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To me, the best orange blossom perfumes aren’t in your face with the orange blossom note. Instead, the note is obviously there and peeks out every now and then. Still, its main job is to fill the gap between other notes or balance the florals like jasmine and magnolia with the heavier woods, vanilla, and amber.
I love how the orange blossom note introduces a brightness without being too sharp or fresh.
Bottom Line Up Front
I’ve found the best orange blossom perfume for you, whether you want to smell like orange blossoms or just enjoy the web the note creates between other florals, fruits, woods, and other notes. Do you love unisex scents and want to take the orange blossom note to the max? Jo Malone London Orange Blossom or Serge Lutens Fleurs D’Oranger is for you.
If you want to feel sexy, give Armani Code a try. Parfums de Marly Athalia’s another good choice, as long as you have a chance to sample it first.
For an everyday scent, I really want to recommend Gucci Bamboo because it smells like everything I could want from an orange blossom perfume. However, suppose you’d like more than the bare minimum where projection is concerned. In that case, you should go with Dior Pure Poison or Elie Saab Le Parfum.
My Top Picks at a Glance
There’s a lot to take in here, as each perfume has its pros, cons, and different list of interwoven notes. Here’s a quick rundown to send you on your way to the best orange blossom perfume for you:
Best if you love clean, relatively simple scents you can wear anywhere: Gucci Bamboo, Prada Candy Kiss, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Giorgio Armani My Way, Dior Pure Poison
Best if you’re looking for a sexy, warm fragrance: Armani Code, Yves Saint-Laurent Libre, Dior Addict, Parfums de Marly Athalia, Dior J’adore Absolu
Best if you love unisex fragrances: Jo Malone London Orange Blossom or Serge Lutens Fleurs D’Oranger
How I Chose the Best Options to Share
When I write “best of” perfume articles, I look for variety. Perfume’s so personal, plus notes don’t always perform and behave the same way on everyone. Some will want to smell just like orange blossoms if they can. In contrast, others will be interested in enjoying the orange blossom note as part of a symphony of scents.
Some are on the hunt for a feminine white floral fragrance, while others may be looking for something unisex. I tried not to go too obscure or hard to find, though some perfumes will need to be purchased online. What’s the point of discovering what sounds like the most perfect scent if you can’t get your hands on it?
Tips for Choosing Your Best Orange Blossom Perfume
Know Your Goal and Check the Other Notes
- Do you know what type of scent you want–sweet, sexy, floral, warm, fresh, or something else?
- When will you wear it–day or night, and what season?
- Do you want a date night perfume or something appropriate for the office?
- How does it need to perform where sillage, projection, and longevity are concerned?
- Are there any additional notes in a fragrance that you know disagree with your body chemistry? That doesn’t mean you should eliminate it from your list of potential orange blossom fragrances to try, but you should proceed with caution. Maybe try another one first.
- Do you want to try it in the store before buying it, purchase a sample, or blind-buy it?
What Does Orange Blossom Flower Smell Like?
Clean and fresh, almost soapy, but not as sharp and clean as, say, neroli. There’s a sweetness to it, too. Orange blossom is a complicated note to pin down and describe, which makes it complementary to various notes. You can find it straight out of the bottle as a top note, nested in the heart notes to link the brighter top notes with the sweet, warm, and animalistic base notes. In some cases, you’ll even discover it in the dry-down as a base note.
The 12 Best Orange Blossom Perfumes to Check Out
There are so many perfumes out there–currently and throughout the past several decades–that have taken advantage of the beauty and versatility of the orange blossom note.
Here are the top 12 that are still somewhat easy to get your hands on, including everything from sexy, honeyed, and feminine to unisex with a kick of spice and freshness.
Yves Saint Laurent Libre
Though it’s a strong fragrance that could easily end up in the fall/winter category, I actually enjoy walking out in the heat and humidity of a late spring or summer day. The cloud that wafts up and around me smells ten times better than the perfume does when I sniff my wrist or just sit still indoors.
It’s beautiful, but strong. It’s also delightfully well-blended, with the orange blossom perking up the calming lavender and the musk adding a sensual element. Be careful with this one if you are headache-prone, though.
Notes include lavender, orange blossom, and musk.
- Wonderful sillage
- Great projection
- Surprisingly suited to year-round wear
- Can be overpowering
- Not recommended for work unless you’ll be spraying it on a while before you’re on public transportation or at the office
- May smell a little too sweet for some
Armani Code Pour Femme
This has been one of my go-to perfumes since at least 2008. I love it most in the fall and winter, as it can feel heavy and syrupy if the conditions aren’t just right. The jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, and honey are to blame for that. Still, it’s a delicious combination balanced by orange blossom, orange, and ginger.
