Orange Flower & Lychee 2012

Orange Flower & Lychee by Kiehl's
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Orange Flower & Lychee is a perfume by Kiehl's for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is fruity-sweet. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Honey, Lychee, , Mexican orange

Ratings

Scent

6.6 (22 Ratings)

Longevity

5.9 (12 Ratings)

Sillage

5.0 (13 Ratings)

Bottle

6.1 (19 Ratings)
Submitted by Avelus, last update on 07.10.2018.
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5
Longevity
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Sillage
7.5
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Lychees in heavy syrup
Lychees come in a can, in my experience. I have never seen a lychee in nature. What do lychee plants look like? Are they trees? Are they bushes? Do they grow in the ground like tubers? Are lychees encased in hard nut-like shells? Do they grow anywhere outside the Far East? No idea, to be honest. The only lychees which I've ever seen or eaten have been canned in light sugar syrup or served in Chinese restaurants.

Last week I made a batch of coconut rice with lychees. This is a recipe which I invented by accident a while back, having endeavored to create a coconut rice lychee dessert but without having added any sweetener beyond the light syrup in which the lychees were preserved. So that's the recipe: Calrose rice + coconut milk + a whole can of lychees, syrup included + some extra water. Let it bake in a big bowl for an hour or so and you'll have a big batch of coconut-scented rice studded with lychees. It tastes remarkably good with spicy oriental vegetables and sprinkled with soy sauce-seasoned sesame seeds.

Why is any of this relevant to Kiehls ORANGE FLOWER & LYCHEE? you may ask, and not without reason. The answer: because this new aromatic mist by Kiehls is much, much, much sweeter than canned lychees in light sugar syrup. These lychees are suspended in a very heavy, sugar-rich and viscous syrup. The composition is so sweet, in fact, that I am reminded while wearing it of what I consider to be the sweetest perfume in existence. No, it's not By Kilian LOVE, which comes in a close second place. No, the sweetest perfume in existence, at least among all those which I have sniffed to date, is MOR LYCHEE FLOWER.

I do like these aromatic mists by Kiehls, but this one, of the four in the series, is by far the least appealing to me for the simple reason that it is way too sweet for me to choose to wear as a perfume. In fact, after putting some on before going out today, I came close to layering something on top of it to cut the sweetness. Instead, I decided to wait it out. It's an aromatic mist, so it did not take that long for the sweetness--along with the scent--to dissipate.

There is a touch of orange flower in the composition, and I might be smelling a smidgeon of the honey and the rose mentioned on the box, but lychee is the star of the show. I had hoped for a bit more balance between the two named notes. If truthfully named, this creation should really be called LYCHEES IN HEAVY SYRUP. It's a natural smelling fruity-floral fragrance which might work for people who usually wear designer and celebrity fruity florals. For me, this is just too sweet.
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