I LOVE ELdO.
I do, but, I actually don’t like THAT many of their fragrances…
I like everything else about them let’s say :’) I love the bottles, the combinations, the playfulness, the crude names and descriptions. But, blogger after blogger has chimed in their say about the Etat Libre D’Orange brand and their controversial marketing, so I’ll leave the majority of my opinion out of this review
Putain Des Palaces (Hotel Slut) is a fragrance I tried very early on in my niche exploration. Checking back at my Luckyscent orders, back in the day I ordered a sample packet of just PDP, Rien, and Costume National Scent Intense. A strange three choices – and exactly that, only THREE choices. I now place much larger more varied orders than that these days haha. Anyway, back then I wasn’t too sure what I made of this, I thought it was very “pleasant” and very “safe”, but I craved it ever since.
So in my last batch of Luckyscent samples, I included this – it is the first fragrance I have bought more than one sample of. I have kind of fell in love with it now…
To me, Putain Des Palaces opens almost fizzy aldehydic – instantly “pink” with a little buzz of citrus and then a fluff ball full of face powder iris, delicate violets and young rose. It’s feminine, soft, and creates a huge fragrant pillow around you – lovely!!
There’s a clean/dirty musk underneath, which stays on the clean side for me, along with the subtlest of leathers to provide a little stability to the delicate, sheer floral dust of the top and heart.
The fragrance reminds me of Vivienne Westwood’s fantastic Boudoir which I wore solely for years. Not particularly in scent, but feel. It has that dirty vibe to it despite there being nothing particularly dirty in there. Maybe this reviewer on Luckyscent sums it up much better than me: “Ol’ French ho’ fo’ sho’!”
There’s nothing particularly shocking, daring, dirty, or (dare I say) particularly original about Putain Des Palaces, despite the raunchy name, but it is a beautiful composition. Delicate and easy to wear (maybe not so much for a guy but hey!), PdP remains pretty linear. An array of soft powdery flowers, mainly violets and rose, a lipstick/face powder accord atop some soft musk and rounded with some creamy “rice” type notes, similar to that of Kenzo Amour and ELdO’s more recent Fils De Dieu.
Definitely full bottle worthy for me and it’s in the top 5 of my currentl “To Buy” list.
Putain Des Palaces EDP Etat Libre D’Orange 50ml - £52.50 Les Senteurs