When most perfume enthusiasts think of orange blossoms, they think of big, feminine white florals or breezy, unisex eau de colognes come to mind. Usually orange blossoms are highlighted in such a way. These are the most popular “uses” of orange blossoms. There are a few exceptions, but I think for the most part, people think of syrupy white florals like Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger or classic eau de colognes like 4711. Thorn & Bloom Orange Blossom is a different side of orange blossom. It’s a rustic orange blossom honey.
Orange Blossom opens as hay, dried orange peels and sticky honey. It’s warm and dry with an animalic sweetness. Orange Blossom has a camphoric quality from an earthy, dirty patchouli. This patchouli lingers throughout the entire wear of this fragrance. In the copy, the color “sepia” is used to describe Orange Blossom. And I couldn’t agree more. Orange Blossom does have a sepia quality to it, like an old photograph or fall foliage. The heart is more floral version of the top. The florals don’t really read as florals but more like dried tobacco leaves, like sweet plants. Orange Blossom dries down to cardamom honey with a lot of patchouli.
If you are wanting something more floral or more fresh like an eau de cologne, I think you’ll be disappointed by Orange Blossom. However, if you like honey, patchouli or sweeter tobacco scents, Orange Blossom is worth sampling. It’s like a sepia-tinged photograph of old tobacco barns.
Notes listed include cardamom, orange blossom, honey, wine-cask aged oakwood, blond tobacco, hay and patchouli. Launched 2015. PERFUMER – Jennifer Botto
Give Orange Blossom a try if you like honeyed florals. Or perfumes like Aftelier Honey Blossom, Providence Perfume Co. Orange Blossom Honey, Artemisia Ozymandias, Esscentual Alchemy For the Love of the Bees and/or LUSH Orange Blossom.
For a natural perfume, projection and longevity are above average.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $200 at Thorn & Bloom. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Patchouli and orange blossom honey. It’s animalic and woodsy, not what I usually expect when I try something called “Orange Blossom”. But, it’s good…well, if you like patchouli 😉
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