Beautiful Old School opening of plump floral notes (sweet banana-and-plastic ylang, lush jasmine and somewhat sharper orange blossom for contrast), with cooling aldehydes and a touch of green, a golden sprinkle of powder for class and a lurking bed of warm vanilla supported by a dab of amber. When you can smell all of that all at once you know this is one of the better ones.
The aldehydic and green garnish vanishes quickly, leaving a benign, almost fruited vanilla with a lightly powdery floral haze surrounding it. Satisfying stuff, if a bit quiet in terms of projection.
Once the flourish of green floral opening notes subsides Fleurs des Comores settles down to a straightforward vanilla. Its not a thick, warm foody vanilla, but rather a crisp, clear, perhaps even slightly metallic vanilla accord that comes across as cool and refreshing rather than snuggly-comfy. Its also quite linear for its modest duration, during which it gently subsides into a (you guessed it) vanilla skin scent. While I find many straight vanilla fragrances overly sweet and oppressive in warm weather, Fleurs des Comores is one I can easily see wearing during summer.
Lush, rich white floral I really loved the opening notes--the black current and green notes made it seem fresh and slightly sour at first--then the jam-like sweetness of the passionfruit stepped in. A bit heavy on the fruit for my taste.The floral notes (jasmine--big time jasmine!; ylang ylang, and orange flower) came and stayed for a long, long time. A very pretty combination of white florals but too much jasmine for my taste. I'm still learning to appreciate big white florals like this (my exposure has been limited). Loved the orange-oil note of the orange flower in the heart. Whatever vanilla is in there was overpowered by the florals so I never noticed it at all.The drydown (vetiver, musk,amber) is very fine, very lush. Sillage is very big, longevity excellent. 10+ hours, probably lasts all night long as well.This is quite a heavy fragrance so could overpower in warm weather I think. A good night time scent, too strong for most work situations. Pros: Massive sillage and longevity, rich floralsCons: None"
Fleur des Comores opens with vanilla, but a sharp blackcurrant supports it. The whole bush - dark, tart berries and added greenness of leaves and stem.
Florals join in as the fragrance gets richer. Ylang-ylang provide a rich headiness, and a little bit of funk to the smell. But always, the vanilla is present.
It closes with a hint of musk added to the softer vanilla. The fragrance wears very close to your skin at this point.
Vanilla, but a very interesting vanilla it is. This is the only vanilla fragrance that stays in rotation all year long, but especially in spring and summer, where it light yet rich scent makes for a great evening wear.
I adore this fragrance.