Evody Parfums


One of my favorite new websites, This is Why You’re Fat.  Ponder the Turbaconucken, which is chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, covered in bacon.  Seems maringally more healthy than the deep fried s’more on a stick.

Evody Parfums  is a perfume shop in Paris near the Odeon Metro stop.  They sell niche perfumes, but have also developed their own line.  At 60 euros for what I think is 50 mls (it doesn’t say on their website), it’s at least at a halfway decent price point.  Funny how my concept of that has changed over the last five years.

But are they any good? Let’s start with Reve d’Anthala.  Their website lists nots of tropical flowers, orchid and tiare, Madagascar vanilla, jasmine, musk and benzoin.  This is a nicely made tropical gourmand, if you’re a fan of that.  The vanilla is not too sweet, somewhere between Indult Tihota and L’ann-ael maybe?  The musk and benzoin give it a nice base to sit on and keeps it on the mild and not overpowering side of the perfume fence.  It has a nice, soft drydown that seems like a soft tropical summer night.

Pomme d’Or has notes of lime, oak and juniper, and it is light and brisk and refreshing and right in SMN Eva territory.  Just a sparkling, happy brew that would work for men or women.  Its best season would be spring and summer, but just wearing it any time for a pick-me up would work for me.

Note de Luxe has notes of bergamot, white flowers, iris, woods, spices and balms.  It’s not exactly an oriental and not really a wood. It has a sharpish note in with the floral,  a little rooty iris. It starts to go a little soapish early on, but the bitter note pulls it back into a really interesting drydown that wound up being the one I kept returning to to sniff over and over again, trying to figure out the interplay.

Bois Secret is a powdery woodsy scent.  It has a little of a Bois des Iles feel too it, with a more sharpish woods note.  They do describe it as powdery, but I don’t find it drifting off in that direction too much, it stays very nicely woodsy and refreshing.  This is one you could spray on with abandon, it’s not overpowering, and it’s just a well-rounded, nice scent

Ambre Intense is incense, flowers, balms and woods.  This is a really nicely done amber that stays fairly dry and has a nice play between the amber and incense, some tang to it, and then some sweet. Sorta like when you sit down to eat potato chips, and they get too salty, so you eat a chocolate, and then your mouth is too sweet, so you eat another couple potato chips.  It has that kind of balance to it.  It’s not overly amberish, and for me, I mean that in good way.  Some ambers are just tooooooo much and I can’t seem to shake them off my nose once I smell them. This one is really just rght.

All five of these scents would work for men or women, except maybe the first one, the d’Anthala, it leans probably more feminine early on, but I don’t think that femine aspect lasts long enough to be of concern.  The entire line is well done, has a decent price point, you can order directly from them, so they’re not trying to be all haughty and exclusive. The nicest thing is, after putting on all five?  I really adore the smell of all of them together.

Let’s do a drawing for a couple of sample sets of all five of these since I still have some left in my little sample bottles. Just drop a comment, and you’ll be entered in the drawing!

  • elizablue says:

    Please enter me into the drawing, but wow are those descriptions of “foods” foul or fowl???could not resist, sorry!lol

  • Lee says:

    Enter me too!

  • maitreyi1978 says:

    I once read an article about turducken (chicken in a duck in a turkey, no bacon) and the author’s attempt to create one, in Vogue (really). It sounded delicious at the time, now I’m not so sure. I received the Bond sample and it was awesome. Thank you so much! You are really generous with your readers.
    Please enter me in this drawing (If I’m allowed to enter). Thanks!

  • Sara K says:

    These all sound interesting to me! I’ll have to check on the shop next time I’m in Paris (sadly not until fall 2010).

  • Amy says:

    Id love to try the samples!

  • Jan L. says:

    We’re in the final hours of Mardi Gras down here in N’Awlins and it’s been phenomenal. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the crowds were enormous and pretty well-behaved, and we were blessed with a sunny, 74-degree day. No turbacoducken but lots of hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, cotton candy and other goodies.

    Reve d’Anthala sounds interesting, but then, they all do. Please enter me in the drawing!:”>

  • Please enter me in the perfume drawing, and if you have a turbacoducken to give away, please enter me for that one too 🙂

    …how about a turbacoducken perfume…it would give new meaning to the word “gourmand”…

  • Junebug says:

    They all sound lovely and the Ambre Intense really has my attention. The overstuffed bird photo is making me hungry! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • elyse says:

    would you throw my name in as well?
    I think I could add a lot to that website- they ain’t seen nuthin yet.

  • marko says:

    Yikes!!! When food starts to look like some ancient creature summoned up from the depths of hell to end all of mankind – count me OUT!

    But count me IN on the drawing!….they all sound great…..and I love the potato chip/chocolate analogy….especially after the picture of that….that thing!

