Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Etat Libre d'Orange- Noël au Balcon

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!

Merry Christmas!

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.


  1. So happy that you covered this one!
    It's new-to-me and I'm loving it. It's a nice one to have on hand during these dreary months.

  2. Warm spicy orientals are perfect for our cold rainy SF winters. I also like Minuit Enchanté (now discontinued) for my spicy fix.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours Gaia!

    1. Yah! What rain? Where? If only... Now, if it were a typical year....

  3. Temperatures have plummeted and bitter cold is definitely not my friend. This sounds like a perfect ally against it - am going to have to go find it this morning.

  4. Yah! What rain? Where? If only... Now, in a typical year...


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