Perfume Reviews

Reviews of Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange

Total Reviews: 61
Joan Crawford ( Vienna ) in Johnny Guitar 1954
26th April, 2018
An interesting, challenging fragrance. The jasmine note is nice. Some other notes (tobacco, hay) add dissonance, but it still feels wearable, just.

As it develops, it becomes a more and more wearable floral, losing some of the quirkiness that was borderline too much in the opening.
07th April, 2018 (last edited: 08th April, 2018)
An odd scent for me since it reminds me of a truck stop gas station bathroom with the cigarette and florals, kind of like how they try to cover up bathroom smells with floral deodorizers. It's quite linear as the drydown stays the same.

Below average projection but decent longevity.
20th January, 2018
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A disappointing jasmine fragrance.

There is a jasmine note that's fleetingly lush in the beginning. There's absolutely no tobacco note of any kind to my nose. Once the jasmine dies down beyond the mid phase, one is left with a musky floral dry down that's rather commonplace. Sillage is somewhat thin, and duration is underwhelming on skin at around 5 hours. The only reason it gets a neutral is because it's rather charming for the first hour.

For this to be Jasmin et Cigarette, one has to liberally douse oneself in it - AND smoke a couple before or after.

04th April, 2017
Count me in the camp that wanted this to smell... dirtier? It's quite a nice jasmine, with just the faintest hints of cured tobacco (not tobacco smoke) and little else to keep it interesting. I'd love to smell this on a heavy smoker, just walking through the door after stamping out a butt on the sidewalk - the effect would be perfect, I just wish you didn't have to, you know, add your own cigarette to the mix.
11th July, 2016
Two fun points: 1.The hay and tobacco notes suggest an unlit cigarette, whereas the title is more suggestive of silver screen movie stardom.
2. You would think that, for a smoky scent, they would employ a more indolic jasmine than a clean one. Nope!
This scent is like a snapshot of a girl moments before being peer-pressured into something she does not want to do which she is told is cool. It is a pure white jasmine pretending to be tobacco flower with the help of friends. It is funny, awkward, and as reserved as the gals that land themselves in such a situation. Good stuff, but little in the way of evolution or presence. Still definitely worth trying because it is quite unique and hey, maybe you're that girl.
30th January, 2016
Often one needs to ignore Etat Libre’s back stories to truly appreciate their releases and Jasmin sans Cigarette is a case in point. Anything resembling a cigarette in this composition is possibly in the wearer’s auto-suggestible head, unless if one counts a certain murk like a plume of dirty water that lurks around the edges.
But for the major part this is a jasmine soliflore – the jasmine itself is bright (almost to the point of coming over a bit plastic), unyieldingly floral and fat, with hints of strong Indian hair oil and something the cat left on the carpet rounding out its odour profile. Nonetheless, it’s not a heavy breather, just a true jasmine, with the green notes that the fresh flower has also coming through. However, its chutzpah seems to run out in the later stages as the scent gets cleaner, thinner, and downright monotonous. Still, one I suspect jasmine fans may value – I just feel like adding some oud or something to it to shake it up.
15th January, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A reasonable jasmines combined with tobacco - that is exactly the opening I am getting. They are both balancing each other well. The tobacco very clearly is cigarette tobacco, industrial cigarette tobacco á la Marlboro, a mix of fresh unsmoked cigarette tobacco and its ashes, with at times whiffs of dried grass and fruity elements evident. This is well done.

The drydown adds a musky-ambery note that is too generic to be of any further interest, but the tobacco remains until the end and remains the core persistent component throughout the longitudinal development on my skin.

The performance is on the less impressive side, with moderate sillage, adequate projection and a mere four hours on longevity on my skin.

A scent for warmer autumn days, it is characterised by the jasmine-cigarette central accord that is convincing indeed, and overall this - just - justifies its - barely - positive score. 3/5.
15th January, 2016
Turin nails it when he calls this a "floral ashtray," but ruins it when he gives it four stars.

Another of those scent experiments that should not necessarily exist just because it can. There is no discernible jasmine to my nose, just the acrid, unpleasant scent of cold cigarette ashes.

Would someone really want to smell like this? Has the world gone mad? Apparently, yes, to both queries.

