Fragonard has yet to make a fragrance that disappoints me. With consistently high quality, great packaging, good longevity and fair prices, it is to me, the perfect brand. Fragonard Soleil is no exception.
From the name and the gold sun on the lid, you might expect something of the coconutty/sun cream genre, but in fact what you’re getting is a rather bold bouquet of white flowers that trip over themselves to make you smell impossibly feminine and pretty on a hot day.
The strongest note to my nose is the Freesia. Freesia sometimes gets lost in translation. In fact, this initially reminded me of Avon Today, which opens similarly, but falls flat on its face not long afterwards (see my earlier review). With Fragonard Soleil, the freesia opens quite dominantly and then the other white flower notes ( most notably orange flower) crowd in shortly afterwards, making this both rich and summery at the same time.
On hot skin, this is radiant. I know because I wore it down the park yesterday and it was boiling, but I could smell those summer flowers drifting up to my nose from my forearms. NB I don’t put perfume on my wrists as I wash my hands a lot and it comes off, but on the front of my forearm? Well that only gets washed once a day!
Fragonard Soleil allegedly beds down into sandalwood with an ambery finish, but I found that the orange flower, freesia, and slightly peppery wisteria just stayed put the whole time. This is great on the beach and equally great in the bar afterwards. Yes there are colognes to cool you down, but actually flowers like this are sort of perfect on a hot day.
My 7ml splash bottle is from the Perfume Society Summer Scentsations Discovery Box.