Etat Libre d'Orange
I'm surprised that there have been so many mentions of Jasmin et Cigarette
- not because I think it's a bad scent [I don't - it's a very likeable jasmine], but because it offers little in the way of mystery or complexity. The name, in this instance, is absolutely spot on: you want to smell of jasmine and cigarette smoke? Buy Jasmin et Cigarette
For this reason, I'd also eliminate Encens et Bubblegum
from the list; again, if you think you can imagine the clash of those seemingly disparate smells, then you're probably not far off experiencing it. It's another one that does exactly what it says on the, erm, tin. Sweet yet dry, heavy to the point of cloying/nauseating, linear and lasts for years.
I had written a long paragraph of reasons why the first must-try has to be Secretions Magnifiques
, but luckily I re-read your post and realised that you're going to be spraying and walking around in public. In that case: DO NOT TRY SECRETIONS MAGNIFIQUES
. By all means get a sample vial to take away with you to experience later in the comfort of your own bathroom - in fact, I urge you to do this, as I think every fan of fragrance needs to experience this - but for chrissakes don't spray it on in-store! Seriously, it could ruin an otherwise delightful day - this is a fragrance that will
alter your perceived notions of perfume boundaries [and almost certainly not in a good way!]
One ELd'O that I would recommend, however, is Charogne
. It's such a complex beasty - a gorgeous sweet floral to start [it's like a soliflore of the juicius fruitii
] with an indolic/leather progression. It's the indole accord that elevates the fragrance and makes it fascinating, yet it's actually very wearable; I've worn it to work and not had a single quizzical expression or recoil of disgust from colleagues. Definitely one to try.
Well, I was also going to add my MPG and SL recommendations [The Lutens range isn't easy to narrow down to one or two], but frankly I'm drained after all that