Reviews of Eau de Gloire by Parfum d'Empire

Sunny and refreshing in the eau de cologne manner and given a summery spin by the diffusive hay and aniseed tones at its heart. If all that sounds a bit too chirpy, wait a bit until the citruses and pinging herbals settle in enough to let in an anchoring incense note wearing big lad's trousers. Suave, well-executed, but in a perfume style I can't really get excited about.
31st May 2021
A nice extended spicy eau de cologne, starting from lavender with subtle touches of citrus but very quickly transitioning to black tea, anise and licorice. Hint of smoke in the mid phase, and has that wonderful tea accord similar to the one in Ambre Russe (at least earlier bottles). The base is light and subtle with hints of tobacco, leather and moss. Dry from start to finish, and occasionally earthy. An old world meets new nuance in a good way, reserved, subtle and lots of character; requires over-application for enjoyment. The eau de parfum concentration could be misleading. A nice alternative to concentrated citrus colognes, especially if one is also looking to avoid anything too sweet.

13th August 2019

Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh 1889
5th March 2018
Sophisticated herbal fougere!

My nose picks up different notes than those listed above. I get no citrus at all. Initially I get a very strong cumin note that mixes with lavender and cedar, then settles down to be a subdued, subtle fougere, assuredly masculine and understated.

I find it to be quite fine, sort of like one of the powerhouse men's scents from the 80s, that has since been quite tamed. Almost a whiff of memory of a scent from that era (Quorum, Open, Moods Uomo, Azzaro, etc.), as you would find on a leather jacket that has been in the closet since that era, drenched for a decade in scent, then forgotten, retaining the aromas from many sprayings.

It is quite balanced and suave. If I didn't know better I would think it is perhaps a Guerlain. Unusual for this house to create a fougere like this, but I'm glad Empire did.

7th February 2016
Eau de Gloire (supposedly inspired by the Napoleone's iconic character) is another Marc-Antoine Corticchiato's masterwork for the excellent Parfum d'Empire. In particular this refined fragrance unfolds an initial anisic-aromatic approach (a vaguely naif typical Oriza L. Legrand's style... the minty/mossy/leathery/resinous Chypre Mousse jumps more than vaguely on mind in the first stage, as well as effectively the brighter and fruitier Diorella). The Eau de Gloire's scent is a "freshly" classic-hesperidic take on the lavender/oakmoss theme with leathery/medicinal/resinous "implications" and an old-school "aldehydic chypre cologne-like" initial vibe. While the aroma "snaps" initially with an aldehydic anisic/hesperidic (lemony/greenish/musky/earthy) approach it gradually morphs towards a darker and more crepuscular (vaguely smoky and rosey) incense/leather/pepper/oakmoss floral-lemony territory in a way that scents a la Eldo Rien (and partially Rien Intense Incense), Shams Memo, by Kilian Incense Oud (less leathery/minty, less balanced and more resinous), the inky-boozy Meo Fusciuni Notturno, Creed Angelique Encens and the hesperidic resinous Eau Sauvage Parfum jump partially on mind for several of their characteristics (on a certain extent also scents a la Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli, without the salty undertone, and La Via Del Profumo Indu Kush, more vetiver oriented, come really vaguely on mind). The dry down is a perfect combination of resins and oakmoss with a minimal (almost ghostly) leathery undertone (slightly tending to "rubbery"), a cool fluidy core (keeping basically dry and tea-veined the texture) and an excellent dry toasted tobacco vein well joined with a lingering licorice-chamomile touch. Amazing, really amazing cologne.
17th February 2015
Genre: Chypre

I came very close to dismissing Eau de Gloire. After all, the woody citrus-chypre territory it occupies has been thoroughly explored in scents like Cristalle (the green approach), Eau d'Hermes (the X-rated animalic approach), Eau Sauvage (the herbal approach), and Diorella (the fruit and leather approach). So when the first hour's wear of Eau de Gloire revealed yet another take on the mossy Eau de Cologne-on-steroids formula, spiked with a pleasantly sweet anise note, I yawned. The stuff was nearly indistinguishable from the sample of Diorella I'd placed on my other arm.

