Orange in a Perfumer’s Palette

The orange is a versatile ingredient not only in cuisine but also in perfumery. It’s used all over the fragrance wheel, from delicate colognes to robust leathers. My latest FT column is devoted to everything orange. The article is about the sweet orange, a different character from bitter (Seville) orange and its family.

oranges and blotters

“While we easily fall for oud, gardenia, frangipani or other more flamboyant notes, for the most part orange doesn’t inspire romantic fantasies. On the other hand, the most interesting ingredients in the perfumer’s palette are the most common ones, because not only do they allow a wide range of effects, they also challenge the creators to be innovative. To continue, please click here.”

Please let me know about your favorite orange perfumes.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • mj: I can live on oranges during winter. Love the taste of the fruit, the sweetness of it, the scent when you peel it… However, I’m not very knowledgeable on orange perfumes, except for Hermes L’eau d’orange verte that I like a lot and Roget et Gallet Bois d’orange huile, a dry oil that smells more citric, like in a melange of citrus fruits that oranges in particular. March 7, 2016 at 7:28am Reply

    • Victoria: Bois d’Orange is a very good line, and I like the dry oil very much. The soap is also marvelous. March 7, 2016 at 4:18pm Reply

  • Sofia: I love the smell of oranges! My favourite orange perfume (the flowers part) is Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger. March 7, 2016 at 8:42am Reply

    • Victoria: I love the orange blossom note in Fleurs d’Oranger, one of the best fantasy takes on this classical material. March 7, 2016 at 4:23pm Reply

    • Kari: I am eagerly awaiting a sample of this perfume. I love orange blossom and can’t wait to try it. March 9, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

      • Sofia: How exciting! This scent is quite unique, beautiful… and beware: strong! 🙂 March 9, 2016 at 3:36am Reply

        • Kari: Noted! I like other strong SL scents I’ve tried-Ambre Sultan is the only one so far that might be a bit beyond me due to the strong patchouli-so i am hopeful that I’ll love this one. March 10, 2016 at 1:28pm Reply

  • WJ: ‘Orange Star’ – Andy Tauer. My only orange fragrance, but it’s fabulous. March 7, 2016 at 9:15am Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t tried it, but I read many good things about it. March 7, 2016 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Briony hey: Thank you Victoria – I was just thinking the other day how much I love the orange opening in Like This. I love the smell of citrussy things. You mentioned Atelier Cologne’s Orange Sanguine. That’s another of my favourites. March 7, 2016 at 9:16am Reply

    • Victoria: Like This is also one of my favorites. Such a clever perfume. March 7, 2016 at 4:24pm Reply

      • Alessandra: I agree! LOVE it. Mostly in autumn and winter. March 9, 2016 at 11:46am Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: I also love Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger. I have the original Hermes L’eau d’orange verte and also Orange Sanguine, plus I have Arancia. Maybe I like orange based perfumes more than I realized! March 7, 2016 at 9:17am Reply

    • Victoria: You seem like a fan! 🙂

      Arancia body products are also excellent. March 7, 2016 at 4:24pm Reply

  • Graciela: One of my favourites scents with orange is “Elixir des Merveilles” de Hermés. It´s wonderful for me. Excuse my bad English. I´m from Argentina. March 7, 2016 at 9:17am Reply

    • Victoria: Another beauty from Hermes.
      Your English needs no apologies, Graciela. It’s very good! March 7, 2016 at 4:25pm Reply

      • Graciela: Thank you very much Victoria. Your reviews always are very interesting for me…! Thanks..! March 7, 2016 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Lorenzo: Azemour les Orangers, undoubtedly March 7, 2016 at 9:22am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m actually wearing it right now. March 7, 2016 at 4:26pm Reply

  • kayliz: What a coincidence: I woke up today craving sweet oranges and used up my sample of Dulcis in Fundo – seriously toffee-brittle-sweet, but occasionally that’s the only thing that will do. March 7, 2016 at 9:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Your description made me hungry. By the way, one of the most delicious orange perfumes is Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin by Antica Farmacista. It smells like an orange dessert. March 7, 2016 at 4:27pm Reply

      • kayliz: Straight onto my watchlist, thanks for the tip:) March 7, 2016 at 5:49pm Reply

