Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Review: Kiehl's Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower and Lychee


This fragrance from Kiehl's has completely turned my nose upside down this summer.  I tend towards smoky, woody oriental perfumes, veering away from anything sweet or fruity completely.  Orange Flower and Lychee, as you'd expect, is pretty sweet and pretty fruity, but somehow I've fallen absolutely in love with it.

Kiehl's are soon to release a set of four Aromatic Blends, inspired by exotic ingredients from around the world.  Interestingly, each of the four fragrances has been blended by a different parfumier, resulting in four very different fragrances. Orange Flower and Lychee came from a visit to the Jardin Majorelle in Morrocco, which was owned by Yves Saint Laurent and is where his ashes were scattered after his death in 2008.  The parfumier supposedly was inspired by drinking tea and eating cake sweetened with honey amongst the blossoms in the garden.


The resulting fragrance is fresh, fruity and sweet, but grown up sweet - think honey rather than caramel and sugar.  The lychee note is the one that really jumps out at my nose - it's the centrepiece of the fragrance, surrounded by a subtle fresh floral scent which isn't all that orangey.  I didn't previously realise that lychees actually have no scent - all the perfume you'd associate with them comes from their taste rather than from their scent.  Lychee used in fragrances, therefore, has to be a chemical reconstruction - not something I would ever have guessed at with this fragrance, as there's nothing synthetic about it at all.

Overall I've found myself surprised by this fragrance.  It's light, fresh, fruity, and smells deliciously of sunshine and tropical holidays, minus the obvious coconut and sunscreen.  I'll be wearing this all summer!

Disclosure: PR sample

4 comments:

  1. Love the sound of this and the simplicity of the bottle design.

    Nic x

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  2. I love woody oriental scents too but you're really tempting me to give this a try. It sounds wonderful!

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  3. Oooh sounds like my cup of tea... do know have an idea of what the price of it will be??

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    1. Unfortunately I'm still missing the press release to accompany the perfume - as soon as I know I'll update the post!

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