Name: Fat Electrician
Brand: Etat Libre D’Orange
What I liked:
– a beautiful blend of vetiver and vanilla with smokey whiffs of incense
– good sillage and staying power
What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like vetiver, this is not for you
– doesn’t change much
I’m in love with a Fat Electrician. No, I’m not talking about my boyfriend. He’s a biotechnician who loves working out and is in great shape. My beloved Fat Eletrician, instead, is a masculine, earthy vetiver scent with a sweet heart, created by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu for Etat Libre D’Orange. The ridiculously cute name alone is enough to make you want to go out with him at least once.
According to Etat Libre D’Orange, Fat Electrician, when young, used to be a gorgeous man who charmed everyone he met and broke many hearts. Beauty was his greatest asset. But it’s a fickle one that never lasts. And now, our womanizer is a “fat electrician in New Jersey, cursed with the memory of his glory days.” The scent is supposed to be a celebration of ” this beauty which cannot be recaptured,” but, to me, Fat Electrician has lost only its outward beauty. Inside, where it really matters, he is still beautiful.
Fat Electrician opens with a bang. Vetiver, intense, earthy and rooty, makes its presence known from the very start. It is supported in the background by a blend of medicinal opoponax and myrrh, which smell like smokey incense. After a few minutes, though, Fat Electrician reveals its softer side. Sweet vanilla arrives on the scene, softening the composition somewhat.
After this, the scent doesn’t change much. The vanilla intensifies in the base, but it never turns Fat Electrician into a gourmand. Far from it. This is a true vetiver scent from top to bottom. So, if you’re not a fan of this earthy note, you’ll find this too strong and, maybe, even unpleasant. But vetiver lovers will appreciate this new, simple but intriguing, interpretation, in which its rawness and edginess fights (and wins), with the sweetness and creaminess of vanilla. It’s beautiful.
Fat Electrician is also surprisingly wearable. I expected it to be strong and overpowering, but the sillage is only medium. That’s great because it allows you to smell the fragrance without having to stick your nose to your wrist, but won’t bother those around you (unless you’re standing really close to a vetiver hater). Staying power is ok. It lasts 8 hours on my skin. After that, I need to spritz it on again. But by then, I’m usually home, so I don’t feel the need to.
Etat Libre D’Orange Fat Electrician is an earthy vetiver scent with a vanilla heart and smokey whiffs of incense. Simple but intriguing, it has both good sillage and staying power.