L’Occitane Vanille & Narcisse, Neroli & Orchidee, and Fleur d’Or & Acacia reviews, photos | La Collection de Grasse

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

L'Occitane Collection de Grasse

The products: L’Occitane en Provence La Collection de Grasse Eau de Toilettes in Vanille & Narcisse, Néroli & Orchidée, and Fleur d’Or & Acacia

Launched last May with just four scents, the L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse has since expanded to encompass eight beautiful scents for him & her. Packaged in the most exquisite glass flacons, each fragrance blends an ingredient from Grasse (a Mediterranean city in Provence) with one from afar.

L'Occitane La Collection de Grasse review

The nose of this collection is none other than parfumer Karine Dubreuil, who was born and raised in Grasse. I absolutely adore her work as the in-house perfumer at L’Occitane, as well as her approach to perfumery — she often describes her upbringing in Provence; a childhood surrounded by a garden of beautiful scents, her first spritz of cologne, and the memories that she now puts into olfactive form.

Fleur d’Or & Acacia Eau de Toilette ($75 CAD)

Perfume review - L'Occitane Fleur d'Or et Acacia

Described as “a sensual blend of floral notes,” Fleur d’Or et Acacia is my top pick for a spring scent this year. It’s bright, alluring, and sunny, drying down to a powdery finish without a hint of gourmand sweetness or floor-cleaner citrus in between.

I wish that this particular scent had better longevity and sillage, but it’s been my one big, unexpected love of the season. With top notes of lemon and bergamot, heart notes of mimosa and genet (a sweet-smelling shrub in the broom family), and base notes of white woods and musk, it encapsulates the feeling of spring without ever erring too mainstream or too obscure.

L'Occitane Fleur d'Or Acacia review

Fleur d’Or & Acacia takes La Collection de Grasse’s idea of “precious ingredients from France and afar” quite literally, with mimosa absolute from Grasse supported by Mediterranean acacia.

Though this scent was named (Fleur d’Or) for the yellow flowers of the broom and acacia plants, I also find it to be representative of the “yellow floral” scent family it belongs to — bright, springy perfumes; sometimes described as “sunshine in a bottle.” Fleur d’Or & Acacia is the only yellow floral I’ve ever owned and liked, but wow — do I ever like it a lot.

Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette ($75 CAD)

Perfume review - L'Occitane Vanille et Narcisse

One of the first Collection de Grasse scents to be launched, Vanille & Narcisse is an Eau de Toilette featuring top notes of blackcurrent and bergamot, heart notes of narcissus and gardenia, and base notes of vanilla and tonka bean.

Like Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Vanille & Narcisse is unique to my collection: I have never been a fan of vanilla-based perfumes in the past, but this one really took my breath away. I think of it as a vanilla for vanilla-haters, in a way — something so undeniably well done that it’ll be loved by more than just vanilla fans.

L'Occitane Vanille Narcisse EdT review

Made with narcissus absolute from France and vanilla absolute from Madagascar, Vanille & Narcisse balances vanilla and white flowers in a way that makes the scent neither too sweet nor too floral. It’s a bit of both, in just the right amounts, and is exactly what I want to wear when I’m in the mood for a more gourmand fragrance.

Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette ($75 CAD)

Perfume review - L'Occitane Neroli et Orchidee

Néroli & Orchidée is my least favourite scent from the Collection de Grasse so far, but I’ve read many other rave reviews of the fragrance. A blend of neroli essence from the orange blossoms of Provence and white orchid absolute from Madagascar, it’s a fruity floral scent that Karine describes as “evocative of a pearly white flower lying on a piece of silk”.

This fragrance features top notes of orange and mandarin, heart notes of peach, fig milk, and lily of the valley, and base notes of musk and iris. It dries down to a bright blend of fruit and flowers, but opens a little too aggressively for my nose.

