Afghan Woman Harvesting Orange Blossoms


Guest Post by Jordan River


Hey there Perfume Junkies,

Don’t forget our Enchanted Forest GIVEAWAY <<<JUMP

Following on from FeralJasmine’s story this week about Afghanistan Orange Blossom and the Jordan River, from The Fragrant Man, story about The Noble Rose: another of The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. World changing economics in action through fragrance.
Portia xx

Afghan Woman Harvesting Orange Blossoms

In response to Ellen Covey’s comment on Make Perfume not War

Barb Stegemann from The 7 Virtues has supplied this photo of one of the women employed on this project.


Afghan woman harvesting orange blossoms for the perfume Afghanistan Orange Blossom by The 7 Virtues.
Her name is Rose Petals in the local language.

Further Reading
Afghanistan Orange Blossom – reviewed by Feral Jasmine on Australian Perfume Junkies
Make Perfume not War – Opium poppy fields turning into fields of roses

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger by Daniela Andrier for Prada 2009

Hello fellow Fumies,

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger by Prada 2009

I have not really spent any amount of time with the Prada fragrances. Though Prada opened back in 1913, it was while I was at Fashion School during the 1980s that they really started to take over the world. I have loved their meteoric rise and swooned with delight at some of their runway stuff but it has never seemed to be a good fit for me or my life so I pretty much left them alone. One grey cashmere jumper is all I’ve owned from Prada and it is looking decidedly worse for wear after being dragged from pillar to post around the world since the 1990s. To tell the truth the label fell out in its first week and I caught a sleeve on a London bus not even a month after buying it in Rome. So it has been a mended item since then, seriously luxe and comfortable though even now.

Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these notes in one line:
Mandarin orange, neroli, tuberose, jasmine, orange blossom

Like my Prada pullover I find Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger extremely comfortable. It is fresh, warm and bright, basically staying that way with a fade rather than a story, though it still holds some differences with each wear. The copy calls it a middle ground between  Prada’s Exclusive Scent No. 4 Fleur de Oranger and Infusion d`Iris, and that is a pretty good representation of it. Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger is simple, uncluttered fragrance that gives 4-6 hours depending on other factors. I love the 100ml bottle, it’s so hefty and square, to me it has a refined elegance that adds to my enjoyment every time I spritz. Originally I bought decants but I was going through them so it was time for a bottle and the box is also lovely in a black, lime and pink ex fabric combo Prada had in its collection a few years ago. Last week I put it on over one of my favourite body lotions and it went totally toilet spray for an hour, awful, but usually I find it an easy spritz, waft and wear fragrance suitable for all but the most fragrance phobic of workplaces.

OrangeBlossom west-cretePhoto Stolen west-crete

Further reading NowSmellThis and PerfumePosse
FragranceNet have 200ml/$90 unboxed
MyPerfumeSamples start at $2/ml but I bought $7/5ml

Have you tried Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger? How does it wear for you?

Till tomorrow,
Take care please,
Portia xx