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Putain des Palaces (2006)
by Etat Libre d'Orange


Putain des Palaces information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 125 votes)

People and companies

HouseEtat Libre d'Orange
PerfumerNathalie Feisthauer

About Putain des Palaces

Putain des Palaces is a shared / unisex perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer

Putain des Palaces fragrance notes

Reviews of Putain des Palaces

Powder! As soon as I put this on I felt like I had just powdered a babies bottom and spilled most if it on the floor while applying bright red lipstick. Maybe it is just my skin chemistry but the dry down is a bit like salt water taffy with flowers and powder. I am not sure I like it but I don't hate it either. Love the name palace whore. 😜
14th June, 2016
Hmmm . . . violets and leather. Do you think . . . could it be . . . Jolie Madame this time?

Here's ELdO from its early days, doing what they did best then, riffing on a classic fragrance from one of the great French houses. The joke usually goes like this: simplify and sweeten, then add a note of something spicy, noxious, or odd. Add a name that somehow indicates what you've done, preferably in an allusive pun. Stir and serve up something that might be good kicky fun to wear, even if most of the punters don't get the punch line.

In this case, Jolie Madame loses its bracing tannins and chypre structure. It gains a whole gob of powder and lipstick notes on the top. A distinct hit of cumin hints at a gourmandy type of sweat. The composition stays sweet despite its addition. What I get on my skin is an interesting twist on the recent trend for skanky florals: there's nothing indolic here for the skanky notes to blend with, but that adds to its charm in my eyes. I like violets, lipstick, leather, and powder, especially when they last as long as this stuff does.

Is this joke puerile? Absolutely. (Jolie *Madame*? Hotel *Whore*? Get it?) Is this perfume challenging? Nope. Even if the joke extends to the juice, and it does, you don't need to know everything I just told you to enjoy this.
03rd May, 2016
If you combined Turkish delight with Japanese Botan rice candy you'd have this pretty little pastel piece. Indecisively dry, creamy, and powdery, PdP is a pale afterthought of a fragrance - one you wear when you only need to suggest. Does that mean it's weak? Well that depends how close you get when you speak.
01st February, 2016
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United Kingdom
The opening is a violet-citrus note mingling with a restrained ginger; pleasant but a tad colourless and not very vivid when I wear it.

The drydown develops a soft leathery theme that is not bad; it is a softish new leather with no tannin in sight. A gentle amber notes arises further down the olfactoric tract, and is accompanied by a terser, adviser sidekick that at times has a sharp civety undertone, and feels like a synthetic oak-mossy aroma at times. Towards the base a sweet note, a powdery slightly tonka-infused thems is added and gradually moves in the foregroung, dominating the last four hours of the development together with the ambery note, never to sweet or cloying and fading out slowly. This latter part has a sensous feel that might possibly be a reflection of its name.

The performance is outstanding, with moderate sillage, excellent projection and a tremendous longevity of nearly thirteen hours in my skin.

A pleasant autumn fragrance, not particularly exciting at times but better at others. Just at the border between neutral and positive, the second half's good blending and the excellent perfomance tip the balance to a positive score - by the skin of its teeth though. 3/5.
16th January, 2016
Given the onslaught of oud-based fragrances launched over the past few years, one could conclude that any perfume house that jumps on the bandwagon might be considered basic or derivative. Etat Libre d'Orange has proven time and time again that they do not want to be one of the popular kids—oud might as well be a pair of Uggs worn with yoga pants and it is best to avoid at all cost. But then I sniffed Putain des Palaces and realized that “animal notes” is a euphemism for oud notes. That’s right, our charming PdP is a benzoin bomb with a dash of oud and a sprinkle of rose and violet. The “animal notes” stick around for about an hour and then the whole composition mellows down to a sweet, cozy amber that is anything but naughty. So yes, PdP is a textbook amber-oud marketed to women, but in the end, it won me over because it smells dang good.

25th December, 2015
Powdery Violets...

Putain des Palaces is a name which conjures up images of "brothel whores", with powdered makeup and overt sexuality, both in attire and attitudes. But this fragrance really smells nothing like that. As with many (but not all) of the Etat Libre d'Orange line, this has a provocative name and bottle packaging which does not reflect the smell of the liquid inside.

Putain des Palaces opens up with a very juicy note, which I can only imagine is the combination between the mandarin orange and the ginger, combined with the violets. It gives everything a very "fresh" vibe which I like very much. Then the powder comes in, rose absolute, sweet violet and ambery musk-like powder, which nearly dominates the fragrance. Personally I like it, and do not find it too powdery for my taste, but I could see why other people might. There is also lilly-of-the-valley here, which combined with the powdery rose and violets, give this more of an "antique" fragrance smell, more associated with the old fashioned, conservative female floral perfumes of the past. However in true Etat Libre d'Orange style, it's still wearable... as they know how to balance the line between controversy and convenience.

I think this one is very accessible, as long as you are ok with a little dusty powder and slightly "old smelling" florals. Personally I think this one is quite nice, and for me, very wearable. But as with all fragrances from this house, sample and test before buying.
06th December, 2014

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