The bitter orange tree is what you would call the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau” in German. It’s one tree that produces many different things for perfumery: neroli, orange blossom, petitgrain and orange oil.
Yves Rocher Neroli includes many of these notes: orange blossom, neroli, petitgrain and then some bergamot. There’s nothing in this scent that doesn’t come from some sort of citrus tree.
Okay, that’s a very technical description. Orange blossom/neroli also happens to be my favorite flower scent. Hot or cold, orange blossom is always in season. 🙂
Secrets D’Essences Neroli starts with a tart, zesty smell. The blossoms come out later, 15-30 minutes in. But it never really gets sweet. It always stays a little zesty, a little greenish. After that I don’t detect a lot of change anymore. Sillage is low; I think it stays close to the body. Longevity could be better, but I get five hours out of it. It’s just that sometimes the perfume is so soft you don’t notice it, but then you move and there it is.*
In a nutshell: for the Neroli lover aka me. 😀
*if you want this scent, but amped up to eleven, you’re looking for Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. 😉