Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Whether you love or hate Etat Libre d’Orange Sécrétions Magnifiques, one thing is true—it cannot leave you indifferent. A composition that blends the accords of milk and blood, it is certainly not a crowd pleaser, nor a fragrance you would wear on a first date (unless your intentions do not go beyond that one night.) This is not because Sécrétions Magnifiques is a repellent scent, but because the message it sends forth is one of raw power. Its potent sensuality makes it both fascinating and challenging. …
Created by perfumer Antoine Lie, Sécrétions Magnifiques may appear quite innocuous—transparent, marine and delicately floral. It presents a subtle, almost soothing first impression. Yet, give it a few moments, and the character becomes rather surprising—metallic and creamy, salty and astringent.
It never ventures into an unsavory realm, never hints too much at unpleasant bodily emissions, yet one cannot help but draw associations. It may remind one of the scent of kisses on warm skin, or of something else far more risqué. That is besides the point. The most important thing is that among the entire Etat Libre d’Orange line, Sécrétions Magnifiques strikes me as one of the most creative compositions. One can forget about the entire concept of the line, and the fragrance still manages to spark the imagination and to make one think about scent in a new way. So, what of its unconventionality? I, for one, do not mind that at all. I would rather be challenged than be bored.
Sécrétions Magnifiques features iodized accord (includes Azurone), adrenaline accord, blood accord, milk accord, iris, coconut, sandalwood and opoponax. For additional information on availability, please see my overview of Etat Libre d’Orange line.
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Photo: L’Amour des Trois by Stefa Zozokovich.