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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fragrance Trends: Mandarin, Note du Jour

Apart from the re-edition of L'Artisan Parfumeur Mandarine (previously Mandarine tout Simplement) we had reported a while ago, there are a few more mandarin-inspired fragrances circulating or launching for 2012, enough to note a trend. Not coincidentally, mandarin orange is THE hot colour of the moment in fashion as well, if Pantone's seasonal predictions are anything to go by (Their Tangerine Tango is a hue of orange-y coral that approximates a great ripe mandarin fruit). My favourite mandarin-inspired perfume remains Serge Lutens's Mandarine Mandarin  for its complexity and rich nuances which run the gamut from tangy green to nectarous ripe to almost mouldy.

via vendernaranjas.com

Now here's a short list of new releases featuring the note du jour, mandarin orange:

4711 Acqua  Colonia Mandarine & Cardamome (by Muelhens)
Aftelier Sepia
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Fraiche (two trends in one, the "eau fraiche" has returned with a vengeance)
Coach Signature summer 2012 limited edition
Donna Karan Essence Mandarin
L'Artisan Parfumeur Mandarine


Do you have a favorite mandarin orange themed fragrance to recommend?

another take on the hipness of mandarin can be found on fragrantica

6 comments:

  1. My fav mandarin scent is Guerlain's Mandarine Basilic. herbal and a tad sweet, very refreshing!
    LOVE
    Nina

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  2. Hi there N!!
    Nice to see you. Hope everything is going well :-)

    I haven't devoted much time to this one. My loss, obviously! Basil is a rare note in perfumes (what a shame!) and I should amend this negligence.

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  3. Ursula16:28

    It just so happens that I bought TAUER PERFUMES Orange Star for my son's birthday in May, and love it so much that I could plan a bottle for myself.
    The mandarine/orange there is just so envigorating in a classy way.

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  4. U,

    Orange Star is a great one! Great choice! I had reviewed it in the past. It reprises that beloved mandarin-amber accord that Andy does so very well.

    Enjoy!! :-)

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  5. Anonymous17:59

    I'm not sure if this is mandarin, per se, but Heely's Oranges and Lemons Say the Bells of St. Clements is rather nice. And I get citrus from Eau Claire des Merveilles by Hermes, although I don't think it is an official note. Coming from Florida, I love citrus perfumes! Bermuda Lili makes one so fresh, it is like smelling fresh-squeezed OJ; it is for male/female and called Fresh Water. It has Bigarade Orange, Bergamot and Mandarine.

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  6. A,

    I did like the Heeley version for a citrus touch, but didn't progress beyond a sample. Maybe now is the time. Hermes usually has my vote and the LB FW sounds interesting enough.
    Thanks for the recs, as a Florida resident, I trust you implicitly. :-)

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