I’m not sure why I ordered a sample of Rien many months ago, I think I was drawn to the rave mixed reviews and the delicious sounding description pushed forward by ELdO. If I’m honest, I have NO idea what ELdO think they have produced but it certainly doesn’t match the description:
Rien opens with some crazy blast of aldehydes, they are unbelievably sparkling and bizarre. However, underneath these, is the most bitter, twisted leather/civet/incense concoction I had ever laid my nose upon. The leather is rough, certainly not “blond suede”, it is black, worn and filthy! The incense is deep in there, it is sharp and blended impeccably with the leather. Civet is not listed, but I can smell it in all its’ intensity. It is sharp and bitter and animalic. The civet appears to be the only thing providing any sweetness to Rien.
It is also not a second skin! It is unimaginably powerful, and projects from meters away! One spray, will fill a room in a matter of seconds. So if you’re to try this, go light on the trigger. I adore this scent, but one too many sprays, and I feel queasy!
So, back to the scent. Rien is pretty linear, what you get at the beginning, is there about where you’ll end up hours and hours down the line when it never ends. Bitter leather, incense, animalics, and I’m sure I can sense some oud deeper down in there, it gives it a kind of medicinal edge. There is really nothing else like it, and Etat Libre D’Orange have done a fantastic job with this, along with many of their other fragrances which I will have to review in time.
I own and treasure my bottle of this, and I know it is going to last me a long longg looonnggggg time. It’s ugliness is absolutely beautiful, and once you work with it and allow it to settle and mellow, you’ll forgive it for attacking you at the beginning. A masterpiece.
Etat Libre D’Orange Rien 50ml EDP – £53 RRP