Fragrance Reviews Shopping Challenge: Citrus Under $25 USD

Shopping Challenge: Citrus Under $25 USD

05/28/17 05:36:01 (38 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, Stefanie Jähn, Miguel Matos, Elena Vosnaki, John Biebel

Woman holding citrus slice

As one of the oldest modern fragrance genres, citrus scents hold a strong place in our collective desires for fresh, cooling eaux. In fact, the concept of eau de cologne was developed in the early 1700s in where else but Cologne, Germany as a blend of citrus and herbal notes. Today these first colognes are still being produced and still a popular choice. But as the star of traditional colognes, citrus notes have become standard components of many fragrances across a  range of genres and are paired with everything from florals to earthy resins.

In keeping with our previous shopping challenges such as our budget Jasmine, Gourmand and Musk fragrance articles, this week Fragrantica's international writers explore a wide variety of citrus scents from around the world. We hope you'll find something affordable to explore! Please share your own budget citrus favorites with us in a comment below.

 

Citrus fruit

 

MIRTO
Lemon

By: Elena Vosnaki, editor of Fragrantica in Greek

Mirto Lemon

"Wear Mirto and you get to feel the chill. Wear Mirto and you get to feel the freshness. Wear Mirto and you instantly feel better." Thus went an old commercial from the 1980s for Mirto Lemon.

A flood of memories comes over anyone over 35 with Greek heritage upon smelling Lemon by Mirto. This was the scent that our parents collectively used to put on us as kids; the par excellence citric eau de cologne which refreshed on a hot day's car ride, cleansed hands in a pinch in lack of soap & water (this was before the age of portable, gel-like, antibacterial hand sanitizers), and generally meant grooming after a shower. Sometimes older men even used it as an aftershave. Decades after its introduction in 1959, it remains fresh-smelling, lemony tart with a vague floral component like the blossom of the popular tree that grows along the Mediterranean coasts. A true classic that's stocked in most super-markets and chemists' shops across the land.

Mirto, the brand name, (pronounced Meer-TOH, and you may also find it spelled Myrto to echo the Hellenic spelling) is a woman's name in Greek, deriving from the word for myrtle. The popular fragrances by Mirto of Greece, however, bear no relation to myrtle, but instead highlight popular, southern European themes: Lemon of course, Lavender (a proto-fougère with an orientalist base) and Orange Blossom (a light and clean floral cologne). They still beguile eons after their introduction in the late 1950s. The fragrances can be found for around 11€ for 200ml; Online shop: 8,99€.

 

Citrus fruit

 

VICKY TIEL

Ulysse

By: John Biebel co-editor and author of Fragrantica in English

 

Vicky Tiel Ulysse

 

I explored new scents when approaching the shopping challenge for citrus under $25. The wandering led me to a men’s fragrance from the late 90’s by the fashion designer Vicky Tiel called Ulysse. Far from being an ordinary “citrus men’s cologne” this is a quirky, bright aromatic that smells mildly familiar, but leaves a distinct, summery impression of its own. As you spray it on, it says to you “This is citrus done right."

It touches the skin with a large dose of lemon-lime and hints of aquatics (helped along by lavender and a big jolt of neroli.) This hums nicely for a while and then a sheer minty smoothness arises, which mingles beautifully with the mixed citrus slices. Citrus plays a unique role here as it moves into the middle notes and sustains a solid center. This very comfortable but stimulating middle range has some nice touches: the slightly acidic but floral in-between of hawthorn, a pungent sweetness from cloves and carnation. For an eau de toilette strength fragrance, it has healthy sillage and longevity. It dries down to a smooth, subtle finish on the skin reminiscent of a day spent in the sun.

You can still detect some of the opening yuzu and orange as it holds steady through the wearing experience. Overall, Ulysse is a memorable citrus adventure at a remarkable price, available on Amazon for as low as $12.65 for a 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle. And speaking of bottles, this one is extremely cool: frosted glass holding blue-green juice with a depiction of an ancient Ulysses himself from Homer’s epic poem. With so many plusses, it’s difficult to turn down a citrus with such charisma.

