INeKe Hothouse Flower EDP Perfume Review

INekE Hothouse Flower


I really couldn’t think of a clever intro for INeKe Hothouse Flower, the newest in the Alphabetical Series. But, I can tell you that I love to wear this gardenia, yes, a gardenia soliflore and I love to wear it. It always surprises me when I fall in love with something as pristine and polished as Hothouse Flower.

Hothouse Flower is a “green gardenia”. It’s heady a gardenia with a milky fig; however, in the opening I get dry evergreens and glistening bergamot. Oh, and tons of gardenia. But, unlike many of the gardenia soliflores that I’ve tried, Hothouse Flower is crisp and fresh.  The heart is Earl Grey tea leaves and a steamy gardenia. The dry-down is a sheer gardenia musk. Hothouse Flower is a gardenia from top to bottom.

Hothouse Flower is perfect in its composition. INeKe really knows how to work the florals. Hothouse Flower is a gardenia that is better than “gardenia”. It almost feels like a gardenia that has been doctored up with Photoshop. It’s “clear” and flawless. And this is why I’m surprised that I like wearing it. I typically like my “misfit florals”, but this time I’ve fallen for a better-than-nature gardenia.

Fay Wray

Notes listed include Earl Grey tea, green foliage, cypress, absinthe, gardenia, galbanum, fig, frankincense, guaiac wood, musk and corn silk. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Ineke Rühland

Give Hothouse Gardenia a try if you love gardenia. Or if you like perfumes like Arquiste Boutonniere No. 7, YOSH White Flowers, Exotic Island Perfumer Gardenia Exuberante, signature Marc Jacobs and/or Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage. Because it’s gardenia, I do associate Hothouse Flower with the feminine. I rarely ever make this suggestion, but I see this being a perfect choice as a “traditional bridal” fragrance.

I find projection to be average but like so many white florals, I bet with a few more sprays one could “over do” this. But, I believe that about any gardenia perfume.

The 2.5 oz bottle retails for $95 at Beautyhabit. A sample collection is also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION –  Crisp, steamy and sheer gardenia. It’s not something that I’m in the mood for frequently but when I am, it’s just right. If you’re looking for a gardenia soliflore, give this one a try.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by INeKe. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. Fay Wray pic from My opinions are my own. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!

14 thoughts on “INeKe Hothouse Flower EDP Perfume Review

  1. Hey there Victoria,
    I love the INeKE line. It is almost everything we perfumistas cry out for. Great, slightly sideways, beautiful scents, quite good longevity and decent sillage at a very reasonable price and in those exquisite bottles too.
    Thank you so much for the link love, if you’re wearing Hothouse Flower right now you smell pretty darn good.
    Portia xx
    Portia recently posted..Beige by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2008

    1. I find myself recommending the line frequently – great product, prices and cute packaging.

      I have a feeling that I’m going to start wearing this one more once the weather gets gloomier and there’s more rain. Hothouse Flower is a reminder of sun and blue skies.

    1. I rarely make that recommendation with a perfume, but it fits that image of a veil, bouquet of flowers and rosy cheeks.

  2. I am very fond of the INeKe lines–both the Alphabet and the Floral Curiosities–but Hothouse Flower is one of my very favorites! Gardenia, figs, and snuggly woodsy guiac? I want to bathe in this stuff. I practice restraint, though, for the sake of the two and four-legged beings I share living space with 😉

    I also quite enjoy Chemical Bonding and Field Notes from Paris, as well as Briar Rose and Sweet William from the Floral Curiosities. Full Bottles of Hothouse Flower and Briar Rose are on my birthday/Christmas wishlist for certain!

    1. So, I have this coat that has Hothouse Flower on the sleeves now. It smells so good that I want to spray the entire coat down. Too much? 😉

      There’s others that I like as well and would like to have bottles of. Field Notes is still one of my favorites from the line and I’m a fan of ALL of the Floral Curiosities (I was hoping that I would dislike one, it’s not fair to like them all!)

    1. I really like After My Own Heart but rarely every wear it too. It’s one that I often recommend but rarely wear (I think because it doesn’t really fit the weather here).

      Overall, it’s a good line and a must try line for floral lovers.

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