Etat Libre d’Orange; Fils de Dieu

Notes: Ginger, coriander leaves, lime, shiso, bergamot, Jungle Essence coconut, rice note, Jungle Essence cardamom, jasmine, cinnamon, French May rose, tonka bean, vetiver, musk, amber, leather, castoreum.

Fils de Dieu du Riz et des Agrumes or Son of God of Rice and Citrus is one of Etat Libre d’Orange’s newest fragrances. As you can see, the list of notes reads almost like a recipe, and it blooms into a savory composition on the skin. It opens with a bright spike of lime (there’s that god of citrus!). I also detect the ginger and coriander, but these notes come off as more herbal than truly spicy. The opening is pleasantly aromatic and hesperidic for me.

But this fragrance is named for the god of rice and citrus. The rice accord shines through in a big way, but it takes some time to reveal itself on my skin. I get hints of something milky from the beginning but then, about 30 minutes into wear time, Fils de Dieu just blossoms into a deliciously creamy blend. The rice note is distinctive; it’s almost vanilla, it’s almost milk, but not quite. It seems to have its own texture too. It’s as though a bowl rice pudding is teasing me, it’s that tangible when I sniff my wrist.

The rice note is so interesting and I’d love to experience more of it in the world of scent. I came across this helpful Allure article all about rice in fragrance and including some recommendations. I’m eager to sample L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Bois Farine if it has some similarities to Fils de Dieu.

Fils de Dieu is one of the most distinctive fragrances I’ve sampled recently. Certainly not everyone wants to walk around smelling like rice pudding. In fact, I’m not even sure that I want to. But sampling this one is an experience worth having. The blending of this fragrance is effortless, as the aromatic top notes keep things bright and sparkly while the rice note smooths the composition out. I think this will be appropriate to wear in the summer months since the kicky lime will keep the creamy rice accord from becoming too overbearing.

And I will leave you with a link to The Candy Perfume Boy’s fantastic write-up of Fils de Dieu. I couldn’t hope to out-do his review, but I wanted to share my own experiences with this thought-provoking fragrance.

Etat Libre d’Orange; Fils de Dieu: $80 for 50 ml. Available from Luckyscent.

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3 thoughts on “Etat Libre d’Orange; Fils de Dieu

  1. I will try this perfume if at some point it’ll appear on my steps (or at least I see it at a store) but I’m not hunting it down. Why? Because I object to this brand’s esthetics.

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