 

Citrus fruit

 

ROCHAS

Eau de Rochas

By: Stefanie Jähn editor of Fragrantica in German

 

Eau de Rochas

 

Citrus is the signature scent of probably any properly cleaned bathroom in Germany. Somehow the cleaning industry seems to have decided that citrus ought to be the smell of all things good and clean, so involuntarily I tend to associate many citrus fragrances with household chores and cleaning products. Eau de Rochas has been around since 1970 and has since prospered into a prolific line of flankers and decidedly cut with a complexity way beyond the typical Cologne, through my culturally inherited associations. The first breath launches a little icy hurricane of lemon, lime and mint. Inhale too deeply or too much and you'll experience brain freeze, but still in a good way. It quickly takes a turn down into a forest and picks up a hint of fizzy woodruff and moss until it slows down to pluck some white blossoms from a nearby garden, only to finally settle onto a tuff of vetiver and slightly spicy, creamy sandalwood. Although the headnotes might trick you into thinking you had picked up an average Cologne, Eau de Rochas is anything but average. The spicy and rich base distinctly separates it from the crowd while moss and vetiver dress its casual appeal up to laid back elegance. Eau de Rochas is the perfect crisp refreshment on a smoldering summer day, and just as perfect any time you need an energy kick or pick me up scent on a dull day. What's even better isits better price: I picked up a bottle of 50ml for 23.90€.

 

Citrus fruit

 

AVON

Passion Dance

By: Miguel Matos, editor of Fragrantica in Portuguese

 

Avon Passion Dance

 

I don't quite know how to categorize it or where to place it but Avon's Passion Dance is citrus for sure - that's the big blast you get from the opening and throughout the strange and challenging development. There are two main players fighting for attention inside this bottle: grapefruit and patchouli. Grapefruit is loud, bursting with bitter energy and freshness. But it also has a sour bite, something it doesn't try to disguise. It imparts a strange and difficult element to the perfume but also an interesting facet. There are more citrus helpers to grapefruit but they are not prominent. Grapefruit can have strong aldehydic aspects and this has it for sure. When grapefruit has a personal battle against a dry, earthy Patchouli, that's when things get crazy. This is also a patchouli fragrance. Very heavy on it. And it has everything we are used to in this traditional material. It is dusty, woody, damp, earthy... And it explodes when in touch with this especially concentrated grapefruit juice. The result is not easy but it catches your attention. When you see all of this surrounded by oakmoss, things get even more twisted. Passion Dance could be a niche fragrance and everyone would be praising its quirky character. But it's from Avon and it doesn't get the credit it deserves. Beware, this is only for lovers of crazy chypre perfumes and patchouli lovers. Mine cost only 6€ (50ml) and I bought it in www.fapex.pt

 

Citrus fruit

 

VOLUSPA

Pink Citron

By: Marlen Elliot Harrison, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

 

 

Voluspa Pink Citron

 

Once again I'm happy to praise the affordable fragrances of Voluspa. For anyone who ever loved a grapefruit and rose accord sweetened by cassis, Voluspa offers Pink Citron. Very much in the same vein as YSL Baby Doll, Pink Citron opens with a tart, sparkling grapefruit who's zesty edges are sweetened by red berries. A subtle hint of a May rose blooms in the midnotes. As with all of Voluspa's scents, Pink Citron is labeled as a home and body mist, and even though we might expect a quickly disappearing aroma, Pink Citron boasts average longevity and sillage. Never tested on animals and free of phthalates, parabens and sulfates, Voluspa Pink Citron sells for $19 USD at Voluspa.com and other online candle and fragrance shops.

 

Citrus fruit and bottle of fragrance

 

What are your favorite citrus scents under $25 USD?

Tell us in a comment below!

