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Autoportrait (2011)
by Olfactive Studio


Autoportrait information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

People and companies

HouseOlfactive Studio
PerfumerNathalie Lorson

About Autoportrait

The fragrance was inspired by an image by Luc Laporte.

Autoportrait fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Autoportrait

Iíve enjoyed my sample so much Iím actually considering a full bottle of this.

Reading othersí reviews, I think Autoportrait must react differently on my skin to the majority of people writing here. I donít get any cedar, pepper, or citrus; instead, I get a beautiful, soft resin/balsam that is sweet without being too sweet. Thereís something in here that reminds me of a traditional Chinese balm my late grandmother used. Itís not at all sharply medicinal, just calming and lovely.

I find it difficult to pick out what notes are in here, but I love this perfume and find it comforting and warm. Itís fairly close to the skin, not much (but not zero) projection. Longevity on the skin is a few hours. I think this is one for if you donít necessarily want others to think ďoh wow, that person is wearing perfumeĒ but are wearing it primarily for yourself. Others will merely catch a whiff every once in a while of a delicious scent and wonder if itís you.
12th January, 2020
Back in the 1970's I recall an Italian mens line called vidal which had this fresh woody note. It belonged among the coniferous fragrances in the H&R genealogy if I remember right, alongside Pino Sylvestre and all that group. A dry, very acceptable masculine scent, fresh cedar, I quite like it.

The declared ingredients could be quite misleading here though I can believe there is elemi and bergamot, but as the official description comments:

"Autoportrait is a good example of how frankincense can be used in a modern way for its fresh coniferous value, without going into a churchy or oriental interpretation."

Very likely it will be sweetened by synthetic components such as coniferan, plicatone etc.

Sure, the marketing story trying to link perfume and photography is contrived and unconvincing but the fragrance itself is attractive, as is the bottle. I think the some of the dismissive judgments below are a bit hasty to be honest.
16th November, 2019 (last edited: 18th November, 2019)
The opening is very promising. Dries down to pencil shavings in about 5 minutes. No benzoin or Incense to be found anywhere after the initial dry down. Not feeling this one at all. Next...
14th July, 2017
Sweet, boring

Too sweet, people... too sweet.

The citrus-wood opening is the best part (the least sweet).

The so-called "benzoin slam" gives a very sweet chime along with the musk in the mid-notes.

Incense notes are poorly rendered and hard to find.

Dry-down is sweet, woody with a trace of coconut. Sweet pencil shavings, that's about it.

No moss or vetiver that I can detect.

Unremarkable to say the least. High concept, low execution.

Pros: attempts to render some wood notes
Cons: nothing remarkable here"

29th September, 2013
Vetiver not extraordinaire!

The photograph and the concept behind this fragrance- and the whole Olfactive Studio line- are rather interesting, the perfumed renditions unfortunately are not at the same level.

Autoportrait opens with a faint whiff of citrus and pepper- the best part of the fragrance- that leads very quickly to a overly sweet and unpleasantly powdery heart where a pale, clean, soulless vetiver peeps out. The base notes feature prominently ambrox- one of those widespread, rather abused synthetic woody- ambery molecules that finishes the fragrance with a touch of banal.

31st May, 2013
A fine Ďwide open spacesí peppery cedar opening with sharp lemon-n-pine tones which soon (like within 15 minutes) turns into a characterless dry, slightly sour, woody haze that smells ever more synthetic as the hours wear on. If outfits like Olfactive Studio didnít spend most of their energy branding themselves to levels of aching coolness and diverted it instead into the creation of perfumes of distinction weíd be talking. But with fumes like Autoportrait , which is not entirely unpleasant just a terminal bore, itís perhaps better to stay silent.
09th April, 2013

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