All of the Arquiste perfumes are like little scented “time capsules” and are inspired by specific times in history. Fleur de Louis is a perfume inspired by Louis XIV circa 1660 in the Basque Region. Fleur de Louis is a cool white floral with iris. It’s one of those perfume-perfumes. You know, a perfume for people that wear perfume.
Fleur de Louis opens as cool orange blossoms and jasmine with an aldehydic greenness. It’s sheer with a cool rain freshness. As the fragrance wears, there’s an addition of a cool, rooty iris to the white florals. It’s like an indolic jasmine and lilies with powdery iris. The dry-down is like powdery iris with incense-like woods.
Fleur de Louis reminds me of the sort of perfumes for people that want to smell like perfume. And I love that. Not smelling like perfume came into vogue. I’ve been ready to smell like “perfume” for a long time now. I want aldehydes, powder, animalic notes and flowers. Fleur de Louis brings to mind perfumes that weren’t ashamed of being a perfume. I can see people liking this one if they like the classics or perfumes along the aesthetic of Parfums Divine or Chanel Les Exclusifs.
Notes listed include orange blossom, Florentine orris, jasmine, and white cedar. Launched in 2012. PERFUMER – Rodrigo Flores-Roux
Give Fleur de Louis a try if you like powdery florals or vintage-style florals. Or perfumes like Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, Ungaro Diva, Alfred Sung Sung and/or vintage Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps.
Projection and longevity are average. I do think this one lasts longer on my skin than many of the others from the line.
The 1.9 oz bottle retails for $175 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Humid, aldehydic white floral with powdery iris. It may not be my personal favorite from the line but I love that there are still perfumes being made by people that love perfume for people that love perfume.
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