- It’s warm and sexy but not a sweet gourmand
- Could be too heavy, but the orange blossom and ginger balance it out
- May be too heavy for some
- Might not be suitable for year-round wear, but it comes close as long as you limit summertime wear to date nights
Prada Candy Kiss
Prada Candy Kiss isn’t the gooey, caramelly original Prada Candy. Here, the sweets are tempered by orange blossoms and musk. If you didn’t care for the original, don’t write this one off. The orange blossom sings here because there’s almost no competition for attention in the notes–just sweet vanilla and musk.
- More flirty and lighthearted than the original Candy
- A little sweet, but with a freshness from the orange blossom
- Smells clean with a touch of orange and cream
- Not the best staying power
- Some may find it too musky
Dior Addict is very heavy on the vanilla. Still, there’s a little something extra that comes through and keeps it from being boring, gourmand, or smelling like it’s straight from the kitchen, where you’re baking a cake. That “something” is a combination of orange blossom, mandarin leaf, and tonka bean. I love this one for date nights, but it’s good for staying in and cuddling up with a book or someone special.
- Good projection
- Heady and gorgeous
- Perfect for date nights (it’s sexy yet comforting)
- Vanilla, but more interesting than the basic vanilla perfume
- Easy to find
- This isn’t especially heavy on the orange blossom note as much as the vanilla and tonka bean. Still, orange blossom is present enough to clean the fragrance up a bit and keep it from morphing into a lovely but dull vanilla.
- Expensive (starts at $112.00)
Parfums de Marly Athalia
I love Parfums de Marly fragrances (especially Delina), but they’re quite pricy. I recommend ordering samples of any you’d like to try before committing to a whole bottle (Scent Split is good for this). In Athalia’s case, you can expect an intoxicating blend of incense, rose, iris, suede, cashmeran, bitter orange, orange blossom, amber, vetiver, and vanilla.
- You can find samples to purchase before you make a commitment.
- It’s not everywhere like Delina and Delina dupes, so you won’t smell like everyone else.
- This is a sexy and mysterious fragrance, with powder, warmth, and hints of bright orange.
- Not the easiest to get your hands on, but it is available at some department stores (Nordstrom carries it).
- Only one bottle size is available (2.5 oz.), and it’s $335.00, so a blind-buy is a bad idea.
Giorgio Armani My Way
This isn’t one of my personal favorites because the tuberose comes out to play on my skin, and that’s about all I can smell. However, it’s extremely popular, so it’s worth mentioning here. You’ll probably have better luck with it than I.
Notes include orange blossom, bergamot, tuberose, jasmine, vanilla, musk, and cedar.
- Opens with the beautiful orange blossom in the top notes
- Can be a beautiful, heavy, syrupy, jammy fragrance on some (probably best for fall and winter)
- Good longevity
- Good sillage and projection
- If you have my luck, the tuberose will take over, and you won’t get a chance to enjoy the orange blossom note much
- It’s popular, so you might find yourself wearing the same fragrance as a friend.
Elie Saab Le Parfum
Notes of orange blossom, jasmine, honey, rose, and patchouli dance in this fragrance, described as a chypre and floral perfume on the Elie Saab site.
You can wear it any time of day, almost anywhere. It’s just an elegant, go-anywhere fragrance.
- Opens right away with the orange blossom
- Not an incredibly complex scent, but not linear, either. You’ll get to enjoy a bit of a journey in the dry-down, but it probably won’t confuse your nose.
- Good longevity
- Expensive, at $153.00 for about three ounces.
- Not easy to find; it will probably need to be ordered online.
Dior Pure Poison
This is the white floral that launched me into an obsession with perfume. Notes include jasmine, orange, bergamot, gardenia, mandarin, orange blossom, sandalwood, musk, cedar, and amber. At first, it’s all white floral, and I can see why some people call it screechy. However, it settles into a magical collaboration of florals, warm woods, and amber.
- It’s intoxicating and smells just as beautiful in the winter months as it does in the summer (and spring and fall, for that matter).
- Stunning bottle you’ll be happy to display in your room
- Good sillage and projection
- Decent longevity
- Some may find it too sharp and soapy
- The orange blossom is there, but you’ll probably notice the jasmine, gardenia, and sandalwood more
- If you don’t genuinely enjoy white florals, you probably won’t be enchanted by this one.
