I love the smell of the Henri Bendel Osmanthus candles sold at Bath and Body Works--an intoxicating green floral scent that may well be my floral HG. I hoped that all osmanthus products smelled the same, but was sadly disappointed to find that is not true! In my head, osmanthus should smell like apricots and green tea, and a bright and slightly grassy green. I've found three scents so far that are primarily osmanthus, but none of them quite measure up to my high expectations.
The Different Company
Notes: osmanthus fragrans (China), leaf green, bergamot, orange, tangerine, rose, rose bay, castoreum, hay, musk
This opens with a quick burst of citrus, strongly bergamot like an eau de cologne, then the scent of green leaves. There's a floral aroma in the background that strikes me as slightly antiseptic, like the smell of bandaids. That soon fades, leaving a musky drydown. I'm not sure if I smell the castoreum, but then again, I don't quite know what beaver secretions should smell like :::wrinkles nose at the thought::::
Notes: Japanese golden osmanthus, white datura, tuberose, green notes
Where's the osmanthus? This is more a tuberose scent, very white floral and jasmine-like. The drydown has a green grassy quality and a creamy warmth. Overall, it smells like a florist's shop full of fresh blooms. Pretty, simple, fresh, but not what I wanted it to smell like!
Notes: tea, orange, freesia, osmanthus, apricot
Opening notes of tea and orange and the slight funk of dried apricot blooms into a delicate floral that so far is the closest match to my beloved HB candle. Quite delicious, but unfortunately very fleeting. Osmanthe Yunnan starts to fade within 10 minutes, assuming a dusty apricot character with a very subtle background floral. That's all well and good, but I would prefer the orange and tea aromas to stay in the foreground and not fade away completely.
Can anyone suggest another primarily osmanthus fragrance for me to try?