I first became aware of the delightful scent of linden blossom some years ago. I was having a lovely stroll in a nearby park, and as I meandered under the cover of some stately trees, a fresh and sweetly honeyed-green fragrance surrounded me, blending with the dappled late afternoon sunlight and the grounding scent of warm scuffed earth and stone. I later discovered that this was the well known linden blossom, lime blossom, or tilleul. It fast became a favorite of mine, particularly in home fragrances and body products. Quietly refreshing, its limber green structure is interwoven with a hint of tang and a gentle airy sweetness. In home fragrances in particular, I find it has a charm that is both elegant and fresh.
One of my all-time favorite linden body products is the Roger & Gallet Linden Blossom Moisturizing Shower Cream. Part of their Gentle Nature collection, this shower cream is enriched with shea milk, and forms a heavenly silky-sudsy foam that fills the shower with the sweet scent of fresh linden blossom smoothed with creamy honeyed tones. It's fairly moisturizing, and lingers gently on the skin for quite some time. I was surprised that the scent of the shower cream alone was strong enough to hold its own against lighter perfumes. I had what I thought was the brilliant idea of layering it with Hermès Hiris, but they could not abide each other, so be warned. It did do somewhat better with Frederic Malle En Passant. For more intentional layering, it might be a compliment to Jo Malone's French Lime Blossom or perhaps a more nuanced fragrance such as L'Artisan La Chasse Au Papillons where it might enhance the linden note. Please do comment if you have tried these or any other combinations!
A few more thoughts on linden: L'Artisan Parfumeur does a gorgeous linden for the house in their Tilleuls au Vent scented candle (see Robin's review of the room spray). I can't recall the scent entirely, but I do remember comparing it unlit directly to a linden flower with very little difference. Manuel Canovas does a nice home spray, of which I have only tried a sample, called Fleur de Coton. It's a bit more powdery than I prefer, but very nice nonetheless. Fresh makes one of their big fun triple milled soaps in Linden, which has a fresh green and slightly floral scent, vaguely reminiscent of linden but less true to the original flower than I find the others to be.
Roger & Gallet Linden Moisturizing Shower Cream is $16 for 8.4 oz at beautyexclusive.
Note: image of Tilia (linden) blossom by Magnus Manske via Wikimedia.