Etat Libre D'Orange • Like This • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||54%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I received a sample of Like This this past winter and recently purchased a FB because I loved the sample so much. I'll reserve final judgment, because could be that wearing this heavy, heady scent in August is an ill-fated notion, but currently, I can only give it 3.5 stars out of 5. I do give Like This props for being the most unique fragrance in my entire collection. When I first spritzed it on, I was overwhelmed by a pungent, almost harsh, smell of burning sugar, immediately followed by the more mellower pumpkin note, which was tinged with a frisky zip of ginger. The citrus and rose was very subtle on my skin, and my nose had a struggle picking them out. However, interestingly enough, the immortelle is very prominent on my particular drydown; it manages to be both dry and rich at the same time, a combination of freshly hewn wood and maple syrup. The musk cleans everything up and prevents the fragrance from coming across as being *too* gourmand. My real complaint with Like This is that the lovely pumpkin and ginger disappear after only a few minutes, and it was these two notes that seemed to really pop when I tried the sample of the fragrance. Again, it could be that smelling this in warmer weather has affected my perception of the perfume, or even my skin chemistry. I might find myself revising this review once fall rolls around, because it really is truly fascinating.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Spicy carrot. It actually smells nice. Lasts a long time on my skin. I really do not like this brand so I am surprised to find that I actually like this perfume. I would probably not need a full bottle but would not mind a small decant.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Tilda Swinton Like This by Etat Libre d'Orange
Etat Libre d’Orange is a frustrating outfit. Their marketing is adolescent inanity masquerading as avant garde, and their products promise clever eccentricity but often wind up smelling slapdash (Rien, Je Suis un Homme), derivative (Eloge du Traitre, Nombril Immense), or simply unpleasant (Sécrétions Magnifiques). Like This joins the recent Fat Electrician as one of the most gratifying fragrances I’ve smelled from this house, and their sequential release gives me hope that the company may be moving in the right direction.
The ginger and pumpkin top notes are at once peculiar and pleasant. They avoid the gourmand parody of pumpkin pie through association with a rooty vetiver and an elusive, dusty, incense-like note that I can’t manage to identify. Besides vetiver, the heart includes a refreshing green neroli, a sprinkling of immortelle, and occasional echoes of the spiced pumpkin. I’d like to commend perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui on her use of immortelle in Like This. Immortelle has a tendency to overwhelm all other company, and it’s rare that I’ve experienced this note so well balanced and blended in a composition. In fact, only Bertrand Duchaufour’s Jubilation XXV for Amouage comes to mind at the moment.
The immortelle and vetiver stick around for the drydown, which relies mostly on a quiet, clean white musk that at times evokes clean laundry or shampoo. Like This is neither faint nor extremely potent, but radiates a comfortable aura of scent around its wearer. Longevity is reasonable, though I can’t help wishing that the drydown, which is the scent’s least inspired or original phase, did not set in quite so soon. Still, Like This successfully navigates the narrow path between novelty and congeniality, and remains one of the handful of Etat Libre d’Orange scents I actually enjoy wearing.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Start is creamy spiced musk. Soft and cuddly, but not too dense and sweet. Woods and cream. Character similar to Lutens Douce Amere (yes, I agree w/ Bois de Jasmin on that one). After about 10 minutes I smell anis (must be the fenugreek) – again a Douce Amere tie-in. Then the sandalwood comes in. I can smell the pumpkin accord after about 1 hour. I never smell the citrus. After about 1.5 hours, all I smell is the fenugreek. It’s very persistent, and I get bored of it….I would not wear this as the fenugreek drydown gets annoying. 3/5 (would be higher with a better drydown)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
After reading rave reviews on perfume blogs, this scent was a bit disappointing. It is definitely pumpkin-y and food-like, but then a dry grass, hay-like scent also emerges. This is too green and earthy for me--I would prefer something creamier and softer, perhaps a little bit more "dessert-ish" without a heavy dose of sugar. I'm sure the novelty of a pumpkin fragrance will appeal to me throughout the fall months, but overall I find this fragrance underwhelming and wouldn't buy a full bottle.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
It's a cozy, ginger-pumpkin candle kind of scent; I don't think I'd actually mistake this for real food. There's not much depth to it, on me, and it doesn't last at all! I dabbed some on my wrist, but after 15 minutes it was already fading. I dabbed more on, but after an hour, all I got was a vague, ginger-pumpkin scented soap impression...it was pretty much gone. I really like the concept (and Tilda Swinton, too) but the execution has me disappointed.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Finally a real pumpkin scent. I could probably be on "Hoarders" because of the number of pumpkin candles I own; something about pumpkin really appeals to me. So obviously I adore this scent and it's one of my holy grails. I am lucky enough to get mostly earthy pumpkin and a bit of ginger from beginning to end with a hint of heliotrope creeping in there after an hour or so. Such a beautiful and tenacious fragrance unlike anything else out there. This is one of 2010's best fragrance releases, and L'Etat Libre d'Orange is a fantastically unusual line.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is an intriguing perfume. It's warm, yet perfect on a summer day. It's spicy, yet calming. It's sweet, yet utterly sophisticated. But in the end, I'm not entirely sure of how it wears on me.
Like This is definitely outside my normal perfume buying price range, and the bottle is pretty boring. However, if you're looking for an interesting and complex scent, consider ordering a sample vial.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I was enamored with this--I think simply for novelty value, and because I like Tilda Swinton. It smelled unlike anything else I've ever tried, and was very vegetal and sweet like some kind of exotic gourd that can only be found at Korean markets, so I bought a full bottle. The bottle is really creative too--it looks like a little firecracker with a red tube atomizer, and a fireburst on the label. However, after owning a bottle, I had to swap it away because all I can smell after the interesting opening is the syrupy immortelle drydown, and it makes me kind of ill. It reminds me of being forced to inhale Mrs. Butterworth's syrup in a completely orange room while getting pelted with persimmons.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I bought a bottle of this about a month ago and have already gone through half of it. This is really unusual for me, since I usually grow tired of fragrances quickly, but I just can't get enough of this. It is quite sweet, but then I like sweet fragrances. The pumpkin note I get is more earthy than your usual Yankee candle pumpkin note and it gives the scent a little more depth and oomph. It starts out on me as sort of a brown sugar smell then morphs into a clean musk. It doesn't have a lot of throw but lasts a really, really long time on me. I can sometimes even detect it after I've showered! I always get compliments when I wear this. It's my new go-to scent.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Advertised as the Tilda Swinton scent. Listed notes are: yellow tangerine, ginger, pumpkin, immortelle, Moroccan neroli, Grass rose, vetiver, heliotrope and musk.
I was so hoping for the pumpkin note, but what I actually smell first on is hemp, coffee and wildflowers. Very light and grassy in a dried way, with that feeling of milky coffee in the back. I didn't get pumpkin, but the milky note might easily be pumpkin/gourd, just not the fresh-cut jack o'lantern I was hoping for. The wildflowers are probably the grass rose and immortelle, but both are breezy and greenish, like real flowers, not like show flowers or big scent blooms. The ginger and tangerine are faint wafts, just hints without much presence, but they add to the overall feeling. In the end it's a little weird, but nice. It's an atmosphere more than a perfume, but it works as both. I have to say 'interesting'.