Fat Electrician by Antoine Maisondieu for Etat Libre d’Orange 2009





Fat Electrician has been such a fun fragrance to try! A friend kindly gave me a sample which was used up oh-too quickly, and to be honest the name of it always reminds me of Portia and Jin – I keep thinking back to Portia’s article a few years ago which made me laugh. Love those guys. So, I’d heard good things about it but hadn’t expected that WOW factor to hit immediately and it was fabulous!


Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Myrrh, Chestnut cream, Olive leaf, Opoponax, Vanilla, Vetiver

Fat Electrician opens dry and woody with a blast of sweetness at the same time, just so weird. I really wasn’t expecting a ‘vetiver’ fragrance to have a gourmand aspect to it but a sticky vanilla definitely shines through. It is horizontally layered and airy, the dryness of the vetiver is all in the sillage but close to my skin the vanilla softly oozes.

After a while the vanilla is joined by a creaminess that I guess is the marron or chestnut, which pushes the vetiver out of the way for prominence. A metallic green note starts to sparkle on my skin. It’s oily and slightly mentholated. I really like the way that this fragrance shifts. It manages to be comforting and quirky at the same time – exactly my kind of thing.

And this is only just in the first half hour. Something funny happens then, in that the metallic note went into blood territory like the smell of mince meat. Metallic and meaty but only in undertones with the vetiver going a bit more feral and funky. It might sound off-putting but it joins the scent bubble as an enhancement not an outlier.


Did you notice that there are some ambers in the notes? Well they come out around the 3 hour mark bringing with them a dry but cool incense. Myrrh is a favourite of mine, no so much opoponax but they are both in trace but distinct amounts. Even after 6 hours, Fat Electrician has slightly split personality spots on my skin. One place smells woody, another sticky & sweet. It is this variation that keeps me interested.

The three main notes in Fat Electrician are: vetiver, vanilla, myrrh. Interesting features, the oily green + bloody metallics, the way the vetiver goes from dry to dirty, and the juxtaposition between the chewy gourmand notes and bone dry ambers. It’s got a great longevity of 8+ hours but most of the interesting stuff happens in the first hour.


Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and EauMG
LuckyScent has $90/50ml and Samples

What a great perfume!

Have you tried Fat Electrician before? What do you think?

Till next time,

Tina G

16 thoughts on “Fat Electrician by Antoine Maisondieu for Etat Libre d’Orange 2009

  1. Hey tinG,
    I bought this for Jin ages ago but he didn’t love it so I ended up keeping and really liking it.
    Portia xx


    • Hi Gina,
      Sounds like it was throwing more smoke on your skin. Interesting. And a bit of that funkiness at the end. Cool. Thanks!
      Tina G xx


  2. What a brilliant picture! Where do you find them? I’ve always been curious about this one. I almost want to wear it just so i can answer someone when they ask what i smell of. Great review.

    You know I’m a fan
    Sam xxx


    • Hey Sam!
      Sorry for the delay in response – am travelling at the moment. 🙂
      You can buy EdLO at Sephora or a few places online sell it, like Lucky Scent. And I know – such a great name!
      xx Tina G


    • Hey Tara!
      Arg – data issues while travelling … sorry for the delay.
      I really enjoyed this! Such a great frag, like I mentioned, both comforting and interesting. It was a fun ride!
      Tina G xx


  3. I LOVE Fat Electrician and wear it in the fall and winter! Best vetiver I’ve ever tried on my skin! And it’s always fun to tell people what I’m wearing! 🙂


    • Hi Anastasia,
      The quirkiness is the wow factor for me – makes (and keeps) it interesting. Main selling point for me is the metallics and oiliness & funky vetiver. Great stuff.
      Tina G xx


  4. Hi Tina! I have tried a few of the ELdOs but nothing really blew my mind. Well, maybe Rien. Yeah, I like that. I had a sample from Michael a couple of years ago and used it all. Thought I might actually get around to buying it but haven´t. The whole brand should appeal to me but somehow doesn´t quite. Fat Electrician is a great name and I will make an effort to have a spritz of it next time I am near and ELdO counter. xxxxxxx


    • Hey Val,
      Rein and Rein Intense are amazing. RI particularly turns my knees to water & makes me all fuzzy-headed. 🙂
      Their new one is good ‘You or Someone Like You’. Lots to try at the counter. Have Fun! xxxxx
      Tina G xx


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