasional Nirmala, wearer. Still, though, I would like to find a fruit or fruity-floral that is rounder, juicier – peach and berries are on my mind. So far, this year’s happy discoveries are Rosine Rose d’Ete and Prescriptives Calyx (based on the branding I still thought green not fruit!). I like the feeling from both, though would enjoy a little more sophistication in something for more regular wear. I’ve just ordered Mure et Musc as well as Fraaagola Saalaaata and Histoires de Parfums 1969. Ever searching…

    None of this includes the ever-growing list of citrus fragrances I have come to love. Guerlain colognes and A Goutal ones in particular. July 30, 2012 at 12:21am Reply

    • Victoria: You shouldn’t feel this way at all! There is nothing inherently unsophisticated about the fruity notes. Imagine Mitsouko or Femme without peaches and plums! That would be impossible. Or aldehydic florals like Chanel No 5 or Givenchy L’Interdit without a touch of peach or coconut? As far unsophisticated goes, there are just as many bland and boring roses and jasmines out there on the perfume counters as mangoes and apples. Or maybe, even more!

      Rosine Rose d’Ete is one of my summer favorites. I wear it in the winter too, but it’s so strongly associated with the summer for me. July 30, 2012 at 4:14am Reply

      • HB: Thank you! I think it’s the prevalence of the cheap compotes out there which gives me this idea.

        Since I live in the “rose city” I have to say I have a special affection for Rose d’Ete. Will have to branch out and try more from their line… July 30, 2012 at 2:01pm Reply

        • Victoria: I try to branch out, but I really returning to Rose d’Ete and Un Zest de Rose. To me, they haven’t been bested yet. 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 2:08pm Reply

  • minette: well, fruit is probably in most of my scents since i like so many classics. but with some obvious fruity stuff going on?

    premier figuier
    mure et musc
    eau d’hadrien
    patou forever
    que sais je?
    sira des indes
    eau d’hermes
    eau sauvage
    ninfeo mio
    and of course femme and mitsouko July 30, 2012 at 3:20pm Reply

    • Victoria: Lots of delicious perfumes there! I was happy to see Sira des Indes, which gets little attention. Such a great magnolia-gourmand fragrance. July 30, 2012 at 4:57pm Reply

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