The experience of walking through the white floral wafts in an orange orchard is an olfactory delight, with a lighter, crisper citrus scent in the air. This, while the flower up-close smells deeper, more pollen-rich and comparatively… more herbaceous.
What if you could take a blossom of bitter orange and capture both that smell you feast on when holding the petal to your nose and the scent that starts to tickle your senses as you walk through an orchard in bloom?
You can actually capture different scents from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree—through distillation (an essential oil), or as a solvent extract (an absolute). The result is that you get to smell the same blossom from different angles that reveal unique nuances dormant in the same flower. That's how you get two unique scents from the same tree (orange blossom and neroli.)
Orange blossom is truer to the scent of the flower smelled up close. But people forget the flower itself is only one dimension in the floral landscape.
For my upcoming perfume, Homeros, I composed this unique fusion of orange blossoms to capture both its floral beauty as well as its delectable sweetness. Naturally, the fusion includes both absolutes and essential oils.
Absolutes are more viscous, with umami that’s absent in the essential oil, which generally means it’ll last longer on your skin and boasts a longer drydown. (This is also why, as a stronger fixative, it’s preferred as a perfume ingredient.)
You’ll smell a more indolic tone in orange blossoms that’s more sultry and, dare I say it… edible… than in neroli, where you indulge in a scent that’s pristine, fresh, and crisper on the citrus scale.
Like with other precious florals, it takes a truckload of flowers to extract only a tiny amount of absolute. Despite the cost and rarity, perfumers fall over themselves to obtain orange blossom. It’s the cornerstone of many legendary perfumes, as the zesty aroma gives it undeniable appeal.
Many essential oils have all sorts of aromatherapeutic benefits, but few are so pleasant to use as bitter orange. Add a drop or two in a warm bath, on a cotton ball, wet towel, cream lotion, or to a diffuser, and expect to be dazzled by the bitter-citrus fusion with that floral freshness that lets you forget you had a headache to begin with.
While you usually have to choose between citrus and floral, Orange Flower s lets you smell a scent where citrus meets floral in a fragrance that’s at once delicious and beautiful; energizing and pristine.
In fact, it’s so citrus-floral you might be startled to smell a subtle note of jasmine underneath a blanket of green akin to petitgrain, all awash under an blooming orange flower chord. But science has got your back…… that jasmine note is actually there, just like some typical citrus notes are not, which is what allows for the stunning fresh/pretty dance to take the stage.
The drydown is delectably raw cane sugar sweet. Like a fusion of the delicate white floral tones of neroli to the wholesome, almost earthy tenacity of clementine peel…… relish it all with a fat swipe on the top of your hand.
Orange Flower is a unique melange of orange extracts that pulsates throughout my upcoming perfume, Homeros. It’s a chord exclusively put together for The Odyssey Collab, where you’ll smell its echo in each of the five perfumes—louder in some, softer in others, but ever-present from top note to base. (How do you get orange top notes to make it to the drydown? Hint: Civet Oud)
Those who joined The Odyssey Collab will receive a 0.5gr sample of Orange Flower to help them explore the five perfumes in the course in more detail and enjoy the nuances that much more.
« Orange Flower » se situe dans la même lignée que « Jasmine » : une fleur unique mais un univers multidimensionnel, spacieux, océanique, où mon odorat plonge émerveillé à chaque inspiration. Dans toute cette richesse de notes, je trouve effectivement du Jasmin. D’ailleurs, « Orange Flower » se marie merveilleusement avec « Jasmine », et leurs noces florales sont sublimées par « Oud Royale 2004 ». – Antonin, France
Just to let you know everything arrived in perfect condition. So thank you so so much. The service was fantastic. The presentation and the first small swipe of orange blossom just ethereal and like nothing I have smelt before. Am currently working and on conference calls on fairly urgent matters. But I did put a swipe of orange blossom extrait on. It’s beyond words. Mr Ensar is a genius. At once the complexity yet purity defies anyone who ever tried to capture this seemingly simple but in fact a complex note. Beauty and longevity exceeded all expectations... Just for your information I have collected perfumes from a young age and also inherited many from my late father who was a ships captain. For a period while studying I worked for a major perfume house that shall I say just greatly disappointed. As a result of being a Sinologist and a trade economist I have always when travelling tried to find as many real scents as possible. As these always evoke memories of travelling to beautiful places. Of course coming from Ithaca and Zakynthos there was always the happiness of returning. Currently I am so looking forward to this project as I am patiently waiting to get back home. In the coming days I will give you more feedback. At the moment I’m dumbstruck by the orange blossom. This isn’t only the Ionian this is a place in Greece called Argos near nauplion where the orange groves and associated foods, drinks, medicines, beauty balms are sought. Mr Ensar has outdone everything to date and I have many many scents elixirs etc of orange blossom. There is also a place in schezuan in China, just outside Chengdu and in Tibet where Buddhist monks grow miniature orange blossom plants. So I’m transported to many of these places with this magnificent extrait. Please pass on my congratulations and many thanks to Mr Ensar. – Eugenie, Greece