Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Etat Libre d'Orange Fils de Dieu


ginger, coriander leaves, lime, shiso, bergamot, coconut, rice, cardamom, jasmine, cinnamon, rose, tonka bean, vetiver, musk, amber, leather, & castoreum

Etat Libre d'Orange is a house that I've only begun to explore, and so far I'm intrigued. Hell, with a brand who concocts and promotes something called 'Secretions Magnifique,' how could I not be? I mean, judging by the several reviews and reaction videos, it's as disgusting as it sounds. Anyway. Fils de Dieu. That's what we're talking about. I blind bought it. I was on the fence, but then a fellow fragrance lover described it as "Shalimar for hipster babies," and I was sold; she was totally right, by the way. When I opened the box and gave it a sniff from the nozzle, I actually audibly proclaimed, "It IS Shalimar for hipster babies!" No one was there to hear my proclamation; I talk to myself a lot. Fils de Dieu certainly isn't a duplicate of Shalimar, but it has a fluffy likeness, and it does share a few similar notes.

Like trying a foreign culinary dish for the very first time, the top is interesting and exotic. It begins with a strong and realistic steamed rice, garnished with a hint of minty shiso and leafy coriander, and misted with lime juice. This realistically food-y rice platter is rather fleeting, which I'm sort of thankful for, because although its realism is intriguing, I'm not sure I want to smell like Philippine cuisine (ha, rhyme!). From here, Fils de Dieu gains a prominent sweetness, and while retaining a citrus backdrop, it pushes toward a velvety, pretty, powdered spice; blended to perfection. This development eventually settles into coconut milk with a slight leathery undercurrent, before it trails off into sweet, velutinous skin, with a diminutive, mingling floral note.

In Fils de Dieu, the addition of inedible notes help to keep it from shifting into full-on gourmand territory. It's like wearing an exotic Coron Island vacation, which is what makes it feel so perfect for summer. So, if in reading about Fils de Dieu, you're thinking (like I was) that this fragrance sounds like it would be stifling in the summer heat, I promise it works. It is pleasant and relaxing, and I'm sneaking in all the sprays I can get before autumn rolls around. Since I live in Brooklyn (a borough full of hipster babies), I fit right in. And if someone asks me what I'm wearing, I'll respond in true hipster fashion, "You've probably never heard of it."

Fils de Dieu EDP retails for $85 for a 50ml bottle, the nose is Ralf Schwieger

Longevity: 2/5
Projection: 2/5


  1. The funny thing is that pretty much anytime anyone asks what kind of perfume I'm wearing, they haven't ever heard of it.