  • spe: Roger and Gallet is my favorite – especially in the shower gel! Great article – thank you. March 7, 2016 at 9:43am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, they do the shower gels, dry oils and soaps so well. March 7, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Amalia: My favorite, my signature scent is Elixir des Merveilles BUT! I don’t get any orange scent, actually I don’t detect any note separately from perfumes like other perfume lovers who are familiar and analyze…and I’m kind of sad about. If I sniff a perfume I love it, it takes me completely or I dislike it without recognized separately from what constitutes. I can only detect a few everyday, common notes. Tragic?Please ignore my bad english,Big hugs from Greece! March 7, 2016 at 9:48am Reply

    • Victoria: It just means that you notice other things. Elixir des Merveilles is quite a complex bouquet. It’s not essential to analyze something by its constituent parts in order to love it, so please don’t worry about it. (And your English also needs no apologies! 🙂 March 7, 2016 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Alicia: My Mediterranean blood makes it impossible not to love citrus. Orange, of course, from flower to fruit. Leaving the flowers aside (a great love, azahar, Spanish for orange flower), besides Eau d’ Orange Verte, it seems to me that the Hermes Merveilles series has plenty of orange; the one I wear the most is Eau de Merveilles. I also love F. Malle, Cologne Bigarade, Acqua di Parma, Colonia Assoluta. I hesitate to add another great love, but it seems to me that Guerlain Habit Rouge, among other citrus, has orange. I am devoted to orange in all of its avatars, flower, twigs,leaves and fruit. So has Spain been since the many centuries when the Arabs introduced oranges to the land. From Seville to Valencia, the lands of bitter and sweet oranges respectively, the orange tree is the perfume of our souls. March 7, 2016 at 10:14am Reply

    • Victoria: Tania Sanchez, the author of Perfume: The Guide, wrote that a bitter orange tree is like a pig, useful in all of its parts, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s one of the most useful plants for perfumery. Sweet orange is not as multifunctional, but the essence adds so much brightness that this ingredient is indispensable.

      And like you, I find orange irresistible. Just the sight of glowing orbs makes me happy. March 7, 2016 at 4:41pm Reply

  • CC: I have found myself quite obsessed with citric scents lately. I recently got Oyedo, which I had smelled for the first time that instant; I just couldn’t bring myself to walk out of the store without it. It feels like a cologne, fresh and summery but smart. It’s wonderful to wear it these first days of Spring. I also love Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, and L’Eau d’Orange Verte. Citruses feel like the best of flowers, with an added sensuous bite that makes you mindful of wearing them. Today I had a banal rice from a banal takeaway, and there was something unusually scented and pleasurable I couldn’t really identify – until I saw the ultra-thin, near see-through strands of yuzu peel mixed with the grains… Instant luxury. Scent and flavour in one. March 7, 2016 at 10:39am Reply

    • Victoria: Oyedo is a playful, fun citrus, and I can see why you’d be smitten.

      As for rice with yuzu, it must have been a delicious pairing. March 7, 2016 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Michaela: I love Orange Sanguine very much, I’ll certainly buy a bottle.
    I want to sample more perfumes with oranges, thank you very much for the article. I often re-read some of the Perfume Notes series on your blog, and I’m happy you added orange. March 7, 2016 at 10:41am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m so happy to hear that you like those features. Orange, of course, is a popular and much loved note, so one could write a lot about it. March 7, 2016 at 4:43pm Reply

  • epapsiou: I think I am done with citruses in my fragrances. For now. I have a surfeit of them in my collection. And on top of that my family loves oranges. We go through 10lbs a week of oranges/mandarin. March 7, 2016 at 10:42am Reply

    • Victoria: We also have no problems finishing this much citrus in a week, especially during the height of the season. Once the good, sweet grapefruits come, that’s another treat. My husband likes grapefruit with salt and roasted cumin, which I now also prefer to the usual sugared version. March 7, 2016 at 4:45pm Reply

      • Surbhi: black salt ? March 7, 2016 at 4:58pm Reply

        • Victoria: Regular salt. Just a pinch, but it’s enough to bring out the natural sweetness of grapefruit. March 7, 2016 at 5:01pm Reply

          • Surbhi: I do the same with black salt (tastes and smells great to me) On some food it can smell weird to some people. March 7, 2016 at 5:12pm Reply

            • Victoria: I usually use black salt as part of a chaat mix with other spices, but I will have to try it solo. March 7, 2016 at 5:20pm Reply

      • Mia: I love sweet grape fruits, almost, but just almost, more than oranges! March 7, 2016 at 10:18pm Reply

