Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange LIVE Video Sniff

Hiya Peeps!!

Portia in the POSSE!! from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and bringing in the weekend with a super special VIDEO treat! Once upon a time there were 2 mad Aussie perfumistas; Robert “Radium” Maxwell and Portia Turbo. They were on a mission to find fun, fabulosity and freakishness in the lovely land of fragrance. Not content to do it alone, or even quietly, they decided a great way to chronicle their enthusiasm was to only meet up to do LIVE Video Sniffs of interesting fragrances from across the spectrum and around the world. Secretions Magnifique by Etat Libre d’Orange was one of our favourite reviews ever done by Katie Pukrick (See Katie smell Secretions Magnifiques here) and had us LAUGHING OUT LOUD!! A lot. Katie is a genius.

Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange

We on the other hand are idiots who also happen to adore perfume and like to be a little outrageous. Just so you know this is NSFW, we say some rude words and laugh a lot so headphones please kids.

SurrenderToChance has Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange 1ml/$3

Of course there is probably something mad, crazy or absolutely extraordinary going on over at AustralianPerfumeJunkies too if you’d like to read a full review of something. Do pop across and leave us a HooRoo, we love visitors from all over the world.

Have you tried this modern masterpiece of the perfumers art? What did you think? How did it affect you?
Have a super great weekend and week, see you next Friday,
Portia xx

Please enjoy our Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange LIVE Video Sniff and a special THANK YOU to my BFF Kath for shooting and editing, also to Jin for making it blog ready.

  • nozknoz says:

    Portia, I had a high stress Monday, so this was just what I needed! Thanks again to you and Robert “Radium”!

    By the way, I do have a truly disgusting perfume, LuckyScent’s Untitled No. 8, I think it is, which smells like pure poo. Worst unsniffed impulse purchase EVER! Gaah! I can’t believe they did that! It’s just too literal for a funny review or anything, though.

  • DinaC says:

    Fun video, filled with suspense as I watched with gleeful tension/fear as you spritzed and then sniffed. Glad it wasn’t a barf-o-rama for you two. I’ve never tried that one. I really like Rossy de Palma, and plan on breaking out my sample of Like This near Halloween because of the pumpkin note. 🙂

  • Alityke says:

    Hi Portia, when I first started this scented ride I decided to “bite the bullet” and start the lifelong naïf fathom with EldO’s sample set. Nothing like starting with the difficult stuff.
    My day for sampling SM came along and it fell on a weekend so O went the whole hog and did both a card and skin test.
    That was the day I found I had a high tolerance level to human smells, I guess 30 years of nursing, 26 of marriage and 24 as a mother of boys has pretty well injured me to the smells of blood, sperm and sweat, fresh or otherwise.
    What did I think of SM? Milky, iodined floral with calone. The bit that really offended me? The calone, oh how I loathe that note. The 90s were painful for me perfume wise and I found that historically thats firmly where SM sits.
    Obviously I’m the biological female exception that proves the rule. Do I like SM? No. Would I wear it? No. Does it make me want to gag or run from the room in terror? No.

    Great PR campaign admittedly, but I prefer Zcharogne which I own and wear with pride

  • Lanier says:

    You two are so very entertaining. I could watch this over and over… I love how it changes and gets worse for you and Robert.

  • Dionne says:

    I’m glad you posted this here as well, Portia, it makes me laugh every time.

    • Hey Dionne,
      Sadly it makes me grin every time too, and sometimes laugh. You couldn’t pay for this kind of stuff it has to happen naturally. Or in my case COMPLETELY unnaturally. Ha
      Portia xx

  • Ann-Sofie says:

    Yummy. The scent of a newly used penis tinged with florals and saddlery – I almost want to go for a ride. Yihaaa!

  • sonomavelvet says:

    Enjoyed watching your vid Portia. Thought you might enjoy seeing another reaction from Kerosene.

  • Mrs.Honey says:

    The first time I tried it, it made me think of an alien with hygiene issues. Biological, yes. But I did not get any lady parts and it did not make me think of funky male smell either.

    There was discussion on the old POL forum and the majority thought of it as a floral. The secret to smelling the floral rather than the body odor is to sniff from a distance. When you cram your nose up, it smells gross, but from the distance you both were using, the floral is evident.

    I actually tried a recent mainstream floral that reminded me of SM.

    • Portia says:

      Yes, there are a couple that are prettier versions of SM. I didn’t know about the near/fasr scent difference Mrs.Honey.
      Thanks. What about an ELdO that you like?
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Portia, dear, I’m so skeered of SM that I was even afraid to watch the video, lest the scent come through the Internet and ooze from my computer screen. And no, I’ve never sniffed it, and never, ever plan to! I got enough of that icky, nauseous feeling from Byredo’s MMink to last me a lifetime. But I’m glad you guys were brave enough to try it — you have my undying admiration …

    • Portia says:

      HA HA HA Ann,
      I’m so glad the internet isn’t in smell o vision. Now I have to go find MMink.
      Thanks for our next video frag.
      Is there an ELdO that you love?
      Portia xx

  • Lisa D says:

    Portia, you and Robert are simply and sincerely fabulous. I needed a giggle this morning, and I got it. I’ve been leery of – but still perversely interested in – trying Secretions Magnifique – and now I know that I don’t need to. Thanks for the great video review!

    • Portia says:

      You are so welcome and Thank You. Have you tried any other ELdO frags?
      Portia xx

      • Lisa D says:

        Yes! I really enjoy Rossy de Palma, Putain de Palaces, Jasmin et Cigarette, and my favorite, Like This. I’ve got a bottle of Vraie Blonde, that tries really hard, but doesn’t quite work for me (from the last Swapmania).

