Mood Scent 4 Uplifting Perfumes
Welcome to Mood Scent 4!
We are four perfume bloggers based in France, Holland, England and Wales who post on a different jointed subject every couple of months. This time we have chosen uplifting perfumes as we moving into the autumn and winter season. At the end of this article you will find links to the blogs of A Bottled Rose, I Scent You A Day and Megan in St. Maxime.
I really enjoyed choosing 5 uplifting fragrances for our joined project. The fragrances I choose were the joyful L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons Eau de Toilette, invigorating Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade, contemporary British Heeley Oranges and Lemons, bright April Aromatics Ray Of Light and energising Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte.
1. L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons Eau de Toilette
Notes: Linden Blossom, Lemon Tree Blossom, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Tuberose Perfumer: Anne Flipo Year: 1999
La Chasse aux Papillons (Chasing butterflies) is a happy, joyful, floral bouquet of white blossoms of orange, jasmine and tuberose with some green leaves and creamy coconut. It is one of my favorite uplifting fragrances and I gladly use the Eau de Toilette, the accompanying body lotion and shower gel on grey rainy days to cheer me up.
In a few words*: innocent, romantic, joyful, young and light, white
2. Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade
Notes: Bitter Orange, Cardamon, Pepper, Hay, Cedar Wood Perfumer: Jean-Claude Ellena Year: 2001
In true Ellena style this cologne is stripped from any distractions* by leaving out the traditional cologne herbs lavender or rosemary and concentrating fully on the bitter orange essence in all it’s splendour. It’s incredibly energising and an excellent choice for a dull grey autumn or winter morning. I used the shower gel some years ago and loved it too.
In a few words: refreshing, invigorating, clean, casual chic
3. Heeley Oranges And Lemons Say The Bell’s Of … St.Clements
Notes: Oranges, Lemons, Bergamot, Mandarine, Neroli, Petitgrain, Earl Grey Tea, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver Perfumer: James Heeley Year: 2010
Together with La Chasse Aux Papillons a beautiful name for a fragrance. Oranges and Lemons was inspired by an old children’s rhyme from the 18th century. The Bell’s Of St. Clements refer to church bells which can still be found in the historic and financial centre of the City of London.
Oranges and Lemons starts as a contemporary cologne with bright bitter orange flowers (neroli) with their green leaves to change into a slightly sweeter orange lemonade. There is a right balance between the shiny bitter neroli and sweeter orange. Longevity on my skin is good for a cologne style fragrance as it lasts several hours. Unexpectedly the dry down was quite calming. If the fragrance would have a color it would be vibrant orange.
In a few words: modern cologne, relaxed, contemporary British, colour of bright orange
4. April Aromatics Ray Of Light
Notes: Lime, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, Galbanum, Mint, Vetiver, Tobacco. Perfumer: Tanja Bochnig Year: 2014
Ray of Light is an all natural fragrance made by Berlin based perfumer Tanja Bochnig. The fragrance opens with bright sunny bitter green citrus leaves which quickly change into warmer lightly sugared lemon followed by some sweeter orange and a mellow herbal tobacco base. The galbanum adds an overall green bitter scent to the whole fragrance. When smelling and experiencing this fragrance the colour that came to mind was vibrant yellow. I find it a very cheerful and encouraging fragrance. It’s dry down is quite relaxing as well. Ray of Light will work well on those dark days in winter to get you out of bed and running as it will your energy rapidly moving.
In a few words: cheerful, bright, sunny, vibrant yellow, encouraging
5. Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte, I reviewed this energising scent and the shower gel previously on my website. If you like Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade you will probably like this too. Eau d’Orange Verte is a cheaper alternative as it is often on sale at discount websites. I use it quite often to refresh in summer and uplift in winter time. You can read my article here.
Bottom line: my top 5 choices for uplifting fragrances were the joyful L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons Eau de Toilette, invigorating Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade, contemporary English Heeley Oranges and Lemons, bright April Aromatics Ray Of Light and energising Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte.
You can find Tara’s choices from A Bottled Rose, Megan’s from Megan in Sainte Máxime and Samantha’s from I Scent You A Day by clicking on the names of the websites. Go to their website to read their choices of uplifting fragrances. I am very curious to read which fragrances they choose!
Do you use fragrance to uplift you? If so, what are your favourite uplifting fragrances?
*in a few words was inspired by the excellent The Scented Hound website.
*read Clayton’s more elaborate and interesting article about the making of Cologne Bigarade on What Men Should Smell Like
Disclosure: all photographs were made by me.
October 2, 2017 @ 09:06
It”s great to get a slice of quintessence!
October 2, 2017 @ 12:17
Esperanza, every time you post a pic of Oranges and Lemons I love it and now after reading this, I practically with to blind buy a bottle. Especially as we played a game to that rhyme as children.
I had forgotten how wonderful Ray of Light is so it was good to get this reminder. I am so impressed by Tanja’s whole line. She makes exceptional all-natural fragrances.
I had been avoiding the L’Artisan because I thought it was a mimosa perfume.
We both mentioned Eau d’Orange Verte!
Oh and I love the “few words” format.
October 2, 2017 @ 12:44
Hi Tara! I can imagine you are tempted to buy Oranges and Lemons Say The Bell’s Of…especially as you used to play the game. Before buying I would try it on skin though as the lemons can get sour on skin, somehow I had a period I could not wear it because of this. Yes, we did both mention Eau d’Orange Verte! Tanja’s fragrances are exceptional, Ray Of Light too. I can get a bit carried away when I start writing, which results in longer articles so In A Few words is good for those people who read quickly, love this on The Scented Hound. La Chasse is really worth a try for some uplifting!
October 4, 2017 @ 09:09
I do not use perfumes as mood modifiers, but I do characterize some perfumes as uplifting. Not to repeat those perfumes that I already shared on Tara’s post, I decided to come up with several more: Ostara, Ginger Ciao and Nuit Étoilée.
October 4, 2017 @ 10:33
I can imagine Ostara having an uplifting effect, even if you do not use it for that purpose 😊, Undina.
October 4, 2017 @ 12:58
Hello there. I love your choices and I’m in total agreement with you on Ray of Light. Tanja makes such beautiful perfumes. I nearly put Rosenlust in my selection. The Oranges and Lemons sounds very refreshing too. xx
October 5, 2017 @ 11:57
Hi Megan, Rosenlust Would have been a good choice as well, I agree. Oranges and Lemons is Really worth a try! XXX
October 4, 2017 @ 18:02
Great choices! Would love to try Ray of Light. I find Tom Ford’s Sole di Positano a good recent pick-me-up. Thanks. R
October 5, 2017 @ 11:56
Hi R! Ray of Light is worth a try. I Do Not know Sole di Positano but I will give it a try if I can find it.
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interesting perfumes and post.