As it happens, Eau de Gloire is a patent case for not judging a scent too hastily. The leather and tobacco listed in this scent's note pyramid don't emerge for at least an hour or two after application, but when they do, they transform Eau de Gloire into a much more distinguished scent. Indeed, the extended drydown is an enjoyable essay on labdanum, leather, and oakmoss that largely redeems the well executed, though slightly hackneyed introduction. I should note that while Eau de Gloire is not particularly weak, it only reveals its distinctive drydown when applied generously. Light application leaves a less flattering impression.

If you find Cristalle too harsh, Eau d'Hermes too lewd, and Eau Sauvage a bit too staid, then Eau de Gloire offers a viable alternative. It's still hard for me to recommend Eau de Gloire over Diorella, which it most closely resembles – particularly when the Dior sells for 1/3 to 1/2 the price. Nevertheless, this is a fragrance that merits attention when you want a transparent citrus scent with more endurance and weight than a traditional Eau de Cologne.
13th June 2014
Eau de Gloire is a flawless, vibrant harmony of anise, liquorice, patchouli and suede, with juicy bergamot and citrus notes, a lively floral/herbal country breeze, some spicy juniper-like touch which revives and "dynamises" the blend. All shaped in Parfum d'Empire's warm, cozy, mossy/musky signature "roundness". After a while the immortelle note blossoms and you can feel it better, rich and vibrant. Then again another smooth transition towards a green, cozy, and again really pleasant drydown - a bit suede and leathery, a bit earthy, a bit balsamic and herbal with a genius refreshing tea note, and the dusty sweetness of anise and liquorice. A brilliant scent for sure: all is bright, clear, smooth, with a careful and talented composition. Just a tad plain and (negatively) synthetic here and there, but still great to wear. Basically a Mediterranean eau de cologne with an oriental, baroque touch, an earthy shady feel and a really elegant, discreet, fresh but dense fougère heart. Worth a try for sure.

25th April 2014
it's amazing how much is this reminding me of hermes bel ami! a very nice, soft, citrusy leather, quite linear but perfectly wearable during spring and summer. i'm also quite partial to the aniseedic note so all in all, thumbs up.
1st May 2012
I found the opening quite interesting and promising, so much so that it instantly created in me great expectations for its further evolution and development on my skin: somehow before I even realised it, I found myself waiting and waiting for an explosion, a burst, a surprise that actually never came..

This is one of the problems I have with this fragrance (the other being that at times it made me smell like a rosemary cracker and smelling that edible is not always something I enjoy): it seems somehow unfinished, incomplete..

In other words, interesting but not convincing..
20th June 2011
Outstandingly well made labdanum based fragrance. Eau de Gloire smells very, very good.

Green, bitter, herbaceous, a bit soapy, extremely aromatic. Practical and very natural scent without any gimmicks or faults. Very long lasting, too.

Mixture of labdanum, moss, hint of anise and, I swear, a dash of birch tar, creates a brilliant impression of luscious dry silver birch rustling in a warm summery evening, sometime in July by a finnish lake. Somewhat same sort of impression can be found in Palais Jamais by Etro.

Immortelle, a listed note, is very subdued in here if notable at all. It's there, no doubt, but if you're a fan of this delicious flower and haunt fragrances with the will of smelling it, look elsewhere.

I've always been disapointed that this wasn't in Perfumes - the Guide. I would love to know what Luca Turin thought of this one.

Eau de Gloire is a brilliant niche take on classic Cologne. Wearable anywhere - anytime and, as others have mentioned, makes definitely a better masculine.