        • One day I will own Jasmin et Cigarette, so good. I quite like Putain De Palace (whatever it’s called) too.
          I like the brand and think they’re fun. And those teriible 13 year old boy pictures, love them too.
          Portia xx

  • Matt says:

    Omg, it’s also the first time I watch a video of you guys at APJ.

    Now I need to watch them all! Haha, I think I never saw any perfume-related video that was as funny/interesting/relevant! I enjoyed you trying to speak French as much as I enjoyed Robert’s appropriate words. Good job!


  • Eldarwen 22 says:

    This is one scent I’d like to try but don’t really have the courage to get a small decant of yet. I’ve been trying to work my way through my massive pile of decants that I might have worn but not reviewed. The pile keeps getting bigger.

    • Portia says:

      Tell me about it Eldarwen22
      I want to sniff EVERYTHING but there are only so many hours in the day. While I complain if a frag lasts less than 6 hours it is in fact a blessing. More free skin to sample on,
      Portia xx

  • Musette says:


    This is the first video I ever saw of APJ – it’s where I fell head over heels in love with you!!!

    Robert’s line about the ‘ladyflesh ” there’s certainly something unfamiliar in there” it never fails to make me laugh out loud!

    and ‘we need to get out LESS’? Has there ever been a more wonderful line?

    I adore you both!!! and I absolutely adore your look, Portia. I could SO rock that outfit (I already have the hair, baby!)

    xo :Devil:

    • Portia says:

      I think you are my sister from another Mother.
      Jin and I are thinking late next year to go check Pitti or Sniffapalooza. We are so going to meet you and have a laugh.
      Portia xx

  • Kymme says:

    You two are hysterical…I don’t think I’ll be sending off for this fragrance!

  • Mals86 says:

    I had seen your vid (which is HILARIOUS) when you posted it at APJ but had trouble commenting… I’d write something, the blog host would eat it, I’d GRRRR and try again and the blog host would eat it again, so I gave up.

    Today I went over to youtube and searched for SM reviews. Watched four, I think, besides Katie’s. I remember seeing hers for the first time, watching her apply and reapply and thinking, “OH LORD hon, you’re going to be SO sorry you did that.” And of course she was.

    When I got my smidge of sample, passed on from a friend, I was in the frame of mind that it was going to smell like sperm. Which, you know, *has* a smell but isn’t disgusting, so I figured I’d be fine. I mean, look, I’m a mother. I’ve smelled my share of milk, sperm, sweat, etc., and managed to keep my lunch down. My friend had called SM “boy juice,” and that was exactly what I was expecting to smell.

    So I was shocked – SHOCKED, I tell you, to find that “sex crime scene” aspect come to the fore. I had not been expecting it. What went zipping through my mind was something like a brutal rape-murder scene from one of Patricia Cornwell’s early crime novels (which I admit I’ve probably read too many of), with the emphasis on the bloody butcher knife left behind.

    I also felt unaccountably terrified with SM still on my skin. I had to scrub – and you know that stuff has a half-life longer than that of plutonium! – and scrub again, all the while fighting down the urgent need to flee. (Incidentally, FM Une Rose has the same effect on me.)

    Somebody’s blog, can’t remember whose at the moment, recounts the experience of the (female) blogger’s having smelled SM on a card, where she found it revolting, and then the SA beckoned another SA over so the blogger could sniff it on the (male) SA’s skin, where the blogger said it was mildly pleasant, a milky floral with a salty aspect. You will never find me buying into the theory that skin doesn’t matter! Sometimes it does.

    It seems that women more frequently find SM disgusting, where more men tend to hold the position that SM is “not all that bad, really,” or “rather nice.” I don’t say that reactions divide evenly down the gender line, that would be ridiculous, but I do wonder if there is some difference in either skin or brain (or both) that influences the perception of the smell.

    Enjoyed your live sniff anyway, especially the banter!

    • Portia says:

      Thanks Mals86,
      It certainly seems to be more outrageously disgusting on biologically born females that the rest of us. After the initial rush I found it quite a pleasant floral too.
      Portia xx

    • Gwenyth says:

      Ooooooh — this is VERY much like my experience with this fragrance.

      The Hubs and I had been talking about my perfume obsession — er, um, “interest” and I mentioned that there was SO much in perfumery to explore. THAT is why I have so many bottles and samples, you see??
      Anyway….we got to talking about unusual and ‘edgy’ perfumes. I told him about Secretions Magnifiques and what the notes are and The Hubs said “No Way!”, I said “ya, want to try some??”

      We counted 1,2,3 and put one spritz on each other’s arm.
      Waited a minute…..and then sniffed. We first sniffed our own arm.
      My reaction was instantaneous gag reflex. SM smelled like a horrendous mixture of ‘crime/sex scent’ much as Mals mentions. I was horrified and repelled — instantly!!

      The Hubs smelled his arm with Sec.Mag. on it. Sniffed again. and said “did you spray the same stuff on me?” No kidding. He watched as we both sprayed.
      His impression what that it was ‘kinda weird’, and not something he’d ever wear — but he wasn’t nauseated by it.

      I smelled my arm again — gingerly and very, very carefully….and it still smelled awful.
      I sniffed The Hub’s arm. On his skin, Sec. Mag. is “kinda weird” as he said, but more floral and softer somehow.

      I TOTALLY believe in differences in skin chemistry!!

      • Gwenyth says:

        Forgot to mention that when The Hubs smelled Secretions Magnifiques on MY skin, he sniffed, jerked his head back, and said “ewwww” that stuff is yukky.

        The Hubs said – you wear some interesting perfumes, but ‘please’ don’t ever wear that again.

        I said OK. 🙂