L'Occitane Neroli Orchidee review

All that said, I adore the peach notes in Néroli & Orchidée, and the drydown is divine. If you really love big, floral scents, I think this one will be a good pick for something a little more youthful, with a sunny, floral twist – and the bottle, topped with a soft gold finish and tied in golden thread, is absolutely exquisite.

L'Occitane Neroli et Orchidee Eau de Toilette

A quick postscript 

These scents are also available as body milks, shower gels, perfumed soaps, candles, and shea butter hand creams — see all of your options here.

While I would absolutely recommend their Eau de Toilette forms above all others (especially for Vanille & Narcisse and Fleur d’Or & Acacia, both of which you need), their ancillary forms would make beautiful birthday or hostess gifts!

L'Occitane Neroli Orchidee perfume Collection de Grasse

L’Occitane en Provence La Collection de Grasse – Fleur d’Or & Acacia Eau de ToiletteL'Occitane Fleur d'Or Acacia EdT perfume Collection de Grasse

L’Occitane en Provence La Collection de Grasse – Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette

L'Occitane Vanille Narcisse EdT perfume Collection de Grasse

L’Occitane en Provence La Collection de Grasse – Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette

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8 Responses to “L’Occitane Vanille & Narcisse, Neroli & Orchidee, and Fleur d’Or & Acacia reviews, photos | La Collection de Grasse”

  1. Lena L, on May 13th, 2014 at 4:43 pm said:

    They all sound quite beautiful.
    I'm imagining that I would fall in love with the Vanille & Narcisse. I am a vanilla hater (actually, vanilla hates me so I have to hate back), so think about it, how nice would it be? I do dream of me saying "I've finally found a vanilla scent that loves me back!"
    Chance is that Neroli & Orchidee would smell best on me, though. *sigh*
    Thanks for the introductions. Your post really made me want to run to a local L'Occitane. :)
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  2. Hah! How exactly does vanilla hate you, Lena? :p

    Run on, I say! I didn't love Neroli & Orchidee at first spritz, but it gets crazy beautiful by the end of the day. There's just something in the way that it dissipates, in the notes that fade first — it's really quite lovely.

  3. Lena L, on May 15th, 2014 at 3:53 pm said:

    Well, almost every vanilla-dominant scent acts like it has nothing to do with my skin or fleets away leaving me with a sickly sweet after taste. I can do oriental florals with vanilla carefully tucked in somewhere, but gourmand is never my friend..T,.T
    Hanae Mori Butterfly EDT smells quite nice on me..but it is the praline, no vanilla in it. 'Nuff said. LOL
    I will report back once I get to smell these beauties. ;)
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  4. I will wait to hear your verdict :) I'll admit that this vanilla is a little sweeter than I prefer (I don't typically enjoy sweet at all, to be honest!), but — I don't know. I get weird vanilla cravings sometimes, despite my aversion to them, and this one really hits the spot without turning too sticky-sweet.

  5. I worked on a bee apiary where we farmed honey, and the bees who had pollinated Acacia trees had (by FAR) the best-tasting honey. I'm definitely going to check this out!
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  6. Oh, wow! That's actually really interesting — now I want to try some acacia bee honey! ;)

    Hope you love the Fleur d'Or & Acacia fragrance as much as I do :)

  7. Alison, on May 21st, 2014 at 8:04 pm said:

    Ugh, I leave the computer for what seems like two days, come back and suddenly there are so many gorgeous new photographs and reviews here on theNotice.

    I haven't any use (or occasion) for fragrance right now, but Fleur D'Or et Acacia in particular sounds just lovely <3. It sounds like a nice balance: I hate cloyingly sweet scents and floor-cleaner smells; that very apt description definitely appeals. :P

  8. I love it so, so much, Alison — you *need* to check it out when you have time, even if it's just to see if you can get a little sample!

    Can I ask why you haven't a use for fragrance right now? Is it a sensory thing? (I know my sister can't handle fragrances when her fibro or migraines are flaring up; on the other hand, I often wear fragrance to help cheer myself up on bad fibro days!)

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