White Cattleya by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2015 + GIVEAWAY

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Post by Azar

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Happy New Year APJ!

I am a citrus junkie. I love eating and smelling the new crops of grapefruits, pomelos, lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines that come into our local markets in November through early December. I also adore the flowers of the early winter blooming (Northern hemisphere) Cattleya orchid hybrids that, coincidentally, often smell like citrus fruits or flowers. On December 15th Ellen Covey introduced her new White Cattleya fragrance happily coinciding with the arrival of fresh citrus in the stores and the opening of cattleya blossoms in greenhouses everywhere.

White Cattleya by Olympic Orchids 2015

White Cattleya by Ellen Covey

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Olympic Orchids give these featured accords:
Citron, lemon, neroli, jasmine, heliotrope, orchid accord, light vanilla, musk.

White Cattleya was created as a wedding fragrance but to me it is the ultimate semi-gourmand citrus perfume opening with an oily-sweet lemon zest. Imagine the pores of a yellow lemon rind exuding droplets of fragrance and you have an idea what I smell right off the top. There are almost fifty varieties of lemons grown commercially these days. In our local stores we see a lot of “Meyers” lemons (a lemon x orange hybrid), “Villafranca”, Florida’s leading lemon and “Eureka”, the top US commercial variety. For me the zesty, sweet opening of White Cattleya is very close to the fragrance and flavor of the sweet Persian lemon “Limoo Shirin” (C. limetta). This mildly sweet, slightly bitter, low acid fruit has a smooth, thin skin and is about the size and shape of a tennis ball.

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As we all know certain citrus top notes are flighty and evaporate within moments of application. Not so in White Cattleya. What I perceive as Persian lemon zest stays in place on my skin for at least 30 minutes before its starts to shift to the scent of one of my favorite Italian liqueurs – Limoncello. As Limoncello comes to the fore I begin to detect one of my least favorite florals, the dreaded heliotrope. Fortunately for me, the gooey sweet marzipan aspect of heliotrope is tempered with jasmine and the tenacious citron. The floral/citrus heart of White Cattleya stays in place for hours, eventually morphing (but not fading) to an ethereal vanilla and musk. White Cattleya is a powerful fragrance with strong to moderate sillage, easily lasting for 14 to 16 hours. Also, on my skin, it does not wash off even after a hot shower. If you are not a lemon lover, be careful how you apply this fragrance! That being said, lemon and jasmine scents are both known to sharpen our wits and help us feel better about ourselves

Further reading:
Olympic Orchids has $65/30ml + Samples

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White Cattleya GIVEAWAY

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x 5ml refillable purse spray of White Cattleya
P&H Worldwide

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged. Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know.

You must tell me how you follow APJ

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Please tell us if you love or hate lemons. BTW – have you tried the new White Cattleya?

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close Thursday 14th January 2016 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by random.org
The winner will have till Sunday 17th January 2016 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

 

66 comments on “White Cattleya by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2015 + GIVEAWAY

  1. Nikki R says:

    I adore all things citrus, including lemons. Yuzu is my favourite citrus scent but grapefruit and lemon are a close second. The review certainly makes me want to try White Cattleya – it indeed sounds like my sort of fragrance….particularly if the citrus notes hang around for more than a few beautiful fleeting moments.

    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nikki R,

      I think my favorite citrus is pomelo but I love them all!

      You might have noticed that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed. The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this draw! Stay tuned!

      Azarxx

  2. Erica G says:

    What a wonderful review! I rarely wear citrus perfume but your description sounds absolutely irresistible. <3

    • Azar says:

      Thank you so much, Erica!

      White Cattleya is really one of a kind and bears little resemblance to most citrus fragrances I’ve tried. Like all of Ellen’s perfumes it is original and unusual. You might enjoy it!

      BTW, the entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. Do you want to be in the drawing? Just mention how you follow and stay tuned!

