La Fin du Monde 
Etat Libre d'Orange (2013)

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Etat Libre d'Orange
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Quentin Bisch
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La Fin du Monde is a shared scent launched in 2013 by Etat Libre d'Orange

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There are 15 reviews of La Fin du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange.


There's a tradition in some parts of the perfume world to use difficult or even unpleasant notes in a composition.

This is more than just adding a bit of civet to smooth out a profile, it's when a perfume becomes weird or consciously repellant in some way, as well as being attractive.

This tendency goes back at least as far as Roudnitska, with his use of cumin and over ripe melon. You could also include Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur in this category.
We aren't talking mistakes here; it's an attempt to create dynamic perfume by contrasting 'nice' with 'nasty' odours, something Mathilde Laurent has written about, and you can feel it her work too.

The downside to this - is a certain overthinking that can intrude and spoil the beauty of a composition.
Which is not to say that perfume should be 'sugar and spice and all things nice' all of the time; unremitting prettiness would be deadly dull to many, and - just as in life - a bit of conflict makes for drama.

But when it's overdone the intellectual approach leads to awkward accords and sterility. It's all very well provoking a reaction with your curried ice cream, but if it's not well judged the result can just be a turn off.
Such is the case here.

The End of the World is clearly designed to provoke, but my reaction is a mixture of ennuie and irritation.
A plastic gourmand floral and gunpowder, it aims for the kind of shock value the name implies. (I'm reviewing it now because - with the US president talking about Armageddon, provoked by Putin's war on Ukraine and his nuclear threats - La fin du Monde seems a bit more relevant than it did in 2013).

Besides the thin provocation of the gunpowder gambit, there's a standard lily-iris type floral, and powdery 'ambroxan', all of which is pretty ordinary - and leads to a most tedious drydown.

According to ELdO then, the world doesn't end with a bang but a whimper.

Giving a work like this a neutral rating seems counter intuitive but it's a dynamic response to the perfume - and not a bland compromise.
Even if it's an ordinary - or rather flat - structure, covered with a flashy veneer, La fin du monde is still a bold idea , albeit reminiscent of Jasmin et Cigarette (2006).

The problem is, while it's the sort of thing I find interesting - and appreciate the daring involved - I actually don't like it and would never wear something like this, which in the end is the final arbiter of a perfume.


This is my second fav perfume. Who knew that the end of the world would smell nice. I can smell the popcorn and the gun powder. Some may see this as leaning toward masculine but I can definitely seeing myself using it as a woman.


A light and nice bakery scent. Who would have thought that the end of the world smells like popcorn and cake and a little powder! Nice.


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In Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, people are able to time warp to the "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" and enjoy a nice creme brulee or carrot cake and watch the Universe die. I guess that is what the nose who created this was thinking. It smells like a bakery, with carrot cake, custards, and a small vase of flowers on the counter. End of the world? I always thought there would be more screaming, crying, and smoke...


A dry accord of oriental woods is coupled with a gourmand note of berries from which all trace of garden dirt has been excised. Smells well-made, synthetic, you get the sense of moving parts behind the scenes. Powdery aldehydic texture tickles the nose, like starched linen or prosecco. The longer I breathe it in the simpler it seems. A big sour iris / prune note takes command, becoming (for me) increasingly off-putting. It is reminiscent of Diptyque's l'Ombre dans l'Eau, but both coarser and more complex: less greenery, more maquillage. Strictly for tomorrow's apocalyptic dowagers.

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