Etat Libre d'Orange Delicious Closet Queen, Charogne ~ new fragrances

Etat Libre d'Orange Delicious Closet Queen perfumeEtat Libre d’Orange has launched 2 more fragrances, bringing the line's total offerings to 15.

Delicious Closet Queen is the creation of perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer and includes notes of violet leaf, citrus, geranium, iris butter, cedar, patchouli, vetiver, dynamone, framboise irisée, rose, sandalwood, leather, tonka bean, benzoin and opoponax.

Charogne was developed by perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu and features bergamot, pink pepper, leather, ginger, lily, ylang ylang, jasmine, incense, vanilla, ambrette and animalic notes.

(via etatlibredorange)

Other recent releases from Etat Libre d'Orange: Vierges et Toreros & Don't Get Me Wrong Baby

Update: see a review of Etat Libre d'Orange Delicious Closet Queen.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Do *all* their offerings, as you say, have to have offensive names? 'Charogne' means carrion/decaying carcass or b*tch. Take you pick! Oh, the thrill one must get when answering the question, 'What perfume are you wearing?' Childish or what?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…having trouble picking! Perhaps I'll go with carrion ;-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good choice, R!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I concur. It's probably closer to “carrion” than to the word used as an insult… Possibly a reference to Baudelaire's poem “A une charogne”. But that may be doing them a lot of honor. All I can say is “bof”. Let them play at their little provocative games. They don't make me feel like giving their compositions a second chance. It's like “oh, what are we going to come up with, to top the one before?” Plus, I can't believe a house can come up with that many good scents in such a short time. So even without the icky names, I'm done with those guys. BORING.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was talking in general, not in this particular instance. Obviously, since it's to do with smells, carrion is the appropriate translation. And, yes, mentioning Baudelaire in the same breath is giving them too much credit. Boring indeed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You say, Bof, and I say, Pfuj. I agree, boring, boring, boring.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pfuj? That is new to me :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    The names are silly, but still, I would give their compositions more of a chance if I had them to try. But I've only got 2 and neither bowled me over. If they really want to impress, they need to start a sample program.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I actually think their names, along with the fragrances themselves, are both clever and modern. I'm currently very bored with fragrance names in general right now.

    For starters, there's the stupid/retarded names: Very Irresistible Fresh Attitiude, Unforgivable, Style In Play, Polo Double Black (as if just plain old Black wasn't enough), Rock 'n Rose, Be Delicious Picnic in the Park. Be Delicious Picnic in the Park?!? PUH-LEEZ! And that leads us to the trend of countless variations on a theme. Just stick a “Summer” or “Eau Fraiche” or “2” on the end and voila! You have a new name for your stank du jour, without actually having to think up a new name and pay somebody for it.

    Now granted, these are all prestige fragrances, not niche. But even niche fragrances can have dull names, especially when they do nothing but describe what it smells like: Bois et Fruits, Une Rose, Neroli, Vetiver, and “Vintage Gardenia with Cardamom and Myrrh”.

    “Now don't get me wrong, baby”….I'm not knocking any of these fragrances. Many I've mentioned I actually love. I just like the fact that someone is daring to step outside of conventional boundaries and put themselves out there. The best creative minds constantly put themselves out there and challenge the status quo. And as far as being “offensive”…..I think people in general could stand to be offended just a little bit more these days. Way too many folks are way too uptight.

  10. Anonymous says:

    LOL — great list of dumb names, thanks! Rock 'n Rose I think deserves special honors.

    And you are absolutely right that more creativity in the naming department can't be a bad thing, and “daring to step outside of conventional boundaries” has to be good too. But to my ears, the EldO names just fall flat — they mostly strike me as obviously contrived to offend, and the results sound silly more than offensive. But that's just me :-)

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am not contributing much on this thread, but I must say that the names are awfully distracting, and I agree they should start a sampling program of some kind.

    “Delicious Closet Queen” as a name only suggests two things:

    The scented soaps my granma used to put on the closet drawers to keep them nice-smelling…. OR the name of an actor that is constantly rumored to be gay and won't come out of the closet! ;-)

    As for me, I can proudly say I know the smell of “framboise irisée” it smells like cherry lipstick glow.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What exactly does “framboise irisee” mean? I didn't even translate it because I assumed the phrase meant something more than the words individually? Kicking myself, for the zillionth time, for taking Spanish all those years instead of French.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The adjective 'irisé(e)' has nothing to do with the flower or with scent. Literally, it means 'as viewed through a prism, taking on all the colours created by a prism'. Shimmery, opalescent might be good translations for it. Now you can work out what 'framboise irisée' means, can't you? Sounds nice, actually.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Yes, in fact it sounds considerably better than just framboise :-)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I speak only spanish and english but the “irisee” part suggests just what Bela states, iridiscent.

    It reminded me of the artificial smell of supposed strawberries in some lipglows girls wear around here. :)

    Que bueno que entiendes español, Robin! :P

    Saludos. hehehe.

  16. Anonymous says:


    And did not mean to imply that my Spanish was any good — I took it for about 10 (!) years, all the way through graduate school, and at one time I could read it fluently though, but I've never been good at languages and can't “think in Spanish” — I'd never be able to answer you without a dictionary. Pathetic!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh, 'iridescent', of course! It was bothering me: I knew there was an English word for it; it was escaping me. Duh!

  18. Anonymous says:

    And next time I see the word in French, the meaning will probably escape me, LOL — my memory is sadly not what it used to be ;-)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I'm just back from the shop. I wanted to try Charogne and so far i don't know what to think of it. I like the scent in the bottle but on my skin the vanilla is a bit strong to my taste. Got a sample of antiheros (lavender&musk) for another try tomorrow. And the woody “Eloge du traitre” worths a try too ( scent like cistaceae)

    On the whole, i like this “brand” and the names are quite original and entertaining imo. Have yet to find a fragrance that suits me well.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have still only tried 2 of them so can't comment…did like the Jasmin et Cigarette, but I wasn't dying to own it. Hope these will eventually go online in the US so I can try more of the line.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I would not be too quick to dismiss the ELd'O line… I have just purchased a bottle of CHAROGNE… I even like their “shock tactics”– how shocking must the title “MY SIN” have seemed back in the day?– and this fragrance is truly groundbreaking, original and addictive. It's also very strange, make no mistake… but strange/good… CHAROGNE is one of my new serious faves…

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