Name: Secretions Magnifiques
Brand: Etat Libre D’Orange
What I liked:
– impressive staying power; doesn’t fade even if you shower
What I didn’t like:
– it stinks
Who says that perfume must smell good? Certainly not Etat Libre D’Orange. When the niche brand created Secretions Magnifiques they wanted it to stink. And it does. Big time. It stinks so bad that, five minutes after spritzing it on, you’ll rush to your shower to get rid of its foul odour, but tough. This stuff is pretty tenacious and refuses to fade, doesn’t matter how much you scrub. You’ll just have to resign yourself to smell bad for the whole day. That’s how long it lasts.
Although how could it smell pretty when it was inspired by blood, sperm, sweat and saliva? Even if that appeals to you, it’s undeniable that trying to recapture their odour would only result in a scent that’s controversial and risque, and not necessarily in a good way. At first, though, Secretions Magnifiques will try to fool you. For the first few minutes it acts all sweet, soft and innocent, making you believe that, after all, this scent isn’t that bad. And then a revolting and foul smell hits your nose pretty hard. The muted citrus note of the very opening has left its place to a cold and nasty mix of milk and coconut that hides a sweet iris heart. Throughout it all, a metallic note lingers. The scent is pretty linear and doesn’t change much, but it becomes softer as the hours pass. Not that that makes it more pleasant…
Secretions Magnifiques doesn’t make me think of sex. Thanks to its metallic vibes, it just feels too cold and sterile. To me, it smells like fear. That feeling of utter panic when you can feel cold sweat trickling down your spine and the bitter taste of bile in your mouth. It makes you feel like you’re in danger and you know that something horrible is about to befall you. And I don’t enjoy that at all.
After such a negative review, you’ll probably expect me to give this scent a very low rating. Instead, I did the opposite. No, I haven’t gone crazy. You couldn’t pay me enough to wear Secretions Magnifiques ever again, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate it for what it is. SM (even the abbreviation is provoking) is supposed to smell bad. The brand took a risk and, although the result is difficult to appreciate, it definitely won’t leave you indifferent.
Honestly, I much prefer a foul scent that’s creative to one that’s supposed to smell amazing and just turns out to be one of those nauseatingly sweet floral/gourmand concoctions that have invaded department stores of late. Secretions Magnifiques may not wow me, but it doesn’t bore me either. And in today’s perfume world, that’s an achievement. One that needs to be experienced by fellow perfumistas, so as to known what happens when you push the boundaries too far. Anyone else would do better to skip it though.
Etat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifique stinks. To make things worse, it’s very tenacious and won’t fade even if your shower. Despite that, it’s a well-crafted scent that I appreciate for its creativity.