Not particularly original obviously, but when it comes to execution, this is a masterpiece.
12th March 2011
I am men and i like it. Prima!
8th September 2010
Eau de Gloire opens with a rather tingly sharp, spicy-green citrus with a raw herbal tinge of lavender. As the sharp opening settles and blows away, the smokiness starts to reveal itself, and I am left with an herbal, leathery, smokey and slightly vinegary base. For an EDT, I am very impressed at longevity and sillage. This is my go-to when I am in the mood for an EDC-type scent.
15th April 2010
revised review
Eau de Gloire is a male-oriented scent (though women could choose to wear it).
The scent is in three stages. (1) Citrus and lavender -- well done. (2) A pronounced fennel-anise note, a bit honeyed, with herbal aspects on the side. Slightly sweet, the tobacco leaf makes its appearance here. The scent has heft. It isn't heavy but it is substantial. (3) A well-executed dry-down. A bit old-school and quite charming in its leathery-mossy base.
I like it, it has Mediterranean élan.
Meant to evoke the Napoleonic era -- the Corsican maquis, leather saddles, an air of conquest and glory.
2nd September 2009
A take on the classical "eau de cologne" with a twist. From the many different variations and derivatives of the cologne theme I've tried, this is one of the most characterful and appealing.The typical cool sharp herbal-citrus opening with a touch of lavender fades very quickly, revealing the twist which here is a bucketload of anise/licorice that soon fades in volume leaving behind incense and tobacco. If you think that sounds masculine, yes, you're right, it is -- after all, it was meant to evoke Napoleon. Note that some may be turned off by the overwhelming amount of anise, but frankly, I am a fan of the note. Not the best scent in the world, but I have to give a well-deserved enthusiastic thumbs up for this one.
17th January 2009
First and foremost: The designation at the top of the page is completely wrong. In no way is this a feminine fragrance, I don't think it's unisex, either: It's actually very masculine. Eau de Gloire has a beautiful citrus opening… made intriguing by a light touch of lavender… quickly smothered in smoke and incense. Resinous and potent, this is the kind of prelude that reaches down deep and speaks to the mystical inner universe. There is a full, rich background to the smoke and incense: I find the individual notes in that background almost unidentifiable, but I don't care …the effect is so powerfully primal that all I need to do is to experience. I understand there's tea in there and tobacco, immortelle, oakmoss. The tea and tobacco do their thing exquisitely. The oakmoss smooths and rounds out the accord. The immortelle emanates from the hidden center of Eau de Gloire: Not at all obvious, it broods beneath the smoke and illusions… transparent but earthy as only immortelle can be. The immortelle is the heart of the fragrance…the spiritual power behind the temporal throne of Empire…the subconscious root of the progenitor of empire and universe. The anise, to me, is barely present, but enough – challenging and inscrutable – it is used to perfection. Supposedly created to bespeak Napoleon, I don't see this so much as a picture of The Emperor as a individual; I see it more as an olfactory interpretation and depiction of his historical persona and his influence on human history. Eau de Glorie is an easy, comfortable wear that lasts and lasts as a tobacco, mossy, immortal skin scent.
24th August 2008
Didn't really like this when I tested. The top notes were fleeting to say the least and it quickly dived into a rather sharp and harsh leathery mixture. The sillage is pretty big also, so was rather enveloped in it. Not for me.
1st August 2008
I love this one. The freshness of the herbal citrus top notes weaving in and out between the anise and tea is refreshing, but then there is that incense and tobacco complicating matters in the best possible way. It reminds me of acting in an old theatre in my childhood. The dressing rooms smelled a bit like this.
2nd May 2008
Noble, complex and definitely masculine, but too formal and detached to be really exciting. More suitable for boardroom meetings than everyday wear. On my skin, smells like a more sophisticated and rounded sibling of Elite by Floris.
29th October 2006
This is one of the more unique scents I have tried. I consider it to be a scent of contrasts. At the base are leather, incense, and tobacco. The rest of the fragrance is brighter and sharper, very traditional in many ways – lavender, neroli, bergamot. There is also something that adds a plant funk to the scent throughout much of its duration…geranium maybe? The result of all of this is a scent I would describe as cold, aloof, and cerebral. It's fitting that this scent was designed based on Napoleon's tastes because I can imagine a would-be emperor plotting and scheming while wearing this scent. This aloof yet cerebral quality reminds me of Czech & Speake's no.88. The contrast of heavier basenotes with brighter top-and-heart notes reminds me of Centaure. Contrary to its listing here, this scent is intended for men, not women, and is masculine in character. I can't imagine a woman wearing this. Longevity is good and sillage is adequate. This would be good for anyone wanting something unusual yet traditionally masculine and still wearable.
20th September 2006
Tried a sample of this at Les Scenteurs in London and was impressed enough to buy a bottle. This is an elegant and long-lasting fragrance - quite strong - so only a little is needed. Very distinctive and if you like Caron's Pour Un Homme, you will probably like this.
28th August 2006
So many ingredients I love and yet all I get is a boring, cold (or cool), a little minty/anise-y/eucalyptus-y traditional man's cologne. Which I guess is appropriate. But I love Ambre Russe so madly and I haven't tried anything quite like it, so this was quite a disappointment.
14th August 2006