Fleur d’Or & Acacia

While single floral notes can smell great, there is something that draws me to perfumes that smell like bouquets of flowers. L’Occitane’s Fleur d’Or & Acacia is a bouquet of golden flowers, soft but sunny. It smells to me mostly of mimosa and broom.

I have to pause here for a bit of a botanical side note. Acacia (also known as cassie) and mimosa belong to the same family of plants: Mimosoideae. From what I can gather, they are treated almost interchangeably in perfume marketing (e.g., mimosa may be listed as a note when the actual odor is that of acacia). Mimosa can be distinguished by the number of stamen (mimosa have fewer than 10) or by my less precise method: it seems mimosa are generally purple or pink, while acacia are generally yellow. Not being familiar with either plant in the wild, I unfortunately can’t say whether the note my nose knows as mimosa is actually acacia. The note list for Fleur d’Or & Acacia includes both. For more on mimosa, see Victoria’s post on Bois de Jasmin.

acacia v mimosa

Acacia cultriformus (via) and Mimosa pudica (via)

The mix of mimosa and broom may not be unique (1), but the execution by perfumer Karine Dubreuil is really good. With time on skin, the scent unfurls very light suggestions of other floral notes. I smell heliotrope (an aspect of mimosa), lemon blossom, tulips, and a tiny bit of indolic jasmine. The drydown is a soft woodsy, musky haze of mimosa with a hint of anise (another aspect of mimosa).

Fleur d’Or & Acacia feels very French, in the manner of Diptyque or Hermes. It has the same sort of natural, slightly undone sophistication of fragrances like L’Ombre dans L’Eau or Jour d’Hermes. Both those fragrances are more unexpected and surprising compositions, but Fleur d’Or & Acacia is probably more of a universal crowd pleaser. I would be very interested in testing the oil for skin and hair.

This video from L’Occitane is an informative discussion of the cultivation of mimosa (it actually appears to be the acacia plant) in France.

For a review of L’Occitane Fleur d’Or & Acacia, see user reviews on Fragrantica.

(1)For example, mimosa and broom play key roles in Amouage’s Opus III, but as could be expected from Amouage, Opus III is much more complex. And, it emphasizes the more hay-like qualities of broom.


Sample was my own acquisition. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.

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7 responses

  1. I read the Bois de Jasmine article on mimosa/cassie/acacia because I found it all so confusing.

    We’ve been talking about perfumed oils on OT today and I bet the oil version of this is a good buy.

    • Thanks for the heads up on the BdJ article! I didn’t know she had done one, so I’m going to look it up and add a link. And now head over to OT to read the perfumed oils discussion.

  2. The difference between cassie flower and mimosa really is confusing. When I first started blogging, I thought that mimosa as a perfume note mirrored the cool, dewy smell of the mimosa flowers one finds in trees here in the northeast. Only to find out I was quite wrong. :) I should correct one of my early posts in which I refer to it that way.

    At any rate, your description of Fleur d’Or & Acacia makes it sounds like a charmingly happy perfume. (Any perfume that reminds one of sunlight is a good perfume in my book.) :) And I love L’Occitane products.

    • It is definitely a happy and bright perfume. Really nice, actually. I am considering adding it to my collection, since I don’t own anything quite like it, and florals aren’t usually “my thing.” When I find one I like, I am tempted to snap it up. :)

  3. Where I grew up trees that look like the one in the video were called in everyday life “mimosa” – so I still think of those yellow flowers when I hear mimosa.

    Since I like that note I need to try this perfume.

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