Name: Jasmine Et Cigarette
Brand: Etat Libre D’Orange
What I liked:
– a lovely smoked floral scent
– unusual and original
– good sillage and staying power
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t develop much
– some people may find the tobacco note too subtle for their taste
So, who’d like to smell like jasmine and cigarette? Yep, I said cigarette. It’s an unusual combination for sure, and one that seems especially created for smokers, but the sweetness of jasmine mingled with the smokiness of tobacco create such a strangely pleasant concoction that’s surprisingly easy to wear. And no, it won’t make you smell like an ashtray.
The tobacco here is quite subtle and tamed. After the initial spritz, that is. When you first spray it on, your nose is hit by a heady mix of tobacco and alcohol, giving you the impression you have just stumbled into a men’s bar, where the habitues are noisily drinking and the air is filled with smoke. Underneath it, the soft aroma of jasmine is trying to emerge.
This stage is as fleeting as the impression it gives, though. Soon, jasmine bursts on the scene in all its glory. Sweet and indolic, its flowers are dirtied with the honeyed and warm smokiness of tobacco. There is also a touch of hay in the mix. This accord is rich and alluring, but it never becomes overpowering. Both the tobacco and jasmine are well-behaved, never trying to outdo each other.
While this accord is pleasant, it lasts a bit too long. The scent doesn’t really develop much. Instead, as the hours pass, jasmine and cigarette become more and more muted, paler and subtler, until you can’t smell the smokiness anymore. All that’s left is a whiff of jasmine, now enclosed in a musky embrace, as cedar tries, and fails, to add a cleaner vibe to the composition, as if it wanted, with its crispness, to get rid of the dirtiness of the heart. But it’s not necessary. That’s not there anymore.
Although the drydown is a bit disappointing, I still love Etat Libre D’Orange Jasmine Et Cigarette. The execution may have left something to be desired, as its smell is much tamer than you’d expect from its name, but it’s original and something I had never smelled before. I can’t help but wish it was louder, but maybe that would be too offputting for most people. As it is, this scent could be easily worn both for night and daytime occasions, even at the office too. And it lingers on for hours.
Etat Libre D’Orange Jasmine Et Cigarette is a smoked floral scent that’s alluring and pleasant but quite tame. It’s original, but doesn’t develop much. It lasts quite long though.
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