  • Tara says:

    OMG, when I opened this page I thought it was a mutant crab, then I realized it was some kind of fowl bacon-covered creature. As a vegetarian, it was almost more than I could take – next time give us a warning!

    I’ve been to the Evody store in Paris with Grain de Musc author DB, it was a nice little shop and the SA was very gracious. This was a couple of years ago though, and I don’t recall seeing their house line of fragrances – not sure if it was out then. Please enter me in the drawing for the samples!

  • Kate says:

    The Turbaconucken is just overkill on so many levels. Ew. On the other hand, those perfumes sound pretty lovely. Please do enter me in the drawing!

    I discovered this site a few days ago, and I love it–my list of perfumes to try has grown and grown.:)

  • Lavanya says:

    Ambre Intense sounds nice..You made me laugh with the description- I totally do the alternating sweet/salty thing..Infact I usually can’t eat sweet stuff (except maybe dark chaocolate) without alternating it with something sour or salty..

    That website is uggh..lol
    oh and please enter me for the draw..Thanks!

  • Jarvis says:

    Hi, Patty —

    Please enter me in the drawing (for the fragrances, not for the turbaconducken). (Wish I had known to check out this line in Paris last month).

  • Pantera Lilly says:

    I was wondering what that bacon had to do with perfumes when I first opened the site, wow, my arteries are clogging up right now! Please put me in the drawing, these scents sound wonderful!

  • Nicola says:

    And I thought I knew bad foods! Deep fried twinkies have nothing on that bad boy…
    Note de Luxe sounds lovely. The combination of woods, white flowers and bergamot is my cup of tea.

  • Lee says:

    I don’t need to be in the draw, but neither do I need to eat after seeing that truly fo(w)l pic…

  • Linda says:

    Oh, do please enter me in the drawing.

    What a wonderfully gross website! I think it’s actually helped my diet. 🙂

  • aelily says:

    and I thought that the Turducken was bad–now it’s wrapped in bacon. EEWWWW.

    Would love to be the drawing 🙂

  • pyramus says:

    Count me in on the draw.

    Funny how your sense of the value of something changes as you get older, isn’t it? When I was a boy (and I am not THAT old), paperbacks cost somewhere between 25 and 75 cents, and when they started going over a dollar, I swore that I was going to stop buying books new. And now look at me: I’ll pay $10 for a mass-market paperback, $15 or $20 for a trade paperback, and I have books that cost over a hundred bucks. And not textbooks, either.

    Same thing with fragrances. $75-$100 now seems perfectly reasonable for a scent, and if I have to spend $190 for a bottle of Ambre Narguilè, well, so be it.

  • Janell says:

    These sound amazing. Please enter me into the draw.

  • Eileen says:

    Eoww! You are doing your part for Mardi Gras, that’s for sure! After eating any of those concoctions on the website, I could totally see fasting for all of Lent.

    The Evody scents sound quite interesting; I especially like the idea of Pomme d’Or. Note de Luxe looks like it has to be experienced first person to understand — could be a real winner or could be just too odd.

    Please enter me in the drawing! I’m curious to check these out.

  • Marin says:

    This turbaconucken thing is haunting me. I never thought I’d find it on a perfume blog. Then again, what better scent than bacon?

    I’d like to be in the drawing, please.

  • March says:

    That is disgusting and you made me laugh so hard. I popped on briefly earlier to see what you’d posted and that image popped up and I thought, ew, wtf — did she make that?!?! Because I know you’ve been cooking…

    And you made me giggle with the chocolate/potato chip thing, I was actually doing that yesterday! Two chips. Nibble of chocolate. Chip. Nibble of chocolate.

  • Musette says:


    but perhaps a tad too much bacon? Can there BE too much bacon.

    Scared to visit the site! Arteries clogging just thinking about it!

    Would love to be entered in the draw.


    • March says:

      Srsly, I feel like this particular image answered that eternal question. Yes, Virginia, there apparently can be too much bacon.

      Of course I was the only one who liked those chocolate bacon Vosges bars. :@)

  • mj says:

    I’m fascinated by the idea of combining bergamot with iris- Note De Luxe is one I want to try. Please pick me!

  • Dana says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, too. I’m going to check out that site and hope it will kick-start some dieting!

  • Marsi says:

    Choose me! Choose me!

    I came across that website a few weeks ago, and it made me queasy as all get out. People must really eat that stuff, huh?

  • Olfacta says:

    Eeeyow, a turducken covered in bacon! A real cajun treat. Honest. A store in my old home town north of Atlanta used to sell turduckens at Christmas time. Another friend, a transplanted Floridian, decided one year to fix a country ham at New Years. This involves soaking the ham for a week in the tub and other awful stuff. “X,” I says to him, “nobody fixes country ham. You buy country ham.” I’ll have to check out the web site.

    Please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

  • Maura says:

    Oh my :o. That pic did a wonderful job of suppressing my appetite as I’m sitting here eating breakfast ::gag::

    I see *balms* used in a few fragrances. What is this in perfumery? The only things that come to mind are lip/body balms??