Stupid, stupid noses out there.
02nd October, 2015
A surprisingly good pairing of white florals with quite a literal unsmoked cigarette scent. It’s technically tobacco, but it’s not like some rich pipe tobacco—it’s like the dregs of packet of smokes—cardboard and all. Ultimately, it’s more fun than serious (one of the few cases in the line where the humor of the packaging extends into the perfume itself), but it’s an impressive little blend as well. A milky, fruity jasmine that slides neatly into a believable cigarette accord for an effectively atmospheric experience. It’s almost like perfumed sweater that spent the night in smoky bar. Far more appealing than it should be, but I’d hesitate to approach it with any expectations of fine perfume. Trashy good fun in all the right ways.
14th January, 2015
Either I am getting old, or I am afraid most people only "think" they're smelling tobacco because of the name. Because I smell clearly no tobacco in here, or at least, not enough to justify its presence in the pyramid. Paying attention, you only get a subtle (I mean it: subtle) whiff of tobacco leaves after quite a while. What I smell for hours is basically only the "jasmine part". This said, back to the opening: a nice, fresh, desperately synthetic white jasmine note, soft and fairly powdery but also almost zesty (on the linalool/floor cleaner side), on a woody-vanillin base. Not much else, and almost no evolution except for a slight "sweetening", which may also be due to the emerging of that subtle tobacco note, which adds this dusty, humid, sweet leafy feel. Pale and plastic like a freezer bag, but somehow pleasant with its faint and foggy allure. For me Etat Libre d'Orange is one of those brands for which "Phew, they could have done worse" is a compliment, so... nice job here.

12th September, 2014
There was no ashtray note, and not really a cigarette note at all - it was more a tobacco accompanying a leather. In fact, the name might create problems. Those seeking an ashy cigarette edge may be disappointed, but it isn't the fault of the fragrance (it is what it is), only of the marketing.
It opened with a plastic-y jasmine, a little strange and cheap-smelling. I was dubious at this point. But it began to morph into a mellow, easy-going leathery jasmine fragrance when the apricot and tobacco kicked in. It was diffuse and sensual from here on out, with the hay making it kind of laid back. I would call it kind of funky, but not hippie, more a beach house on a rainy weekend sort of frag. Casual, sensual, comfortable, a little sexy-t-shirt-and-blue-jeans.
Its downside is it doesn't have great longevity, roughly 3 hours. Though it has low sillage, I like it in this one. It's always nice when someone leans in closer to smell your fragrance, rather than takes a step away. It makes this one a little more intimate, a scent that becomes part of your skin instead of effusive.
28th August, 2014 (last edited: 03rd September, 2014)
Genre: Leather

Jasmine et Cigarette is a pleasant surprise among Etat Libre d’Orange’s jokily named and occasionally banal fragrances. The topnotes are unpromising: unadulterated isopropyl alcohol. Once that blows over there’s a perfectly pleasant, (if rather chemical,) soapy green jasmine that tools along unaltered for at least a solid hour.

The cigarette comes later, in the form of a semi-sweet hay-and-tobacco accord that adds welcome warmth and depth to the otherwise dangerously two-dimensional jasmine. Given some of the brand’s other olfactory whoopee cushion effects, I half expected a fetid indolic sucker punch somewhere along the way, but the perfumer avoids adolescent temptation and it never arrives. The clean musk and cedar drydown is unfortunately barren, and seems so by dint of insufficient funds, not artistic intent.

I really like the idea of Jasmine et Cigarette, and Etat Libre d’Orange’s name is, for once, accurate. I only wish the concept had been executed with more finesse: a higher quality jasmine note, a smokier tobacco, a more substantial drydown. As it is I find the scent interesting, but just short of compelling.
18th June, 2014
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I used to smoke heavily and although it's been years since I gave up, I still get a contact high from someone lighting up a cigarette near me - I love that acrid, choking smell, and often ask friends to blow smoke in my direction - weird, I know! I thought that this would be right down my alley, but alas, the cigarette element is not the fresh smoke coming from a lit cigarette but the ashy, stale stench that sinks into your clothes and that you can smell after a big night out in the clubs. The winter season after I quit smoking, I pulled out my winter clothes from their boxes, and was assailed by a wall of smell, the stench of stale smoke that had lain dormant in my clothes since I had last put them away (obviously, in a house infected with smoke at the time). This is what the cigarette element here reminds me of. I say unfortunately, because if someone someday figures out how to reproduce the smell of fresh cigarette smoke, I am SO there.