      Azar xx

  3. Christine West says:

    Quite by coincidence, this afternoon I was having a browse over at the Olympic Orchids website, musing about a first purchase (tbc). I did indeed notice the new White Cattleya scent, and thought to myself that if I bought a sample set, I would choose all of the different Cattleyas to compare (I know practically nothing about orchid scents, but I am curious!).

    I love lemon scents, and your description of White Cattleya is making my mouth water (I love heliotrope, too!). Thanks for the giveaway Azar. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Christine,

      I would definitely recommend the Orchid Sample set! These fragrances are all beautiful artistic representations (not exact duplicates, of course) of the scents of orchids. Gorgeous and so much fun to wear.

      You might have noticed that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed. The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this draw! Stay tuned!

      Azarxx

  4. Esperanza says:

    Great review, Azar. I love lemons we do not have trees here but what you decribe must ne amazing! Would love to try this fragrance by Ellen Covey.
    Esperanza recently posted…Perfume Secrets: DIY EnfleurageMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Esperanza,

      I have really been enjoying your Perfume Secrets Series! Great information. Regarding citrus: I have started growing tangerines and pomelos in the greenhouse. We’ll see how that goes…;)

      You might have noticed that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed. The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners of the White Cattleya will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. Do you want to be in this draw? Don’t forget to tell us how you follow APJ and stay tuned!

      Azar xx

  5. Jaybee says:

    I love lemons, I have a lemon tree and enjoy cooking with them. Particularly lemon delicious pudding. This fragrance sounds yummy. Follow by email. Thanks for the giveaway, Azar! Xx

    • Azar says:

      Lucky Jaybee! You have your own tree!

      Mine are just babies in the greenhouse. It is too cold for most citrus varieties out of doors around here.

      Did you notice that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed? The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this draw, Jaybee! Stay tuned!

      Azar xx

  6. Gina Tabasso says:

    Lemons are memories of my grandfather who died when I was six. We used to slice a lemon in half, grind it into sugar on a plate and suck the lemons. I love the smell of lemon if it is not like furniture polish.

    via email

    Never tried White Cattleya. I tried OO Red Cattleya and liked it very much. It was spicy, fruity, sharp floral. Very unique.

    • Azar says:

      Gina! Such wonderful memories. I can almost picture the scene. So sweet.

      Re White Cattleya: Ellen made sure that White Cattleya avoids references to cleaning products. At last a real lemon perfume without the essence of furniture polish or dishwasher detergent! Yeah!

      BTW, did you notice that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed? The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. Stay tuned. You are definitely in this draw!

      Azar xx

  7. Peppy O'Brien says:

    I love the freshness of lemon scents. I curious to see how it is interpreted in an Orchids perfume. I have true Red Cattalya and love it. Thanks for the chance

    • Azar says:

      Hello Peppy,

      White Cattleya is at once fresh and gourmand, a wonderful, artistic interpretation of a white cattleya bloom.

      You might have noticed that the dates in the “Housekeeping” section of today’s post are little skewed. The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST. The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. BTW did you forget to mentions how you follow APJ? To be in this draw please tell us in a comment!

      Azar xx

  8. Pats says:

    Hi Azar,
    Oh all things citrus and lemon are fab. I have a wonderful friend who makes the most amazing lemon drizzle cake for me. I find it hard to share too much of it!
    White Cattleya by Ellen Covey has been on my radar for a while and i hope to order some of her scents when finances allow. I do love lemon in a scent and as you said in your review, i too find that it makes me more aware plus it’s a feel-good scent for a murky monday morning.
    Thanks for the draw. I am in the UK and follow by email and blog i think as well.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Pats,

      Yes, lemon is perfect for a murky Monday morning and it is exactly THAT here, right now! Cold and murky!. Just above freezing and overcast. I just spritzed a little of Ellen’s liquid sunshine and feel happier already!

      Please note: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this draw! Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by on this yucky Monday!

