This was love at first whiff folks. Actually, I knew I was going to love it before I smelled it because I love all things Neroli and I wasn’t wrong! I would like to introduce you to L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Neroli & Orchidee. Or summer in a bottle to be exact.
There are 9 fragrances in La Collection de Grasse, named after the capital of perfumery, Grasse, in Provence. Sounds very ooh la la and it is! Of all the fragrances in the collection, this was my instant favourite but rest assured, I’ll be making my way through the rest of them because they are simply stunning. If you don’t believe me, go into a shop, have a whiff, come back here and tell me I was right. But back to Neroli & Orchidee. It has top notes of orange and mandarin to give a punch of zestiness before mellowing out into the heart notes of neroli, peach, fig milk and lily of the valley before the base notes of orchid, musk and iris settle down to complete the scent beautifully. When I spray it, I don’t smell the orange and mandarin as much as I do the neroli and when you hear that it has other florals alongside it like lily of the valley, orchid and iris, you might think it’ll be overpowering in that department, but fear not because the floral notes are so gentle and soft, but blend together perfectly with the fruity notes and I think the fig milk and musk give it an almost velvety finish.
Long story short, I’m obsessed with it. It’s delicate and feminine and as soon as I spray it, my mood is lifted and it helps me feel fresher in this clammy weather we’ve been having. It’s like the Goldilocks summer scent in that it’s not too sweet, not too fruity, not too floral, is grown up, sophisticated, airy and clean. It’ll set you back €57 and while I was given this one to try, I’ll be picking up the matching shower gel and body milk myself because this is love. Actual love. Buy it if you’re going on holidays and are looking for a summer scent. Or buy it if you’re not going on holidays and are looking for a summer scent. Either way, you know what to do. Have you tried any of La Collection de Grasse scents and which one do I need to try next?