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Vraie Blonde (2006)
by Etat Libre d'Orange


Vraie Blonde information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 78 votes)

People and companies

HouseEtat Libre d'Orange
PerfumerAntoine Maisondieu

About Vraie Blonde

Vraie Blonde is a shared / unisex perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu

Vraie Blonde fragrance notes

Reviews of Vraie Blonde

ELDO's take on the abstract floral, No. 5 genre, with a twist. Opens fizzy and delicious, and differentiates itself with an unexpected myrrh note. Beautifully done.
10th November, 2019
A slightly metallic peachy patchouli.

Unusual for me in that the metallic scent is not sharp and off-putting as that scent usually is for me. It's just there, giving the fragrance a cool character.

The peach and patchouli are supported by rose. These four elements (peach, patchouli, rose, metal) are all I get from the scent. It's the best of the Etats I've tried (about a dozen), but that's not saying much as I have found them for the most part bland to horrid.

Inoffensive, pleasant, but hardly worth going out of one's way for.
21st March, 2016
Genre: Floral Oriental

Etat Libre d’Orange is a frustrating outfit. The silly names and labels are no doubt meant to be bold and provocative, but in fact evince the sensibilities of twelve year-old boys huddled over a porn magazine in the back of a school bus. The scents themselves are most often dull (Nombril Immense, Eloge du Traitre), ugly (Encens et Bubblegum), or both (Sécrétions Magnifiques). Vraie Blond is a happy exception. The scent opens on fizzy aldehydes and a bright, juicy citrus note with an unusually appetizing and refreshing quality. (The pyramid says peach, but this is not the lactonic peach of Mitsouko or Chinatown.) The fruit is soon joined by a paradoxically bitter, astringent myrrh, indolic white flowers, and then a sweaty, animalic patchouli. The resulting olfactory structure is rife with internal contradictions: it is at once brisk and dirty, vivid and putrefying, austere and libidinous, giddy and dangerous. In short, it is, alongside Charogne and Vierges & Toreros, one of the few Etat Libre d’Orange products that fills the reckless, iconoclastic promise of the company’s marketing and press materials.

The inspired lunacy of Vraie Blond’s structure can’t sustain itself forever, and it’s the patchouli that takes over for the drydown. The scent projects well for four or more hours of wear, but it’s never overbearing. In fact, for a fragrance so rich in patchouli, Vraie Blond is surprisingly buoyant and transparent. Perhaps that’s the crispy fruit or the sparkling aldehydes at work. The impression I’m left with is of a lighthearted, witty fragrance with a well developed sense of fun – kind of what Paris Hilton or Britney Spears might smell like if either of them had a brain.
09th July, 2014
A sinister, incongruous formation that comes off as faux-trashy. It’s an unnerving mix of sickly aldehydes with a singular and distinctly horrifying accord peeking through. The accord in question appears to be a combination of rose, myrrh, and peppered peach that places bitter, slightly herbal notes up against something plastic, subtly gourmand, and highly nauseating. The scenario of olfactory equivalence: a trashy off-strip Las Vegas-style lounge show, mid-afternoon, avec screaming hangover. Your table is simultaneously sticky and wet, and the smell of partially digested food is in the air. That's the headspace this conjures for me.

After a short while, the notes simmer down and you’re left with a peculiarly hollow syrupy scent—as though a key, unifying ingredient was removed. It’s somewhere between waxy candy, culinary spices, 99c store chocolate, vomit, and hairspray at this point, all merged with the scent of condiment-encrusted vinyl. There’s a hint of a synthetic white musk at work as well—just enough to imply a nails-on-chalkboard kind of shrillness—but not enough to truly announce itself as such. It’s here that it threatens to go full-on celebrity scent, but teeters on the edge, clinging instead to its aldehydic strangeness.

I really do love the irreverence of this line, but Vraie Blonde is powerfully disgusting.
08th April, 2014 (last edited: 28th May, 2014)
Vraie Blonde by Etat Libre d`Orange opens with aldehydes, incense, and a unique “champagne” note. I’m quickly reminded of the cigarette smoke and incense-soaked carpet and furniture accord found in Passage d'Enfer by L`Artisan Parfumeur. Is this supposed to evoke cocktail lounges of the past--Chanel No. 5, leather furniture infused with cigarette smoke, and champagne? ELdO knows how to hold us captive with stories, and it is this imagination found behind some of their compositions that keeps me hooked on the brand.

Well blended and interesting enough 3.5/5
24th December, 2013

I’ve mentioned before that Etat Libre d’Orange’s schtick is easy to dispense with because it’s so ridiculous. I love the perfume that ELDO make, and I support the notion that perfumery needs to be shaken up. The grade-school boyishness, though, is self-defeating. The first thing I do with a bottle from ELDO is to put away the little text/illustration insert that "explains" the perfume. ‘Is she a real blond? Only nudity will reveal the truth.’ It’s what would come out of creative writing class for horny 13 year-old boys.

But the perfume!

Vraie Blonde is often compared to Chanel 5 and it should be. Not for any similarity of scent, but for the fact that they are similarly abstract. Vraie Blonde is a myrrh fragrance in the way that Chanel 5 is a floral fragrance. It doesn’t smell like any one thing but experiencing it, I catch images of butter cookies, peach skin, muscat grapes, porridge, closets, make-up, and baby skin. It’s all over the map in the best sense.

Vraie Blonde doesn’t smell like anything else I’ve smelled. It doesn’t suggest or allude to any other scent. It’s a fairly new territory for me and gives me a new olfactory image to attach meaning, emotion, value to.

Let me step away from the perfume itself for a moment. This experience of encountering the new and assimilating it by attaching concepts and meanings to it is how I (we) deal with the unknown. The unknown is necessarily abstract because I can’t perceive it. In identifying something new, I categorize it, attach descriptors to it, compare it to other ideas and experiences and eventually start to get a handle on it. I name it. To some degree, this is what I do with all perfumes, or more broadly, with all scents. For all my talk, there is no proper language to scent because, other than for perfumers, the olfactory is a read-only medium. It’s the nature of the biz, man. Here is my rationale for seeing all perfumery as abstract by definition.

Back to Vraie Blonde. It’s just lovely. It’s blanketing and dense. Though others describe it as bubbly and champagne-like, the classic aldehydic descriptors, I find it quite the opposite. It’s enveloping. It draws you into it. It’s seductive. It reminds me in feeling, if not in scent, of Robert Piguet’s Baghari, another smoldering aldehydic perfume. Vraie Blonde sits at the exact point between activity and passivity and waits for you to tip it one way or the other.

from scent

27th June, 2013

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