      Azarxx

      • pats133 says:

        Hi Azar, thanks so much. I was guessing you didn’t have your coffee when you wrote the date, but i just crossed my fingers and went ahead with my post. Better to write something than nothing, eh! Pats 🙂

  9. Latai says:

    I loooveeee lemons especially lemon blossoms! I love it for baking, infused in water, in salad dressings, on food, the juice, the zest, the smell .. Everything about it to me just screams fresh and summer. I love the citrus family in generally. I haven’t tried the new white cattleya though.
    Great giveaway for summer!

    P.s I follow by email xx

    • Azar says:

      Hello Latai,

      I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the good things to make with lemons! Do you have a favorite recipe that uses lemons or some other citrus? YUM!

      Now, I just have to ask this question: Did you notice the error in the dates above?
      Please note: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned and I’m sorry if this is at all confusing.

      Azar xx

  10. Caroline says:

    Love lemon–in tea, in lemon squares and in fragrance, enjoy my older bottle of Eau d’Hadrian and the lemony openings of Shalimar and Eau Premiere. Don’t think I’ve tried anything from Olympic Orchids. Follow by email, thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      It is amazing to me how many different orchid blossoms smell like specific fruits, various foods and spices. Some smell like peaches, others like lemons or citrus and still others like chocolate. The scent of lemon, in various versions, seems to be as popular with orchids as it is with people. As you probably know there are also those orchids that smell like rotten meat or worse! Whatever it takes to attract the pollinators…perhaps people and plants have a lot in common 😉

      Please note: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned and thanks for commenting.

      Azar xx

  11. Boris says:

    I love lemons and all things citrus. It is such a classic note in masculine fragrances. To me citrus is uplifting, vibrant, energizing, youthful, happy. I follow by e-mail.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Boris,

      Do you have a favorite citrus fragrance? Which perfume or cologne makes you happy and energetic?

      I keep repeating the following but I want to make sure that everyone knows: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned!

      Azar xx

      • Boris says:

        Hi Azar 😀

        Hadn’t seen your message before now. One of my classic citrus favorites is Hermes Consentre d`Orange Verte. To me it’s summer in a bottle. Being a huge fan of grapefruit I very much enjoy Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse. And for a citrus with the softest oriental twist I like Chanel Allure Pour Homme Edition Blanche. Citrus was my gateway drug to the world of perfume. Such an easy category of notes to love. Uplifting.

  12. DebB says:

    Yep, I love lemons… love lemony flavours and lemony fragrances… In fact I love all citrus. It started when I was but a wee kiddy with a lemon soap that was even shaped like a lemon. And then there was grandmas lemon meringue pie. These days I have graduated to Mitsouko, lemon ginger smoothies and tea and cocktails and just straight up lemon.

  13. DebB says:

    Oops, I got carried away … I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hey DebB!

      I remember those lemon soaps shaped like lemons! Do you know if they are still around? Speaking of pies, key lime pie is a favorite of mine as well as the lemon meringue.

      OK. Here I go again…I keep repeating the following but I want to make sure that everyone knows: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned!

      Azar xx

  14. Sun Mi says:

    Wow, Azar, this sounds fabulous – and I’m impressed with your knowledge and familiarities with lemons! I love lemons, and I find that when I’m pregnant I especially crave lemons (particularly in the form of chick fil a lemonade, which is easily accessible). I haven’t had the chance to try White Cattleya, but the lemon/jasmine combination sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review and giveaway! I follow via bloglovin!

    • Azar says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Sun Mi!

      I remember when I was pregnant (many, many moons ago) I craved peppermint ice-cream. Lemon is definitely healthier, no matter how it is served up!

      Did you notice the housekeeping error above? Here’s the real story: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned!
      BTW, if you can’t wait for a give-away hop over to PerfumeNW where we are doing a draw for a cute antique perfume bottle. http://perfumenw.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-experience-and-artifact-giveaway.html

      Azar xx

  15. JanLast says:

    I tried a tiny sample and loved it. Prior to that sniffing, I have worn and loved Red Cattleya. I follow by email and by Facebook!

    • Azar says:

      Hi JanLast,

      As you probably have already guessed, I am a big fan of Ellen’s perfumes. I really can’t decide which one I like the best, but White Cattleya is definitely a new favorite. So yummy!