The older I get, the more I question the time and place where I would wear a scent. I try to fit the scent into my life as it is nowadays rather than try to fit my life into a fantasy I have based on a scent. This would have been a brilliant clubbing perfume for me when I was in my early twenties and going out almost every night in Dublin before the smoking ban came in. Last night, I put on this scent from a sample, and crept into bed beside my five month old daughter, and as she rolled into my side for a feed, the cigarette smell suddenly felt all wrong. I am not saying I should smell like vanilla and fluffy clouds all the time, just because I am a mother (God knows, I love me some Rien from the same line and that is not a pussy cat scent). But for me, the time and the place for this perfume has come and gone.

But do let me say this - I admire the hell out of ELDO guys for doing stuff like this. It is a daring, complex and well-handled scent, and is probably one of their top five scents. This one is not for me, but there are quite a few that I love from this line, and as a whole, I think these guys are artists.
07th May, 2014
Heavy Metal Jazzmine

got it at half the price and even those 45€ were thrown to the wind. All I got is synthetic jasmine and other florals... some other chemicals for a metallic opinion might be biased but from all the different goes I had at testing ELdO's in different shops at different times is this house all about chemical hype??!

Pros: original
Cons: synthetic to the bone, low sillage and longevity"

25th October, 2013
Jeszra Show all reviews
United States
When pressing my nose down to my arm to take a deep breath of this fragrance I can almost feel the smoke rolling in the back of my throat. The jasmine and apricot manage to take cigarette smoke and turn it into something beautiful. It becomes perhaps a little to sweet at points and I tend to prefer my tobacco in the cherry pipe tobacco arena like Tobacco Vanille. It's an interesting and beautiful fragrance but not something I'd buy in a full bottle unless I picked up smoking.

edit: changed my mind. It's a freak and I like it. It wouldn't be my first choice for a jasmine but I might still end up getting a full bottle of this down the road or at least a good sized sample to use occasionally.
17th March, 2013 (last edited: 18th March, 2013)
This perfume is less simple than it seems. The hay does not introduce a tobacco note, but it rather pushes the jasmine into the green animal if scent of narcissus with a touch of apricot to sweeten the indoles. Then you get a musky skin scent that creates a floral bouquet with the different qualities of jasmine, giving you a not quite soliflore. The apricot with the tea-like qualities of jasmine are almost like osmanthus. Then the "cigarette" part is a cool used metal ashtray smell that on my skin is bitter like aspirin, evoking the soapy qualities of jasmine and bringing to mind another of this perfumer's creations for this line: Antiheros. The name and the notes can fool you until you spend time with this scent.
22nd February, 2013
Forget the associations with husky bar-hound chain smokers-- JeC evokes nothing of the sort. Warm and uplifting, this fragrance should be worn while spinning in circles and singing "The Hills are Alive."
18th January, 2013
A green floral - and an old metal ashtray.
Lively and yet stale.
Hint of a brown-sugar amber note as it develops.
It isn't a terrible scent, but it does nothing for me.
12th December, 2012
On me this opens as a soft but slightly animalic jasmine, with musky undertones. The dirtiness recedes very quickly, but then then l get an impression of the "bad breath" note that l got from Lust, albeit with the volume turned right down. One hour in, the tonka begins to sweeten it all up, before it fades to a retro-style jasmine-amber base. The projection is low, & it's pretty much gone after four hours.
On the whole l don't dislike this fragrance, but l was expecting something much more edgy & dark than what l got. There is certainly nothing resembling tobacco or even ashtrays here, to my nose, which is a bit disappointing.
21st November, 2012
The "cigarette"-part was the reason I sampled this, unfortunately this is all about jasmine and apricot. Since I'm not particularly into any of these two notes, this scent doesn't really touch me.
After the initial dry down though, you can indeed notice a waft of cigarettes, but it's not actually smokey like for example Mona di Orio's Les Nombre d'Or Cuir, Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather, or Tauer's Lonestar memories, not even like the polite and wellbehaved smoke in Keiko Mecheri's Cuir fauve. This scent is more like the I-have-just-been-outside-smoking-aura that you can register when you hug someone at a party; a person with a rather boring fruity-floral perfume.

