Mardi Gras by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2015


Post by Azar


In 2011 Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids sent me a very unusual gift, two 15 ml prototypes of one of her best selling fragrances. The bottles were labeled Version #1 and Version #3. For whatever reason these perfumes had not made the cut and had never been offered for sale.

Version #3 was a beautiful honeyed citrus with plenty of sandalwood and amber. #1 was also a honeyed fragrance but much louder and more angular, opening with a sharp, synthetic, edgy orange blossom, progressing to a heart of dark, earthy labdanum/cistus/honey and drying down over several hours to a musky, slightly cheesy, animalic civet and amber. I fell in love with Version #1 and so did my husband.

While very different from and not quite as skanky as that quintessential “parfum de puta” – Tabu, Version #1 was definitely in the same league. As far as I knew no one else was wearing this prototype dazzler and I began to consider #1 my personal, one of a kind fragrance.

Late last year Olympic Orchids (with a little prompting) reconsidered the possibilities of Version #1. Ellen toned down the slutty first impression with natural orange blossom and neroli, smoothed and reinforced the cistus with benzoin and tweaked the animalic dry down. The new fragrance, aptly named Mardi Gras, debuted in early 2015.

Mardi Gras by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2015

Mardi_Gras Olympic OrchidsPhoto Stolen Olympic Orchids

Olympic Orchids gives these featured accords in one line:
Orange blossom, neroli, cistus, benzoin, vanilla, civet and special musk blend.

Mardi Gras is a much more sophisticated, refined and wearable scent than Version #1. She is a southern belle who has managed to retain the dark magic of her native New Orleans. Of the two fragrances Mardi Gras is probably the better perfume, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for her brazen older sister.

Further reading: Ca Fleure Bon
Mardi Gras is available online at Olympic Orchids in 1ml or 30ml

Azar xx

Giveaway Kesha&CoPhoto Stolen Kesha&Co



This week we will have 2 winners who will receive:
1 x 2 ml decant of the new Mardi Gras
1 x 1 ml decant from my bottle of Version #1
1 x mystery sample of a dark and musky perfume oil
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please tell us if you have tried Olympic Orchids new Mardi Gras fragrance or about your favorite “parfum de puta”!


Entries Close Thursday 28th May 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Sunday 31st May 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

62 comments on “Mardi Gras by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2015

  1. Patty Pong says:

    No, I have not tried the new Mardi Gras. I follow by e-mail and enjoy Musc Ravageur. 🙂

  2. vivian says:

    I follow APJ by email.
    And no, I haven’t tried Olympic Orchids but my favorite “Parfum De puts” (lol) is L’artisan parfumeur mute et music extreme. It’s an older puta… Fuller bodied, sensual, sweet, musky, and knows how to keep you drawn in.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Vivian,
      Full bodied and sensual certainly describes this extremely fruity “puts” 🙂 Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  3. Jaybee says:

    For me, L’agent Provocateur shouts ‘bedroom, you, me, now’! Mardi Gras sounds tempting. I follow by email. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      HA! The fewer words spoken the better! Great choice for a “connector” scent. Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  4. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Azar.
    Love this piece. DNEM but popping in to say HEY!
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Hey Portia,
      Thank you for dropping by! Mardi Gras would definitely fit in your “connector” scent category!
      Azar xx

  5. Marion says:

    I follow by e mail. My seduction fragrance changes with my mood and the season. Let’s just say my “looking for trouble” perfume has been vintage Balmain’s Jolie Madame. I don’t think of it as skanky, but it evokes that feeling to me. Thanks for the chance! I have tried most of Ellen’s lovely fragrances, but not Mardi Gras.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Marion,
      I also enjoy the vintage Balmains, especially Jolie Madame. Thank you for commenting and for joining this draw!
      Azar xx

  6. Ksenia says:

    Bloglovin – jalesley;
    I have not tried yet, and my parfume de puta (I am not original) is ELdO Putain des Palaces.

  7. Aelfrik says:

    I follow via email and Olympic Orchid’s ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ is one of the most gloriously furry, rotten, sweet and sweaty frag’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling.

