It's an enchanting homage to a traditional genre and a fine feminine addition to the Etat Libre d'Orange catalogue. Etat Libre d'Orange Bijou Romantique is sold as 50 ml Eau de Parfum ($99). For purchasing information, see the listing for Etat Libre d'Orange under Perfume Houses.

Animalic notes are sexy and daring. Soft leather is earthy and easy. Snap them together, and you get a Mr. Potato Head of perfume from which it is hard to turn away. It's the unusual but surprisingly harmonious combination that keeps me coming back to the dab on my wrist. Putain des Palaces...

Etat Libre d'Orange Noël au Balcon sells for $80 (50 ml); for purchasing information, see Etat Libre d'Orange under Perfume Houses .

It's not that hard to fall into line when a perfume company leads us by the nose in a particular direction. The Afternoon of a Faun is not strange or quirky but it's beautifully composed and, to me, addictive (and my favorite perfume from Etat Libre d'Orange...as of today). My only warning...

The scent of leather and powder, or rather: the softly scented trace a bad boy's leather jacket would leave on the powdered skin of a femme fatale. The masculine yielding to the feminine in a fragrant folie à deux – or is it the other way round? Dangerous Complicity was developed by...

Kevin recently observed, in his review of Sécrétions Magnifiques, that Etat Libre d'Oranges's fragrances are less shocking than their names, descriptions, and artwork would have us believe. For me, this depends on the fragrance in question. Etat Libre's original line-up included scents...

" Developed by perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui, with notes of bergamot, lemon, pink pepper, ylang-ylang, sage, iris, coconut, vetiver, benzoin and vanilla. Etat Libre d'Orange Fils de Dieu and Bijou Romantique are available now at the Etat Libre d'Orange webshop, in 50 ml Eau de Parfum. (via...

Next up from French niche line Etat Libre d'Orange : Archives 69, named for the brand's street address in Paris. The tag line: The Illusion of Sex. Archives 69 was developed by perfumer Christine Nagel ; the notes include mandarin, pink pepper, pepper leaves, orchid, plum, incense, camphor,...

) onto the perfume scene in 2006. Though I've been intrigued by many Etat Libre d'Orange perfume descriptions, I've not had any luck with the fragrances. The perfumes are usually rather mild compared to their PR claims, names and artwork. On its packaging, Je suis un Homme features a handgun...

Fils de Dieu does remind me of old-style, lightly spiced white floral feminine French perfumes from long ago. A better name for this fragrance, and suitably jolting, would have been the famed words of French actress/singer Arletty, who defended her WWII affair with a German officer during the...

 

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