Mood Scent 4: Fabulously Fruity

Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Fabulously Fruity! Woo Hoo! I’ll admit that this months theme was my idea. Little did I know how freaking hard it was going to be to whittle my selection to six. I can’t remember ever having such a hard time. The genre is so vast and covers the widest range from full on fruit bombs to subtle weavings within other stories. What I have tried to do is cover six entirely different experiences of fruit, Seriously, I could easily have had 50 perfumes listed here today, and that’s just the ones I wear regularly. There was much humming and haaing.

Can’t wait to read about your favourite Fabulously Fruity fragrances in the comments too. Please let me know the ones you thought I’d put in that didn’t make the list too.


So excited to be blogging with these three superstars again: Esperanza L’Esperessence, Megan Megan In Sainte Maxime and Samantha I Scent You A Day. Check theirs out too.

Mood Scent 4: Fabulously Fruity

This month I tried to pick a bunch of things you might already have in your wardrobe. So you could be reminded to go have a seriously good spritz and remember how much fun these fabulously fruity fragrances can be.

Arabie by Serge Lutens

Stewed fruit, dried fruit, fig, mandarin and dates are the featured fruits but that is less than half the story here. A spicy, sweet waft of air from dreams of a souk. Resinous, dusty, and full of lively colour and movement. You can almost hear the calls of the merchants, the swish of fabrics and the slap of shoes. Later the woods and incense seem to take over but even unto dry down there is a whisper of fruit. Definitely worth a visit to the back of your collection to remind this beauty.

Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations

As if there could be a list of fabulously fruity frags without including my beautiful friend Neela’s masterpiece, Bombay Bling, that Jin is well into his second bottle of. He even wore it on our wedding day. Mango, Litchi and blackcurrant open this tropical fruit extravaganza, so over the top and fabulous. It’s utterly bewildering. A resinous floral heart and then the most interesting turn towards a very masculine leaning dry down of patchouli, woods and tobacco with a hefty wash of vanilla. One of the most interesting life stories in all of modern perfumery.

Caligna by L’Artisan Parfumeur

The long forgotten L’Artisan fig. So totally overshadowed by its milkier sister Premier Figuier. The have very different things to offer. Caligna is a much more herbaceous fig, still creamy but with added leaf and branch. Resinous and sharply pine-y. A much less dramatic scent, more of a workhorse than a diva. It smells more like an Indie scent than from one of the world’s largest and safest niche/masstige brands. Definitely worth a sniff if you like the idea of fig but are put off by most of the fragrant offerings as too razzamataz.

Burberry Brit Woman

Pear! The first whiff of Burberry Brit Woman is almost photo realistic. It lasts a short but extremely memorable while before veering left and turning into a lightly tart pear cheesecake with a nutty biscuit base. This was a panic buy when they changed the bottle and I’m already down the first line. Such an easy, breezy fragrance that works in almost any situation. Dressed up or lounging around, I’d even mark it as a pretty safe office scent for men and women if used with a light hand on the spritzer.

Our Moment by One Direction

The blaring screech of berries in the open is about as joyful as a fragrance can smell. It screams happy times with friends just hanging out. I can’t believe what a fabulous perfume the One Direction boys brought out as their first fragrant foray. Berries, grapefruit and red currants are the named fruits and that gives you an idea of how it smells with some lightweight florals in the heart and musky amorphous woodsiness in the base. SO MUCH better than it ever needed to be.

Saturday by Arielle Shoshana

I don’t know if you ever got your sniff on this amazing concoction but if you like fruity fragrances then this is JACKPOT! Passionfruit, peach and mandarin open in a glorious, lush, nearly over ripe melange that goes really close to too much and then pulls back to AMAZING! I think the iris keeps the whole fragrance grounded. As the fireworks burn off a little you’ll notice a lovely creamy vanilla/woods base resting on a pillow of sweet musks. The bottles are super glam now but I much prefer my signed earliest edition with a hand painted lid.


Don’t forget to go across and read the other three members of the Mood Scent 4 crew:
Esperanza L’Esperessence
Megan Megan In Sainte Maxime
Samantha I Scent You A Day.

Please share your Fabulously Fruity faves
Portia xx



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14 responses to “Mood Scent 4: Fabulously Fruity

  1. Hi Portia!

    Lovely picks, especially the Arabie which I love but doesn’t get a lot of wear. Good idea to include scents one might already owns. We both chose Bombay Bling! Peter loves it too when I wear it. It must amazing on Jin. The Arielle Shoshana sounds like a must try! Passionfruit, Peach and Mandarin, wow.



    • Hey Esperanza!
      Thanks for dropping in. How fun is Mood Scent 4? So glad to be working with you girls.
      YAY and SNAP on Bombay Bling! Yes, it smells mighty fine on our Jin. He adds a spiciness that it doesn’t display on my skin.
      Portia xx


  2. Hey Portia
    Bombay Bling! is such a crowd pleaser, I don’t know anyone who does find it uplifting. It has to be the juiciest fruity perfume out there.
    I’d like to own the L’Artisan mandarin perfume one day if it’s still available.


  3. Can’t get over how elaborate that One Direction bottle is for a celebuscent. Quite a lot of crown action going on on top! You can’t go wrong with Bombay Bling, as Tara says, and Burberry is an underrated range – I also like the original Woman scent by Michel Almairac – it has a peach note I think.


  4. Hi Portia – snap on gate Bombay Bling and wow the One Direction perfume – looks quite interesting and the Shoshanna sounds great too. Love your picks. ⚡️xx


    • How cool is it that three out of four chose Bombay Bling Megan? I’ve sent Neela an email and know she will be crazy excited.
      One Direction were so cute when they were doing the interview rounds about the perfume release. Apparently they were consulted a number of times and had input into the outcome. It was clear a couple of them really enjoyed the experience.
      Surprised you never tried Arielle’s frag. It’s fabulously OTT! Pushes the fruit boundary to the very limit.
      Portia xx


  5. After reading the opening statement, I was surprised thinking that your complaint was that you couldn’t come up with enough “fruity” scents (yeah, I know, I wasn’t thinking straight, but in my defense: I didn’t sleep well and had 4 meetings already starting this morning). So, without reading further I stopped and made my own list… just to discover a minute later that your issue was with limiting the list 🙂
    Both your and my lists have 1 perfume in common as a choice – Bombay Bling! (surprise! :)) ), and I also agree that Arielle’s perfume fits this category well – I thought about it, but it doesn’t work for me, so a sample is all I have.
    I like Arabie but it’s not “fruit” per se for me. Neither is Burberry Brit, though I like it as well. The last two on your list I haven’t tried.

    The other perfumes I came up for my list were: Byredo Pulp, L’Artisan Traversee du Bosphor, The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest and Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay.


    • Undina! I love it. So many times we half read stuff when tired or distracted and have to go back and reread because our assumptions are wrong. I think t’s the human condition.

      If I had a bottle or could find my decant of Enchanted Forest it definitely would have made the list. Sadly it was a fruitless search: boom-tish!

      I never even thought of Traversee du Bosphor! Good call, L’Artisan and fig were hard because there are so many of both and I wanted to show at least one of each.
      Portia xx


  6. In my wardrobe I have PdH 1969, Malle‘s LPdT, a Bombay Bling travel, and Le Petit Robe Noire Parfum. Those are all as close as I get.


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