    • Azar says:

      Hey Aelfrik,
      Tropic of Capricorn is one of my favorites too! My dog Fender loves it as well 😉
      Azar xx

  8. Jackie b says:

    When you mentioned honey my mind travelled to a perfume I tried recently- Kiste by Slumberhouse. It is so disturbing that I almost don’t wear it out of the house, but I keep sniffing it.
    Would love to try your various iterations of puta!
    I follow by email

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jackie b,
      I have not tried Kiste. Disturbing is good! Thank you for your favorite puta! 🙂
      Azar xx

  9. Nemo says:

    The only perfume I own that I have never dared to wear to work is Agent Provocateur (well, maybe just once :)). I follow by email, and I am very curious about the honeyed musk of Mardi Gras.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo!
      Two votes now for AP! I am almost afraid to ask – but – what happened when you wore it to work? You are iN!
      Azar xx

  10. Holly says:

    Hi Azar! What fun! Hmm, I’m thinking of vintage Bal a Versailles as a “parfum de puta”, but gosh it’s been a long time since I sniffed it. I’m sure there’s must be some drifting along in The Sample Sea.
    I haven’t tried any of Olympic Orchids stuff, although I’ve been curious. Mardi Gras sounds fantastic.
    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Holly,
      Of course, vintage Bal a Versailles! The newer version works for me too. Also, I love the image of your “sample sea”.
      Azar xx

  11. Kandice says:

    Hi Azar. I would love to try both. Thanks for the opportunity. I follow via email. I haven’t tried any perfume from this line but would like to very much. I don’t have a “parfum de puta” but now I’m thinking I need to find one 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hello Kandice,
      I hope this post helps you find the “parfum de puta” of your dreams! Lots of good suggestions have popped up. The biggest issue with all of these “connectors” is when to wear them. Personally I love using Version #1, Mardi Gras and Tabu when I go to the grocery store :)!
      Azar xx

  12. Rincoglionita says:

    I’m not at all familiar with the Mardi Gras house, but I’m intrigued. I follow by email, and my puta scent, unsurprisingly, is MFK APLS.

    • Azar says:

      Hi there Rincoglionita!
      Olympic Orchids is the house. I love almost everything I’ve tried by Ellen Covey. I haven’t tried this MFK, though. Thanks for the tip!
      Azar xx

  13. gina tabasso says:

    Follow by email. My faves are rumba, les jardin de bagatelle, tabu, opium and obsession for going puta.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Gina,
      Your puta list is very much like mine. I think I will now give myself a blast of Rumba (as Portia is wont to say “pow, right in the kisser”). WHOAAA Thanks for reminding me. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve not tried Mardi Gras, but I’ve tried four perfumes from The Devil Scents series and California Chocolate (smells like real bitter chocolate, not that cacao mild drink note with milk in most of “chocolate” perfumes). It’s very deep and beautiful scents, especially DEV #1: Foreplay which I like the most.
    My favorite “parfum de puta” are Tuscan Leather and Ysatis))
    I follow by email. Thanks!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Elizabeth,
      I love the Devil Scents too and my favorite OO chocolate is Seattle Chocolate. Chocolate and fir needles! Thanks for your comment. You reminded me of my old Ysatis which I must locate and use again. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  15. cookie queen says:

    Don’t enter me Azar. I have tried nothing from Ellen and am so excited to do so. Haunted by Ballet Rouge ……. Mardi Gras sounds very tempting. Hugs. xxxx

    • Azar says:

      Hi Cookie!
      I am so excited to be seeing you soon! Plenty of perfume will be waiting for your expert nose!
      Azar xx and X

  16. Julie F says:

    I follow by email. I guess my best puta scents are vintage BaV, Femme, and L’Air de Rien – those are all kind of “been romping in the sheets” fragrances, aren’t they? I haven’t smelled Mardi Gras, but I love Ellen’s Olympic Amber and Seattle Chocolate. Thanks for the draw.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Julie F,
      If you like these two OO scents I’m sure that Mardi Gras will appeal. BaV is a definite romp but I have only heard about L’Air de Rien and not experienced it (I think). There may be a little decant, as Holly puts it, “floating in the sample sea”. I need to be more organized. And yes, of course, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  17. Esperessence says:

    Lovely review, haven’t tried anything from Ellen Covey but would love too. My perfume de puta would be Parfums d’empire Musc Tonkin. Following by mail.
    Esperessence recently posted…Hilde Soliani Luce A brand new day !My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Esperessence,
      Yes, I have a little bit of Musc Tonkin laying around and I think I know where it is! Thank you for reminding me and for joining the draw. BTW I loved you recent post and the art of Henriette Hackenburg. Her paintings remind me of enlarged polished stones, chatoyant pietersite, jaspers, etc. So bright and creative and a perfect way to illustrate your review.
      Azar xx

  18. Teri Singer says:

    I don’t know these parfums but I would love to try. Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower is my choice for pungent pew.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Teri,
      Carnal Flower is a great choice! Thank you for dropping by. Just tell me how you follow APJ and you will be IN the draw.
      Azar xx

  19. Fazal Cheema says:

    thanks so much for the draw. I have tried one (it has lot of coffee elements) but can’t recall the name. I follow APJ through email.

  20. Sun Mi says:

    Hi Azar!! What a coincidence, I was just mentioning this one in a comment about Gentlewoman (*not* that they’re similar) and am working on finishing up my review of it. I don’t get too much honey out of it (thankfully, as honey appears to be a note I cannot handle), but I do get some sex-charged musk. I really like it. I’m insanely curious about your #1 version, but DNEM as I have a 5ml of Mardi Gras. I’d love to get my hands on some more Olympic Orchids scents to try eventually though!
    Sun Mi recently posted…Juliette has a gun – Gentlewoman (perfume review + GIVEAWAY!)My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hi Sun Mi,
      I just checked out your review! We are pretty much on the same page with Gentlewoman, except, perhaps, that the soapy opening is what I have the hardest time with. Keep an eye out for the return of your pink truffle box!
      Azar xx

  21. Laurels says:

    I have not yet tried Mardi Gras, but both it and Version 1 sound wonderful. I wore Tabu for most of my misspent youth; Lalique Le Parfum is my current “Hello, Sailor!” scent. I follow with Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Laurels,
      I still have an old bottle of Tabu perfume that remains in good shape. I do wear it once in awhile. Have not tried Le Parfum but will give it a go. Thank you for the tip! You are IN!

      • Azar says:

        BTW Laurels,
        What is your take on Le Parfum? Is it big, loud, raunchy, skanky…?
        Azar xx

      • Laurels says:

        Not really skanky, just a very loud, warm, vanilla with a just-this-side-of-bearable amount of pink pepper. Its obviousness pushes it into the trashy category for me, although worn at home, it can be downright cozy.

      • Azar says:

        Yes, Laurels! You are absolutely right! What seems to push a fragrance into the trashy category is the obvious and the brazen. For me it is often a well worn synthetic note that does the trick 😉

  22. Hi, I follow via email subscription and am quite firmly in the “naturals” camp but am venturing out into mixed-media and niche. Haven’t tried anything from Olympic Orchids but have read great things ☺. My mum wore Tabu a lot back in the day and I really loved it but fear I wouldn’t like it so much now. I’m intrigued about both Mardi Gras and Version 1 and would be delighted to experience them together with the generous mystery sample . Thanks for the opportunity ☺

    • Azar says:

      Hello Laura,
      Olympic Orchids makes a several great all naturals. A couple of these that I really enjoy are Tropic Of Capricorn and Dev # 3. Thank you for dropping by and joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  23. Claudia says:

    Hello, I follow via email. I’m afraid I’ve never tried any Olympic Orchids, but my favorite “parfum de puta?” Tabu. Always Tabu.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Claudia,
      Tabu is the real puta ;), the one that set the standard for all that were to follow. Have you tried the newer versions of Tabu? I am still working on a very vintage bottle. The stuff is so powerful that it will take me the rest of my life to finish what I currently have in my collection. Oh yes, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  24. Cerulean says:

    Hi! I follow by email. Had never heard of Ellen Covey – Olympic Orchids – Mardi Gras – till now. Wow. I’m very interested! For the past fortnight I’ve been under the spell of SL’s Chergui and have used a 1/4 of a bottle!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Cerulean,
      One quarter of a bottle already gone? My word! You must smell like that wind off the desert. Divine! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  25. Rene Groyer says:

    Follow on facebook and by e mail and twitter.Never heard/smelt Olympic Orchids so super interested.Vintage Poison by Dior is my choice.Nothing else like it.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Rene,
      Dior Poison will definitely do it! There really IS nothing else like it. My favorite Poison is the vintage Hypnotic but that does not really fit the “puta” category (although it could be considered a “connector”);) Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  26. Susan M Sulc says:

    Wow! What a treat to find this blog!! I was doing some research on opopanax and followed the trail to this blog. I love exploring perfumes and discovering new realms of olfactory seduction.

    The posts here are most interesting and I feel I have found a new clan to hang with. The Mardi Gras looks enticing and I am looking forward to discovering more of its seductive powers.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Susan M Sulc,
      I’m so glad you found us! We do have loads of fun here thanks to Portia!
      Please tell us how you follow (please follow if you don’t already) and we will enter you in this draw! 🙂
      Azar xx

  27. Winterlude says:

    Hmmm, I don’t have a parfum de puta. I recently tried a ‘Skank’ sample set, and didn’t seem to get much of the skank! This post inspired me to try them again, and I don’t know why, but suddenly there was skank! It could be that I didn’t know what I was smelling, as that sample set was my first, or the fact that it was 30° outside at the time and my nose was full of woodsmoke. Either way, this time I was bowled over by Rochas Femme and to a much lesser extent Worth Courtesan. I follow via email. Thanks for the fun and the opportunity!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Winterlude,
      I’ve never thought of Rochas Femme in the skanky category. I will revisit her tonight!
      What were some of the others in your sample set? Thank you for commenting and for joining this draw. You are IN!
      Azar xx

      • Winterlude says:

        Well, there is Jicky, jean Despres Bal aVarsailles, L’air de Rien, Oud Cuir d’Arabie, (I get strong leather and barnyard, this one packs a wallop as well, and is the only one I didn’t care for.) NR Musc for Her, Amaranthine, MKK, Party in Manhattan, the Femme and the Courtesan.

        The PiM, and Femme have a ‘I’ve been up all night and had a really good time’ kind of sweaty smell to them. The others don’t really give me anything in the skank department. Even the MKK, and I think I read that some people won’t even leave the house wearing that!

  28. Lauren B says:

    Hi Mom – I follow by email and twitter. I’ve never really thought about a “parfum de puta”. I think my taste in perfume is usually fresh/floral/fruity… doesn’t seem very skanky LOL! Sometimes I think I have a teenager’s taste in perfume. BUT I do have that bottle of Queen by Queen Latifah that I wear from time to time. That’s definitely more sensuous!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren,
      Yes, you do tend to favor the “fresher” fragrances. You might want to jump into a few putas, though, just for fun. You could try a “skanky” sample set (see Winterlude’s comment) or I can send you some of mine. Also, since you sometimes wear Queen Latifah, you might like Nicole Ritchie, created by the same perfumer, Steve Demercado. NR seems to have some of the same elements as QL but put together with a much lighter hand. The NR bottle is pretty too. Re light and fresh: There are a couple of light fresh scents that are so light and fresh as to be almost invisible. I am referring to the fragrances by Jennifer Aniston. I have an interesting story to tell about those two and may post it next time around here on APJ. Oh yes, you are so IN this draw!
      Mommy Azar xx and X

  29. Lubka K. says:

    I ve never tried anything of Olympic Orchids. I am not sure if any of my perfumes is parfum de puta – probably Jean Patou 1000 is one close to this category. Thanks for chance to win new samples. I am subscriber by email, bloglovin (lubaska at gmail), twitter

    • Azar says:

      Hello Lubka K.
      Thanks for dropping by and entering the draw! I’m not sure about 1000 either, but the civet might push it into the puta category 🙂
      Azar xx

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