Hey there Perfume Posse! How many Dune nerds are in the house? Spice Must Flow is part of a duet released 2019 and just in time for the holiday season spicy incense wearing perfumistas to get their Spicy Oriental glam on. Recently I reviewed True Lust on Perfume Posse and there are many other ELdO reviews sprinkled through this site if you search. My mate Bronwyn of Gascoigne & King is the Australian importer of ELdO and she gave me this sample to try.
I will be buying a bottle for the name alone. Spice Must Flow is part of one of my favourite books, Dune by Frank Herbert. Yes, I read the rest of them (ONCE!) but Dune is an evergreen re-read for me. I think I’m currently on my third edition because the last ones fell apart.
Spice Must Flow by Etat Libre d’Orange 2019
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Heart: Ginger, Turkish rose
Straight after spritzing a rush of 21st century niche bursts off my skin. Everything seems to happen at once and I’m given the impression of opening an oven and being engulfed in fragrance. You won’t need to put your nose to your wrist for this bad boy, it’s a bold, statement fragrance giving lovely nods towards the 80s mens designer highlights like the ginger zing of Gucci Envy man, the sexy spiciness of CK Obsession Man and the dark peppered clove of VC&A Zanzibar. There’s a woody one I’m missing but it reminds me of that too.
Spicy ginger, smooth herbaceousness and a deep, smoky wood with the coolest, unlit incense are all creating a dense ring of darkness around a blood red rose. I say Spice Must Flow veers masculine but it will smell killer on the girls. Can’t wait to give one of my girlfriends a spritz. I particularly like it through the heart and dry down. Once the initial fireworks subside there is a very pleasing smoothness to the fragrance. It calms in both projection and density after the first hour or so. Still fragrant but less intrusive and more work/life/food appropriate.
Spice Must Flow doesn’t bring anything groundbreakingly new to the table but does give the dark wood/incense/rose genre a new player that could easily become a firm favourite. Most hard baked perfumistas will probably already have something similar in their wardrobes. If this style is new to you then this will definitely be a good choice. Or you might particularly love the Spicy Oriental workings and like to collect them.
Surrender To Chance has a selection of Etat Libre d’Orange you can sample.
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies