Thursday, February 18, 2010

I know you're getting twisted and you can't calm down.

Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarettes

Still busy as a little tiny bee. Couldn't resist, though. Keep trying new things and wanting to talk to you about them, but I'm supposed to be studying the rule-making powers of the executive and fee simples and joint tenancy and adverse possession and the four corners test....etc. Lots of fancy law terms I might never use again. At this rate, I might not even use them next week -- I'd have to remember them first.

Speaking of foreign tongues and arcane vocabulary, unfortunately, I do not speak French, which is the only language Etat Libre d'Orange's website is available in. Consequently, I turned to Luckyscent for a description. They provided the following:
A tailored suit, a fedora, a blond bob, scarlet lips and a cigarette – that’s Jasmin et Cigarettes. Etat Libre d’Orange’s homage to femmes fatales of days past, this is a glamorous vamp of a perfume. Think Dietrich or Garbo. The jasmine note, sweetened by apricot and tonka bean, has a husky, honeyed quality akin to a sensual, throaty whisper. And just like Marlene and Greta, Jasmin et Cigarettes has a distinctly androgynous side that coexists so unexpectedly well with the obvious femininity of the blend. Tobacco, woods and musk represent the touch of masculinity that was the trademark of the two great divas. Fresh and sultry, transparent and smoky, Jasmin et Cigarettes is a stunning tribute to the allure of contrasts.
Notes: Jasmine absolute, tobacco, hay, apricot, tonka bean, turmeric, cedar, amber, musk
Up top I get mostly jasmine and with a hint of apricot and the hay, thought the dry, sweet hay smell is fleeting, and quickly replaced by cedar, amber, and tobacco. I really get a lot of apricot in the middle and less of the tobacco than I'd like, but the woody notes make up for that. It's a great apricot, too. Strong and a little jammy, but not at all fake. Is it possible this smells like a bar I'd really like to hang out in?Or maybe the lobby of a hotel I'd like to use for romantic rendezvous? The scent one might catch over one's should strolling through a garden around midnight, tipsy on liqueur? There's just something provocative and romantic about the mixture of polished wood and sweet tobacco and jammy fruit.

David and I, when we go on weekend getaways, tend to go to McMenamins, which is a chain of historic buildings retrofitted as pubs and hotels across the Pacific Northwest. It's the pub part that I'm reminded of here. We sleep late and have brunches in bars with lots of polished wood, eating fancy omelets and flaky biscuits covered in sweet jam. The scent of smoke from cigars and pipes of yesteryear seem to cling to these old rooms, and the fresh air wafting from a window in Spring or Summer wafts in the scent of newly blooming flowers. When I smell Jasmin et Cigarettes, I am reminded of such trips and their adventures into the small towns around the Northwest we've made, and I look both backward, savoring the memory, and forward, anticipating happy futures.

After all that, how can I not love it?

You can buy 50ml of Jasmin et Cigarettes for $69 from Luckyscent. You can get samples from Luckyscent and The Perfumed Court. Outside the US, I found it available through distributors as common as AmazonUK. Given the wide variety of responses I noted in reviews I definitely recommend trying it first, but I just love it.

"I see you under the midnight, all satins and bows.
High shoes with the cleats a-clickin'.
A tempermental glow, but then you let me go.
Oh, got a hold on you, got a hold on you, I got a hold on you, tonight.
Oh, oh, it's magic when I'm with you.
(Oh-o, it's magic!)
Oh oh it's magic, just a little magic.
(gotta be magic)
You know it's true I got a hold on you..."

- "Magic," The Cars (you can listen to the song here)

Want more reviews? Try...
~ A review from Bois de Jasmin
~ A review from I Smell Therefore I am
~ A review from Perfume-Smellin' Things
~ A review from Pere de Pierre
~ A review from Perfume Queen
~ A review from Aromascope

Postscript: Ines helpfully pointed out how to change the Et at Libre site to English. I love these people. They're so tawdry! I want to try them all now!


Ines said...

I like this one as well - although I need to apply in small quantites. :)

P.S. The Etat site does have an English version - you have to click on flag to change the language and enter site in it. :)

Diana said...

Hahahaha! Ines, of course I managed to miss the obvious. Thanks for the type on the site.

Ines said...

It took me a while to figure it out as well. I was testing all sorts of Etat scents and kept visiting their site so I accidentally stumbled upon it. :)

The Left Coast Nose said...

I haven't tried anything from this naughty, naughty line yet (I think I have a sample coming soon...). I don't think J&C would be the first one I reach for, but I think some good time is to be had learning what Tom of Finland and Tilda Swinton smell like.

ChickenFreak said...

Sadly, on my skin, the tobacco in this turns into the worst kind of cheap cigarette. Which makes it an interesting novelty, but not one that I'd want to wear for more than a few minutes.