By Liz Bekesz


Few word pairings in the fragrance lexicon are as redolent of joyful sunshine as the words “orange blossom.” Historically, the orange blossom tree has been a symbol of fertility and abundance, stemming from the fact that it is able to produce both flowers and fruit simultaneously (now that’s some beautiful multitasking). The House of Houbigant Paris celebrates the forever-popular tree with its newest luxury fragrance, Orangers en Fleurs. Inspired by the legendary Queen Victoria (one of Houbigant’s most famous clientele). Queen Victoria made the tradition of wearing orange blossoms to the forefront when she adorned her hair with an intricate crown of the fragrant flowers on her wedding day in 1840.

Created for Houbigant by Jacques Flori of Robertet, the scent is a beautiful, harmonious interpretation of orange blossom, with more than a small dose of warmth (the nutmeg definitely doesn’t hurt), complexity (tuberose lends delicious creaminess), and sophistication (Turkish Rose). Available at Bergdorf Goodman and

Currently, there is no shortage of scent that promise a more “masculine” sensory mix. Donna Karan‘s contribution to the category is a new fragrance simply called Donna Karan Woman, a scent “inspired by all that a woman is.” Karan created the fragrance with perfumer Anne Flipo, and renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed the curvaceous bottle. Woman fulfills the promise of edgy dichotomous attraction, all without compromise to its graceful femininity. Sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, and orange flower are part of this scent, with more emphasis on the former notes. The result is a woody, powdery mix that will wear like a beautiful second skin through the fall, and into winter. Fans of Cashmere Mist and somewhat cult-ier classics such as Black Cashmere and Chaos will likely be fans; apple-gobblers may discover a new kind of delicious to whet their palette, as well. Woman Donna Karan is available at Bloomingdale’s and online at

Coach Poppy Blossom is the third fragrance in Coach’s always-pretty Poppy collection. This limited edition addition strives to be nothing less than a “blossoming oasis.” While that certainly sounds like a lot to live up to, Poppy Blossom does the job admirably, combining fruits, flowers, and woods into a garden of delight. Lychee and Mara Strawberry make a first impression that’s a touch sweet and innocent; check in a bit later and a lush, feminine heart of rich, precious blooms like Petaly Muguet, Rose Centifolia, Tuberose and Gardenia is revealed. Much like the tucked-away gardens budding betwixt rooftops and parking lots in our very own urban oasis, Coach Poppy Blossom unfurls and explodes into an exuberant celebration of the floral fantastic. Available at Coach stores,, and Sephora.

The latest from Michael Kors, Michael Kors GOLD Rose Edition Eau de Parfum, is made up of an exclusive “signature” bouquet with five floral facets: tuberose, petally rose centifolia, muguet, glistening peony, and gardenia. Notes of luminous pink pepper, raspberry, michelia, and waterlily keep things very feminine, current and pretty. Available at Bloomingdale’s and

Originally published September 2012



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