VILE: SECRETIONS MAGNIFIQUES by ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE (2006)

The Black Narcissus

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‘Like blood, sweat, sperm, saliva, Sécretions Magnifiques is as real as an olfactory coitus that sends one into raptures – to the pinnacle of sensual pleasure; that extraordinary and unique moment when desire triumphs over reason. A subversive, disturbing perfume. It’s love or hate at first sight.’

(Etat Libre d’Orange).

I was always hoping to like this legendary, infamous, perfume, or at least appreciate what I imagined would be its primal power.

As it turned out, it is probably one of the most disgusting smells I’ve ever experienced; engineered, it seems, to push all my buttons in the worst way possible.

These secretions are not just vile……..but upsetting.

The amusing thing is the way the perfume is engineered. In the first five to ten seconds you get a fresh floral musk-like aroma and wonder what the fuss is about.

Then it happens: a metallic, and very artificial, blood, adrenaline/semen accord…

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