I've recently taken an interest in Etat Libre d'Orange's line, and I wanted to know what your favorites are, and why?
I'm planning to sample some of their fragrances, but can't afford to sample them all, so I need some input!
i really like tilda swinton's like this - deliciously warm fall scent that really does smell 'orange' (the colour not the fruit)
also fils de dieu, which is very smooth and comforting. coconut, spices, ginger, and a creamy rice note that i find delicious.
afternoon of a faun is great too - immortelle, spices, oakmoss, etc make for a very interesting take on chypre.
the rest of etat libre i can take or leave... in the case of secretions magnifiques, definitely leave
+1 for Like This, Tilda Swinton. Very lovely scent, very wearable, and one of the only scents out there with pumpkin.
ELDO is quite an avant-garde house, and if you are interested in experiencing this side of their line, I recommend that at some point you smell Secretions Magnifiques. Be aware however this is NOT a wearable fragrance; it is 'concept art', as other basenoters have aptly put it.
Like This is a bit too sweet for my liking but as others have mentioned, it's totally worth trying. Their scents aren't quite as edgy as their concepts make them out to be, but they're still fun.
For me, Rien is the best, but I'd say give a sniff to:
Rien â€” Incense-y leather. Very strong.
Like This â€” I get mainly ginger and sweet pumpkin.
Tom of Finland â€” A much tamer leather than the name suggests.
Encens et Bubblegum â€” Works better than you might think.
Secretions Magnifique â€” You have to at least try it.
Fat Electrician â€” A MOR vetiver. Serviceable, if a tad dull.
Jasmine et Cigarette â€” A striking combo that's more dirty jasmine to me.
Delicious Closet Queen â€” I generally don't like rose, but I like it here.
Another vote for Jasmin et Cigarette. I don't know how they figured combining jasmine and cigarettes would make something that straddles those two very different scents perfectly, but it works.
I also really like Archives 69. Nice and warm, yet again, because of a really interesting addition of camphor, it's also a little fresh and sharp at the same time.
I don't think their scents are really that shocking (except for Secretions) but they make them JUST off-center enough to be really interesting. Good luck!
I like the line a lot, very solid. And usually also very long lasting on me, which is rare.
They used to sell an inexpensive set of vials of all of their scents from their website, but I do not know if this is still the case.
Rien: uncompromisingly butch and animalic leather. Love or hate.
Jasmine et cigarette: as per name, dry and floral
Tom of Finland: despite the name, supersmooth suede
Je suis un homme: very classical citrus-woody-leather masculine
Eloge d'un traitre: green herbal
And as Wingie was saying, every perfume lover should smell Sec mag once. The aromatic extract of decaying shellfish in a rusty bilge should not, in any way, come into contact with a living person's skin, but it is a conceptual masterpiece.