The air on the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula is intoxicating right now with the scent of orange and lemon groves. The trees are heavy with blooms and fruit, and you can smell them wherever you go in and around Sorrento. For a fragonerd, walking around those parts is an exercise in sniffing, comparing, and recalling favorite perfumes that evoke this beauty, though truth be told: you have to be there in person. While nothing compares to the real thing, here's my very personal list of perfumes that offer a hint of this magic:
The Obvious Choice
*Serge Lutens- Fleurs d'Oranger and Fleurs de Citronnier. The sultry and the innocent.
* Il Profumi di Firenze- Costa Mediterranea. Sitting outdoors in Sorrento drinking a frozen limoncello.
* Vero Profumo- Rubj. Bottled sunshine with more than one twist.
* L'artisan- Seville à l'Aube. a rare case of perfume that was worth the hype.Smells better on the Husband, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty.
Easy To Find And Surprisingly Good
* Jo Malone- Orange Blossom. Almost too pretty to be real.
* Dior- Pure Poison. This is what happens when Carlos Benaim, Dominique Ropion and Olivier Polge create a perfume.
* L'Occitane- Neroli (original). It used to be magic. None of the sequels came even close.
* Mona di Orio- Jabu. A luminous, joyful perfume that stirs the soul.
* L'Artisan- Fleur de Oranger. One of those mid-2000s Harvest editions that redefined luxury.
* Guerlain- Aqua Allegoria Flora Nerolia. It's good to remember that the Aqua Allegoria series didn't always suck.
* Ayala Moriel- Zohar. A slightly fruity and honeyed twist on the classic theme.
* Providence Perfume Company- Divine. Orange blossom and neroli over a gorgeous animalic base.
I had the hardest time narrowing this list down and no matter what, couldn't limit it to a top ten. Still, I'm sure some truly brilliant ones have been left out, so what are your favorite perfumes in this category?