Friday, July 2, 2010
Etat Libre d'Orange: Eloge du Traitre
I've been exploring the quirky and artistic statement-making house of Etat Libre d'Orange. I wish I had started earlier, before their price hike, since I've really taken such a keen liking for many of their scents thus far. Heck, they are still considerably affordable.
Eloge du Traitre is conceptualized around a fougere (fern-like) theme, and starts off with the freshness of resinous pine, then rather quickly works its way to a dry and bitter mix of soil-like patchouli, raw leather, sharp herbal-green bay leaf. During the mid-stages, the earthy greeness of EdT in some instances, remind me of another modern take of the Aromatic Fougere theme: A slightly sweeter, less resinous, but equally green and earthy Narciso Rodriguez for Him.
Ending with a lovely musk base, and losing some bitterness at that, Eloge du Traitre represents what modern perfumery can do by stretching the parameters of classic perfume structures. An excellently executed fern fragrance.
Highly recommended for those who love their green smells.