        • Victoria: Me too, if I manage to find properly sweet ones. Pomelo is another fruit I love. March 9, 2016 at 1:29pm Reply

  • Bobbie: Fendi Theorema is my favorite orange perfume. It’s like a creamsicle cashmere blanket to wrap oneself in. I’m also a huge fan of Roger et Gallet products, but have quite a bit of trouble finding them, even online in the U.S. Perhaps someone could clue me in…they are so wonderful. March 7, 2016 at 10:53am Reply

    • Trudy: I’ve heard so many good things about Roger et Gallet products but I can’t find them either. Even online I’ve only seen one or two items. March 7, 2016 at 11:35am Reply

      • Victoria: It’s such a shame, because the line is excellent and reasonably priced. March 7, 2016 at 4:49pm Reply

        • spe: Watson-Kennedy in Seattle (Pike Place Market) carries some Roger and Gallet. March 7, 2016 at 11:00pm Reply

          • Victoria: Thank you! Our Seattle based perfume lovers will appreciate this information. March 9, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

          • Kari: Oh, lovely! I need to visit. I live in Seattle but haven’t gone to Pike Place in ages. March 10, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

    • JoDee: I was just thinking of Fendi Theorema myself. It has such an excellent candied orange peel quality. As mentioned above, I also adore the orange creamsicle quality of Produmum’s Dulcis in Fundo. March 7, 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: I also hear that R&G is hard to find in the US. I can only assume that they don’t have their distributor anymore, because before it was easy enough to find their products. March 7, 2016 at 4:46pm Reply

  • AndreaR: I’ll add Houbigant’s Orangers en Fleurs. I discovered it in Venice, Italy last summer and it was perfect in the heat and humidity. Think I’ll spritz it on today to bring a note of sunshine to a grey and rainy day here in the Pacific Northwest. March 7, 2016 at 11:17am Reply

    • Victoria: This memory/association alone is enough to add more allure to the perfume. March 7, 2016 at 4:46pm Reply

  • Patricia: I love citrus fragrances, and my favorite orange perfumes would have to be Hermes Eau des Merveilles and Parfum d’Empire Azemour les Orangers. Orange Sanguine has a fantastic realistic orange opening, but fades very quickly on me. March 7, 2016 at 11:25am Reply

    • Victoria: Orange Sanguine lasts fine on me but as a musky cologne. The orange part is less tenacious, which is unfortunately the case for all citrus notes. March 7, 2016 at 4:47pm Reply

      • Calvados: I also adore the opening of Orange Sanguine, but it fades away way too quickly on me. If it was inexpensive, I’d totally buy the largest bottle and spray myself non stop when I’m in the mood. 🙂 But it’s not, and I haven’t found an orange fix I like as much as this one – at least, not yet. March 10, 2016 at 1:48am Reply

        • Victoria: The musky-woody part sticks like glue to me, but I suspect it’s because I’m sensitive to those notes. March 12, 2016 at 12:40pm Reply

  • Trudy: Great article and great comments. I also love the fragrance of oranges. The blossoms, the fruit, the essential oils….all gorgeous. There used to be orange groves throughout my native Southern California not so much anymore. However, I only need to take a walk through the neighborhood to get a whiff of that glorious fragrance from the trees in backyards. I myself have a lemon tree but no orange tree….I think this may be the year to change that. In the meantime I will buy a candle. Jo Malone? Diptyque? Any suggestions for a realistic orange would be appreciated! March 7, 2016 at 11:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Do you want fruit or flowers, since they are very different? For fruit, I prefer Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, while for flowers I’d reach for Goutal’s Neroli. March 7, 2016 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Isabel: November and December were depressingly dark and grey in Stockholm this year, and then I rediscovered FM Cologne Bigarade. I always found it beautiful, but never quite felt the need for it, if you understand what I mean. Since it is a cologne I thought it was “meant” for summer, but it didn’t do anything for me during the warmer months.

