Sunshine on a Rainy Day - Bois D’Orange

Roger & Gallet Huile Sublime Bois D'Orange
Ever gone for a sunset stroll on a balmy holiday evening and caught little wafts of intoxicating fragrant blossoms as you walk along?  To me, this is Bois D’Orange, bottled.  So I couldn't help smiling when I read that it had been inspired by Andalusian gardens.

Despite the name it’s not overtly orangey or even citrusy.  The French name translates directly as 'Orange Wood' - and this woodiness adds a gentleness to the orange.  A really soft, ‘skin’ smell is how I’d describe it. I love ‘skin’ smells… warm, slightly musky, not overpowering...
I love the bottle… the pattern on the back reminds me of stained glass windows.

I was drawn to this as it sounded like a summery fragrance, which it is, but in a very gentle, warm-sunshine-on-your-skin kind of way, rather than many sharper, fresh summery scents.  These are the notes:
  • Top: Mandarin, Basil, Verbena
  • Heart: Orange Flower, Neroli
  • Base: Amber, Rosewood, Cedar
It is really quite subtle, suitable for either men or women in my opinion and well, yes – it has to be said – it’s sexy! As some of you know I’ve been longing for a new perfume recently, so I almost bit the postie’s hand off when this arrived for me today!  I only discovered the Roger & Gallet brand recently, after hearing a few beauty bloggers rave about it so decided to explore the website and was so impressed with what I found.  It’s not a new brand – it’s been around for 200 years in fact.

Bois D’Orange is one of the newest fragrance collections by Roger & Gallet. I’ve wanted an orange based perfume for quite a while, so my ears pricked up as soon as I came across this.  The dry body oil was recommended to me - and while it’s not something I’d normally opt for, it is just divine.

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Huile Sublime Bois d'Orange contains a fine ingredient list, enriched with Argan, Almond, Camelia, Macadamia, Evening Primrose, Sesame and Essential Oils. The formula also includes antioxidant Vitamin E and invigorating orange essential oil. Bearing all of this in mind, it's right up there with much more expensive formulas.

I have it on the crook of my arm and have received the strangest looks and comments as my nose has been buried there, inhaling it all day!

Just sprayed
The oil sprays in a fine mist… you can literally spritz it all over you and it only takes a little light rubbing in.  It doesn’t leave your skin shiny or feeling oily – I’d happily dress a few minutes after applying.  I rubbed the excess in my hair and later discovered, when I stopped falling in love with it long enough to read about it, that it’s actually designed to be worn on the hair, as well as the face and body!
Immediately after rubbing in
Subtle sheen, immediately after applying all over arm
An extensive product range includes body wash, body lotion, oil and fresh fragrant water spray.  The latter is priced at around £15 for 30ml, which I think is amazing for such a quality product. I haven’t seen it in-store, but it’s available online

Huile Sublime Bois d’Orange is available at escentual for £23, though many products from the range can be found elsewhere, such as halfpriceperfumes and amazon.


  1. Ooh heaven, it sounds like summer in a bottle, your post is so descriptive I think I can actually smell it. Jude xx @jadlgw

  2. Aw bless you Jude, what a lovely comment xx

  3. wow this stuff sounds amazing! I'm dying to get a sniff of it now!

    love your blog too, i'm a new follower :)

    feel free to check my blog out too if you like,

    Alice x

  4. Roger & Gallet should hire you to write their blurbs! Very evocative description and this sounds wonderful, love dry oils and also love "skin" smells (although would never have known to describe them thus, now that you have it makes perfect sense!) Yum, frankly and I need to find this to smell it!

  5. This is really amazing. I am a huge citrus scent fan and have wanted a dry oil for ages. I nearly bought Nuxe on holiday but it was so expensive – this one seems a little bit more reasonable.

  6. I really need to try this! Really lovely blog!
    x, Jesa

  7. Thank you for all your lovely comments ladies!

    @ihavemostlybeen - That would be wonderful to write blurbs about perfume! I've written lots of 'blurbs' lol but none about perfume so far!

    @perfumeconnection - I have the Nuxe oil (& am a huge Nuxe fan) but quite honestly prefer this. They have similar benefits, but this smell is something else in my opinion!

    @jesa thanks so much!

    Nic x

  8. the bottle looks di-vi-ne. wow!!!!!


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