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🍹 Mood Scent 4 Al Fresco Fragrances – Perfumes For Outside Dining 🍹

Mood Scent 4 Al Fresco Fragrances – Perfumes For Outside Dining.

It’s is time for our monthly Mood Scent 4 post. Where Portia (on A Bottled Rose), Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a different fragrance subject. This time we concentrate on Al Fresco fragrances. Those perfumes we wear at garden parties, picknicks, outside dining, roof top or beach parties for those of us who live in a part of the world where these festivities are possible due to weather or the COVID circumstances.

In Amsterdam, The Netherlands we are entering autumn at the moment, luckily without too many restrictions and having some beautiful golden late summer days to enjoy. I have chosen some light fragrances and a body oil which stay close to the skin to avoid others smelling these unless they enter your 1,5/1 or 2 m zone as I can imagine smelling perfume while eating can be annoying to others.

Acqua di Parma/Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi Acqua Profumata

I would not call Fico di Amalfi very well named as it is a more a beautiful a citrus light floral bouquet than a fig centric fragrance, fico meaning fig in Italian. But it smells refreshing and of light ethereal flowers, there is a slight fig touch from the green fresh large fig leaves too. Fico di Amalfi is blue and transparent, as the radiant Mediterranean Sea bathing in the golden sun. It reminded me of refreshing cold misting water spritzes in the centre of Lissabon on a warm summer day. They had machines under white parasols spraying misting water every few seconds which felt very freshening on a very warm day. Not sure if they still have these as I visited years ago.

Fico di Amalfi smells like flower fairies having a Summertime bath in the turquoise Mediterranean Sea at the Italian coast, playful and light.

Francesca Bianchi Lost in Heaven Sublime Oil

Lost in Heaven feels like slipping on a dusty pink velvet cat suit which feels like a second skin. It stays very close to the skin and is quickly absorbed which is an added bonus. It glides on the skin with a sweet velvet peach, to continue to smelll more buttery and powdery like orris/iris root. There is a light suede leather touch too. The sublime oil is not as animalic on my skin as the perfume and lightly reminiscent of a my ginger cat Rubio’s fur.

If Guerlain Mitsouko had a long lost modern and distant great granddaughter it could be Lost in Heaven.

Lubin Gin Fizz Eau de Toilette

Gin Fizz was originally created in 1955 as a tribute to Grace Kelly and inspired by the cocktail with lemon juice, sugar, sparkling water and gin. It smells effervescent and bubbly with refreshing light lemon, a touch of orange blossom, fizzy soap like notes, leaving a clean white musk trace on the skin.

It feels like wearing an elegant white tuxedo like the smokings Bianca Jagger wore in the 1970ies, Gin Fizz is very suited for al fresco dining as it wears close to the skin. It’s a bit shy for my taste but a great fragrance for this time of year and for al fresco dining. 

These are the three al fresco fragrances I picked.  Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose! I

What are your favourite outside dining fragrances? What do you think of my picks?

Disclosure: All fragrances mentioned in this article were paid by me. Bottles which are sold now, could be different from the ones on the photograph. All the photographs were made by me as well and are an artistic expression.

Mood Scent 4 Well Named Perfumes

It’s is time for our monthly Mood Scent 4 post! Where Portia (on A Bottled Rose), Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a different subject relating to perfume. This time we concentrate on well named fragrances. Those perfume names which lead us to the “right”direction in the store or online and give us a well informed idea of what to expect from a scent.

Perfumes referring to notes in fragrances like rose, tuberose, lily of the valley/muguet, neroli or vetiver can give us a pretty good idea of what to expect although this not certainty either. As some fragrances can be called one thing like orange blossom but unexpectedly smell different, for example Serge Lutens Fleurs D’Oranger smells highly of tuberose. I chose my favourite 5 well named fragrances starting with DS & Durga Portable Fireside.

DS & Durga Portable Fireplace 

Fragrance Duo David Seth Moltz and Kavi Hakuja create original fragrances with matching creative names for their New York based brand DS & Durga. Scented candle Portable Fireplace is one of my favourites from this brand. It smells like a complete fireplace in a candle for those who don’t have the luxury of one at home. I don’t have one living in the city of Amsterdam and love to burn this candle during winter. 

April Aromatics Rose L’Orange, Vanilicious  and Ray Of Light

Another brand with well named perfumes is Berlin based April Aromatics. As you might know, I am a big fan of Tanja Bochnig’s all natural fragrances (and so is my fellow Mood Scent 4 pal Megan from Megan in Sainte Maxime) as I have reviewed several fragrances before. The perfume names are not funny or teasing as DS & Durga but some are very well chosen.

Rose L’Orange smells like a big apricot coloured rose dripping of sweet candied orange syrup and a pinch of vanilla powder. Vanilicious smells like sticking your nose in a delicious shiny long vanilla pod, full of smoky, leathery bits leaving your skin as if it was dusted with light vanilla powder. Uplifting Ray of Light adds a sparkle to your grey rainy day with its vibrant sweet yellow lemon, crisp green lime and bitter bright green leaves from the lemon tree.

Hermes Un Jardin En Mediterranee

Hermes Un Jardin En Mediterranee was the first garden fragrance created by perfumer Jean Claude Ellena for Hermes to be launched in 2003. It captures different plants and trees from a Mediterranean garden, a fig tree with its large fragrant leaves, filled with ready to eat but not overly ripe fig fruits, cypress trees, lemon trees and a touch of spearmint.

