Je suis un Homme
Bergamot, Orange Bigarade, Citron
Myrtle, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cognac
Patchouli, Leather, Animalic notes
Boisterous declarations aside, “Je suis un Homme” does smell utterly masculine, although it’s sensual enough to suit the ladies that don’t want to play by the rules too. It is very much in the spirit of the classical 70’s leather chypre that drew the picture of a rugged, self-asured male that never gets intimidated by anything, always grabs a bull by its horns, dates the most beautiful women, you know, the kind we all hate but secretly want to be like.
“Je suis un Homme” starts with a bold and very zesty hit of bergamot, lemon and bitter orange. This intro is very powerful and brimming with energy, as it befits a charismatic alpha male. All eyes are on him as he makes his entrance with a confident swagger. He pours himself some cognac and he takes in his surroundings with a half-amused glance above the rim of his glass. They all wear snazzy suits or slinky dresses but he decided that his old leather jacket will do just fine. He owns the room and he knows it. By now his spicy citrus cologne has reached the lovely leathery drydown with hints of patchouli and some soft, lived in muskiness. The picture is complete and his smell is perfection.
Etat Libre d’Orange (“Free State of Orange”) is a French perfume house founded by Etienne de Swardt in 2006. With a motto of Le parfum est mort, vive le parfum! (Perfume is dead, long live perfume!), the house has quickly established a reputation for its daring and unusual compositions with controversial names and images.
Citing the year of their foundation as “Year Zero of perfumery”, Etat Libre d’Orange drafted a company “Declaration of Independence”, with six articles that outline the company’s creative approach, commitment to high-quality materials, simplicity in packaging and subversiveness of concept. The fragrances are genderless and were initially packaged in identical bottles bearing the company name and logo, though fragrances with distinct packaging began appearing in 2007 with Tom of Finland. The company has partnered with a number of celebrities, including Rossy de Palma, Tilda Swinton and the Sex Pistols to produce special edition scents, and has commemorated Tom of Finland and Josephine Baker with fragrances as well.
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