I've only recently learned about Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger, although the company has been around since 1998. Its founders, Virginie and Antoine Roux, take inspiration from their family's Grasse background and longtime associations with the region's perfume industry. As you can guess from their name, Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger incorporates the floral note of the orange blossom1 into many of its products. The three fragrances in its Neroli Blanc collection are all very pleasing, and they showcase this note in three different ways.
Neroli Blanc Eau de Cologne is a "refreshing" take on orange blossom, and it's the most gender-neutral of the three compositions. It has top notes of grapefruit, bergamot and orange blossom; heart notes of rose, jasmine and tea; and a base of woody notes, musk and sweet notes. The orange blossom is surrounded by green leaves and freshly snapped stems, and there's a soapy-clean note in the heart and some very sheer, crisp musk in the base. Despite its feeling of fresh air and sunlight, this Eau de Cologne has surprisingly good staying power.
Neroli Blanc Eau de Parfum, the "charming" character in the Neroli Blanc trio, includes top notes of orange blossom, lemon leaf and bergamot; heart notes of jasmine, rose, geranium, apricot and peach; and a base of caramel and benzoin. The orange blossom is headier here, with a dusting of sticky pollen. (It reminds me of the central note in Lush's Orange Blossom fragrance.) As the fragrance develops, the orange blossom is complemented by a slightly indolic jasmine and a honeyed peach note. Despite these potentially sweet notes, Neroli Blanc Eau de Parfum doesn't feel heavy, and it could be worn by men who aren't afraid of a floral note or two.
Last but not least, Neroli Blanc Intense Eau de Parfum is a "rich" fragrance with top notes of orange blossom, bergamot and mandarin; heart notes of jasmine, rose and fruits; and a base of cedar, vanilla, musk and sandalwood. I'd call it a "fleurmand" take on orange blossom, since it adds some velvety rose and creamy vanilla. This is definitely the most perfume-y fragrance of the three, and the most feminine; naturally, it's the one I like the most. It also has excellent longevity.
Just for reference, my favorite orange blossom fragrances to date are Hermes 24, Faubourg (so elegant!) and L'Artisan Parfumeur Séville à l'Aube. I can see Neroli Blanc Intense Eau de Parfum joining that list, although you could argue that it's not strictly an orange blossom scent; in any case, I enjoyed this trio and its varied interpretations of the company's namesake flower.
Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger Neroli Blanc Eau de Cologne ($62 for 50 ml, $85 for 100 ml), Eau de Parfum ($67 for 50 ml, $95 for 100 ml) and Intense Eau de Parfum ($67 for 50 ml, $95 for 100 ml) are available through Beautyhabit. For additional information, visit the Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger website.
1. See neroli in the glossary for a brief explanation of the relationship between orange blossom and neroli.