- Dec 16, 2018
I didn’t see a dedicated thread to all things Parfum d’Empire, so thought why not start one.
Here, is the entire line.
Eau de Gloire, EdT 2003
Eau Sauve 2005
Ambre Russe 2005
Cuir Ottoman 2006
Osmanthus Interdite 2007
Fougère Bengale, 2007
Yuzu Fou 2008
- Aziyadé 2008
3 Fleurs, 2009
Azemour les Orangers 2011
Eau de Gloire Édition Millésimée - Cologne pour l'Hiver, 2013
Musc Tonkin, Extrait de Parfum 2012
Musc Tonkin, 2014
Corsica Furiosa 2014
Eau de Gloire EdP, 2014
Tabac Tabou 2015
- Le Cri de la Lumière 2017
- Salute 2019
Acqua di Sacndola 2019
Immortelle Corse 2019
By the way, throughout this line, there are two constants…
- a perfumed sophistication which is NOT easy to achieve
- and even for a non-wearer like me, these perfumes are eminently wearable.
Le Cri de la Lumière
Ah, the first 10 minutes are… I don’t know how to say it… simply startling, since the notes dance right at the edge of your olfactory periphery, so superfluously melded are they here. It has that velvety quality, light and airy, a sweetly rosy iris revolving with a ballast beneath of fruity woods… I say all these notes to try giving an impression but whoever made this opening has tied a mystery and fluid happiness into one. The dry down is where a fresh vibe rattles me but overall, a beautiful melodic piece.
This is unusual. Yes, loads of hesperdic notes but as if you’re approaching them from the other side of the olfactory tunnel. Grapefruit never had such delicacy, such nuanced persistence. That subtle perfumed quality of nutmeg laced with musk, this is something which folks will find reaching for again and again. They say it has notes of wine… hmm. I’ve bought it often as a gift for my family members.
Fruity, sweetish spicy, musky oriental upfront and it has a warm aura. There are two spices with such a scent profile—caraway with its musky scent and pungent, peppery overtones—cumin with its warm aromatic but humid muskiness. And here, it is definitely cumin. Cumin’s behaviour can be animalic but that is not the case here, however, it adds an adult flavour to any perfume. So, if you don’t care for cumin-loaded orientals, this isn’t for you. Dry down is very pleasing—much more than the opening.
It is enjoyable to revisit the perfumes from early 2000s.
I shall keep adding my take as I go through them, and look forward to your impressions.