Dior J’adore Absolu
I have the original J’adore and a flanker, but I recently tried the Absolu version. It takes a while to settle into something I like, but it is gorgeous once it’s done. It’s sweet and floral, settled on swoon-worthy orange blossom base note. It’s a tiny bit soapy, but only enough to keep it from becoming overwhelming with sweet, heady jasmine.
Notes include jasmine, magnolia, tuberose, rose, and orange blossom.
- This one isn’t taken over by tuberose like some other orange blossom fragrances can be.
- This may be the prettiest of the J’adore bunch.
- Somewhat expensive at $143.00 for 2.5 oz.
- In my opinion, it takes a long time to dry down into something that isn’t overpowering and off-putting. It’s hard to comprehend how something I disliked at first became this sparkling, honeyed masterpiece.
Serge Lutens Fleurs D’Oranger
If your goal is to smell just like orange blossoms, this one stands a good chance of delivering. However, it’s important to note that this might be a bit too masculine if you’re looking for a floral, feminine scent. I’d call this one a unisex scent.
Notes include orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, rose, citrus, neroli, cumin, hibiscus, musk, and woods.
- More centered on the orange blossom scent than most other fragrances
- Good longevity
- Good projection
- Perfect for warmer months, day or night
- Might be too masculine for some
- Could feel too heavy for some taste
- May overwhelm you with tuberose
This one makes me sad, but only because it’s not very strong. If it had the sillage and projection of YSL Libre, I’d be a happy woman. I tested the two at the same time and while Libre made me very aware of its presence, I had to sniff my wrist to get the faintest whiff of Bamboo.
Gucci Bamboo (EDP) is just a whisper against the skin, but it’s unbelievably beautiful in a soft, clean, floral way. It plays up the soapy aspect of the orange blossom, but there’s still a barely-there muskiness and woodsy vibe about it, too.
Notes include bergamot, lily, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, ylang-ylang, and orange blossom.
- Safe for everyday wear, even to work
- Light, fresh floral but has a sweetness to it to round it out
- Sits so close to the skin that it’s almost undetectable
- Longevity is disappointing
Jo Malone London Orange Blossom
What does Jo Malone Orange Blossom smell like? It’s one of the closest representations of orange blossoms on the list, but it’s not a one-note wonder. It also has notes of clementine flower, water lily, orris, and vetiver. It’s a little powdery, a little bright, and a little earthy. It’s not the overwhelmingly syrupy fragrance some others that incorporate orange blossom can be.
- It’s beautiful alone but can be paired with other Jo Malone fragrances to create just the mood and type of scent you’re aiming for. (There are even recommendations on the Neiman Marcus site!)
- Available at department stores and Sephora, so you should be able to try it before purchasing if you live near a mall
- Expensive, as Jo Malone fragrances tend to be, but maybe not as bad as you would expect at $145.00 for 3.4 oz. (You can find one-ounce bottles at Sephora for $75.00.)
- Not predominantly masculine or feminine, which may be a pro for those looking for a unisex scent
Question: Is there a perfume that smells like orange blossoms?
Answer: There are a few with an orange blossom note. The Jo Malone London Orange Blossom or Serge Lutens Fleurs D’Oranger might get you closest to smelling like orange blossoms.
Question: Is orange blossom a top note?
Answer: It can be, but it’s often a middle note. In some cases, it’s even a bottom note. Because it has a bright and clean scent (sometimes even veering into soapy territory), it’s usually a top note, though.
Question: What is orange blossom scent good for?
Answer: It can add brightness and sweetness to a fragrance. It can also lift your mood and relax your mind. If you’re stressed, you may find that orange blossom notes can help calm you down.
Question: Are neroli and orange blossom the same?
Answer: They’re not the same, but they’re similar. They both have a zesty citrus edge to them, but neroli has a more “crisp” scent than the more muddled, warmer orange blossom. A neroli note brightens a perfume up more than an orange blossom one.
Conclusion: Which Orange Blossom Perfume Is Right for You?
If I had to choose just one perfume to recommend here, I’d probably have to go with Yves Saint-Laurent Libre. It’s not my favorite on the list, but it’s one of the more versatile ones. It can glide from day to night with no trouble. Plus, it’s easy to find, whether you need to shop online or in-store.
The longevity, projection, and sillage are good. It’s pretty loud after the initial spritz, but it settles down to a sweet-but-not-cloying fragrance that is unlikely to offend. It’s similar to Armani Code Pour Femme but less syrupy and thick.