Note: Ariel, please send along your mailing deets if you’d like to claim your l’Heure Fougueuse sample.
Had a call from a friend last week. Her in a panic: “It’s pouring rain, I’m at Brent Cross, I’m starving, and I need to buy a laptop – fast”. We discussed, she went to Leon for sustenance, and she ended up with a Macbook Air. I have a Pro – it’s my main computer and I have a ridiculous affection for it. But I also use a PC (as Asus Zenbook). So, I guess she must have felt I’d have something useful to say on both Apple machines and PCs. That’s what working from home for years does – makes you useful in some small fairly peculiar way.
Anyway, I bought some samples. I’ve basically realised I’m simply not going to be in a position to visit a shop to sample for many months yet (I’m around the number 6 entry on the currently published list for a Covid vaccine — number 1 is care home residents and those who look after them — which I think means I won’t be getting one till mid-spring earliest).
So, yes, samples arrived. I bought this lot on the names. I’m not sure what that says about me except I felt the need to exercise a bit of whimsy.
One of the things I ended up with is the Etat Libre Exit the King. The name is supposed to imply change, regeneration, etc.
It is very light and soft initially on me and very very ‘nice’, though not exciting. Perhaps it’s supposed to feel like embracing something new.
Notes for this (which was released this year) include aldehydes, black pepper, pink pepper, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, ambroxan, oakmoss, patchouli, sandalwood and white musk.
It’s not a shouty perfume. I get a very pleasant powdery aspect, which morphs into a sort of stronger powderiness that’s more floral – and actually sort of fresh (maybe the lily of the valley) rather than pongy. This reminds me of something, but I can’t put my finger on what.
The drydown is soft – powdery, floral, a bit musky, but nothing big. Close to the skin and ‘pleasant’.
I like Etat Libre as a house (barring the initial adolescent direction of stuff) though I no longer own any of its perfumes (I used to have a bottle of Rien, but I don’t know where that went). Over time I’ve sampled some early ones (Jasmin et Cigarette, Secretions Magnifique) and Une Amourette recently which was again very nice but not exciting. I think that’s the default now with Etat Libre stuff: very nice but not exciting. However, I haven’t tried the Tilda Swinton one (Like This) which may be way better.
So, is Etat Libre a house you enjoy, find interesting? If yes, which ones do you own?