Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Floris Seringa

Floris Seringa (1992) is the most popular fragrance in the line and one of my favorite Green Florals of all time. It's just so fresh and elegant at once, reminding me of Eau de Givenchy except for me, it's easier to wear. Seringa refers to syringa or lilac, a white floral in the green olfactory spectrum which gives it a sharp edge, and Floris' version is very light and citrusy fresh, a beautiful fragrance. It's floral but not too flowery which I like - a fresh-out-of-the-shower clean scent for floral lovers if that makes sense. I might also compare it to D'Orsay Tilleul, Sung by Alfred Sung, Jean Patou Vacances, and to a lesser degree, Cartier Panthère Eau Legere (the green one). In a Floris catalog some time ago, I'd read that Seringa was geared towards the sophisticated, assertive woman, which brought to mind how many successful women have been known to sport green scents: Coco Mademoiselle with her Chanel No.19, Estée Lauder with her Private Collection, Barbara Walters Carven Ma Griffe, Diane Sawyer Henry Dunay Sabi. Like a crisp white shirt, Floris Seringa feels breezy to wear and appropriate from professional office settings to a casual picnic in the park.

Notes on
Top notes: bergamot, green, violet leaf
Heart notes: carnation, jasmine, lily, rose, seringa, ylang ylang
Base notes: frankincense, musk, oakmoss, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla