L’Artisan Iris Pallida & Fleur d’Oranger ~ reissued fragrances

L'Artisan Iris Pallida

L'Artisan Parfumeur is reissuing two fragrances that were formerly in the "Harvest fragrances" series, Iris Pallida (shown above) and Fleur d'Oranger. Both will be limited edition for spring/summer 2011, but they are no longer tied to particular floral harvests, and they are now in the usual L'Artisan packaging at usual L'Artisan prices.

Here are the new descriptions:

Iris Pallida ~ "Anne Flipo, a renowned perfumer, has amplified the many facets of Iris – all of the Iris, from the flower to rhizome – to pay homage to its extraordinary olfactory complexity. A perfume has been created as if it were the work of a goldsmith, working with a precious metal, where each nuance has been interpreted with a concern for authenticity and balance..." In 50 ml Eau de Parfum. Iris Pallida can be found now at the US L'Artisan website, $115.

Fleur d'Oranger ~ "For L'Artisan Parfumeur, Anne Flipo, a renowned perfumer, has created the ultimate orange blossom. She has sculpted it just as a jeweller carves a precious stone, highlighting all of its angles and transforming the material into a true perfume. The challenge was to surprise with an orange blossom, making it unique and irresistible, but at the same time highlighting the bewitching dual personality of the absolute: a lush freshness but also a honeyed, almost carnal warmth. Both virginal and sensual..." Fleur d'Oranger can be found now at the European L'Artisan website, 75€ for 50 ml Eau de Parfum.

(via press release)

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  1. Haunani says:

    This is exciting news from my favorite parfumeur!

  2. bisitun says:

    All the harvest perfumes except for Fleur de Narcisse? This is cruel!

    • Robin says:


    • Daisy says:

      crushing , yes? Narcisse is my favorite of the harvests! I must now go hug my bottle…..

  3. Daisy says:

    There appears to be only one website….and it does not show Fleur d’Oranger ( you know I checked immediately) so I called customer service and they don’t show Fd’O on their order forms either. But never fear, I their assurances that they are looking into and will call me back……now the important question is how many bottles to order? For certainly people will want to share…..decisions decisions….. ;)

    • Robin says:

      The FdO, as I understand it, will not be officially distributed here, although it wasn’t clear to me whether or not LAP boutiques might get it even if it didn’t go online. But it is online on the European version, I checked. And as you know, where there is a will there is a way.

      • Robin says:

        And if it makes you feel any better, as I understand it the Iris will not be distributed in Europe…

        • Daisy says:

          what european version??

        • Daisy says:

          Ha! I see! nevermind……now back to number of bottles…..

        • Daisy says:

          well, zee bad news is that it may show on the website but it won’t let you put it in the basket! bummer :(

          • Robin says:

            Yeah, I think it can figure out where you are. Or something. But do think that means you could get someone overseas to order it for you.

            Still think it might be worth calling L’Artisan at Bendels to see if they’re going to get it. If it helps, here is the exact wording of the press release:

            “L’Artisan Parfumeur boutiques and website, as
            well as in wider distribution in France and Italy.”

            Not sure what that means, which is why I did not specify in the article itself.

          • Daisy says:

            I noticed there was no specific article listed. well, I’ve emailed France (no, not ALL of France, just L’artisan so see if they’ll consider shipping) if not, well….I’ll just have to live off my 2007 bottle and be satisfied….darned limited editions!!

          • Rappleyea says:

            Are you going to split the Iris too, or just the FdO? I’m in for the Iris if you do! :-D

          • Daisy says:

            Hey Rapple–I wasn’t planning to split the Iris because I still have 2 bottles of the 2006 –did you want a bit of that?

          • tulp says:

            Hi Daisy, if you want I can ask first-in-fragrance (Germany) whether they have Fleur D’Oranger. It is not yet on their homepage. I would also send it to you, I don’t know what you need to pay for the customs in the USA.

          • Daisy says:

            Hi tulp ~~ what a generous offer! I was considering nagging firstinfragrance mercilessly until they agreed to get it and ship it…but one of my other wonderful perfumista buddies managed to pull a few london relatives out of her hat and I now have two bottles on the way!

            and now….you are on my European shipper radar…muwahahahaaha! *you know not, what you have done!* :D

          • tulp says:


  4. Merlin says:

    A favourite brand of mine too, but since, by nature, I must bitch about something…does anyone else think they should have changed the metaphor? I just don’t think the jeweler, jewel metaphor should have been used for two perfumes which should have fairly distinct characters.

    • Robin says:

      They probably figure that since they’re not releasing them in the same areas, it doesn’t matter.