    For some reason I sprayed some on before venturing out in the chilling cold on a particularly dark morning in November, and my oh my! It was like a second sun, lighting up the day. It became my go to scent all through fall and filled the air with joy during the darkest weeks. And as it turned out – that’s when its lovely drydown really came into its own, with no flowers, trees or other summery scents vying for attention… March 7, 2016 at 11:50am Reply

    • Isabel: Ps. Thanks for a great article! 🙂 And I was so happy to see you give thumbs up to the current version of En Avion. I bought the extrait from the fountain at Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, and while I think it is lovely, I have been wondering how it compares to the original. March 7, 2016 at 12:45pm Reply

      • Victoria: The original was mossier, warmer and more saturated. Now it has less depth, but it packs so much character that even the reformulation didn’t ruin it. March 7, 2016 at 4:54pm Reply

    • Victoria: Same here, Isabel. I find that citrus colognes are even more interesting in the winter. Of course, the seasonal divisions are largely marketing driven, and it’s fun to break these “rules.” March 7, 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Sandra: I was just talking about orange blossoms perfumes all week last week after I broke broke my bottle of feuilles d’oranger by l’occitane. So sad this one is discontinued and I have been looking for a replacement orange blossom. If anyone has any suggestions let me know.
    Well, I was discussing it with my friend and she said look out in the mail for a present..and she found a small travel bottle on the ‘bay for me of feuilles d’oranger. Smells like spring to me! March 7, 2016 at 12:08pm Reply

    • Victoria: Have you tried Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom? The candle is also great. March 7, 2016 at 4:51pm Reply

      • Sandra: No I haven’t-the little that I have tried from the Jo Malone line has never impressed me much. But I can give it a sniff March 8, 2016 at 8:44am Reply

        • Victoria: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino is also very good, but so expensive. March 9, 2016 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Aurora: It’s a great article, Victoria, thank you so much for sharing it with us. I enjoyed your choices of orange fragrances, so glad you mention Roger&Gallet and Amor-Amor, I haven’t had the occasion to smell Orange Sanguine yet.
    Last summer, I discovered Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca and found it a perfect balance of sweet orange, neroli and petit-grain. March 7, 2016 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: The top notes of Amor Amor are legendary among perfumers, and it’s true, they conjure the ripest, brightest orange imaginable. Of course, Amor Amor has many other layers besides orange, but the start sets the right mood.

      I also liked Nerolia Bianca and happily used up a small decant a friend gave me. March 7, 2016 at 4:53pm Reply

  • Merlin: I’m going to throw in a vote for Crabtree & Evelyn’s Tarocco Orange. It’s a little herbal but not too dry, and very effervescent! March 7, 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

    • Sandra: Agreed!
      I second Torocco Orange-the body wash is divine March 7, 2016 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: Adding it to my list, since I haven’t tried it. March 7, 2016 at 4:54pm Reply

  • Surbhi: I have not tried that many perfumes with orange in them (or if I have, my nose didn’t pick it).

    Le labo’s jasmine have interesting orange and neroli to it. It stands out even with jasmine. I only tried it to find Jasmine perfume for me but was pleasantly surprised with the orange ! March 7, 2016 at 3:11pm Reply

    • Victoria: I agree with you on Le Labo’s Jasmin. Actually, it has so much orange blossom that it would be more correct to call it Fleur d’Oranger than Jasmin. March 7, 2016 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Morelle: My favourite orange scent is Acqua di Parma’s Arancia di Capri, though unfortunately it’s rather fleeting. Orange Sanguine has a wonderful top note, but this is very short lasting, and after a while a rather disturbing metallic note creeps in which becomes ever more pronounced on my skin. These days I only use it as an addition to bath water, because that metallic note does not appear then.
    I also like ELdO’s Divin’ Enfant for its note of candied orange flower. March 7, 2016 at 6:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: Arancia di Capri is delightful, but yes, it doesn’t last well on my skin. The body products are better lasting, though. March 9, 2016 at 1:27pm Reply

  • bill: My favourite orange would be Diptypque L’Eau de Tarocco. I especially enjoy the touch of incense. March 7, 2016 at 8:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m going to test it later. Orange and incense sound like a great combination. March 9, 2016 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Mia: Thank you for the lovely article! I have never worn much citrus perfumes. I feel they are too “gourmand” for me because of eating them through all the Autumn, Winter and Spring, just like epapsiou above. I adore the scent though and appreciate many citrus scents. Ramon Monegal Entre Naranjos is a beautiful orange.

