Vierges & Toreros (2007)
    by Etat Libre d'Orange

    Vierges & Toreros Fragrance notes

    Bergamot, Pepper, Cardamom, Tuberose, Nutmeg, Ylang-ylang, Leather, Vetiver, Patchouli, Animal Notes

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    federfigo5's avatar

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    Vierges & Toreros starts off as a very peppery bright floral, with plenty of nutmeg and tuberose. It stays this way for about 15 minutes on my skin, then a very violent animalic-leather accord swallows the flowers and the nutmeg and everything becomes very masculine. At times, I get a whiff of something slightly metallic rising from the depths of the fragrance (might be a blood suggestion).
    Sexy as hell and very unusual. Great longevity (about 10 hours on me) and pretty solid projection.

    05 January, 2014

    gmstrack's avatar
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    The first time I sniffed Vierges et Toreros by Etat Libre d`Orange was a gross experience. I must be a masochist, so I tried it a few more times and each time was a little less gross, but still, hell-to-the-no. ELdO did not eff around with the execution of the concept. Speaking of execution, VeT is “the virgin and the bullfighter”—with blood, tuberose and leather. Yes, I’m picking up all three accords loud and clear, but there is something in the composition that smells truly awful. I can’t describe it, but it certainly makes me nauseous. Maybe all of us are not working with the same olfactory equipment and some notes are divine to some and putrid to others? Perhaps genetic factors are to blame…

    Are we supposed to applaud or mock our hero as he withdraws his bloody sword?

    24 December, 2013

    zatarain's avatar
    United States United States

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    This was recommended to me a few years ago by someone with a good knowledge of my favorite leather scents. My first few wearings of Vierges et Toreros were uneasy, as there is something in it that smells like blood, and it caused the back of my throat to constrict. Eventually, one wearing of it made me feel a little nauseated so it went into the back of the closet for a couple of years.

    Recently I've been going through the back of the closet to see if any of the exiled scents have become more attractive to me.

    My new first impression was, "Tuberose! With all its rubber and gasoline!" I generally don't like white florals and especially not tuberose, but this time I did like it, even though I still got the blood and throat-constricting qualities.

    In fact, I was a little disappointed when the initial assault died down and it became a quieter, more leathery scent.

    After a few hours, it dried down into a soft floral leather with a trace of incense, very mild-mannered compared to the explosive opening.

    I wish it could have retained more of the initial violence, but all in all, I find this a unique and rewarding effort by the Antoines.

    09 November, 2013

    odysseusm's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    Surprised me -- suggests an old-school fougere to me. That fairly soapy, ferny, slightly leathery quality typical of old oakmoss (despite there being no oakmoss listed). If you like Worth pour Homme or some other classic spicy leathery fougere then you'd like this. Quite attractive and definitely of another era. Not hyper-masculine, rather it is very cosmopolitan and suave. Sweet in the dry-down, gets a bit minty and tiresome.

    10th December, 2012

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    This smells very masculine to me, which would normally mean that I'd never wear it myself. However, I believe this one will be an exception to the rule - I'm actually looking forward to wearing it again.

    26 July, 2012

    gimmegreen's avatar
    Netherlands Netherlands

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    A curious opening of cinnamon bubble gum, chest rub and root beer mix, settles finally to a rich tarry note with hints of spice. Not a million miles from Black and Lonestar Memories in the drydown, but with a shade more incense. Wears close to the skin. The florals are lost on me – I've smelled tuberoses aplenty, but didn't come across them here.

    04 May, 2012

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