Etat Libre D'Orange is a fragrance house that definitely sets out to get a reaction. Sometimes (Secretions Magnifiques) it does it almost in the manner of a small child shouting "Poo!" at elderly relatives. Along the way though it does make some cracking fragrances that don't smell banal or generic. The only shocking things about Putain des Palaces to me are the name and the imagery.
|subtle imagery, isn't it?|
There's no sweaty cumin note in this fragrance to my nose and it's a much less 'dirty' fragrance than the original Agent Provocateur, for example, and less diva-ish than Ormonde Jayne Ta'if. It's not a light, neutral scent, but it's a pretty, warm, feminine scent; it's good for winter, and it wouldn't be unwearable in warm weather on skin that can take amber well. It's actually a bit too feminine for me, but if you like ladylike rose scents, it is worth a sniff.
*A young English premiership footballer allegedly employed the services of a lady (of more mature years) of negotiable affections who went by this nickname. Very classy.
Disclosure: sample provided without charge for consideration for review. I also have a sample of Secretions Magnifiques, dare me to try it?