Genre: Fruity Floral
Encens et Bubblegum is the kind of wacky idea that Etat Libre d’Orange often comes up with, but doesn’t always execute successfully. In this case, they’ve nailed the bubblegum. Its lurid pink and proudly synthetic fruit is so accurate you can practically hear the bubbles smacking when they pop. Of course that’s not too surprising when the aromachemicals that flavor food and perfumes are synthesized at the same facilities.
No, it’s the incense that falls down in this case. The idea of the crass, synthetic, bubblegum fruit and loftily austere frankincense sounds terrific – as did the tuberose and animalic leather of Vierges & Toreros, or the smoke and white flowers of Jasmin et Cigarette. Unfortunately, I don’t smell the incense. In lieu of smoky, meditative resins I smell only powdery, sweet vanilla and clean musk base notes. Without the radical internal contrast frankincense, opoponax or myrrh might have offered, there’s nothing to distinguish Encens et Bubblegum from any of a hundred sticky sweet and fiercely synthetic fruity floral celebrity scents. A missed opportunity.
An incense light enough to wear in summer – breezy and sharp with a wood shavings base to it. Comes wrapped in a ditzy orange blossom and berry fruit embrace which makes me want to click my heels and shimmy. Alas, projection is pretty dismal and I find walking with my nose stuck in my cleavage somewhat difficult.
Unfortunately all bubbles n gum on me no incense trace at all. Very disappointing
just too sweet for me with the bubblegum overtaking the incense note. If you concentrate on one or the other you can get each note, but the sweet, scent of dubblebubble just overtakes it all. Really much more of a feminine scent and just doesn’t work at all on me
I think probably because of the highly influential directions of Comme Des Garcons for most of us frankincense in a fragrance should always be something glorious and a tad serious, enhanced with woods and some other complex stuff. Between niche fragrance lovers frankincense is often considered elitist: hence by all meas worth the mockery.
And here it is. Frankincense without woods. Bubblegum instead. A realistic blast of bubblegum before it settles into simple and beautiful incense supported only by light fruity-ambery base. It manages to be dry and juicy at the same time yet these two characteristics are somehow separated, simplicity being the key idea.
This is also one of the few ELdO fragrances that doesn't utilize their powdery kinda signature mix to fill the gaps. On the contrary, there is a lot of air left, making this fragrance a successful example of 'does what it says'. No need to be too weird or shocking: simply intentionally putting a cult niche note in a profane context does the job just fine. In fact, this is extremely wearable. I like it a lot.