It was a happy accident brought about my own internet incompetence that I ended up making contact with Virginie Roux, Director of Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger, who very kindly sent me a sample pack of the perfumes on offer from this range.
Spoilt for choice, I decided to try Lavande Ombrée, and I have to say that I have found myself pleasantly surprised by this spectacular shape shifter.
Lavande Ombrée opened on my skin with a sharp, herbal, lavender blast. I found it quite masculine with a peppery aspect that really captured my attention from the start. As the blend settled it softened a bit allowing a whiff of rose on a bed of spicy cedar penetrate through the herbal veil of lavender which lent a soothing hazy feel to contrast the sometimes persistent cedar that brought a crisp spiciness to the forefront of the fragrance that carried on through the first couple hours of its wear. To be honest because of this I felt that perhaps I would find Lavande Ombrée maybe a bit too masculine for my taste; however, as the fragrance entered its dry down, which was not until about three hours after I first applied it, I found it took on a completely different aspect.
It was as if almost in secret, completely unbeknownst to me, the rose bloomed out of the fragrance under a blanketing of subtly sweet spices and soft, powdery musk. It took me totally by surprise in that Lavande Ombrée began for me as a decidedly masculine fragrance; however, throughout its wear on my wrist, the longevity of the perfume lasting well past five hours, it morphed into a quietly feminine beauty.
Lavande Ombrée was launched in 2013 and designed by Jean-Claude Gigodot, who is responsible for all of the perfumes in the Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger range. It is described on Fragrantica as follows:
Top Notes: Lavender and Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cinnamon, Rose and Cedar
Base Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Leather and Musk
Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger does not seem to be stocked in the UK; however, all of the perfumes are available to order here in 100 ml size for €95.
I have found myself remarkably surprised by Lavande Ombrée today, and I am indeed very much looking forward to sampling the rest of what Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger has to offer.