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.
This is not a girly perfume! It is smoky, and resinous. I don't get sweet here; for me the honey rounds things out, but is not obvious. This is deep and dark, but a fun woman with confidence can pull this off and make it rock! Definitely smack in the middle of unisex. I love it.
A mother in my son's kindergarten class wears this as her signature scent. It so fits her. She's bold, beautiful, full of energy, and her aura just exudes confidence. I thought I couldn't possibly buy this. It's so different, she would definitely hate me for wearing her only scent. But I have to have at least a large decant. I promise I won't wear it to school. :)
Opted for Indochine over Bois Naufrage from the same perfumer. This is a dense, rich rather spicy fragrance and I agree that the sweetness is tempered somewhat by the peppery vibe included. This makes the honeyed note rather discreet and it works well. Although it doesn't smell like Louanges Profane, Indochine gives off that same resinous quality which appeals to me enormously. On me, the sillage and longevity are fine. Well worth checking out.