Etat Libre d'Orange were on a mission to put the fun in Christmas when they created Noël au Balcon. From the cheeky name to the voluptuous composition, Noel is a juicy pleasure. It's all spice, ripe fruit, and warm honey. This fragrance has enough holiday spirit to fill an inflatable Santa or two, and tons of attitude that would make it stand out in an ugly Christmas sweater party.
Noël au Balcon starts fruity and gains momentum as the cinnamon and pepper appear on the scene. They're zesty, tangy and fiery, making the fruit compote even more appetizing. And uplifting. You just can't be a Scrooge when wearing something so exuberant. You just go with it and enjoy the ride to the somewhat more traditionally oriental dry-down.
The spice never goes away, and neither does the apricot jam, at least on skin level. But most of what's left (and I'm talking about 24 hours after application) is an ambery vanilla, a bit larger than life, a bit too loud, but boy, is it fun to wear!
Notes: tangerine, vanilla, honey, orange blossom, apricot, red pepper, patchouli, musk, cistus, cinnamon, nigella, amber.
Etat Libre d'Orange- Noël au Balcon ($80, 50ml EDP) is available from Twisted Lily, Luckyscent, and MiN NY.