I have been wandering about in a haze of this scent for the past week, and every day someone leans in for a sniff to ask me what I am wearing. And I gleefully tell them that not only is is a delicious orange flower scent, but that it costs an unbelievable £22 in the UK. From M&S no less.
Of course, it’s not an M&S fragrance, but it is available from their exciting new beauty hall. It’s actually made by French parfumers Fragonard, a house set up shortly before the First World War, when Eugène Fuchs, an entrepreneur, decided to set up his own perfumery based on the novel concept of selling perfumery products directly to the tourists who were beginning to discover the charm of the French Riviera. Parfumerie Fragonard was opened in 1926, and Eugène Fuchs named it after the famous Grasse-born painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).
The scent itself has an orange blossom top note, fading through a little sharp neroli to bergamot, musk and honey. It really does allow the wearer to move in a cloud of delightful orange flower. It is an utterly charming scent, not strong, but that’s part of its charm.
It’s part of a series of Fragonard fragrances: the house celebrates one flower each year, and Fleur d’Oranger was 2011’s.
Fragonard Fleur d’Oranger Eau de Toilette 100ml £20.25
(Special offer: buy any Fragonard Eau de Toilette 100ml& get a free Fragonard gift)