 



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supertw94109
supertw94109

Moschino's I Love Love is very bright juicy orange scent. I like Happy by Clinique. These two can be found at Marshalls or Ross for under $25.

May
31
2017
johngreenink
johngreenink

The Rochas, I must admit, has one of the coolest bottles (in my humble opinion...) I want to get it just for that :-)

May
31
2017
bouquetbuff
bouquetbuff

Inexpensive citrus favorites: 1) 4711 2) White Citrus from Bath and Bodyworks no less! Orange Blossom Water from any Middle Eastern grocer is also nice as a splash.

May
31
2017
Miss_J
Miss_J

Whoo Yeah so glad that Fragrantica is discussing my absolutest favourite notes. Citrus! It's kind of funny that I cannot find too many great citrus frag under USD25, but here are my go to perfumes for the affordable and foolproof citrus:
1. The Body Shop Satsuma. Well of course the staying power is blah..and you need to layer their body products too but the uplifting Satsuma smell is just worth it!
2. Love2Love Orange Blossom & White Musk
Crazy affordable,quite nice lasting perfume, and of course elegant to behold. You can get this fume for only $12 like seriously..

I second Rochas, cause the opening smells like my favourite lemon candy & I gotta get my hands on Voluspa's Pink Citron

May
31
2017
juniemoon
juniemoon

I like the amalfi lemon and linden blossom in Mariah Carey's Lollipop Bling Honey. Although I really smell no sweetness in this at all, tbh. It's not that long lasting, but most citruses aren't anyway, I've found. But this one is so inexpensive ( it can be found online for about $20 for 100ml) you can spray with abandon. So nice on a hot summer day!

May
30
2017
DutchBalLover
DutchBalLover

Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina!

May
30
2017
caifan
caifan

Bowling Green is one of the best and cheaper citrus fragrance that I smelled

May
30
2017
guynspfld
guynspfld

Eau de Gaga. Niche quality. Amazing

May
30
2017
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Great ideas Editors! I swear by Eau Dynamisante by Clinique, fresh, spicy, uplifting, Nabeel Black o Man, cheap but gorgeous, and Al Haramain Madinah, a more animalic version of fresh. I need that Avon Passion Dance.

May
29
2017
Sinamorata
Sinamorata

Citrus Tonic by Oriflame, surprisingly nice and cheap too! Around 10 - 12 Euro.

May
29
2017
Erinbath22
Erinbath22

I really like Gap Close, a salty citrus light floral musk, which is discontinued but available on eBay for under $20. Also Philosophy Loveswept which is a really refreshing yummy tropical citrus. Sometimes these two are all I can wear when it's really hot. Well, these and Arden's Green Tea, of course!

May
29
2017
Jaradona
Jaradona

Also you may try Carrera emotion if you're under 35 and Carrera Original if you're above 35.
It is a citrussy cheapy fragrance that smells like natural citrus, you won't find complexity and layers but Carrera ones I find them acceptable.

May
29
2017
Jayawardana
Jayawardana

Ferrari's Bright Neroli is sold at USD24.5 in my country, a great bargain and a successful blindbuy for me.

May
29
2017
nexangelus
nexangelus

In the UK the Boots EDC, 400ml for £4 is an excellent summer spritzer (just buy a nice glass 100ml decanter and you are well away or splash freely from the bottle), you smell like herbal lemonade and it is cooling, refreshing and keeps you smelling ace all day if you keep spritzing. Otherwise the classic 4711 does the trick. I think it is still on the drugstore shelves and reasonably priced here. Other citrus and tea combos worth mentioning are the Elizabeth Arden Green Teas with loads of citrus they are usually discounted around £12.

May
29
2017
brightsun2205
brightsun2205

Impulse - Alive and Solar(discontinued in Australia)

May
28
2017
officer_barbrady
officer_barbrady

@Jaradona

...dude, if you leave a comment in a shared space, anyone can comment on it if they want, whether it was aimed at them or not. If stuff like generic stock photos and people talking to you upset you so easily, maybe you're a little too thin-skinned for the internet.

