Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I try to review as many Yves Rocher fragrances that I can. Why? Well, overall, I like the brand. I think they’re good for the money. Then, in the U.S. there are no physical Yves Rocher stores. You can order online which means that you are blind-buying fragrances (a practice I typically discourage). And finally, there are few reviews of Yves Rocher fragrances in English. Basically, I review Yves Rocher like it’s a public service announcement.
Naturelle Osmanthus is a flanker to their original Naturelle, a citrus-floral that is very similar to Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Femme. As someone that loves the peachy-floralness of osmanthus, I had to give this flanker a try.
It’s not even a note listed, but I can’t help to think of Naturelle Osmanthus as a rose fragrance. Naturelle Osmanthus opens as a lemon-y rose diffused through cotton. At this stage, it does share some similarities to the original Naturelle (or Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Femme). It’s a breezy lemon and lime paired with gauze-like florals. I also pick up on apple slices. As it wears, a peach becomes more prominent, but not in an osmanthus way, just a peach way. It starts to remind me of a peachy rose-peony. The dry down is a clean musk meets abstract, breezy florals. It has that “sun-bleached woods” thing going on (once again, I’m going to reference Light Blue here). After a few hours, all I really notice is that clean, but astringent cedar.
Naturelle Osmanthus isn’t very osmanthus-y. So, if you are looking for an osmanthus soliflore, this isn’t it. If you are looking for a light, breezy fruity-floral, then this is worth a try. However, I wouldn’t call Naturelle Osmanthus a memorable fragrance. It reminds me of those designer perfumes that have specialized in being so inoffensive that you can’t really tell one from another. Saying that, Naturelle Osmanthus is perfectly pleasant and sometimes we just don’t want to think about what perfume we’re wearing. Naturelle Osmanthus is very much a “breezy summer day in an orchard” sort of perfume that’s tame enough for day-wear or for those that have a tendency to overapply (*cough* *cough* “inexperienced” perfume wearers).
Notes listed include lemon, osmanthus, jasmine and cedar. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Michel Girard
Give Naturelle Osmanthus a try if you like the thought of a sheer peachy floral perfume. Or perfumes like Lanvin Me L’eau Lanvin, Dior Addict II, Chloé Fleur, Salvatore Ferragamo Charms, By Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad and/or The Different Company Osmanthus. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes the Chloé franchise or any of the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue flankers.
Projection and longevity are below average even for an EDT. It wears more like a cologne. I feel like I have to apply a lot of it to even notice that I’m wearing it.
A 2.5 oz bottle retails for $57 at Yves Rocher. My advice is to never pay full-price for Yves Rocher. It is always on sale, eventually. You can usually find this for under $30 and get a free gift!
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