Name: Delicious Closet Queen
Brand: Etat Libre D’Orange
What I liked:
– if you like powdery, feminine scents, you will like this
– different from most men’s colognes on the market
– good staying power
– stays close to the skin
What I didn’t like:
– it’s not a very masculine scent, so a lot of men won’t be comfortable wearing it
– not particularly remarkable
“This sophisticated man excels in the art of deception and concealment – can anyone ever know who he really is? Under the powerful trail of vetiver, leather and Tonka bean there is the sheen of a satin cuff, the finesse of a manicured hand. He expresses his ambivalence by indulging in contrasts – sandalwood and geranium, violet and citrus accord. He belongs to everyone while yielding to no one. And we know him, because we all have our secret side…”
That’s how niche brand Etat Libre D’Orange describes their scent, Delicious Closet Queen. I find this a bit unsettling. Closet Queen refers to a gay man who’s hiding his homosexuality from everyone, and, unlike what Etat Libre D’Orange implies, there’s nothing romantic or exciting about that. Besides, how many men would be comfortable asking for a scent called Delicious Closet Queen at the counter? And even if they should buy it online, how would they reply when someone asks them what they are wearing?
I get it that Etat Libre D’Orange were trying to push the boundaries of conventionality and be provocative. It’s what they are famous for. But, this time, I don’t like it. What I like, and what convinced to try a sample of this scent, is a play on contrasts. Judging from the description, Delicious Closet Queen features a nice, contrasting mix of masculine and feminine notes that, if well-blended together, could result in something amazing.
Sadly, they missed the mark here too. Delicious Closet Queen opens with a fresh, almost medicinal smell, that lasts only minutes. The violent leaf note, supported in the background by slightly sweet and fruity berry undertones, is present from the very beginning. As time goes on, cedar, tonka bean, patchouli and sandalwood, all intertwined together, appear. Yet, they don’t add a masculine edge to the composition.
In fact, if you were to smell Delicious Closet Queen without knowing it had been designed for men, you would easily be mistaken for thinking it to be a feminine scent. For most of the 8 hours it lasts on my skin, it smells very feminine and powdery, much like an old cosmetics counter. My boyfriend liked it even less. To his nose, it smelled like an expensive body wash.
But at least, it won’t give you a headache. Closet Queens don’t want to draw attention to themselves and this one is no exception. That’s why it stays so close to the skin. Delicious Closet Queen disappointed all my expectations. It’s hardly a masculine, mysterious scent and I doubt many men will be comfortable wearing it. But I appreciate that Etat Libre D’Orange tried to come up with an unusual masculine scent, even if the result leaves a lot to be desired.
Designed for men, Etat Libre D’Orange Delicious Closet Queen smells very powdery and feminine and stays very close to the skin. Staying power is ok.