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Tuesday
Jan222013

Kiehl's Orange Flower & Lychee Aromatic Mist

If you judge the Kiehl's Orange Flower & Lychee Aromatic Mist (P2,585) by its name alone, you would think it's the usual cheery fruity-floral affair. It's not. It's a sophisticated, aloof fragrance with quite an attitude. If it were a person it would be someone who has travelled extensively, who has seen it all and is no longer very easily impressed. 

Orange Flower & Lychee: An exotic fusion of Orange Flower and Lychee sweetened with a touch of honey and rounded out by Moroccan Rose. Our Orange Flower extract is derived from the Bitter Orange tree - a tree known for producing flowers with an especially distinctive orange scent. This unique scent was combined with a fruity-floral infusion of Lychee, found in the subtropical forests of Southeast Asia.

Nonetheless, Orange Flower & Lychee is a warm fragrance.  You'll find hints of orange flower and lychee but the musky rose and honey sets the tone for this concoction. It has a fiery glow to it, a haze that surrounds the skin all day. It's potent for me so I only spritz a maximum of two times per use! It's a great complement to subdued looks because of its spicy, slightly woody finish - mature enough for the office yet bohemian enough for casual wear.

I have to mention that this gives a very fine mist. That's always a plus for me since I hate it when nozzles sputter out drops of perfume! I love that the product is distributed evenly, a must because this particular fragrance is strong.

 

There are three other scents in Kiehl's Aromatic Blends line, each having their matching Skin Softening Body Lotion (P1,575) and Body Cleanser (P1,220). You should try sniffing Vanilla & Cerdarwood, Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, and Fig Leaf & Sage to see what matches your personality. ;) My favorite is the Orange Flower & Lychee after smelling everything in the range - it's distinct and memorable, something I always look for in a scent!

I highly recommend this line if you're looking looking to expand your fragrance collection outside of the usual florals, fruity, or acqua scents. :) You'll find complex musks, spices, and wood in Aromatic Blends and they're not too expensive or polarizing compared to similar high end names.

Follow Kiehl's Manila on Facebook for bits and bobs about the brand. Find it in Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, and TriNoma.

Reader Comments (14)

Haha Liz! I love the way you eloquently describe fragrance! I had no idea fragrance can come off as aloof:) Alam ko lang sweet and seductive, and whatever, bla bla. While I passionately believe in fragrance-free skincare, I think fragrance can really have subtle implications on other people's perception of you. :)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

Hi Gino! Good morning. Teehee thank you. <3 I think of fragrance as if they have a personality! And yes it's true, fragrance can make or break an impression. I didn't use to wear fragrance before but now I feel incomplete without it!

January 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

in short mis liz, amoy sosyal! heheeh, i love your description heheh, i cant determine or decipher kung ano ba un amoy ng top notes base notes etc pero your description painted a picture in my mind. id love to take a whiff of this, tingnan nga natin if tama nga ang description mo hahah, i dont like fruity scents kasi for me (no offense to others) amoy amateur at highschool. pero i love vanilla and coconutty scents kasi remind me of christmas , so definitely i got intrigued don sa vanilla variant. thanks again for widening my olfactory selections!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

I'm not that into fragrances, but I'm thinking now that maybe I should be. I've always had perfumes scattered around my room but somehow I always forget to spray some on whenever I go out! I'm so jealous of how articulate you are! I never thought you could describe a scent that way and have it make sense! Parang I can actually smell it or at least imagine what it would smell like! This is definitely worth checking out! Thanks for the review!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

From the way you describe the scents, you have convinced me to try them out. Would check these out at Rustan's asap!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

I love how you described the scent! Have you tried any Chanel perfumes? I would like to hear your review on Chanel perfumes. I love Chanel, and I'm looking for a young but sophisticated scent! <3

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

That is a wonderful post; it's so well-written that I could almost smell the perfume and feel the mist as it settled hahaha! Excellent writing can really take a reader to places and experiences.

I'm won over by your post Liz. Now I'm curious to smell its fragrance strip or use its tester before making up my mind ;-)

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

I'm a sucker for clean, sophisticated scents so it looks like the line is up my alley. Fig leaf and sage seems particularly interesting. I'm imagining something clean yet punchy.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

I just learned something new today. Love the comments because they pique my curiosity and I find myself always Google-ing something. This time around it's fragrance notes. Finally got what top, middle and base notes are - in layman's terms --> http://www.escentual.com/info/fragrance/notes-explained.

I had a phase when I was crazy with vanilla scents and I would layer it -- body wash, lotion and then perfume but I grew out of it. Now, I find myself going for clean, just-off-the-shower scents that are kind of manly or unisex. I'd spritz on my husband's perfume once in a while and I like how "bold" I feel as the scent settles. Sweet and dainty are okay but sometimes it's fun to break free from that and be different - even with something as mundane as perfume.

I think everyone can identify with how you like your scent "distinct and memorable". That's the beauty of fragrances - it can bring out your personality and it can be your signature.

Refreshing feature and good review. As always!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

You never cease to impress me with how you eloquently describe a scent. Really helps in imagining it and getting enticed (esp the part with "if it were a person"). Like Yani, I was also into vanilla scents before, until it triggered my sneezes and became irritating to smell. I'm the type that loves fresh and clean scents that are not too strong but will last all day (as my professor said "yung amoy safeguard", but I think Dove smells better :P). Sometimes, I like men's perfume better (except for Axe spray thingy).

@Yani: Love the last two paragraphs slash lines. Couldn't agree more.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

Omy, you really have a huge vocabulary, hehe, you really described and conveyed the scent and notes of the product very well. This sounds wonderful, since I like a hint of fruit floral scent that is not too overpowering. Especially orange hints, that's why my favorite is Burberry summer. It's a scent that you can wear everyday and I feel bubbly everytime I use it.
I'm looking for another perfect scent aside from my favorite and this looks like what I'm looking for.
Gotta run and smell it personally, can't wait!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

what an intriguing post, liz! how long lasting is the fragrance though? and is it perfume or just eau de toilette? i'm thinking fig leaf and sage might be interesting, too. i like clean smelling perfumes reminiscent of gap grass.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterabbykins

You are so articulate Liz, mag-didescribe ka lang ng fragrance parang traveler pa ang peg. To be honest I dont really get interested with fragrance post since I'm not really into perfumes but I was really impressed on this particular post of yours not just with the perfume but also the way you write; it added that particular impact kasi. That's why you're my top favorite blogger galing galing!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryan

Hi guys! Wow thanks. <3 Hope you like this one!

@abbykins good question. it's not stated. 0_0 this is an EDT if we look at the ingredients, but it smells matapang like an EDP.

January 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

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