You Or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr + Etat Libre d’Orange 2017

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Portia

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Hey Crew,

I got home from my holiday to find a box awaiting pick up. I had no idea who the sender was but guessed it was fragrant in nature. There were also a couple of messages in my email inbox from Chandler Burr. That’s kind of unusual because he has been holding radio silence lately. So when I opened them and saw that he has creative directed a fragrance with the kooky crew from ELdO I was immediately on high alert.

Based on the heroine of his book You Or Someone Like You, a rollicking read that I found provocative, informative and unpretentious. The ad copy is just as provocative but lacks information thus presenting itself as audaciously pretentious. From the Press release: I find that the smells mesmerize. Astringent mint/green of eucalyptus, wild jasmine from vines climbing the stop signs, catalyzed car exhaust, hot California sunlight on ocean water (although “You” contains no jasmine, eucalyptus, car exhaust; if you need to know what it’s made of, “You” is not for you).
When Etat Libre d’Orange approached me about creative directing, my perfumer Caroline Sabas and I created not a “perfume” — people in Los Angeles don’t wear perfume – but a specific scent, the scent someone like Anne would wear, this woman high in the Hollywood hills, imported like the palms into this blue air.

Nevertheless, if head-up-your-ass ad-copy was a problem for me I’d definitely not be loving the perfume industry as much as I do. So I took all of that with a grain of salt and went to the box.

You Or Someone Like You by Etat Libre d’Orange 2017

You Or Someone Like You by Caroline Sabas

So, though the idea is to wear this scent experientially, I know you want to know what it smells like. Sharp herbaceous green opens. Like a tart unripe orange and grapefruit with the green of basil, cardamom and grass. Mint! There is a minty note running through too. There is no note list so I’m guessing here, we’ll all have a good laugh at my guesses when the note list is revealed. There is an awkward creamy note that is disturbing and alluring, like matcha tea.

Not long in and a spiky green that really does seem like eucalyptus comes through and suddenly I’m transported to bush walks through the Australian Mallee Scrub with the Cadets as a boy. Also we had a Wildflower Park and National Park not too far from where we grew up and we would picnic in them as a family.

I like that ELdO have allowed this slightly freaky niche fragrance to be born. The first couple of hours You Or Someone Like You doesn’t sit quietly and comfortably but there is always a lightly curdled feeling running through. Later in the development there feels like definite references to the LA air seen and smelled from the pinnacle of the Hollywood Hills. There is also the warmth and cool of lying in the sun with a foot or hand draped into the pool.

Dry down is a soft focus creamy-mint with a shitload of white musks, nothing particularly distinctive but it smells nice enough and hums away in the background for hours.

Further reading: Colognoisseur and Scents Memory
LuckyScent
has it from $52/30ml + Samples

Then there is the final question. “Is it art Chandler?”

Does this read like something you’d try?
Portia xx

 

 

 

Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hey APJ,

Woo Hoo! Let’s see who won,
Portia xx

Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade

GIVEAWAY WINNER

Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Labdanum

Surrender To Chance has samples from $5/ml

 

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week there will be 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade Carded Manufacturers Sample
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Closed Saturday 28th January 2017 10pm Australian EdsT
Winner was chosen by random.org

Neva

 

The winner will have till Wednesday 1st February 2017 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.

Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade by Quentin Bisch for Etat Libre d`Orange 2016

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Portia

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Hi there APJ,

Recently I went and hung out with my mate Bronwyn of Gascoigne & King Candles. I did some Xmas shopping with her and 7 of my buddies got Gascoigne & King candles. PERFECT gift. Anyway she passed me this sample because she is also the distributor of Etat Libre d’Orange here in Australia. Well, I looked at the beautifully packaged sample and thought, “Those freaking bastards at ELdO want me to make a complete tit out of myself when telling people what frag I’m wearing.” Seriously guys, I’m just a unilingual dude that wears dresses from down under. This kind of long French name, any long name really, kills my joy in a scent. So I was already halfway ready to hate it just because of the name.

Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade by Etat Libre d`Orange 2016

Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade by Quentin Bisch

Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Labdanum

Smells like labdanum incense. Unbelievably gorgeous. Simple yet complex, wearable, challenging. Glorious.

Then name and the ad are irrelevant (and pretty rubbish) but the fragrance is bloody good.

Further reading: Now Smell This and Colognoisseur
LuckyScent has $95/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples from $5/ml

Have you tried Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade?
Portia xx

Super Sample Pack GIVEAWAY Jan 2017

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WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week there will be 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade Carded Manufacturers Sample
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOW DO YOU WIN?

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 so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ

and

Please tell us an Etat Libre d`Orange fragrance you like or love….

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close Saturday 28th January 2017 10pm Australian EdsT and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Wednesday 1st February 2017 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.

Week Of Giveaways WINNERS

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Post by Portia

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Hey Gang,

Haven’t heard from all our Week Of Giveaway Winners yet. Please check below. You all have till Wednesday night here in Oz to get your addresses to portia_turbo@yahoo.com.au.

If you’ve sent through your details I’ve crossed you out.

Thanks,

Portia xx

Week Of Giveaways WINNERS

Winners Are Bodie Strain Sydney Opera House Fireworks Flickr

Belle de Jour GIVEAWAY WINNER

Katherine Mittas

Equinox Bloom GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Lena

Despina Veneti

Tauer Perfumes Sample Pack GIVEAWAY WINNER

Lindaloo

White Spirit by JHaG GIVEAWAY WINNER

SaffyIsHere

Hermann ELdO GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Greennote2

Ellen M

*sophi*

Lori L

L’Occitane Cedrat GIVEAWAY WINNER

Tim

Thank You to those I’ve heard from. HURRY UP to those I haven’t.

