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Houbigant

Houbigant Perfume is a French Perfume company launched in 1775 by Jean-Francois Houbigant.  From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Houbigant became one of the premier French perfume companies They launched Houbigant Fougere Royale, a French perfume legend, in 1882, created by Paul Parquet, who was now a partner.  It was a classic and the first fougere.  It had notes of lavender, clary sage, bergamot, carnation, orchid, heliotrope, rose, geranium, tonka bean, musk, vanilla, oakmoss and coumarin.  

Houbigant had the distinction of being appointed as a perfumer to Napoleon and created a perfume for Jospehine.  One has to wonder if Napoleon gave them instructions on wanting Josphine's scent to be "don't wash."

After a long and perilous decline, Houbigant's perfumes landed downscale of what was once a luxury perfume company, and they held on tightly to the one fragrance that was still being sold in the upscale perfume market, Quelques Fleurs L'Original, the gorgeous French perfume floral created by Bieniame.

Orangers en Fleurs marked marked Houbigant's return to the luxury market. The orange blossom opens a little like Serge Lutens Fleur d'Orangeur, but it sparkles like the sun where Serge's composition broods a little in the corner.  If you love orange blossom perfume, this is one you will want to try.  Created by perfumer Jacques Flori, it is stunning and a complete pleasure to wear. You can read reviews of it herehere and here.

Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs has notes of orange blossom, Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine, tuberose, Eau de Brouts (an exclusive Robertet ingredient)  ylang-ylang, nutmeg, spices, cedar and musk.

You can find Houbigant perfume reviews at:  Fragrantica and Basenotes