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Mood Scent 4 : Flower Power – Our Favorite Floral Perfumes

It’s Mood Scent 4 time again! Sam from Wales (I Scent You A Day), Portia from Australia (Australian Perfume Junkies), Megan from France (Megan from Sainte Maxime) and I (from Amsterdam, The Netherlands) publish a post every month on the same subject, linking fragrance to mood or occasion. This time we have chosen to write about floral perfumes!

Floral perfumes can be perfumes composed with lush white flowers like tuberose, jasmine, rose, orange blossom. Or they can be created with bright spring flowers like yellow narcissus or exotic when made with tropical flowers as ylang ylang or frangipani. The combinations and choices are endless. There were so much to choose from, I picked 3 I absolutely love.

Hiram Green Moon Bloom / perfumer: Hiram Green

This natural tuberose perfume made by Hiram Green is both creamy and green like the long stem of the tuberose flower on the photograph. When smelling Moon Bloom I get hints of coconut milk, tropical ylang ylang flower and a gorgeous natural tuberose aroma with light Asian spices.  Moon Bloom makes me feel like wearing a tuberose flower in my hair on a dark night near a black lake on a tropical island with the moon shining and reflecting on the magical pitch-black water. The literature of one of my favorite Dutch writers Hella S.Haasse of her youth in Indonesia come to mind when Indonesia was called the Dutch East Indies, describing its magical atmosphere.

In a few words: vintage green tuberose, magical tropical tuberose, natural

Notes: Tuberose absolute, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, coconut aromas, leafy greens, tropical spices and resins

Papillon Artisan Perfumes Tobacco Rose / perfumer: Liz Moores

If you like rose perfumes, this earthy mature honeyed rose is a must try. Tobacco Rose captures the rose  in all its growing stages, from it’s green stem in the wet earth to its slightly decaying dry red petals. I wore this fragrance frequently when moving to another house last year and it has become a fragrance I reach for when I want to relax and slow down.

In a few words: honey, dark rose, wet earth

Notes: Bulgarian rose, rose de mai, oakmoss, ambergris, beeswax and peru balsam

Dusita Fleur de Lalita / perfumer: Pissara Umavijani

Fleur de Lalita reminds me of white flower bouquet from an extremely expensive floral shop with very large white roses, magnolia and exotic ylang ylang.  Some green touches are added with the galbanum leaving a light powdery veil on the skin. A full bottle of Fleur de Lalita has been on my wishlist for some time now as I have just finished my travel spray after using up 2 samples. Fleur de Lalita shares the same DNA as La Douceur de Siam which focuses more on rose. I reached for the travel spray when I wanted some uplifting lightness.

Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Magnolia, Galbanum, Ylang Ylang, Ambrette, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood, Tonka Beans, Ambergris. 

In a few words: girly gaiety, rich floral, uplifting lightness

These are my Flower Power choices! Have a look on the Sam’s blog I Scent You A Day, Megan’s  Megan in St. Maxime and Portia’s Australian Perfume Junkies to read their picks.  I am very curious, aren’t you?

Do you like floral perfumes? Which one is your favorite?

All Photographs were made by me.


My Top 5 Favorite Autumn Fragrances

As leaves are turning into beautiful orange, brown, red and yellow colors, we are slowly moving into autumn in Amsterdam. I have started wearing wool sweaters, thin shawls and warmer autumn fragrances although the weather we are having is exceptionally warm and sunny. But nature is showing us the season is really changing and we are getting ready for winter which is hard to imagine when feeling the actual temperature. I have been reaching for Mitsouko, PHI Une Rose De Kandahar, Slowdive, Flowerhead and burning Nordic Leather lately and will review them in a few  words to give you an impression.

1.Guerlain Mitsouko edt (bottle from 2017) is  a lighter, younger and more sparkling version of this classic perfume from 1919. Although I miss the warm peach and soft suede from the bottle I just finished (the one on the photograph) I love the brightness, citrus and powdery softness of this new Eau de Toilette for colder evenings and at night. It’s a very soothing and relaxing fragrance. I recently bought* a refill bottle at a very reasonable price online as these refill sprays will be discontinued. Worth a (re) try if you don’t like the edp, extrait or didn’t like it before. 

2. Tauer Perfumes PHI un rose de Kandahar, is a beautiful warm woody spicy rose, very much loved among perfume lovers. Due to the rare rose oil from Afghanistan it’s not always available. According to the official website it can be bought at the moment. Andy Tauer offers samples on his site as well so you can try them easily.

Notes: Apricot, cinnamon, almond, bergamot, Bulgarian rose absolute, rose from Kandahar, bourbon geranium, tobacco leaf, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, musk and ambergris. Perfumer: Andy Tauer Year: 2013

3. Byredo Flowerhead Eau de Parfum, this young and uplifting modern floral is not a warming autumn fragrance more a reminder of long sunny summer days and excellent for the warm sunny golden days we are having. A must try for tuberose lovers. It has quickly become ome of my favorite florale as it is such a happy fragrance. 

Notes: Angelica seeds, cranberries, sicilian lemon, sambac jasmine, rose petals, tuberose, suede and ambergris. Perfumer: Jerome Epinette Year: 2014

4. Hiram Green Slowdive. Slowdive is a honeyed golden warming and soothing fragrance. Although officially it is a tobacco centered fragrance on my skin it becomes much more honey centered. Slowdive is very suited for these warm autumn days inviting us to relax outside for a drink, cycle or lay in the grass in a park.

Notes: Neroli, orange flower, tobacco blossom, tuberose, honey, dried fruit, resin Perfumer: Hiram Green  Year: 2017

5. Scented Candle and Fragrance Cards Zara Home Nordic Leather. 
This scented candle is my favourite at the moment and excellent value for money. I wouldn’t have called the candle Nordic Leather as I don’t smell any leather. Nordic Oud or Wood would have been a more suited name as it is a very warming woody fragrance with sandalwood, incense and spices. Nordic Leather has incredible throw off and could be overwhelming if you are sensitive to fragrance. The candle is not very suited either if you don’t like fragrance leaning towards masculine.

The Nordic Leather fragrance cards are fabulous to scent clothes. But they could be overwhelming as well like the scented candle. Both are available online and at times on sale.

Concluding: Mitsouko, PHI Une Rose De Kandahar, Slowdive, Flowerhead and scented candle Zara Home Nordic Leather are my favorite Autumn fragrances at the moment.

*Read this excellent article of Persolaise on what to be aware of before buying and testing Mitsouko. Don’t let it scare you though!

All notes of the fragrances were taken from the Luckyscent website, except for the Zara Home Candle. Photographs made by Esperessence.