Eloge du Traître by Etat Libre D'Orange (2006)

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  1. odysseusm
    Eloge du Traître ("Elegy for a traitor")

    Notes: pine, bay leaf, artemesia, clove, geranium, jasmine, patchouli, leather, oakmoss.
    This has a couple of things going on. First, I find it to be very similar to Yatagan -- a bit more pine-y perhaps. Also, the bay-clove combination at times suggests Bay Rum. Finally, the patchouli is the unavoidable 800-lb gorilla here. I'm still only so-so on patchouli; finding it to be leathery, tangy and in-your-face much of the time. Eloge is a cool-weather scent for me, and I apply it in small doses.
    Any thoughts on this one?
  2. shamu1
    I'm a big patchouli fan, so this one sounds great to me. I'm also a big Yatagan fan too. Would you say that this is predominantly a patchouli scent Odysseusm?
  3. odysseusm
    Yes, I would say that patchouli is very prominent here. So you may like this a lot.
  4. odysseusm
    I am wearing it today.

    I feel that the scent has good ingredients and potential, but is not well designed. It is a powerhouse but lacks finesse and clarity.
    It starts with very good conifer and bay notes. These are all too brief, quickly swallowed up by a very assertive clove and leather chord. BAM! We are back to the 80's. Floral notes are completely lost in this heavy hammer. When things settle down, there is a predictable patchouli - leather - musk base. The patchouli is tangy and a bit metallic, as it often is in this sort of scent.
    The middle is not for the faint of heart, and not to my liking. When things settle down, the scent is OK in the cool weather.
  5. MonkeyBars
    One major difference between Eloge and Yatagan is the leather. Eloge is full of birch tar, while Yatagan does not have any smokey character, more of an animalic-woody castoreum accord.
  6. odysseusm
    Trying this again today. It is a real powerhouse, so I hold the nozzle far from me and ease into its cloud. In light doses, this is a good scent.
    Opens with a very balsamic note. I often find that balsam reminds me of cocoa powder, and that is the case here. There are also rich spices.
    The pine emerges, and it is a good note. The scent is quite dense. I get hints of geranium and jasmine despite the heaviness of the scent.
    The base is more leathery than mossy.
    In very carefully applied amounts, the scent conveys a haunting, smoky character with some good conifers.
  7. odysseusm
    Because of its smoky and haunting character, and evocative name (Elegy for a Traitor), this scent always reminds me of this --

    “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  8. MonkeyBars
    Very inspiring Ody! Love RGD.
  9. odysseusm
    Cool weather... time to engage with this powerhouse. Comments tomorrow.
  10. odysseusm
    Definitely cold weather today, and this powerful scent works well in that setting. I think it would be unbearably heavy in warm weather. A dusky and powdery start, and a little bit sweet. Clove and bay leaf continue to hint at Bay Rum. The artemisia contributes a bitter, shrub-like scent. In the style of an '80's powerhouse, so one squirt from a distance is all that's needed. Herbal notes segue into a leather-moss-patchouli base. When the patchouli retreats, we have a nice scent: herbal, tangy, a bit woody. I didn't get much pine today.
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