Quelques Fleurs L'Original

Eau de Parfum (1912)
Quelques Fleurs L'Original (Eau de Parfum) by Houbigant
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Quelques Fleurs L'Original (Eau de Parfum) (Houbigant)
Quelques Fleurs L'Original (Eau de Parfum) (Houbigant)
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Quelques Fleurs L'Original (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Houbigant for women and was released in 1912. The scent is flowery-powdery. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Tarragon, Galbanum, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesBeeswax, Carnation, Clove, Broom, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Orange blossom, Rose, Tuberose, Violet, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Iris, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Civet, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (152 Ratings)

Longevity

8.0 (95 Ratings)

Sillage

7.2 (81 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (81 Ratings)
Submitted by Bergamotte, last update on 27.02.2017

Interesting Facts

Since 2011 Houbigant offers specially crafted crystal bottles that contain the Extrait of the fragrance "Quelques Fleurs L'Original". The bottles are designed by Elisabetta Perris and are only available in very limited numbers.

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Reviews

Bottle 7.5/10
Sillage 10.0/10
Longevity 10.0/10
Scent 5.0/10
Helpful Review    2 Awards
It's ends so beautifully, but...
I did not have the usual experience with this scent it seems, perhaps a bad reformulation?

It opened incredibly soapy with green notes. No florals. After a moment I got some lily-of-the-valley and I think Jasmine. It was very, VERY sharp. I sometimes have a problem with white florals getting sharp on me. This scent followed that pattern. It was distracting and awful.

After a few hours the sharpness faded and it became a lovely white floral. Very beautiful. almost magical. However, I just don't want to wait through a couple of hours through the sharp, painful phase to get to the loveliness of the florals.

Really big Sillage and Great longevity.

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03
2014
Bottle 5.0/10
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    2 Awards
15,000 flowers per ounce--in 1912...
I was pleasantly surprised by how nice Houbigant QUELQUES FLEURS is. I certainly had no doubts that once upon a time a perfume by this name smelled wonderful, but I feared the worst from Dana in some sort of disastrous reformulation. In fact, my worries were for naught. Perhaps I should have known that the splendid perfume pal who sent a bottle of QUELQUES FLEURS to me as a part of a multiswap would only send me creations which she knew that I'd want to wear!

QUELQUES FLEURS reminds me a lot of the creations of the house of Parfums de Rosine, which may have something to do with the fact that both houses thrived in the early twentieth century. Rosine apparently went bankrupt and ceased altogether to exist for decades, while Houbigant was eventually acquired by Dana. But QUELQUES FLEURS, like the recently re-launched Rosine perfumes, captures a moment of history and is both extremely feminine and a pleasure to wear.

The cheap-o spray nozzle on my bottle for some reason has a delayed effect, so that one ends up with twice the perfume on that one intended to spray, and my initial reaction upon applying this composition was that it smelled dirty. I definitely smelled the civet, no question about that. However, then the flowers arrived by the truckloads, eventually drowning out all of the animalic quality of the opening and somehow morphing into a very appealing soapiness by the drydown. This perfume is floral from start to finish but it changes from slightly indolic-skanky smelling to soapy and clean. The transformative effect of 15,000 flowers!

To put QUELQUES FLEURS in perspective, it reminds me also of Jean-Charles Brousseau L'OMBRE ROSE. Very vintage-feeling and unapologetically feminine. My bottle is of the eau de toilette, which I imagine is some specific reformulation from a specific time. In any case, it still smells good.
Very helpful Review    4 Awards
Vintage or nothing
There are actually over 300 floral essences in the original Quelques Fleurs, which means that Houbigant had a sense of humor when they named the fragrance "Some Fowers".

This is outdoors in the springtime, complete with the early sun barely touching the dew and warming fields and fields of flowers. Stand in the fields, down wind, face the sun and breathe deep: this is the smell of Quelques Fleurs, in the beginning.

On skin, however, this early 20th century masterpiece warms and expands, the musk and the civet play up your natural skin scent to provide the perfect anchor for oakmoss and sandalwood: The resulting scent is a deeply personal floral composition, one that will never be the same from person to person, typical of how the great classic perfumes used to be crafted.

There is a bit of woodsy greenery throughout, which allows the fragrance to retain its initial freshness throughout, carried through from top to base with a handful of subtle spices. Absolutely beautiful.
You will also find a hint of fleshy saltiness, evocative of sweaty skin, which would be the case if you'd been running through the fields of flowers on a sunny day... Or it could have more, um, private reasons for being so, the impression all about how all those notes will react on your skin.

I cannot stomach the reformulated stuff, though: it has a burnt edge to it that I find very unpleasant. If you find the vintage, don't pass up the chance to try it. Even floral haters have been seduced by this one.

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