Fior d’Arancio by Laura Tonatto
Family and friends
Tossing orange blossoms on
A newly-wed bride I thought I’d say a bit more about Fior d’Arancio since it’s probably relatively unknown in the perfume world. It’s created by Laura Tonatto, an independent perfumer. I’m not sure if it’s available outside of the Italy – I obtained my miniature bottle (7ml, such an awesome size!) for 12 euros on my trip to Rome in May this year. I found Fior d’Arancio to be an excellent orange blossom-centred fragrance. It opens slightly bracingly with bitter petitgrain but quickly moves on to the main star, the orange blossom. Here, any ‘sexy’ or fleshy nuances that one typically associates with white florals are scrubbed clean. The orange blossom is radiant and pure and inexplicably fresh, hence the image of a lovely bride. Actually, it makes me want to sing a happy song!
Soon, other flowers (lily of the valley, jasmine) enter the stage, but in a way they play the bridesmaids to the orange blossom bride, who remains very much at the centre of attention. Needless to say, the drydown remains very much so about orange blossom although this time some white musk creeps in to make it even cleaner than ever.
Sometimes, clean can be sexy. Fior d’Arancio most definitely was.
~ The Smelly Vagabond