      Now for the draw. You are definitely in, but just for your information – The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. Stay tuned!
      BTW, if you can’t wait for this give-away hop over to PerfumeNW where we are doing a draw for a cute antique perfume bottle. http://perfumenw.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-experience-and-artifact-giveaway.html

      Azar xx

  16. Aelfrik says:

    I follow via email. I adore grapefruit and lime, tangerine paired with violet makes a wonderful sherbet accord. Lemon is something I cook with more than wear, but I love everything I’ve smelled so far from Olympic Orchids.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Aelfrik,

      One of my favorite citrusy treats is an Orange Creamsicle. The orange sherbert and vanilla ice-cream taste like sunshine on a stick! Lolita Lempicka’s Elle L’aime is a creamsicle for the nose :). Portia calls Elle L’aime “sunshine in a glass”. White Cattleya, while not at all like Elle L’aime, gives me that same sunny, happy feeling. Do you have a favorite Olympic Orchids?

      Did you notice the housekeeping error above? Here’s the real story: The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. You are definitely in this one! Stay tuned!
      BTW, if you can’t wait for a give-away hop over to PerfumeNW where we are doing a draw for a cute antique perfume bottle. http://perfumenw.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-experience-and-artifact-giveaway.html

      Azar xx

  17. FeralJasmine says:

    Hi Azar, please don’t enter me in the draw because I have given up on trying to like lemon notes in perfume, but wanted to say that you make it sound so appealing that I wavered?. Great post.
    FeralJasmine recently posted…My 200th post: Celery, Nose to TailMy Profile

  18. maggiecat says:

    I follow APJ via email, usually (also on FB). I love, love, love, lemons – their flavor, their smell, their presence in perfume. I need to try this scent!

    • Azar says:

      maggiecat!

      Since you obviously love lemons I have no doubt that you would fall for this new fragrance. You are so IN this draw.

      Please note the following change about the draw dates:
      The entries actually close Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm Australian EST (whoops). The winners will be announced in early March in conjunction with a mega draw related to my other January and February posts. Stay tuned!
      If you can’t wait for a give-away hop over to PerfumeNW where we are doing a draw for a cute antique perfume bottle. http://perfumenw.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-experience-and-artifact-giveaway.html

      Azar xx

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Citrus perfumes usually associated with insignificant summer scents for me, but I tried some of Olympic Orchids (all scents very good balanced and rich) and that’s why I believe in success of this particular lemon)) Thanks for the draw. I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      White Cattleya is NOT one of those ephemeral, light, insignificant summer citrus scents. It IS balanced and rich with plenty of body and amazing longevity. Which of the current Olympic Orchid fragrances do you favor?

      BTW, there are some errors in the “Housekeeping” section of this post. I’m sure you have noticed them by now. 😉 Your are definitely in this draw but please see my comments above for corrections and more information as well as a link to another give-away if you are interested.

      Azar xx

      • Elizabeth says:

        My favorite Olympic Orchid is DEV #1: Foreplay. And California Chocolate is very good too – mighty dark chocolate with orange liqueur.

  20. TinaG says:

    Hey Azar!
    Really great run down if this fragrance – thank you. I’ve always enjoyed Olympic Orchids & will try this one – but no need to enter me in the draw.

    Heliotrope has a marzipan aspect?? Interesting. I may have trouble with that aswell, but you make it sound like it’s well-rounded & balanced here.

    Thanks
    Tina G

    • Azar says:

      Hi TinaG!

      When I smell heliotrope I almost always get a very cloying, almondy sweetness, reminiscent of almond extract flavored marzipan with something fruity thrown in, cherries or fantasy berries. I can detect this same sweetness in White Cattleya but it IS very balanced here and tempered by the jasmine or the musk or both?

