Etat Libre D'Orange




It took the cojones of a brand like État Libre d'Orange to bravely call a fragrance one puts on themselves…carrion. That’s what “charogne” means in French, you see. And yet, the scent which Baudelaire boldly praised in his poetry is not as macabre as the mental image suggests. The company does like to play with words and this fits to their provocative concept to a T.

Imagine a Casablanca lily, all white and waxy like pale immobile flesh, with spicy red stamen inside the petals, swathed in acrid, tanning notes of leather, and then smothered anew with creamy vanilla, and voilà! you get Charogne.

Don’t be deceived by the mentholated top note at the beginning, which brings forth the concept of sweet decay due to the indole molecule.

Indole is a by-product of the breaking down of tryptophan (an amino acid found in our body and food), smelling seemingly off, but it also serves as a libidinal effect in the make-up of many romantic flowers. In fact, it’s the magic of nature versus synthetic replication.

Will you dare enter the universe of Charogne?

Notes: Lily Accord, Bergamot, Ginger, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Lily Of The Valley, Pink Berries, Ambrette Absolute, Leather, Animal Notes, Incense, Vanilla…


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