Ruban d'Orange is the latest fragrance from the L'Occitane en Provence chain, which is becoming very nearly as ubiquitous as Starbucks. Ruban d'Orange is being advertised with the tag line "bring sunshine to winter", and has notes of Calabrian lemon, mandarin and sweet orange of Sicily, bitter orange of Seville, green fig, vetiver, tonka bean and cedar.
I am a citrus-lover, and have found two holy grail fragrances in this category already: Carthusia Mediterraneo for lemon, Parfums de Nicolaï Balle de Match for grapefruit. Lime and orange are still up for grabs, and orange seems particulary hard to do right, or at least to do right in a way that keeps your attention for more than 15 minutes.
Ruban d'Orange isn't going to take the top spot for orange, but it is a nice scent for the price and worth trying. It isn't really a straight-up orange — there is lots of fig and cedar, and it calls to mind a simpler, less cedar-heavy Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée. It isn't quite so candied as the L'Occitane Verbena, nor is it quite so short-lived. Still, it isn't a power house and you're going to need touch-ups.
I love the cheerful packaging, and will be thrilled if L'Occitane releases the fragrance in a travel size. I have a very hard time buying 100 ml of anything these days. Unfortunately I didn't get to try the body products, but I'm very interested in the scrub and the skin milk. Please comment if you've tried them!
Ruban d'Orange is available in Eau de Toilette ($40 for 100 ml), shower gel with pulp concentrate, skin milk, soap, lip gloss and body scrub. A "discovery set" including travel sizes of the bath & body items is $28.