      Azar xx

  21. Lindaloo says:

    Hi Azar, I love lemons. So much that as a child I would eat them, but without the sugar that Gina mentions. (I was a lover of sour and bitter even as a child.) About the only kind we get in Canada are the more generic ones, often with a very thick skin. That makes Meyer lemons the winner by far. Hefty squeezes of lemon juice into glasses of water are very necessary to me to re-hydrate.
    Will never turn my nose up at lemon meringue pie nor at citrus fragrances.
    Thanks for the draw opportunity, and I have read your date correction.

    • Azar says:

      Hey Lindaloo!

      Don’t you just love going into the grocery store when the first new citrus crops come in? Do you have a good local market for your lemons?

      I’m so glad you read that date correction! I’m just as tired of copying and pasting as everyone is bored with seeing those corrections in the comments – but I felt I needed to do it!

      BTW – Yet another detail! APJ needs to know how you follow for each and every draw. I don’t understand why but it seems to be important.

      Azar xx

  22. Rene Groyer says:

    Follow by e mail and love lemons.The smell,fragrance and taste is magical.Have not had the opportunity to ever try Olympic Orchids fragrances.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Rene,

      I agree that the taste of lemons can be magical, and there are so many different kinds!
      Do you have a favorite lemon variety? I think my favorite of all citrus fruits is the Pomelo!

      Just in case you didn’t notice, there are some errors in the “Housekeeping” section of this post. I’m sure you have seen them by now. Your are definitely in this draw but please see my comments above for corrections and more information. Also, check out my latest post on Perfume NW for another giveaway! http://perfumenw.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-experience-and-artifact-giveaway.html

      Azar xx

  23. poodle says:

    I don’t normally gravitate towards lemon notes in perfumes but since I like/love most of the Orchid Scents I can’t help but want to try this one. I’m even more interested if it doesn’t smell like furniture polish.
    Xoxo

    • Azar says:

      No furniture polish here, Poodle! No dishwasher detergent either. I imagine you might really like this one! It is quite powerful, though.

      BTW – did you notice the changes I made to “housekeeping” and my link to PerfumeNW in the comments above?

      Azar xx

  24. Eya Laameri says:

    Hi Azar,I adore lemons.I Haven’t had the opportunity to ever try Olympic Orchids fragrances.so i would really be so happy to try this one if i ever won <3

    I follow via email

  25. Eya Laameri says:

    I love lemons So much, actually, i love lemony flavours and lemony fragrances.
    i would love to try it in a perfume. that would be new.
    i really want to win this so much

    I follow via email

    • Azar says:

      Hello Eya,

      Thank you so much for commenting and joining the draw! Yes, lemons, lemon flowers, glossy lemon leaves, lemon twigs, lemon trees. Lemons are miracles! Two days ago I planted several persian lemon seeds. I’m hoping a few will germinate.

      When you have a chance, please check the comments above for corrections to the “housekeeping” portion of this post. There is also a link to a post that came out today on Perfume NW – another give-away but not for perfume 🙂

      Azar xx

  26. Fazal says:

    I love lemons when they are done right in perfumes but many are getting them wrong lately. I guess IFRA has to do with it, too. I have not tried Cattleya. thanks for the generous draw. I am in the US

    • Azar says:

      Hi Fazal,

      I agree that many perfumers have really messed up the lovely lemon! And it’s not just the celebu-scents and lower priced fragrances and body sprays that have made a botch of this sunny citrus. IFRA might indeed have something to do with it. Whatever the case may be I can’t abide dishwasher detergent in my perfume. Ellen’s lemony White Cattleya is free of the smell of cleaning products!

      Please forgive me for repeating myself, but did you see the corrections I made to this post in my comments above?
      Also – another detail! APJ needs to know how you follow for each and every draw. I don’t understand why but it seems to be important.

      Azar

      • Fazal says:

        Oh I am sorry I forgot to mention I follow APJ through email. I didn’t see the edits you made before but let me read them now!

  27. Tiffanie says:

    Hi Azar, I follow APJ via gmail. I enjoyed your review of White Cattleya very much. Your description made my mouth water because I adore lemons.

