Saturday Question: What Is Your Favorite Linden Perfume?

I realize that all of my loyal readers have their lives and do not hold their breath waiting for the next post from this blog. But still I feel like apologizing for being absent. The irony is that I have at least a dozen posts planned (in terms that I know what I want to write about) or even started, but between my job and family issues with my vSO’s mother, I have no energy left to think those posts through, write and published them. But I will be posting whenever I can. Meanwhile, let’s keep the Saturday Question tradition running.

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

Saturday Question #119:

What Is Your Favorite Linden Perfume?

Regardless of whether you know how the real blossom smells, do you have a favorite linden perfume?

My Answer

Linden is one of my most favorite blossoms in real life, so I’m on a constant search for a perfect linden blossom perfume. I still haven’t found any perfume that would come close to the heady aroma of a blooming large linden tree in the warmth of the late summer night. But if I were to take a single floret (?), as I did recently when I visited my friend’s garden, and compare it to my favorite linden perfume – Jo Malone French Lime Blossom, which I did, they smell very close. And I love it!

Jo Malone French Lime Blossom

What Is Your Favorite Linden Perfume?

39 thoughts on “Saturday Question: What Is Your Favorite Linden Perfume?

  1. Sometimes life takes over …. I am just happy that you still write when you can, and send you good wishes for all that is going on.

    I have a particular interest in finding the perfect linden perfume as our house is named after the two trees in the garden! I agree that the Jo Malone is a pretty good replication.

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  2. And no worries about not posting. I look forward to any post at any time. I hope you and your family are well. And I think Pickles might owe you another post :)

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  3. I’m with you on having limited bandwidth available at the moment. Reading your Saturday Question is one of the few of my habitual things I’ve done.
    Linden is one of my favourite smells of the UK summer. Walking in the fields adjacent to the river in our village valley is a scented fantasy. Loam, lime blossom, cut grass from the riverside cricket club & that general countryside smell that changes depending if it’s damp or warm. Always, always the lime/linden above shoulder height.
    My favourite scent that reflects this is Idle by Romilly Wilde, a UK skin care specialist who focuses on naturals. Idle smells exactly like a warm June day with all the smells I mention above.

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  4. I hope things calm down for you soon and that your post ideas give you something to look forward to. I’m not sure I know what a linden note smells like, so the slot is wide open for a future favorite.

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  5. Take it easy, Undina, we live our life in cycles and eventually all will find an end. Until then, be strong.
    I love the smell of linden blossoms. Right now is the time when linden trees are in bloom here in Croatia and I can feel the delicate smell often in the air. I have not so far smelled any perfume with a linden note. I suppose it’s because it smells so airy and light, too sensitive to be caught in a bottle.

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    • It’s interesting that linden scent that you know is “airy and light”: where I grew up, huge linden trees provided quite strong aroma, especially in the warmth of evening after a hot day. I would love to have that exact scent bottled!

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  6. Well, you know that I of all people would never chide you for being missing in action blogwise, given the stop/start nature of my own posts. ;) My favourite linden scent has got to be one I don’t own (predictably), namely Ajne Printemps. It also has gardenia, but the linden is very prominent. I do also have a soft spot for MAC Naked Honey, and was actually wearing it only the other day in this warmer spell of weather that just disappeared.

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  7. I don’t have a favorite linden-perfume, but I am very interested in what others are posting as their favorites. In our part of the American Midwest, we have basswood trees, which I am guessing are very similar in scent, and I love them. I used to read about “lime” trees in British novels, and I never knew what they were (“Limes?? In England??”) until I became interested in perfume! Oh, and I happily look forward to your posts whenever they come – I continue to hope your family members will be safe and have strength for their road ahead.

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    • Thank you, MossyBerry! We’re slowly overcoming all the obstacles.
      I’m not familiar with basswood trees, will look them up. And yes, as I told in my first post about that Jo Malone’s perfume, not only I didn’t know that name for linden but for a while, liking that perfume, I didn’t realize what exactly I smelled (it was back when I didn’t even think in terms of notes).

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  8. I really didn’t know what I missing with linden scents until I tried Baruti’s Onder de Linde (formerly Melkmeisje). I love the mix of bright floral with a soft creamy base.

    I haven’t smelled it yet but the new summer scent by Providence Perfumes – Jadeite – is supposed to have linden and I usually find her work very beautiful.

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  9. To my knowledge I have not smelled linden in nature, but I do quite like the Jo Malone. I was just in Italy and there was jasmine everywhere. It was like walking through perfumed air. Heaven!

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    • I’ve never been to Italy, but in many other European countries linden is in fool bloom right about now.
      I like Jasmine, but it’s a lot more mundane where I live, so I get to experience it quite often.

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  10. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or smelled linden blossom in the wild, and can’t think of any perfume with this note. So I’m pretty useless answering this question ☺️ Please don’t apologise for going awol, we all know what’s been going on in your life. It’s to your great credit that you’re able to even string one sentence together.

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  11. April Aromatics Unter den Linden and Liquid Dreams are still my favourite linden scents. But there quite a few more to try reading the comments.
    In my father’s garden there is a large lime tree. We often have dinner there in summer. It is a bee paradise, the essence of summer.

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    • I would love to have a dinner under a linden tree! It should be an absolute bliss when it’s blooming.
      I liked Liquid Dreams as well, but Under den Linden impressed me even more.

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  12. What a timely question. I am living in a village in the northern range of mountains in Switzerland. About two weeks ago, on my way to the store. The linden(lime) buds (unbeknownst to me) had opened into full blossom. I didn’t see them. But their fragrance…! It forced me to write a post entitled, ‘They just make me happy!’

    I did some research on linden/lime perfumes and my most common finding was that the best were no longer available.

    So, Undina, I am so happy to read your Linden Perfume Saturday post and comments. Thank you. Linden fragrance just makes me happy.

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