Fleurs de Citronnier by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2004

Hiya APJ Family,

This was originally scheduled to go live the day after Lucasz at Chemist In A Bottle but I didn’t want to tread on his beautiful post (follow the jump if you’d like to read it). So mine is happening a couple of weeks later now. Enjoy.

I found a 5+ml decant of todays fragrance and have no idea where it came from or how it’s in my collection. The writing is almost illegible and I had to check Fragrantica for things that might match. Whoever I have to thank for this lavish largesse you have my complete and utter gratefulness, I would never have chosen to try it and am so glad I have. It seems to be quite hard to find, Lucky Scent has almost every other Serge Lutens except this one and a few of the other regulars are either out of stock or don’t mention it at all.

Fleurs de Citronnier (Lemon Blossom) by Serge Lutens 2004

Fleurs de Citronnier FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon blossom, petitgrain, nutmeg
Heart: Lemon blossom, neroli, white honey, tuberose
Base: Iris, several musks, styrax resin

Citrus, spicy, fresh, fizzy and fun. Fleurs de Citronnier is everything I loved about growing up with citrus trees in the back yard. I miss them but in our temperate climate in Sydney they are particularly prone to infestations and disease. Mum spent a lot of time maintaining a lemon and orange tree. We LOVED them. Fresh orange juice, a great shady place to hide, pretending perfume from flowers, leaves and fruit and let’s not forget the endless uses for a stink bug! Sunny winter days drinking sugared, fresh orange juice with lemon to make it zing.

So now you know where it takes me, what does Fleurs de Citronnier smell like on me? Green, citrus and green, later the honey makes a beautiful, almost naughty, appearance with a silky sweet urinous warmth and the tuberose (white flower) is a little skanky but more soapy. Though it stays citrus it becomes warmer and more lived in as it heads into the 2 hour mark. There have been a couple of times during the first two hours that I thought Fleurs de Citronnier was going to fall into a deep hole of cleaning product fragrance but it nimbly skirted the edge of that nasty abyss and continued beautifully.

Fleurs de Citronnier Serge Lutens lemon blossum AromaPersonaPhoto Stolen AromaPersona

Tonight I wore Fleurs de Citronnier to work, I felt beautiful and floated through the night, catching wafts of myself throughout the evening. Driving home and now back home I can still smell some citrus, some white flowers and the musks have come through very cleanly but the resin is a back up whisper, like a little bit of sweet toffee floating underneath. That’s nearly 6 hours of wear and still going strong, impressive.

I think that unless you have a VERY light hand that Fleurs de Citronnier may be too strong for most workplaces, maybe even a little overpowering for dining unless you have some time between spritz and eat. For my work it’s an excellent choice, a big, phat, bombastic fragrance that takes no prisoners. FAB U LOUS!!!!

Fleurs de Citronnier Serge Lutens Lemon BlossomPhoto Stolen LifeWorksRestaurants

Further reading: Now Smell This and Olfactoria’s Travels
Beauty Encounter has $100/50ml (I have enjoyed FdC so much that I bought one today)
Surrender To Chance starts at $4/.5ml

Have you tried Fleurs de Citronnier? What are your impressions?
Till tomorrow, be nice to yourself and those around you,
Portia xx

23 comments on “Fleurs de Citronnier by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2004

  1. lucasai says:

    Yay, so happy Portia you loved Fleurs de Citronnier, isn’t it a wonderful and sheer perfume. And it’s so easy to wear considering that Lutens fragrances often require a bit more skill and bravery to rock them!

    Glad I could inspire you to write this lovely piece.

  2. Olfactoria says:

    Glad you enjoyed Fleurs de Citronnier, Portia, both the illegible decant and the Goutal Duel mini came from me. 🙂

  3. Jackie Rosen says:

    Hi Portia,
    Sounds delicious! Noticed there’s a bit of nutmeg in the scent notes. When the Italians cook with lemon, they frequently grate a little nutmeg for the harmony of aromas. How do you compare Fleurs de Citronnier with the Fleurs d’Oranger?
    A fragrant hello from Santa Fe (summer here!),
    Jackie

    • Hello there Jackie in Santa Fe. Welcome to the APJ family, I hope you like it here.
      Honestly, I’ll have to do a throwdown and wear them side by side. Interesting thought. My hazy recollection is that Citronnier is prettier and less taxing, more wearable and invasive but I really need to wear d’Oranger again to be able to tell you.
      I just spritzed and get no nutmeg but your skin may throw it louder than mine. To be 100% truthful, today it has a definite cleaning product hue in the opening minute that has now, thankfully fled.
      Portia xx

  4. cookie queen says:

    Actually sounds lovely. I have been having a long break from Lutens, much as I love the chap. Would be nice to try an unknown one! Bussis.

  5. Janice says:

    A few years ago I had a bottle of this but eventually swapped it away… I think something about the particular musks in there just didn’t work for me. My grandmother had citrus trees in her yard and if it had taken me back there as you describe I would have loved it.

    • I wore it to bed last night and this morning there is a resinous/citric nothing left, I wonder if the modern incarnation is less full of the musks? It would be interesting to me if you tried it again and could tell me.
      Portia xx

  6. Undina says:

    As I said on Lucas’ review, not only I haven’t tried Fleurs de Citronnier but I had no idea it existed before I read his review.

    With the second vote for this perfume I feel like I just have to find it and test 🙂

  7. poodle says:

    A citrus that doesn’t smell like a cleaning product? That’s got my attention.

    • HA HA HA!! Last night when I sprayed it did smell like a cleaning product for the first minute Poodle, I’d not had that reaction before but 3 minutes in and all was well in the world, I was asleep in 10 minutes. BLISS
      Portia x

  8. Catherine says:

    hi Portia
    Haven’t tried this in a while and it was really urinous on me the first few times I tried so I gave up. Must dig around in the sample box to see if there is any left. Thanks for inspiring me to try again.

  9. Tom says:

    I love this one, but never felt the need to own even a decant. I did however introduce it to an ex-coworker- a nice Mormon girl from the Valley. When I introduced it to her at Barney’s she said “I’m going to wear it at my wedding!” She did.

    She also had never smelled Fracas until I gave her a decant. One day walking into a meeting with her I just got the barest puff of that buttery tuberose.

    I miss her. She was a rebel, in her own way.

    • WOW! See you became her subversive frag buddy. I can imagine FdC’s sensual but clean come hither at a wedding, deliciously edible by the time it matters.
      So nice to see you Tom, I hope you are happy and well. If not there is always a berth in Oz for you.
      Portia x

  10. Azar says:

    The notes in this are enough to convince me I have to have some.

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