      • Merlin says:

        And cos the whole thing has nothing to do with how the scent smells, anyway…

    • Daisy says:

      ahh, but you see; one is likened to a goldsmith working precious metal…and the other to cutting precious stones….completely different and yet neither having a darned thing to do with Iris roots or orange blossoms! But it appears they really thought they were on to something!

      • Merlin says:

        Variations on a theme? Perhaps they have been listening to too much Bach!

        • Daisy says:

          is there such a thing as too much Bach? ;-)

  5. akimon says:

    I have a bottle of Fleur d’Oranger on its way from LuckyScent. The good people of LS emailed me to let me know they had a FEW bottles available, and as I had purchased the 2007 version from them a while ago, they wanted to see if I was interested… Contact them to see if they can work something out.
    This is shaping to be an Orange Blossom season for me – I had just bought a bottle of 7 Virtues Afghanistan Orange Blossom during my recent trip to Toronto.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks very much for the tip, Akimon, but as of now, all the bottles Luckyscent had are gone. I just called. I really dislike when companies do this sort of thing – L’Artisan I mean – and would not buy the scent for that reason if I weren’t so fond of it.

    • nozknoz says:

      Akimon, how do you like the 7 Virtues orange blossom?

      • akimon says:

        It’s beautiful and perfectly balanced; not as sweet as Fleur D’Oranger, more of a unisex scent, I would say. I have to say that I treat both FdO and Orange Blossom as light mists, for hardcore orange blossom action, in proper perfume settings, I turn to Strange Invisible Perfume’s Fair Verona. However, I think the 7 Virtues and L’Artisan are the two top choices for me, and I have tried just about every orange blossom soliflore out there…

        • nozknoz says:

          Thanks so much for sharing these recommentdations, Akimon! I love the L’AP and now must try both the 7 Virtues and the SIP. I should probably just order the 7 Virtues since it’s for a good cause!

          • akimon says:

            I think 7 Virtues is a fairly safe buy, even unsniffed, and yes, it’s a very good cause. Good price, too, even if you have to pay extra shipping. In SIP’s case, I would strongly recommend sampling first. In Fair Verona, orange blossom is the unofficial note that many people, myself included, smell in the mix; there is another SIP with distinctive orange blossom note combined with tuberose and galbanum, Galatea, that’s worth sampling.

  6. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Yay! *cartwheels* L’Artisan Fleur d’Oranger ’05 is my fave orange blossom of all time, so I can’t imagine this is much less beautiful! *swoons* Hey Daisy, about that decant idea…

    • Daisy says:

      maybe we can convince L’Artisan to ship us rough Americans a few bottles, eh?

  7. OperaFan says:

    I’ve only tried Narcisse, but would love to try these 2….

  8. malijo789 says:

    “all of the Iris, from the flower to rhizome” Has anyone done that before? Would this be a good one to sample if I haven’t tried any irises yet?

    • Robin says:

      Well, they really just mean the flower and the root, and yes, it’s been done. It wouldn’t hurt as a first iris, sure.

    • Daisy says:

      There’s plenty of iris scents to try that are easier to get than this one…it has always seemed to me that two of the best “intro to iris” scents are also conveniently easy to acquire: Yves Rocher Iris Noir and Prada Infusion d’Iris…..then step up to some Odori Iris, Hermes Hiris and PG Iris Taizo….or Dior Bois d’Argent….what’s that Donna Karan one? (not sure I ever tried that one) Iris Pallida (2006) can have a bit of a “sweaty ” note but most days it’s a very nice scent.

      • halimeade says:

        I personally <3 Mythique. I have not gotten to try any other irises : (

        • Daisy says:

          how could I forget Mythique? Lovely soft, floral/leather iris! I invite you to also send me an email….I’m in a sample making mood!

          • halimeade says:

            Wow, thanks! Is there a way to send emails without posting a message on the article?

    • malijo789 says:


      • Daisy says:

        Are you in the US? it’s okay if you’re not…just easier….anyhow, I’m a bit of an Iris Ho and have a number of lovely iris scents…drop me a note at Daisyloo82 @ gmail .com and I can set you up with some samples :)

  9. lyapp says:

    I absolutely love Fleur d’oranger! I have the 2007 special edition…and wear it often. It smells exactly like the orange blossoms of southern CA. So gorgeous.

  10. nozknoz says:

    I love all three of the L’AP LE harvest soliflores. I think I actually paid full price for Iris Pallida (early in my collecting surge), and then watched ebay for (relatively) good prices on Oranger and Narcisse – still pretty expensive since they only made 100 ml bottles. They are so well done, and I’m glad to see them become (sort of) more accessible.

    I’d LIKE to think that perhaps there is a semi-rational explanation, such as limited supply of the quality of ingredients required to produce these, rather than a deliberately perverse marketing strategy.

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