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    Default New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    From minifroufrou.com:

    Independent perfume house Etat Libre d'Orange will launch a new unisex perfume from June 2011 called Philippine Houseboy. It will be signed by perfumer Ralf Schwieger of Mane Creations for whom it will be the first collaboration with the brand. The teaser-announcement is somewhat allusive and cryptic, as it should be...

    But there are familiar echoes as the new creation is in line with the interest in erotica of the house. Ralf Schwieger is known in particular for his opuses for Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums, Lipstick Rose, Hermès Eau des Merveilles and YSL Baby Doll. More recently he authored Orange Sanguine (2010) for Atelier Cologne.

    "As an awkward Prelude to Ralf Schwieger ‘s erotic Vision of PHILIPPINE HOUSEBOY, Son of God and Citrus, the new fragrance to be launched in June 2011, Etat Libre d’Orange is now housing a Totem of the Guardian of Saliency cornered between rue des Archives.

    An authentic Guide for an Olfactory Cruise on the South Pacific Ocean…."

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    This was announced a few months ago. Has anyone seen/heard any additional information on this?
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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    From Grain de Musc i July: The flamboyantly-named Philippine Houseboy by État Libre d’Orange, a combination of lime, cilantro, steamed rice and a suede accord by Ralph Schwieger, announced for June, has been put off as it is still under development.
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    They should do a screening of Reflections in a Golden Eye at the launch party.

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    From what I learned watching Boogie Nights, Philippine Houseboys are known to walk around the house tossing off lit firecrackers indiscriminately...

    Wait never mind. That's Cosmo. He's Chinese.

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Strange name for a fragrance IMO.

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    It's a bit too self-consciously outré, but on the other I do appreciate the way they take the piss of the ever present pretentiousness in so much of fragrance marketing/names.
    Still, this will be a really though one for the occasions when people ask you what you're wearing...

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Quote Originally Posted by miguelca View Post
    Still, this will be a really though one for the occasions when people ask you what you're wearing...
    I would love to respond if someone asked me what I was wearing.
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    They replied like this when I inquired about it recently:

    Philippine Houseboy is due to be launched at the month of September. The fragrance has been created by Mane’s Ralf Schwieger, who decided to enhance the lime and grilled rice notes for quite an ambiguous “clean-dirty / virginal-sensual” result…

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I would love to respond if someone asked me what I was wearing.
    Ditto


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    They need to rename this one "Pacman"

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Lime, cilantro, steamed rice and suede, eh?

    Wow...sounds more like flavors than notes.

    Love the name.

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    Wait till the lifestyle editors and the prudes in Congress in the PH hear about this. Gonna rain fire and brimstone
    Hmm why wait, I wonder to whom I can shoot this link to

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Quote Originally Posted by PradaG View Post
    They need to rename this one "Pacman"
    LOLLL!

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I happen to love the ELdO house, but this title sounds kind of racist to me. That's just my own opinion.
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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Philippine Houseboy?? LOL. I'm from Malaysia, and I know this certainly has a homosexual undertone to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livingdead View Post
    Philippine Houseboy?? LOL. I'm from Malaysia, and I know this certainly has a homosexual undertone to it.
    Im from the UAE where there is a HUGE Philipino workforce.
    Heck I grew up with a Philipino housemaid (lady) all my life.

    There is definitely a homosexual vibe to this.
    Philipino houseboys tend to be homosexual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I would love to respond if someone asked me what I was wearing.
    ROTFL! That would be too funny! I have enough trouble with French names when people ask what I am wearing.

    As for any homosexual inference for PH, this is old hat for ELDO. Just look at their Tom of Finland. You can't get more obvious than that: marketing, box and all. It's actually a nice, fresh leather scent.

    I am not offended by the silliness of ELDO. I could easily be offended by the crude imagery and names of Secretions Magnifique, Putain des Palaces, Fat Electrician, Je Suis Un Homme, or Don't Get Me Wrong, Baby (and you know the rest of the name!).
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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Im from the UAE where there is a HUGE Philipino workforce.
    Heck I grew up with a Philipino housemaid (lady) all my life.

    There is definitely a homosexual vibe to this.
    Philipino houseboys tend to be homosexual.
    Yeah Saif huge Filipino workforce over here in Malaysia as well, while I personally never had maids (parents' choice), there are plenty around my neighbourhood

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    I'm generally unimpressed with ELdO's schtick.

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    I'm generally unimpressed with ELdO's schtick.
    Yeah, sometimes they're unnecessarely provocative. I've just heard this is going to be launched with another name...


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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I don't like the Tom of Finland name either, though the scent itself is enjoyable. I just don't see why a country's name has to be involved. What next? 'American Bigot'? 'French Whore'??
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    My sister-in-law is from the Philippines and was kept as a slave in London for a number of years. Her 'employer' was eventually prosecuted for imprisoning her - and this state of affairs is by no means uncommon in the UK. So I've got to say that the name of this frag strikes me as being - to put it mildly - in very poor taste.

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    Lucky that isnt named Brazilian Monkey or Public naked at Brazil

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Yeah, sometimes they're unnecessarely provocative. I've just heard this is going to be launched with another name...
    I suppose they realized this would get them into some serious trouble. It was an entirely tasteless choice in view of the de facto slavery / sexual exploitation issues connected with Asian house servants.

    btw.: "Tom of Finland" is the actual name of the artist the fragrance is named for, so no derision of finnish persons was intended.
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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I generally don't mind ELDO fragrance names ( though ''Hotel Whore'' and Delicious Closet Queen were sleazy and made light of both subjects ), but I agree Philippine Houseboy is in rather poor taste.

    I've known only about four houseboys in my lifetime, and all occupied an uncomfortable position somewhere between prostitute and domestic servant, and none of them would be doing it if they didn't have to for financial reasons. I don't mind toying with adult or sexual themes in fragrance, but Philippine Houseboy, well, it reeks of third-world exploitation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I don't like the Tom of Finland name either, though the scent itself is enjoyable. I just don't see why a country's name has to be involved. What next? 'American Bigot'? 'French Whore'??
    To be fair to Tom Of Finland, it's an actual artist's nickname referencing a particular person not a reference to anything Finnish in general, and was done in cohorts with people showing his work. ( Though I'm tempted to put "artist'' in quotation marks given his rather caricature-like male figures. )

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    If ELDO is trying to be talked about, they got it!

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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Suga & t_g_l, thanks for the clarification on ToF. I suppose if they name a fragrance Pacman of Phillipines, we could expect a scent with plenty of explosive power!
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    Default Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    Let's hope they change their minds and change the name. It is offensive in an indefensible way, deriding people who are in a dire position, and is some cases being sexually exploited.

    I think they should just call it Facking French Poseur, that would describe EldO very well, in fact it should be their signature scent!
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