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Relique d'Amour (new) (2012)
by Oriza L. Legrand

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Relique d'Amour (new) information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 23 votes)

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HouseOriza L. Legrand

About Relique d'Amour (new)

Relique d'Amour (new) is a shared / unisex perfume by Oriza L. Legrand. The scent was launched in 2012

Relique d'Amour (new) fragrance notes

Reviews of Relique d'Amour (new)

Does not last long on me at all.
09th April, 2016
Well, all we can do is "painting lyrics" in this compelling daily life, ohh poetic friends of mine. Respectfully I disagree with the great Odysseusm (which I appreciate enormously) since I get in here a huge dose of exhaling "lyricism" (no way melancholy despite the mastering struggling lily), humid dampness, pepper (more than enough to be noticed), neroli (quite notable under my vulgar nose), surely pine (with its sort of mentholated-soapy-barber shop and vaguely medicinal feel), probably rose, subtle (magistrally modulated) frankincense and simil-wax or better a lurking lip-stick undiscernible (in its deep substance) undertone in the central and final stage. I get surely that touch of trademark "apothecary" vibe as well, throughout. Surely lily of the valley is the dominant note in here but the floral (earthy-lymphatic) feel is encompassed by a spicy-resinous-musky-dusty cold aura. Relique d'Amour starts as a typical Oriza L. Legrand's in style, namely as a freshly (somewhat minty) botanic aroma waving in the middle between Neo-classicism and Art-nouveau. This first bright and splashing phase is aromatic, vegetal, earthy-grassy and musky-spicy. Frankincense is soon present and arousing (as combined with grassiness) a sort of leather/wax-like undertone. I get by soon as well an artistic musky-fougere earthy/floral appeal a la Battistoni Marte Arte, something more contemporary, popular and less properly Art-Deco in style. In this phase I get a resinous-piney-musky grassiness with earthy/floral accents and the overall accord smells refined, conservative, classic and more than vaguely conjuring the 18th century in style (poetry, drama, novels, satire). Pepper, cold grass and pine are responsible about vegetal coldness while dry down is all about florals, woods, pharmaceutical soapiness and musks. Along dry down an impersonal lily of the valley definitely emerges so frosty, weedy, humid, vaguely moldy and woodsy like an isolate little forest next to an immobile gray-dark green lake. The overall olfactory fatigue, in spite of its lack of impressive complexity/evolution, unfolds a quite elegant, romantic, yes stoney-regal (as a scary castle in the middle of the english misty countryside) aura. The regality of floral damp coldness conjures me in style (partially as aroma as well) scents a la l'Erbolario Magnolia or V&A Muguet Blanc. I even get a sort of Askett&English-like lingering atmosphere evoking tedious-weary landscapes, gracious "white-lace dressed" mademoiselle, nobiliar decadent buildings and princely abandoned gardens, a sort of "Dickensian" cold-sinister atmosphere (the Great Expectations' landscapes and cold-gothic buildings come easily on my moonshiny mind). This juice is aristocratic and elusive, more than vaguely forbidding, it could ideally be the perfectly fitting Estella's untouchable scent.
30th January, 2016
I admire the lyricism of the reviews to date. My impressions are more prosaic.

First, and problematically -- I get NO pine, incense, woods or pepper. None. Thus, much of my interest in the scent takes a left turn.

Second, what I do get is a beautiful lily scent. As others have noted, it is quite realistic and rather charming. Certainly the scent is feminine in style.
It starts with a nanosecond of herbs. The lily note is a clean, white floral, a bit soapy. Charming and spring-like, I don't see anything melancholy here. The scent is young in style.
"Cold stones"? Maybe. Or perhaps a cool, powdery and somewhat soapy chord, like Ivory bar soap.
"Waxed wood"? Emphasis is on the wax.
So if you want a charming, spring-like lily scent, this is for you. Sits close to the skin.
10th April, 2015
This opens with the scent of pine woods, giving way after ten minutes to a quite beautiful & realistic lily note; creamy, heady, lightly peppery & green. l wish this phase lasted longer, but after two hours it fades into a backdrop of cool, very subdued incense. There's very little projection at this stage, & after only four to five hours the scent is completely gone.
l'm giving this a neutral rating because although l do like it, l found it disappointing in comparison with Passage d'Enfer, which does pretty much the same thing only better. Although the lily note in this one is lovely, the incense is nowhere near as satisfying, the performance is poor, & it just didn't move me in the same way.
01st April, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This is a lyrically beautiful new fragrance from this venerable French house. It is exactly as described--a cold stone chapel, scented from years of incense burning, its pews of fine carved oak (or is that a coffin?), filled with lilies all sitting in a pine forest. It creates a beautiful scent picture that is also a bit sad and melancholy, as the name suggests, along the lines of Guerlain's Apres l'Ondee and L'Heure Bleue. This could be Miss Havisham's signature scent, but it is much too pretty for that. A beautiful scent, too pretty to be anything other than feminine, yet run through with traditionally masculine notes like pine and woods. This would be perfect for the sort of woman who collects and restores vintage Victorian lace blouses and beaded flapper dresses. Like all of this house's offerings, it has beautiful packaging that supports and advances the brand promise. Not just a relic of love--this is a funeral for romance.
05th February, 2015
This is my first fragrance from Oriza L. Legrand, and I am impressed! When I first applied, I was thrust into a pine forest, standing in a growth of white lilies. The opening is truly unique! As time passes, the floral accord softens as the wood/pine gains a bit of stride. The soft lily never fades throughout the life of this scent, but is joined by a faint incense in the dry down, moving you from outdoors into a chapel decorated with floral bouquets. After it's tremendous opening, Relique D'Amour shows you how remarkable a simple, linear fragrance can be. Moderate longevity with a soft sillage. A solid 8/10 and recommended!
19th October, 2014

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