Neroli, Iris Flower
“An unforgettable love affair, ” Une Amourette is the result of a portentious conversation between Etat Libre d’Orange and groundbreaking fashion designer Roland Mouret. Every bit as iconoclastic in the world of design as ELDO is for French fragrance, Mouret’s work demonstrate a preternatural eye for sensuality, flow and innovation, a gift for draping fabric over skin in the same way that Etienne de Swardt’s fragrances drape the skin. So, of course, a collaboration was inevitable- but what a collaboration this is.
Soft and romantic, yet striking and avant-garde, Une Amourette is a beautifully woodsy iris that wears like the most flattering couture you can imagine. It starts with the iris note- sharp but not stark, with just the right amount of floral lushness to allow the vanilla-tinged akigala wood to slowly develop underneath, adding a purringly seductive, subtly muscular form to the flowing silhouette of the scent. As it dries, the gentle earthiness of the iris further gives shape to the body beneath, evoking a softer-but still distinctive- carnality that has us positively swooning. Some partnerships are so obvious you wonder why they’ve taken so long to manifest, but in the case of Une Amourette, we think we know the answer- they wanted to keep us waiting.
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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