    Having just a bit orange somewhere is another story. I really enjoy it in for example Narcisse Noir. March 7, 2016 at 10:33pm Reply

    • Victoria: That’s how I like my orange best of all, as an accent. I like orange in Parfum Sacre too. March 9, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Mer: Brun Sicilien! One of the few modern perfumes I tried that can overcome my scent-swallowing skin. March 8, 2016 at 3:00am Reply

    • Victoria: I need to try it again! March 9, 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

      • Mer: I checked and it’s supposed to be Sicilian mandarin… smells of orange to me 😀 March 9, 2016 at 2:44pm Reply

        • Victoria: I bet they put orange in it. Anyway, mandarin is often made by adding a touch of grape to orange. March 9, 2016 at 2:57pm Reply

          • Mer: Grape! not much I hope 😀 March 9, 2016 at 3:29pm Reply

  • Bea: I have been obsessed with Orange Sanguine this winter. It’s perfect to lift the mood when it’s dark, grey and gloomy.

    I’ve never been a real fan of citrus scents, but accidently discovered how great they are in the winter last year, a really good mood lifter. March 8, 2016 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Victoria: Aren’t they? I discovered it in Belgium, where winters are interminably grey. March 9, 2016 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Figuier: Lovely article – & you’ve got a great run of articles in the FT now 🙂 It sounds boring, but my two favourite fruits are apples and oranges – with the caveat that they have to be really *good*, at their peak and not the tasteless over-cultivated, over-warehoused varities. Peeling an orange cheers me up like nothing else.

    Merlin and Sandra: I really like Eau de Tarocco also! It’s not that tenacious but the combination of blood orange and saffron is brilliant. My other favourite: the dry oil and soap versions of R&G Bois d’Orange are, to me, totally different, but I own & love them both. The dry oil has a sweet sun-tan-lotion vibe while the soap smells more old-school cologne-ish. March 8, 2016 at 3:04pm Reply

    • Figuier: Oops, just read Merlin & Sandra’s comments properly. Haven’t tried the Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco as it turns out, but the Diptyque perfume, which is also about orange 😉 So now I, like Victoria, must go and try the other. March 8, 2016 at 3:06pm Reply

      • Merlin: Lol! I was thinking – saffron? On me the C&E has better lasting power than Oyedo – and its also A LOT cheaper 🙂 March 8, 2016 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Victoria: I have a regular weekly column there, and I post only some articles here on Bois de Jasmin. Otherwise, the rest are here:

      Just unwrapped a new bar of R&G Bois d’Orange and the scent is everywhere. March 9, 2016 at 1:47pm Reply

      • Mer: I was just reading your latest and how ferns are not “supposed” to have a scent. I keep ferns, love them, and all but one I have are scentless. But the one that is fragrant is amazing! the leaves smell only as they dry, I love it. It is green and slightly sweet, and… I cannot describe it, I’m not good at this. Unfortunately I don’t know which type it is and it may have frozen to death this winter… March 9, 2016 at 2:53pm Reply

        • Victoria: Even the unscented varieties have a light, green, earthy smell to me, especially before they unfurl fully. On the other hand, the proper scented fern pack quite a punch. Some varieties can smell unpleasant, though, not of anything to inspire a perfumer. March 9, 2016 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Kari: I have very limited experience with orange perfumes so far.
    Guerlain Chant D’Aromes is one full bottle that was gifted to me from another Bois de Jasmin reader (hi and thank you, Karen!) that I intend to wear a lot once weather warms up. The mandarin orange is subtle but tangy.

    I am waiting a sample of Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger. Looking forward to trying it.

    Most of the citrus scents I’ve explored have been lemon or grapefruit-based, so an exploration of Orange is overdue. March 9, 2016 at 1:15am Reply

    • Victoria: Often orange is just an accent, since unlike bergamot or lemon, it’s sweeter and softer. A great touch with florals, or just about anything for that matter. March 9, 2016 at 1:50pm Reply

      • Kari: Yes-and so many different ways orange can be paired with scents. Strong zest; creamy blossoms; tangy juice.
        It’s beautiful with florals. Maybe I need to make orange or other citrus-based perfume exploration a springtime project. March 10, 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Krystyna: A friend of mine introduced me to Le Labo’s Fleur d’Oranger. To me it smells exactly like philadelphus (mock orange). It’s gorgeous, and so cheering in this wet and cold weather we’re having in France. March 9, 2016 at 3:34am Reply

