Wednesday, March 21, 2012

in bloom


yesterday was the spring equinox and i could have sworn i smelled orange blossoms in the air. this is my favorite time of year in southern california. the first pink buds of jasmine usually herald the beginning of spring with their intoxicating fragrance. then an onslaught of freesia, victorian box, and, my favorite, orange blossoms. all winter long i burn orange blossom candles and make simple moroccan cookies with orange flower water keeping vigil until the flowers make their spring debut. i rarely wear perfume but fell in love with an orange blossom fragrance that i found while staying at a small parfumerie in tulum called coqui coqui. michael, elodie and i went a couple of years ago and had the best time (and i developed quite the girl crush on the sweet owner francesca and her baby boy leon.) their signature scent is this orange blossom (or flor de naranja) and they spray the rooms and common areas with it. i took two bottles back and was just running out when my friend came through los angeles with a big bottle for me. i also love jo malone's orange blossom, tom ford's neroli portofino, santa maria novella's zagara and orange blossom water (which i got on our trip to italy last autumn), and le labo's fleur d'oranger 27 but they have hefty price tags in comparison with my beloved eau de toilette from coqui coqui. anyway, still waiting for the real thing but spring is just around the corner and it will be no time until the orange blossoms are blooming!

for a treat, add a splash of orange blossom water to this smoothie to make it extra amazing.

7 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to go try to hunt down some orange blossom water and candles after reading this. It sounds blissful!

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  2. love orange blossom. and look at that table of travel goodies -- just the way a mommy's table should be remembered!

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  3. I have a sample of the Jo Malone Orange Blossom in my desk and every time I put it on I'm taken by how straight-forward but complex the smell is. One second it's citrus'y the next it's floral.

    Such a sweet scent story about coqui coqui.

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  4. What a beautiful picture and a lovely post!

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  5. I know what you mean. Jo Malone's Orange Blossom is what I wear. I wandered into the 'way back' and was overcome by the scent of the real thing. The 'way back' is an area on our property that is behind our traditional backyard. It's where we grow our food and it is home to two avocado trees, an apple, peach, plum, lemon and 2 orange trees! The orange tree's blossoms are what I look forward to most. They are intoxicating. The perfume is a decent substitute but I, and I suspect you too, would take the live over the bottled version any day.

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  6. nice idea..thanks for sharing....

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  7. Love orange blossoms. My favorite smell! I just received some orange blossom flavored jam AND honey from a friend that I'm anxious to try.

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