I am going to write about another of Oriza L. Legrand’s soliflore fragrances; heliotrope blanc.
And since I already talked about soliflores and Oriza L. Legrand’ when I wrote about ‘Royal Œillet’, this post will be a bit shorter than usual 😉
At this point, I have to let you in on a little secret; I own a bottle of a rare Guerlain: Heliotrope Blanc 000, or so called triple extract, so of course I was extra curious to see how Oriza’s would compare. Especially as so far I would say that Legrand makes an effort to try and make their perfumes as purposely old-fashioned as possible. What I thought at first might just a trick to stick out in the niche perfume jungle, I’ve come to respect for their insistence in sticking to their program.
Would Heliotrope Blanc try to be complex and mysterious, would it be something different to a (blue/ purple) heliotrope or would it be more in line with the old style soliflores I talked of before?
How’s the white heliotrope white? In this case it has an old fashioned cleanliness about it that oozes white and light with a touch of floral smelling soap. It’s yellow like little sunbeams dancing on lilies of the valley through washing lines of white sheets hanging out to dry. There’s a light powderiness to begin with, with a bit of very light tinge of greenery. The powder is very anti-boudoir in style, more talcum than make-up, and feels like a comforting little cloud of homeliness. There’s sweetness, of course, but at least in the beginning it feel more like it’s coming from the rice giving a milk-like appearance, than an almond or candy like sweetness. It has an innocence about it, a cuteness without being twee or girlish. It dries down yet a little sweeter and more powdery with the added tonka bean. It’s a comfy fragrance, if your sense of comfort is going into a bet of new washed and ironed linen, feeling its coolness against a warm cheek.
Top; Orange Blossom, Heliotrope, Violet leaves. Heart; Almond, Heliotrope, Mimosa, Iris. Base; Musk, Heliotrope, Rice powder, Benzoin, Tonka Bean.
If your typical heliotrope fragrances are too candy-sweet/ almondy and the typical powders of comfort fragrances like Nirmal, Teint de Neige or Verte Violette are too powdery, Heliotrope Blanc would be worth trying. Equally, while it might still not quite win over the heliotropophobes, this would be a good place to start if it is the almond part of heliotrope that causes worry.
Have you smelled white heliotrope, and how does if differ from the blue/purple heliotrope? How do you like your soliflores?
Disclaimer; samples bought from Luckyscent. Feature pic by me, and I couldn’t find attribution to the two other found online.