Roger & Gallet launch Fleur d’Osmanthus

by Katie on August 2, 2011

I forgot about this little beauty and while searching for a cool new fragrance and bathing routine, I was reminded of a launch I attended a couple of months ago for Roger & Gallet’s latest offering.  

I love traditional brands like Floris, Penhaligons and Grossmith so I was delighted to learn of the newest fragrance to be added to the stable at Roger & Gallet – Fleur d’Osmanthus.

Firstly, the heritage of the brand speaks a thousand words.  This is a brand that dates back to the 1695 and continues through the French Napoleonic era as well as La Belle Epoque, the roaring ’20s, the New Look of the 1950’s and now into the 21st Century. It’s heritage, distinctive logo and round soaps have become synonymous with refined taste yet accessible luxury and Fleur d’Osmanthus manages to combine the continuation of tradition and form with souped up modern tinged packaging that’s fresh and lively as well as a breath of fresh air. A mix of lime, orange and white print and colouring is used to highlight the traditional black of the Roger & Gallet logo – clever in that it will appear to a younger audience as well as Roger & Gallet traditionalists. Just like the fragrance.

Uplifting is often used too widely, but this new perfumed range is truly that with a refined air of royal bathing that’s both delicate and subtle. Inspired by the Osmanthus shrub of the Orient, it takes two years to grow until tiny clusters of apricot-coloured flowers explode with colourful floral scent which is said to have a stress reducing effect.  The freshness and calming effect of Fleur d’Osmanthus is noticeable on application.  Just right for a start or end of day routine during high Summer.  Lush landscapes and deep Oriental pools spring to mind and the delicate nature of the scent warms to your body temperature.  The top notes of mandarin and orange zest give way to the osmanthus, neroli and natural grapefruit heart with a sandalwood benzoin essential oil and tonka bean warm base.

Fleur d’Osmanthus comes in a foaming shower honey (£11.50) which transforms into a light and creamy foam on contact with water, a perfumed (paraben-free) soap (£5.50) which comes in the iconic Roger & Gallet pleated paper (and also as a triple coffret), a moisturising body lotion (£11.50) that’s non greasy and a fragrant water in 30ml (£15) and 100ml (£30) versions.

With its hint of the Orient, the in-built tradition of fine French Perfumeurs and the appeal to modernists and traditionalists alike, this is one to check out.

Fleur d’Osmanthus is available from selected pharmacies, health & beauty stores and department stores.

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