    I grew up in a climate where citrus trees are common in many gardens. I have vivid memories of the green-sharp smell of crushed citrus leaves and stems, the bitter sap from cut branches, and eating all parts of the fruit.

    I dearly love citrus in fragrances. The traditional trio of citrus top, floral heart, and vanilla base is my idea of fragrance perfection. I have not tried any fragrance from Olympic Orchids, but I have had the chance to smell scented orchids. They are divine.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Tiffanie,

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed this review. It was fun to write. Just thinking of all my favorite citrus made my mouth water too.

      Several years of my childhood were spent in a warm, sub-tropical climate I recall a blood orange tree, a pink grapefruit and a navel orange in our garden. I also remember the acres and acres of the local orange groves when they were in bloom…Aah! And also the various botanical gardens that grew orchids and kept trained parrots.

      I suppose it isn’t surprising that even today I love citrus, grow a few orchids and have a pet parrot. 🙂

      Please note the corrections to “housekeeping” in my comments above.

      Azar xx

  28. Nemo says:

    I love the smell of fresh lemons and citrus, and citrus zest. However, I have not tried a lemon perfume I have loved, or even liked. However, I am REALLY curoius to see how citrus fares in the skilled hands (and nose!) of Ellen Covey 🙂 I follow via email, and I am in the US.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo,

      Ellen did a great job with this lemon/citron combo. I have an orchid in the greenhouse whose pinky, orange blooms smell a lot like the limoncello phase of White Cattleya. Now I can have that fragrance year round in a perfume!

      You are definitely entered in the give-away! Check out my comments above for timeline corrections to the draw. Hugs!!

      Azar xx

  29. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    I adore lemons, so much so that my wedding fragrance (long, long ago) was Diorella. We have an Eureka tree in our garden and a Meyer lemon tree waiting for us in our ‘tree change’ place. I grew Heliotrope for a while; the deep purple color and honey scent attracted bees, but I was repelled by the underlying bitter almond/ almond essence notes. I had not since thought about those smells or understood why Heliotrope repelled me until I read your piece. Thanks for the post! White Cattleya sounds intriguing. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Bernadette,

      How long have you had your “tree change” place? We tried to make a “sea change” several years ago to a cute cottage on the Oregon Coast. To make a long story short, we ended up with the “big” house in the burbs and the cottage right next to some of the worst winter weather in the north Pacific. After ten years of we finally sold the little house by the sea. I miss it but I don’t miss the long distance maintenance. No lemon trees either, here or there! It is just too cold, even in the summer on the coast. My citrus fix has to come from the market.

      Regarding heliotrope: I have tried time and again to like it and have used the plants in the garden as you do, to attract bees. I just can’t abide that sweet, cloying, powdery, almond extract scent.

      Please checkout my comments above for corrections to the give-away timeline!

      Azar xxx

  30. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email and i love orchids and lemons..win,win..thanks for the giveaway : )

    • Azar says:

      Hi flowergirlbee!

      In addition to certain cattleya hybrids with white flowers, many other orchids have a lemon or citrus scent. The green flowering BLC hybrid Ports of Paradise “Emerald Isle” smells like citrus. Aerangis citrata’s small light yellow flowers produce a strong lemon scent and the deep yellow to orange flowering Polystachya bella smells a lot like Lemon Scented Pledge furniture polish. It seems that several perfumers, and orchids plants too, have problems getting that lemon scent just right 😉

      BTW – Please checkout my comments above for corrections to the give-away timeline!

      Azar xx

  31. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom – I follow by email. I like lemon – this sounds lovely to me:)!!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren,

      I think you would like this one. It is not light and lemony, but rather more like the zest of a persian lemon. BTW – I planted some C. limetta seeds the other day. I hope to have a few baby trees sometime soon. 🙂

      Mommy Azar xx and X

  32. Azar says:

    Thank everyone for your comments and for joining this draw! The winners will be announced in my Monday, March 6/7 post (or thereabouts) along with a give-away for the fragrances reviewed in my other January and February posts. Please stay tuned 🙂
    Azar xxx

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