10 Jul 2020

Fragrance Discoveries | Tilleul Friction de Nuit by d'Orsay

In 1999 the perfume house of Parfums d'Orsay created Tilleul Friction de Nuit, a fragrance for women. Needless to say that I was completely unaware of the fact. That, however, changed last year when I stumbled upon a sample of this particular scent. What's so special about the fragrance? Well, I am glad you asked!


Tilleul Friction de Nuit is a pretty straightforward scent: it is not exceedingly complex (the top notes are angelica combined with citrus; the core is linden blossom and cyclamen, while the base is verbena, mint leaves, hints of drying hay and sweetness of  
black locust, aka Robinia pseudoacacia). To my nose, it's dominated by a mix of linden trees in bloom, accompanied by a gust of black locust's blossoms. There's a bit stronger whiff of acidic note at the beginning (probably a short strike of citrus), but it is gone in a second and then I smell only sweet and green notes of the above-mentioned trees.


My personal (and, probably, emotional) experience can be summed up as this: the first drop of this perfume on my skin worked as the famous madeleine in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. I got so many flashbacks from my childhood, lots of fragmented memories of me and my parents picking linden blossoms in a remote alley, or me eating fresh, amber like linden blossom honey at my aunt's home... 
   The fragrance is perfect for the summer, being not too heavy, quite floral and green. As I tell myself, it is the month of July in a bottle. 

Have you tried this scent? What are your thoughts? 





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