IOW: if you like fruity-florals and are looking for one with a (very, very) little twist - this might be something for you. If you like smokey scents - you won't find what you're looking for here.
09th October, 2012
Alityke Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I get only a fun slightly fizzy jasmine from this. I pick the burnt frying pan handle mote that I get from jasmine blossoms so very realistic but I do not get even a hint of tobacco never mind the tang of fag ash which was promised and may have made this more interesting.

A very pretty summer scent lackingin longevity. Little sillage. An intimate skin scent on me
04th February, 2012
I believe that with this one it's all about cautious application. Dabbed on slightly it is refreshing, but put on a little too much and you end up smelling not like the moment one opens a pack of expensive cigarettes, but like an ashtray. I like the somewhat timid jasmine in this, never overpowering or indolic.
08th January, 2012
This one opens with a very strong ashtray/cigarette smell. Very authentic, but not something for anyone expecting to get a straight tobacco smell. This, however, lasts for a few minutes max before subtly fading into the background of jasmine. Some slight muskier accords later on, but this one pretty much lives up to its name.
25th July, 2011
I was hoping to love this -- I'm drawn to other fragrances with hay, musk, and tobacco, so Jasmin et Cigarette seemed right up my alley.

Unfortunately, the top note was straight-up dime store jasmine hand lotion -- about as unisex as a Wonderbra. I was hoping for something darker and more decadent, as the name implied, but it wasn't to be. During the drydown, there was a little amber somethingorother that tried to redeem it, but for me, it was too little, too late.
11th April, 2011
The opening is a floral / fruity buquet that has an acidic feel similar to a fruit salad left marinating for a whole day with a little sugar. In the drydown things get a little better with a shy note of tobacco recalling more of a tobacco leaf than an ashtray. Nothing spectacular or particularly interesting. I was so curious about this fragrance as I loved the concept behind it but, honestly, I expected something more challenging and uncompromising. All I got is an ok scent with a moderate sillage and no more than reasonable lasting power.
09th April, 2011
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
Because I avoid top notes as much as possible I must have missed the "ashtray" quality. I didn't like it at all (bitter) and basically just ignored it (just did a little wrist dab). However, I'm writing this to mention that if you want a fragrance with a jasmine ashtray accord that lasts a very long time, sample Escada Collection.
29th March, 2011
A bit kinky, some jasmine, some tar, some tobacco. It is pleasing and disturbing the same time. Never smelled it on a smoker, that would be fun! On the long run, say over hours the scent lacks development. But, the overall impression remains that it is some peculiar, well done piece of perfumery. I really would like to smell it more often on women, just for the fun of it.
06th March, 2011
Jasmine. Ashtray.

For such a straightforward scent, it's surprisingly tough to review. It contains jasmine. Duh. It contains cigarette smoke. Duh. It smells like jasmine and cigarettes. Right. I'm sure I haven't lost anyone so far ...

And yet it's different than that. The jasmine is somehow more electric, more vibrant than your everyday jasmine. It's like jasmine with supercharged violet. The cigarette is somehow more worn, more skanky, than your everyday tobacco scent. It's not like the cigarette you're smoking now but more like the ashtray scent that remains from the cigarettes you smoked several nights ago while knocking back whiskey shots with friends. It's a very positive, uplifting jasmine with a very aged, very used cigarette. It evokes someone whose better days are in the past but who still knows how to give today their best shot.

For those looking for a floral scent with a dirty edge, this may be the one. For those who simply like floral, stay well clear of it. Definitely a sample-first scent.
28th February, 2011 (last edited: 14th April, 2011)
"Coco chanel smoking herself to death in a nursing home"

Thats the only way I can describe this incredibly NAUSEATING perfume.
I'm usually very tolerant to fragrances even if they have top notes I don't enjoy and I try to fight through it to give it a fair chance.

For some reason I couldn't for the life of me resist scrubbing my arm with brillo to take this off. Maybe its my skin or my nose but I'm glad I got a sample and not the full bottle.

Tobacco and Jasmine didn't mix well in this particular blend.
22nd February, 2011