Un Jardin En Mediterranee smells like a light aquatic sea breeze on a warm summer day, refreshing and light. It’s like a water coloured painting of an unripe green fig fruit with carefully chosen transparent blue colours. Very refreshing on a warm summer day. Jean Claude Ellena left out all the milk like and coconut parts of the fig fruit in this fragrance which make this scent different from other fig fragrances. I am not an avid fig perfumes lover but I like the freshness and water like quality of this scent.

When visiting the botanical garden in Malaga years ago, in Southern Spain along the Mediterranean sea, it struck me how well fitting this name was as all notes could be found in this garden, white oleander flowers, orange blossom, figs and cypress. The photograph with the small travel spray was made in this garden.

These are the 5 well named fragrances I picked.  Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose! I love to read their picks and see what they chose. Sometimes we choose the same fragrances which is great as we don’t know the scents we will pick.

 

Mood Scent 4 Orange Blossom, Fruit and Branches

It’s is time for our monthly Mood Scent 4 post! Where Portia (on A Bottled Rose), Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a different subject relating to perfume. This time we concentrate on the bitter orange tree also known as Seville orange tree or it’s official Latin name: citrus aurantium var. amara (or bigaradia). It might be due to my Spanish heritage but I love everything from the bitter orange tree, Neroli, Orange Blossom and Petit Grain, which I will discuss in this post and three of my favourites perfumes.

First some background about the different parts of the bitter orange tree which are used in perfumery; the twigs/branches and leaves, orange blossom and peel. The bitter orange fruit can not be eaten as it is too bitter but the peel is used to make Seville marmelade. The tree was brought to Spain by the Arabs in the 8/9th century. 

Cold-pressing the orange fruit peel produces bigarade, which is the essential oil of the bitter orange, distilling the twigs and leaves gives petit grain (bigarade, this method is also used for other citrus fruits like mandarin and lemon) and the orange blossoms result in neroli using steam distillation while the same flowers result in precious orange blossom absolute by using solvent extraction.

To make things even more diffuse, there is another kind of very bitter orange tree on the Caribbean island Curaçao which is used to make the liqueur Blue Curaçao. This tree is called laraha (in Latin C. aurantium var. currassuviencis). 

Some perfumes are a tribute to the whole bitter orange tree like Neroli Intense from Patricia de Nicolai and Ramon Monegal Entre Naranjos. I will discuss both in this post.

Parfums de Nicolai Intense Eau de Parfum

Neroli Intense is a tribute from French perfumer Patricia de Nicolai to the whole bitter orange tree. With its refreshing green crisp leaves reminiscent of a recently steam ironed white cotton shirt, blossoming orange flowers dripping of honey and sweet candied mandarin, each part of the bitter orange tree is captured in a refined and elegant Eau de Parfum. The tart green orange tree leaves stay around for a few hours, showing Patricia de Nicolais talent and craftsmanship as a perfumer. This longevity is a true delight for those of us who are always disappointed by its usual short presence in fragrances.

Ramon Monegal Entre Naranjos

In Entre Naranjos (meaning Among Orange Trees in Spanish) Spanish perfumer Ramon Monegal created an even crispier tribute to the bitter orange tree by adding a large amount of petit grain from the leaves of the bitter orange tree creating a colognesque scent.

Tradionally neroli, petit grain, flowers (roses) and herbs (rosemary or lavender), spices and some woody notes are used in cologne. But Ramon Monegal uses refreshing spearmint instead of rosemary and a touch of clove reminiscent of the classic Spanish cologne Alvarez Gomez from 1912. This way adding a modern and Spanish touch to the fragrance.

Entre Naranjos wears luxurious due to the anchoring woody cedarwood, patchouli and amber accord providing more depth and longevity to the fragrance. Luckily you can still smell Entre Naranjos after a few hours unlike a typical cologne.

In Andalusian (in Southern Spain) cities like Seville, Cordoba and Malaga bitter Orange trees decorate the old centres, scenting it’s narrrow streets and squares. Entre Naranjos brings to mind walking in the centre of Malaga with its small blossoming orange trees and passing a handsome elegantly dressed Spanish man scenting of recently used shaving cream and an expensive cologne. 

Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger 

Fleurs d’Oranger is probably one of my most worn orange blossom fragrances. Although it means orange flower, Fleurs d’Oranger smells of lush white orange blossoms and tuberose. These flowers smell as bold the glitz and glam of the 1980s with its oversized shoulder pads and wavy long hair. Not freshly picked dewy petals in the morning but flowers in full bloom at the end of the day leaving the impression of blossoming flowers dripping of thick honey.

Fleurs d’Oranger smells like golden luminous sunshine shining on the pavement of an avenue near the Mediterranean Sea at the end of a late summers day.

These are the three bitter orange (neroli, orange blossom and petit grain) fragrances I picked.  Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose! I love to read their picks and see what they chose. Sometimes we choose the same fragrances which is great as we don’t know the scents we will pick.

Do you like orange blossom, neroli or petit grain in perfumes? Which ones are your favorites ?

More posts of bitter orange fragrances I wrote include: Penhaligon’s Castile A scent of Azahar ,  Parfums d{Empire Azemour ,  Editions Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade . 

Disclosure: All fragrances mentioned in this article were bought by me. I won Neroli Intense in a contest at the Perfume Lounge. Bottles which are sold now, could be different from the ones on the photograph. The Serge Lutens bottle is from January 2009. I haven’t tried other Fleurs d’Oranger formulations but can imagine more recent formulations being different.

All the photographs were made by me and an artistic expression.