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NoŽl au Balcon (2007)
by Etat Libre d'Orange

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NoŽl au Balcon information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 57 votes)

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HouseEtat Libre d'Orange
PerfumerAntoine Maisondieu

About NoŽl au Balcon

NoŽl au Balcon is a shared / unisex perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu

NoŽl au Balcon fragrance notes

Reviews of NoŽl au Balcon

Christmas Balcony. Mildly nauseating opening of honeyed mulled wine. Dries down to a (still-honeyed) rift on Jasmin & Cigarettes. Not bad.
13th February, 2018
Based on the company's ad copy, I was expecting a sexed up Ambre Narguile or Nuit de Noel. What I get instead reminds me way more of Angel than of any kind of Femme-inized gourmand. Not a bad thing necessarily, but still a pretty far cry from the hyperbolic promises of underpantied naughtiness. I do appreciate the initial blast of cinnamon, but it fights with the orange note in a way that doesn't read as mulled spiced wine so much as mall store candle. I don't know, maybe that's the point? The line seems to have a terrific amount of fun playing with perfume conventions, and the few ELdOs I have smelled are all at least well made. But as a lover of big bad skanky orientals, I read this as rather thin.
25th November, 2016
Oh wow Ė this is just gorgeous! Juicy, fresh citrus drizzled with honey, gentle wafts of vanilla and musk, with cinnamon and patchouli peeping out from time to time. This is definitely a scent Iíd describe as sparkling Ė fresh, feminine, sweet but not too sweet. And, wonder of wonders, my husband liked it! Iíve been asking him to have a sniff all of the scents Iíve been sampling, and initially he wasnít impressed, but about an hour later he walked past me, then came back and started sniffing and said I smelt lovely. I kept on getting beautiful wafts of it through the day. Sillage is good, as is longevity Ė I could still smell it, although much softer, eight hours later. Definitely FBW, and definitely on my wish-list!
07th August, 2016
Clean green-floral opening, sharp and metallic, already fairly dull from the very beginning, with also ginger, a sweetish base of vanillin, something resinous, slight delicate plummy notes with a sort of honey aftertaste. A smell which manages to be complex but boring, confused but uninspired, not even that pleasant to be honest, basically between resinous and soapy, with a silky metallic feel juxtaposed to a shampoo creaminess. Another Etat Libre d'Orange I am sadly unable to get Ė for me most of their scents are like looking at someone yelling and doing random stuff behind a window (you kind of see them, but don't hear them, so the whole thing does not make sense).

5/10
09th July, 2014
The wonderful jtd's review is spot on (as usual for each little piece of art he donates to us on Basenotes) and a reference point dissection about the ELDO's apparent contraddiction in terms between an insolent and revolutionary approach to the olfactory "new" universe (following the "perfume's death" motto "Le Parfum est mort. Vive le parfum") and a more veritable secret classic accost which characterizes substantially the brand fragrances deep traditional substance. The latter is probably far more insolent in its outwardness than in the sunstantial inward nature which appoints, as well as epitomized by Je Suis Une Homme (but basically in part also by highly controversial fragrances as Secretions Magnifiques), a just partially disguised tribute to an historical classic olfactory french tradition. Noel au Balcon is en exquisite spicy/fruity (and in my opinion yet slightly floral) indolic oriental with a classic chypre musky nature, a representative honey/apricot plain lacteous chord and in substance with a soon hyper realistic spicy orange balmy approach. A secret touch of tuberose, or may be mimosa in the recipe? Many notorious concoctions jump gradually on mind with their tiny dose of olfactory flashback. L'Occitane en Provence Neroli for instance with its honeyed/vanillic orangy spiciness, Elie Saab Le Parfum (honey/vanilla, orange blossoms, musk) tickles my nose but in a less properly honeyed and more rosey way (partially i detect the Lancome Poeme's honeyed orange/mimosa touch too and hints of the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum's muskiness) while the notable apricot conjures me childish diaphanous memories about my mum's vintage Tresor. Another key word is Kisses in the Moonlight by La Parfumerie de Jamal i've tested in Doha (which shares with NAB a bunch of notes as honey/vanilla, orange, apricot and musk and is similar though more floral in vibe). After a couple of hours the apricot recedes and a wonderful elegant patchouli emerges at distance in order to elegantly support honey (mimosa, hyacinth?) and vanilla in a royal sense of general languidness. In conclusion i find Noel Au Balcon so sublime and subtle to be able to evoke joyful spring sunny days of my youth in south of Italy. The heavy charge of balsams does not turn the aroma out as a gourmand one for sure as the honey/amber/vanilla dosage is almost refrained and anyway magistrally performed to prevent it. The ELDO's maÓtre parfumeur knows well when to say stop. A straightforward thumbs up by me.
29th December, 2013 (last edited: 25th September, 2015)
Noel au Balcon by Etat Libre d`Orange basically shoves a bunch of honey and orange blossom up your nose and then jack hammers until your brain hurts. I like it. There is a little spice along with some animalic naughtiness, and I would put NaB in the same category as Narciso Rodriguez for Her; itís very sweet and suggestive. Perhaps ďskank for beginnersĒ is another appropriate category.

3/5

Edit: I just read a review that pointed out NaB smells like a scented candle; unfortunately, I agree with this assessment and now the pleasant aroma has transitioned from fine fragrance to holiday fart camouflage.

24th December, 2013

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