Experimentum Crucis 
Etat Libre d'Orange (2019)

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Legend has it that an apple from a tree fell on Newton’s head – and thus, the theory of universal gravitation was born. But then let’s imagine a different scene – Newton, asleep under a rose bush. And instead of an apple, a flower falls, an enormous rose, a fully scented, fleshy rose. Would he have felt it? Would he have plunged his face into the heart of the flower? And what would this mean for his theory?

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There are 4 reviews of Experimentum Crucis by Etat Libre d'Orange.


At first I get fresh apple for 5 seconds or so, and then it goes to a sweaty rose, a bit similar to one in Juliette Has A Gun's Lady Vengeance and Mad Madame, but much much much fainter. I like it, but I like JHAG scents more because I smelled them first. Too bad the scent is so faint to my nose I can hardly smell it at all. I respray it and still cannot smell it after a minute again. It might be my nose and not the perfume though. After several hours of nothing I start smelling it again when I dig my nose into my wrist. Smells like a bit softer and less dusty and weakened Agent Provocateur then. I like it, but thank you, I'll take Agent Provocateur over this any day - especially considering the price.


Loved the tipsy-dipsy opening, with beautiful bright, sweet tones pierced with a sharp-as-razor note of cumin – this is essence of cumin: dry, pungent but not sweaty or dirty. The opening effulgence of light, watery, fruity rose notes mingling with an equally sun-dappled and non-cloying honey effect is genius. It would have been easy to have done this kind of pairing with oriental sturm und drang, instead we get a sparkling realization of the colour-as-light theme intended.
Experimentum is like being under a fantasy waterfall, each droplet sparkling in the sun and bursting with fragrance. There are nods to oud-y Middle Eastern roses here, and to woody patchoulied roses in the niche fashion, but the difference is in the dancing quality of the expression, a firefly delight far removed from ponderousness. These are old ideas (particularly the rose-cumin juxtaposition) but appearing in novel raiment.
Such exciting surface movement cannot be maintained for long and the drydown is a somewhat more traditional woody rose, but even here the cool, dewy quality of the rose impression makes it just that little bit different.


It reminds me of a less sparkly Serge Lutens Sa Majesté la Rose . The patchouli makes it a little dirtier and almost gives this one oud vibes. It's a nice perfume, but not groundbreaking. The opening is very different from Sa Majeste la Rose, but the middle and end makes it harder to distinguish.


The apple note is up-front! A juicy green and tart apple, like Granny Smith. A pretty scent, charming and unisex. Florals and a hint of rose.

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