Citrus-floral fragrances are made for hot weather; the best of them smell light and airy, brisk and cooling (all the sensations I want from a scent on a sultry day). I like summer fragrances to smell “clean” but also possess a hint of sexiness — a “bare” quality. The fat and heavy pomelo (Citrus maxima), which you may have encountered in Southeast Asian cooking (think: mild, sweet grapefruit), is an excellent inspiration for such a summer perfume.
Pomelo Blossom is part of D.S. & Durga's spring-summer 2010 (limited edition) fragrance collection for Anthropologie, and it contains notes of pomelo blossom, grapefruit peel and white musk. Pomelo Blossom goes on sharp and juicy (smelling like fresh oranges, a mix of cool peel and juice). In mid-development, floral notes become apparent; these floral notes remind me of slightly indolic jasmine and pungent, “wild” orange blossom.
My favorite part of Pomelo Blossom is the oily grapefruit rind note; the peel, along with the floral accord, provides the “sexiness” I like in a summer fragrance. For those who hate ‘grapefruit’ in perfume, who find it harsh and outright “urinous,” you may have a problem with its use in Pomelo Blossom. On my skin, the grapefruit note does NOT smell like cat pee, but it is a tad “sweaty” (in the freshest possible way).
As Pomelo Blossom dries down, all the notes (citrus juice and peel, floral) merge with a sheer, soft and slightly sweet musk note. Pomelo Blossom is more complex and substantial than an Eau de Cologne-type citrus fragrance; it has very good lasting power and sillage — without being “heavy.” My only complaint? Like so many niche scents these days, it’s a limited edition offering. If you love it, you’ll have to stock up!
Though it's marketed as a "feminine" fragrance, Pomelo Blossom could easily be worn by a man — at least the type of man who enjoys citrus blossom scents.
D.S. & Durga Pomelo Blossom Eau de Parfum is $58 for 50 ml and is available at select Anthropologie stores and on the Anthropologie website.
Note: top image of Citrus maxima by Berthe Hoola van Nooten from Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java [cropped] via Wikimedia Commons.