Orangers en Fleur

Spicy orange blossom?  Romantic rose, jasmine, tuberose and jasmine?  Why, it’s Orangers en Fleur (Houbignant 2012)of course. I had been wanting try this one for ages and about a month ago, or so, I did.  I’ve had to be careful with it though because it reminds me of having both air sickness and morning sickness…

Demi-Jour

This is a honey-laced floral (Houbigant 1987). Vintage Demi-Jour has all the sparkle and structure of an aldehyde too, of course, but it’s incredibly warm. Actually, it reminds me of the graham crackers and apple cider my preschool used to serve this time of the year. Ha! It also reminds me of kindergarten. I think…

Raffinée

Soapy clary sage, plum and tender, green carnation (Houbigant 1982) are rich and effusive.  And vintage orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose and mimosa sing from the heart of Raffinée.  Then orris root mixes with sandalwood and cypress to turn up the volume.  Certainly there’s musk, vanilla,  incense and vetiver but despite their presence the other notes…

Chantilly

As is the case so often with fragrances of the past that are still produced today Chantilly (Houbigant 1941) is an entirely different experience in its vintage formulation.  The vintage is almost reminiscent of Miss Dior in   its citrusy, gorgeous, peppery floral beauty.  Chantilly is sexy and lively but certainly not over the top……

Quelques Fleurs

Quelques Fleurs (Houbignant 1913) is citrusy, with a definite note of orange blossom and as it progresses it floats into a sugary sweet fresh floral with a particularly refined tarragon that adds depth and mystery.  Oakmoss and civet also do not disappoint as they lend sophistication and punch to the very vintage flowers.  In particular…