Etat Libre d’Orange Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection, 2009

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(Rossy de Palma as Antonio Gaudí from Time Out Barcelona)

Perfumers Antoine Lie and Antoine Maisondieu

Perfumery is an abstract form. Narrative and storytelling are functions of marketing, not perfumery. But Etat Libre d’Orange presents an alternative to the abstract and the narrative with Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection. Whether you consider the perfume to be a bespoke perfume released to the public, a tribute or an olfactory portrait, Rossy de Palma is a perfume made with a specific person in mind.

God knows Etat Libre can spin with the best of them, but in this case, they’ve  hit on something. The notes seem real when you read them bergamot, pepper, incense, patchouli…  But in contrast to others’ descriptions of RdP as thorny, bloody and dark, I find it jammy. Metallic strawberry jam. Not the description you’d like to have listed at LuckyScent, but there you have it. I love my strawberry jammy, chrome rose. The topnotes shout-sing a la Kurt Cobain. It lasts forever, stays beautiful and never gets cozy, nor do I want it to.

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