    Please enter me in the drawing! I think Pomme d’Or is in order as it’s in the 80s this week already! I’m sure the 100s are just around the corner

  • Connie says:

    I thought it looked like some kind of mutant crab as well. (loved that description … tee hee!!!) Oh my God, I ventured over to that site and cannot believe people would even eat some of these concoctions!

    They all sound lovely … please include me in the drawing. Thank you.

  • Elle says:

    I *love* that website! Completely cracks me up. But some of the desserts? Hello! I could easily see myself trying them. Deep fried cupcakes w/ chocolate syrup and sprinkles? OK, after one bite I’d probably start to feel ill…but would I like to try them and would it be worth it? Oh, yeah. 🙂
    Don’t need samples of these, but they all sound fab! And I want to kiss them over that blessedly near free price point! Wonder what shipping is. Just tried to call the boutique. Better French than mine is required (until Friday morning when I was told to try again and I will – very nice SA, but my French language skills were sadly insufficient). Did you try the Fleur d’Oranger one?

  • Melissa says:

    I don’t know what I first saw, but it had an alarming number of limbs and I thought it was going mobile. I don’t know whether I can actually try these fragrances without thinking of bacon and fried oreos, but please enter me in the drawing. 😮

  • Wordbird says:

    An uncle of mine actually made one of those incredible roast birds for his daughter’s wedding. He boned a turkey, a goose, a chicken, a duck and a quail and stuffed them inside each other before roasting the whole lot. And yes, he did cover the breast with streaky bacon to keep it moist while it cooked (that’s how we always cook turkey in Britain). It’s a very old dish, dating back hundreds of years and was traditionally served at very important feasts, which your daughter’s wedding surely is.
    He did say it was an utter faff and that it served an incredibly large number of people.

    That Bois Secret and the Ambre Intense sound nice. And I like the idea of a tropical gourmand. Can I enter the draw please?

  • fountaingirl says:

    I too saw a crab at first, funny how we all mis-saw the same thing!

    I’d love to be in for a chance, thanks> :d/

  • Anne says:

    Bois Secret and the Ambre Intense sound promising. Love a chance.

    I saw the mutant crab too! Never ever thought I would say this but, there is too, too much bacon on that mutant crab! Unless there is a chocolate layer in there somewhere, then I take it all back. :)>-

  • Carol Sasich says:

    I would love to sample these, thanks for including me !
    My sister has actually made a turducken in a deep fryer…I wasn’t there….sounds like potty mouth !!

  • Zazie says:

    they all sound intriguing, especially Bois Secret!
    Plase eneter me in the draw!

  • Calypso says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, but NOT for that turbochicken thingie! It’s pretty gross, at first I thought it was some mutant crab or something. The scents sound nice, I’m eager to try the woodsy one.

  • Joe says:

    Good grief. I was tipped to that site a week or so ago. I loves me my meat and bacon, but some of that stuff makes me want to become a big ol’ vegan RIGHT NOW. Wow. That’s all I can say. Tom’s lemon-water diet sounds pretty good too.

    If you’re looking for some more web fun, there’s a less gag-inducing (but totally snort coffee out your nose-inducing) site called http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com. I actually need to check it out more often — it was one of my favorites a couple months ago. Ciao.

  • Liesl says:

    Dude.  That looks freakin nasty.  b-( I should post a link to an old school lentil loaf in retaliation. I should get free samples just for having to endure the sight of that lardfest upon opening this page 😉

  • Amarie says:

    So what were your thoughts overall on these perfumes? Note de Luxe sounds like it interested you the most. I am not a white floral fan but I do love the rootiness of iris, so does the latter outway the former?
    I like the sound of the woods and the amber ones too. Always lovely of you to do all the hard work for us. :d/

  • tmp00 says:

    Count me in.

    and count me as someone who looked at that site and decided to live on lemon water for a week..

  • Trish/Pikake says:

    That’s fargin’ nasty dude.

    I wish I hadn’t seen that while I had my precious Epic Gardenia on. (where’s the barfing emoticon when you need it?)

    No need to be in the drawing, I don’t want any more negative nausea inducing associations with perfume (see comments under March’s last post)

    • Trish/Pikake says:

      OK, I had to go look at that site. I admit, I am laughing pretty hard at the “Sandwich of Knowledge.”

      Holy crap.

      • Liesl says:

        So it’s after midnight and I should really be in bed, and I’ve had a big ol’glass o’ cabernet, and I just checked out that website. But after that sandwich, I just couldn’t do it anymore.:)):-&

  • Mindy says:

    I’ve just discovered This is Why Your Fat as well. Some of the desserts actually look pretty yummy but I can’t see myself eating any of them.

  • Janet says:

    Ambre Intense sounds amazing!