NAME OF FRAGRANCE| Flora Chic
NOTES| French Clementine, Sweet Orange, Mandarin Blossom, Bulgarian Rose, Madagascar Ylang-Ylang
I go through phases with different genres of perfume. Sometimes I’m all about chypre compositions, sometimes it’s gourmands and other times I only want to smell like a freshly cut bouquet of blooms. Right now I’m in a floral phase. I mean, it’s the beginning of spring so when I step outside the air has that divine scent of rain on warm pavement and newly blooming flowers. I love this time of year and I love celebrating it in my own little way by wearing beautiful floral fragrances constantly. It’s my way of taking the beauty of spring with me everywhere I go. There are a couple of floral fragrances I really adore (Akazie and Linde Berlin by Fraus Tonis as well as Cartier Baiser Vôle), but Flora Chic is one that I have been wearing a lot lately. It’s soft and elegant with a dewiness that reminds me of a garden after it rains. It’s a lovely scent for everyday and is subtle and refined enough to be perfect for the office. Also, how gorgeous is the bottle? All glass, blush, gold and ribbon, it looks like something you would see on the vanity table of an old-Hollywood actress. But what does it actually smell like? Let’s get into it.
Soft and velvety, Flora Chic opens with a mouthwatering medley of citrus notes – french clementine, sweet orange and mandarin blossom. They are sparkling and slightly sweet but soft and don’t have that zesty zing that you would expect from a slew of citrus fruits. When you first spritz Flora Chic on, your first impression won’t be “oh, oranges”. It’s just a touch of citrus to complement the voluptuous rose and creamy ylang-ylang in the heart and base.
Seconds after the shimmering citruses settle on your skin, you are greeted by the most plush, romantic and feminine rose. Sometimes fragrances that centre around rose have a suffocating, powdery quality that I don’t enjoy. Not the case with this beauty. It’s a breathtaking Bulgarian Rose note that is a little sweet, a little green and a little spicy. There are so few notes in Flora Chic’s composition and it’s this simplicity that really allows the richness of the rose to take centre stage.
Playing the accompaniment to the glittering citruses and vampy rose is ylang-ylang. Now, I have always adored ylang-ylang. Found in the tropical rainforests of Asia, it is used often in perfumes and has an aroma that is green, fruity and floral all at once. Maybe I’m crazy, but the smell of ylang-ylang essential oil has always reminded me of bananas. It’s sort of creamy and sweet and is an inspired base note in Flora Chic. The green fruitiness of it plays off the citrus in the top while the delicate floral nuances complement the rose. It’s not easy to pick out ylang-ylang in this melody of notes. It’s just barely detectable on my skin a couple of hours after putting this on, and I think that’s because all of the notes blend so seamlessly together. It’s as if Flora Chic is a beautiful old-Hollywood musical spectacle. The citruses would be the opening instruments, letting the audience know the show is about to begin. The Bulgarian rose would be the stunning starlet, prancing around the stage and stealing the hearts of everyone in the audience. The ylang-ylang would be the backing vocalists, never standing out too much, but always there to support the star of the show. And what a captivating show.
Flora Chic proves that simplicity stuns with its minimalist composition. I love this perfume for spring but it’s so timeless, it would really work for any season or occasion. You could just as easily wear this to a wedding as you could to work. If you’re on the lookout for a classic and elegant floral that’s not too heavy or complex, then Floral Chic is perfect for you.
I hope you enjoyed my review! What are your favourite fragrances for spring?