The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Fleur Japonais by Shalini


WHAT I SMELL:   Fleur Japonais opens with a soft milky magnolia that is quickly greeted by lilting cherry blossoms that are seemingly caressed by a light breeze.  The perfume is intoxicating in that it’s full of body, yet light in presence.  But there’s also a hidden strength in the blossoms in that their beauty is full of passion and power with the promise of rebirth.  As the perfume develops, the soft and beautiful florals even out in consistency creating for a blanket that’s silky smooth.  And along with that beautiful blanket is just the right amount of light incense that dreamily floats above the blossoms.  Here, Fleur Japonais feels as if it is creating a passage to an ancient Japanese temple.  In the end, a light powder with the incense and a soft sandalwood residing underneath, makes you feel as if you’re walking along a quiet path laden with freshly fallen pedals; pink above and pink below.  Beyond gorgeous.

From Shalini Parfum:

Fleur Japonais is inspired by the revered Cherry blossoms of Japan. The “Sakura” season is a celebration of life as the pink flowers embrace the temples of Kyoto.

The parfum is a heavenly composition of ephemeral Cherry blossoms, intoxicating Magnolia flowers, Frankincense, Labdanum and Sandalwood.

Fleur Japonais reaches for the heavens as the pink flowers merge with the ethereal smoke from the woods and resins.

In Japanese culture there is an association between the Sakura and the Samurai – the flower and the man. They are both admired for their fleeting beautiful lives. It is believed that the soul of the Samurai lives in the Sakura.

Clouds of pink caressing your face. The delicate fragrance of Cherry blossoms scents the air. The temple bells chime softly as the soft scent of the fragrance floats like pink petals caressing the earth.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Dreaming in a sea of pink.



BOTTOM LINE:  Simply put, Fleur Japonais isn’t a perfume that is mean to shock, surprise or jolt you with twists and turns.  Instead, it’s quiet beauty just takes you in without force and leads you softly to the most sacred of place within your soul.

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Nose:  Maurice Roucel
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Cubique glass bottle with the glass stopper $500 for 50 ml, Cubique glass bottle with black bulb atomizer $500 for 50 ml,  Small spray bottle $150 for 7.5 ml.  Byzantine glass flacon $1,100 for 100 ml.  White Lacquer and Gold Plated Travel Spray, $415 for 12.5 ml.  All parfum extrait.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

6 thoughts on “Fleur Japonais by Shalini

  1. Ahhh, cherry blossoms! Sounds delightful and such a beautiful review.


  2. It must be beautiful… 5/5 and beyond gorgeous?!? I know your highest rating only goes to the best, so it has to be a beauty by Shalini to be graced by your praise and poetic imagery. Just so darn expensive lol.

    Though it might be worth the investment. I so often approach magnolias and cherry trees in bloom here in the States only to be disappointed that their natural fragrance has been bred out in favor of color and hardiness (same with wisteria and many roses these days). Perhaps FJ can recapture the beautiful scent-memory of the spring blooms of my youth. Thank you for the imagery and the recommendation!


    • I have no doubt that you’ll fall in love with the graceful beauty of the perfume. And perfect timing as it is such a perfect perfume for the emergence of spring. Enjoy.


      • We have a local park full of cherry trees in town, and the neighborhood throws a Cherry Blossom festival every year in April — I imagine it would be wonderful to walk the park and celebrate the blooming sakura in a cloud of this scent. An upcoming occasion to inspire me — if I can just avoid my habitual tumbling into the expensive rabbit hole of vintages. 🙂
        I hope you enjoy the coming of spring and its blossoms!


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