In spite of its name, Indochine isn't an exotic scent. It is an interesting scent-interpretation of a long-ago-far-away mysticism, and, except for my particular aberration, I think it succeeds. It opens with a bit of Asian exoticness: pepper and cardamom steeped in benzoin. This spicy accord is a little more than neutral, almost sweet, and has a resinous texture. It is not sharp and is somewhat rich with an almost-alien persona; on my skin it responds as near-gourmand but not gourmand… It projects somewhat as sillage but it doesn’t come across strongly to my nose because I think I am not receiving the full force of the pepper… although I think the cardamom is a very good choice, but, as with the benzoin, they last only about an hour as adequate sillage makers; as they become skin scents the accord sweetens too much.
I’m not sure I get much honey in the drydown. What I get is a lightly resinous wood accord that feels very textured rather than interestingly projecting. It lasts for a longer time than I expected but only as a somewhat unusual skin scent. I think it’s an interesting and well-made fragrance, but Indochine isn’t one that works for me.
17th February, 2016 (last edited: 18th February, 2016)
Masterfully crafted. I first found this via Lucky Scent in Feb 2014 from a sample ordered, based on reviews here. Within a month, I had tore through the sample and went full bottle on it. I find Indochine somewhat related to Cadjmere from the same house, and after several years of contemplating Cadjmere, Indochine won me over as the more masculine of the two and something I could wear more frequently, especially at full bottle price. I think of Indochine as a perfect complement to an evening of Thai food, wine, or a Mai Tai to start. It can influence you to season your home cooking in an adventurous and complementary way. It's warmly "exotic" spicy woods with a slightly sweet warmth in the base. It can be zen and contemplative anytime, or a targeted season wear in fall. My notes from 2014 included "jungle trees, dark green, and smokey powder". Now that I live amongst the coastal redwoods in northern California, Indochine paints a dash of spiced woods to my world here. It's magical and incredibly unlike any other fragrance to me - except it's distant relative Cadjmere.
I was immidiately smitten by this fragrance. Round, resinous, sweet, spicy and slightly smokey. But all of it merged into a dense and very smooth unity. Seriously; very smooth, and very dense.
Reading the other comments i'm surprised noone else mentions the powdery waxiness to it. Aldehydes? Or maybe it's just from the bensoin/honey. However, this is the one thing that takes it down a bit for me, but that's coming from a person that's very sensitive to waxiness.
Still, i find it strangely addictive. The subtle spices, the comforting sweetness. And the "tight" composition.
Sillage is pleasant, longevity good!
This is a spicy-woody fragrance. The name is rather misleading though, since it doesn't really smell like 'Indochine'. Then I would have added perhaps lemongrass and star anise - which is one of the main ingredients in the Vietnamese Pho soup. Can't say that I sense Thanaka in the fragrance either. It has a sweet powdery woody smell, and it much used in Burmese cosmetics, so not a part of Indochina anyway.
Apart from the misleading name, I like the fragrance. It has good projection and is long lasting. PG seems to be especially apt with woody-spicy-patchouli based fragrances.
When I was a child I used to take a cough syrup that smelled and tasted exactly like the opening of Indochine: a spicy, nutty, honeyed, viscous sweetness attempting to mask the medicine’s bitterness. Sure, the syrup lacked the enjoyable benzoin and ligneous notes that follows, or the dry, peppery incense of the drydown.
A pleasant fragrance, on the whole, though not so exotic nor intriguing as the name and the notes could suggest.