Equistrius by Marc Antoine Corticchiato for Parfum d`Empire 2007

Hello Fellow Fumies,

One of the sad things that happens in the perfumista world is that we often have only time to try the new and many of the veteran niche fragrances get left behind in the rush to smell the MILLIONS of latest and greatest. So I thought that I would dedicate as many Saturdays as possible to reviewing fragrances that are older than this current decade. Today we look at….

Equistrius by Parfum d`Empire 2007

Equistrius by Marc Antoine Corticchiato

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Iris, violet, green notes
Heart: Iris, chocolate, woody notes, powder, rice
Base: Amber, sandalwood, vetiver, suede, ambrette (musk mallow)

I thought I’d start with a fragrance that I tried once a while ago and always had on the retry list but it got pushed to the back of the cupboard. Last night for some reason I grabbed Equistrius and spritzed before I went to work. WOW! What most attracted me in the opening is a lovely smokiness, weird because its not talked about and then I wonder if my nose is playing silly buggers but I have just drained my sample for my third wearing and it is most decidedly smoky behind the earthy green opening.

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Then the scent kind of blurs and becomes a soft focus fragrance that never really settles on a note but waltzes through the heart as a sweet bouquet, this is quite long lasting and smells great but no notes jump out and accost me. Sadly the rice note doesn’t appear on my skin or to my nose. One of the yummiest and freakiest smells in our house is the rice cooking in the pressure cooker. It always smells so enticing and I wish someone would capture that exact scent and bottle it.

Dry down is soft and very close, a mere breath of fragrance shimmering softly above my skin. A sweet vegetal nothing that you have to be very close to notice, pretty and a lovely surprise for someone undressing you……..

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How do I feel about Equistrius? While I enjoy it very much and love the ride I am not fully taken by Equistrius. Something in it doesn’t sing on my skin and after reading some other pieces on it I think the fault is me, not the frag. There are pieces missing from the puzzle and I wonder if its a sign that Equistrius and I are not buddies. There are so many others in the line that I adore so I can’t really complain. It’s a shame because the notes list and others reviews make me want to smell what they all smell, I think it would smell killer on the right person.

Equistrius Parfum d`Empire Icelandic Horse Brian Gatwicke FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and BOTO
Libertine has $150/50ml with FREE Australian P&H
LuckyScent has $145/100ml in the new bottles
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3.50/ml

Did you ever try this line? What about Equistrius? Did it ever spend skin time with you? What did you think?
Portia xx

10 thoughts on “Equistrius by Marc Antoine Corticchiato for Parfum d`Empire 2007

  1. Hi Porita,
    While I have not tried Equistrius I relate to your description of rice cooking – an enticing, floral and comforting promise of something delicious to come! I could almost live off the smell alone.
    Azar xx


    • Yes Azar,
      I’m right with you. It is a scent like no other and Jin cooks rice that smells even better than normal. No I don’t know why, it comes from the same pack but he does pressure cook it as opposed to saucepan or oven as I’ve always done.
      Portia xx


  2. This is one of my favorite fragrances. It makes me feel elegant and sophisticated. I do not get any rice or powder when I wear it. On me it’s all green and iris with a subtle woody, suede skin base. It’s not loud and wears close to my skin for hours and hours and hours. I originally got the smaller bottle and now I’m wondering why I didn’t just buy at least a liter of this instead. I love it that much.


    • WOW! I wish I had the same reaction Tatiana. Maybe I was expecting too much because I am usually so enraptured by the Parfum d’Empire range.
      Living proof that fragrance lives differently for everyone.
      Portia xx


  3. Hi Portia,
    what a fabulous idea to dedicate Saturdays to “older” fragrances, very much appreciated!
    And yes, I tried many of the line, my favorite is probably Eau Suave, followed by Iskander.
    I have a sample of Equistrius and as an iris lover like it but don’t have to own it. What you wrote about the smoke is interesting, could it be the ambrette? I sometimes get smoke from ambrette.


    • Anke,
      I just wrote you a huge reply that got eaten by wordpress. In a nutshell, yes it could be but often notes and accords are not named and I get a waft of those.
      Portia xx


  4. Hi Portia,
    I love this one, it’s one of my staples, but I can see how it might not work for everyone. One of the things I like about it is the rough suede feeling that Tatiana mentioned, or something like the feeling of a coarse fabric.

    For that cooking-rice scent, have you tried Ormonde Jayne Champaca?


    • Hi there Janice,
      I have a vague memory of Champaca and somewhere in my collection is a 10ml manufacturers travel from a split. I need to revisit.
      Portia xx


  5. I like this one. Not a FBW (especially not the new 100 ml bottle) like but like enough to pay for a decant and wear it from time to time. Too bad they stopped producing 50 ml: I could see myself buying it eventually.


    • Bugger them for stopping the 50ml Undina. Who of us will really go through 100ml of almost ANYTHING?
      Portia xx


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