    • Victoria: I love the smell of mock orange, especially since it reminds me of early summer in my grandmother’s garden. March 9, 2016 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Hamamelis: Great post, thank you! I am going to have a go at the scented salt, which ofcourse made me think of Eau des Merveilles, a great scent. My favourite and spectacular orange/lemon/tangerine scent is also spectacularly short lived unfortunately: Honoré’s Trip by Honore des Pres. Photorealistic orange, for its 1 minute life span. Favourite Neroli is Frederic Fekkai, and SL Fleur d’Orangers when I am in the mood for a touch of cumin on the side. March 9, 2016 at 9:50am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m very sad that Honoré’s Trip doesn’t last on me. The first few minutes are great, though. March 9, 2016 at 2:45pm Reply

  • carole macleod: My favorite orange perfume is Little Italy, by Bond. It’s about the happiest fragrance I have ever smelled, and I love its bright orange star bottle. This year I also became interested in Nerloi. It’s an aquired taste for me-like olives. So I have been testing Annick Goutal’s, which i love, and the Tom Ford, which gets mixed reviews. I kind if like it. I’m really price sensitive, at this point in my life. The Little Italy was $55 for the big bottle. The AG was a gift from a friend. The Tom Ford is at the discounters, but it’s still $125 for 50 ml. March 9, 2016 at 10:09am Reply

    • Victoria: I really like Neroli Portofino, but I’m reluctant to spend this much money on it. Dry oil is less expensive and very good, though. March 9, 2016 at 2:46pm Reply

      • Alessandra: I agree. There’s a sort of body spray in the line that’s great and cheapish, too March 9, 2016 at 4:01pm Reply

  • Alessandra: Aaaah ça tombe bien! I was really looking out for an orange-based perfume… would like to test Annick Goutal’s Néroli and give another chance to Serge Lutens’ Fleurs d’Oranger, which proved to be great at the beginning but subsequently dying on my skin. For now, I, too, am in love with the quirky and stunning Oyédo, tho I tend to use the candle a lot more than I wear the perfume, hehe.
    Apart form all of this, often times I find myself backstage at ballet events in paris, at cocktails where elegant women tend to gather, and I find myself admiring most of them (not all of them haha) AND wondering about their delicious scent. Often times, I detect an orange flower perfume, but I can never guess which one! not bitter in the slightest. Can anyone help? What do the french tend to prefer, orange-flower-wise? 🙂 March 9, 2016 at 11:50am Reply

    • Victoria: Many French body products are orange blossom scented. Armani Code for Women has a nice orange blossom note and is very popular. March 9, 2016 at 2:53pm Reply

      • Alessandra: Thank you! 🙂 March 9, 2016 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Alessandra: Oh, I also love Officina Santa Maria Novella’s Zagara… if only it lasted longer than it actually does, it would be absolutely perfect… but can’t pretend miracles form a cologne… as a cologne, it is actually quite perfect. March 9, 2016 at 11:52am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s a good cologne, but yes, very fleeting. March 9, 2016 at 2:53pm Reply

  • Calvados: Thank you for the article, Victoria, as always.

    I find that I enjoy orange scented body products, since I couldn’t find a happy orange perfume yet. Satsuma Orange from Body Shop shower gel never fails to make me happy, for example. (And to add to scented salts, orange and lemon peel infused oils are delicious, I use them all over the place when cooking.) Is there a good orange scented candle around?

    I also love Oyedo for yuzu and I adore pomelo. Pomelo Paradis by Atelier Cologne is one of my favorite easy bubbly happy scents. March 10, 2016 at 2:04am Reply

    • Victoria: I remember Satsuma Orange, which I haven’t used for a while. You’re right, an orange scented shower gel is one of the best ways to boost one’s mood in the morning. March 12, 2016 at 12:40pm Reply

  • Lucas: Would be Azemour by Parfum d’Empire March 10, 2016 at 11:55am Reply

    • Victoria: Definitely one of the best. March 12, 2016 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Abigail: Late to the orange party ~

    I love The Body Shop Satsuma shower gel as well. That stuff is energizing and so fresh for the shower.

    I rarely wear straight up orange/citrus perfumes but once in a while I do when the summer gets especially hot and humid and I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. On those days I turn to:
    Atelier Orange Sanguinne
    & Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco
    & Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien (& Eau d’Hadrien March 14, 2016 at 4:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: Love your mention of Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien, one of the best dark oranges and one of the most underrated of Goutal perfumes. Orange can be facile and wholesome, but this fragrance presents its spicy, complex side. March 15, 2016 at 6:27am Reply

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