Portia xx

Hermann ELdO GIVEAWAY WINNERS

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Post by Portia

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Hello Fragrant Fumies,

Well I thought I had three sets of these frags but it seems I have 4 so I’m giving 4 away!
YAY

Thanks to my mate Bronwyn, Etat Libre d’Orange Australia has $185/100ml

Portia xxx

Hermann ELdO GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Geosmin, island musk, pepperwood, petalia, rose, patchouli, ambrosian

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week we will have 4 winners who will receive:
1 x Hermann ELdO Manufacturers Sample
1 x Remarkable People ELdO Manufacturers Sample 
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Closed Saturday 4th June 2016 10pm Australian EST
Winners were chosen by random.org

winners-are prospectsplus

Greennote2

Ellen M

*sophi*

Lori L

The winners will have till Wednesday 8th June 2016 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.

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Quentin Bisch for Etat Libre d`Orange 2015

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Post by Portia

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Hi there APJ,

Recently Scott and I went to visit my mate Bronwyn of Gascoigne & King (more on their fabulous Gascoigne & King candles soon) who is the Australian importer of Etat Libre d’Orange. This is a long overdue catch up and we are both so busy that time has flown. As always she is the most ridiculously generous girl in the world and threw a bunch of samples at us. So I’m passing them on to you, dear reader.

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Etat Libre d`Orange 2015

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Quentin Bisch

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Geosmin, island musk, pepperwood, petalia, rose, patchouli, ambrosian

Roses and woods, earth and wet leaves, ashes, cold air, the after bite tingle of crunching a peppercorn in your mouth. In the 1990/2000s some ingredient in Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre (who the f*#k named this?) was extremely popular in the gym. It has always struck me as a muscular piece of the puzzle and Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre has it in spades. Part incense, charred wood and man sweat, it’s sexy as anything and takes me straight back to gyms, dates, dancing and sexual encounters of those years. Big smile here. Happy memories and laugh out loud recollections that I haven’t explored in years.

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre is pretty linear, it does progress but through the opening fireworks at a slower pace, in rotation. Sillage is good, projection moderate.

Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and Scented Hound
Etat Libre d’Orange Australia has $185/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4.50/ml

APJ GIVEAWAY WEEK 2016

Hermann ELdO GIVEAWAY

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week we will have 3 winners who will receive:
1 x Hermann ELdO Manufacturers Sample
1 x Remarkable People ELdO Manufacturers Sample 
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOW DO YOU WIN?

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 so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ

and

Tell us your favourite ELdO fragrance or one that intrigues you

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close TOMORROW Saturday 4th June 2016 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Wednesday 8th June 2016 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.

 

 

Bijou Romantique by Mathilde Bijaoui for Etat Libre d`Orange 2012

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Post by Ainslie Walker

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Hello lovely Australian Perfume Junkies and Junkettes!

Etat Libre d’Orange’s Bijou Romantique -The Romantic Jewel. Another fabulous name and image from cult favorite brand. I decide to blind wear, reading nothing about the fragrance.

Bijou Romantique by Etat Libre d`Orange 2012

Bijou Romantique by Mathilde Bijaoui

Bijou Romantique Etat Libre d`Orange FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, lemon, pink pepper, ylang-ylang
Heart: Clary sage, iris, coconut, Evee ® molecule
Base: vetiver, benzoin, vanilla

After a few wears, the sensual woody oriental has me reaching for my Shalimar to compare. Yes. There is something fizzy, smouldery and voluptuously vanilla about this unlikely pairing. It’s not often one can describe a fragrance from the Etat Libre d’Orange house as “classic” If I do dare to compare to Shalimar, I would have to say this is Shalimar’s new-romantic slightly rock n roll buddy. Whilst Shalimar wafts down gorgeous corridors and enters wonderful opera house box seats to peer down on some live opera, Bijou Romantique charges straight to the VIP area back/side stage of a gig, more than likely in a venue such as the State Theatre of Sydney or Albert Hall of London. Not to say at the end of the night both don’t end up in some glorious boudoir with their head turning sexy, sultry and sweet swirls. Très Romantique!

Bijou Romantique Etat Libre d`Orange Duran Duran FlickrFlickr

Of course Bijou Romantique provides a curious difference that we can expect from olfactive director Etienne de Swardt and perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui (who also brought us the incredible Like This)

Etat Libre d’Orange shakes up the classic formula a little by adding only one sweet, heady white floral; ylang ylang. Fizzy top notes of lemon, pink pepper and bergamot lift and combine with vanilla and benzoin in the base. Creating that sherbet tingle in ones olfactory bulbs. Orris, ylang, patchouli and create a smooth, velvet and cool but pretty heart. Nodding to past classics. Virtually “old fashioned” for this brand, but in the best possible sense. Vetiver and I believe incense (not in the marketing) give the smoldering edge and clary sage gives a dry growl in the background. Dry down is a sweet and powdery combination of all of the above, even getting slightly ambered however the longer it is on the harder it is to pick the individual notes. It’s just yummy and sensual with a kick of unusual and elegant.

There’s something so hard and yet completely soft in this combination. A womanly, tough exterior with a soft soft center -maybe that’s the sweet coconut listed in the notes I don’t really pick up after all? I also get more dry incense or something similar. Especially in hot weather. In fact that’s one big thing I notice: the dual nature of this fragrance depending on if I wear it during the hot of the day or cool of the evening. On the right man I think this would work perfectly. In fact I pick up some of the powdered notes in Tom of Finland without the leather.

Bijou Romantique Etat Libre d`Orange Blonde_woman_in_black_leather WikipediaWikipedia

Further reading: Perfume Shrine and Scents of Self
LuckyScent has $85/50ml
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $4/ml

Have you tried Bijou Romantique? What are the most romantic jewels in your perfume collections?