May
28
2017
Jaradona
Jaradona

@officer_barbrady
I think you're mistaken, you're the one that is high, answering a question wasn't meant for you, anyways IGNORE.
And thanks fragrantica for the article, I only criticized the pic.
and for the brands here I respect Rochas, their perfumes remind me of Estee Lauder which I admire a lot.

May
28
2017
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Try the body shop for one or more simple and good citrus fragrances! Sometimes what we need is right under our noses. ;)

Thanks for the good suggestions, everyone. My favorite citruses are almost all discontinued, or I would gladly recommend more myself.

May
28
2017
exciter76
exciter76

I love the raspberry lemonade goodness of Moschino's Hippy Fizz. I got my bottle from eBay for less than $20.

May
28
2017
fragrance2016
fragrance2016

I'm wearing Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. It ussaully 29.50 for a 1.7 fl oz. (A little over $25) Iconic citrus Lemon Mint bit of spice. Smell a 100 dollars though!

Aw yes 4711-always can find it under 20 bucks.

May
28
2017
Filomena1941
Filomena1941

I second Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Minimes. I have a bottle of it and it's is very nice.

May
28
2017
foreignshores
foreignshores

Banana Republic M is pretty darned wonderful. I picked up another bottle recently at TJ Maxx for $12 USD

May
28
2017
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.

Can you actually find a decent Citrus under $25 these day…?!?! Whether it's Heeley, Le Labo, Xerjoff, Atelier or any of the other heavy hitters- I'm hard pressed to drop less that $200

May
28
2017
RickPinto
RickPinto

Clinique Happy for Men. One of my favorites.

May
28
2017
LadyIva
LadyIva

Hunca She is... Happy! Cheap as chips and very citrusy (mandarin orange and grapefruit).

May
28
2017
kaylerbarbara
kaylerbarbara

+1 for good old Jean Nate!

May
28
2017
ysatis
ysatis

Verveine Cedrat and Bouquet d'Agrumes Jeanne en Provence - non expensive choice for everyday, IMHO

May
28
2017
Bibi Maizoon
Bibi Maizoon

Boum Green Tea Cherry Blossom Jeanne Arthes- a cheaper, better & longer lasting version of EA's Green Tea Summer

4711 by Muelhens Original Eau de Cologne- the classic!

Jean Nate Revlon for women- the American citrus classic

May
28
2017
zoka
zoka

I think not so well known Alvarez Gomez Agua De Colonia Concentrada is real citrus jewel and you can find it under 25 easily :)

May
28
2017
KajiraSuzanne
KajiraSuzanne

4711 for sure!

Avon Passion Dance is discontinued, which was not mentioned in the article, so be careful when ordering it online as some bottles may have gone sour.

May
28
2017
Kmam
Kmam

4711! All day long.

May
28
2017
Vegas Pauli
Vegas Pauli

I agree Ulysses is a winner. I needed a lot of gifts for an overseas trip on a budget. I happened across Ulysses at an outlet store on clearance. It smelled clean and citrusy but soft and complex at the same time. Smelled way more expensive than the $10 a bottle I paid for it. I ended up buying 6 bottles and kept one for myself. Thumps up on this one

May
28
2017
guerlainfreak
guerlainfreak

Pick any of the 4711 Acqua Colonia line and you can't go wrong. Beautiful, affordable and refreshing.

May
28
2017
spidola
spidola

The same as @StellaDiverFlynn said - Cologne des Minimes and Original Farina 1709.

May
28
2017
bjer-don
bjer-don

I always loved Tommy Girl. Lemon and honeysuckle. And can be found for so cheap!

May
28
2017
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Minimes is also lovely!

May
28
2017
officer_barbrady
officer_barbrady

@Jaradona

1 - What is so trashy about a stock photo of some lady smiling?

2 - Illuminati? Wat.

3 - How high are you right now?

May
28
2017

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