Divin'Enfant by Etat Libre d'Orange
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Divin'Enfant is a perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is sweet-smoky. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

Amber, Tobacco, Leather, Marshmallow, Mocha, Musk, Orange blossom, Rose

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (173 Ratings)

Longevity

8.0 (132 Ratings)

Sillage

7.2 (126 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (121 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 10.08.2019
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Lasagne

2 Reviews
Lasagne
Lasagne
Helpful Review    5
Scent of an unfulfilled dream
Among the few of the ELDO’s that I have sampled so far, this one is a winner when it comes to the longevity and aura. A very comfortable blend of soft tobacco scent with some sweet powder and a lot of tonka - but I like it.

The opening mesmerizes me with the orange blossoms that are dipped in creamy musk nuanced with some honey. It’s a good thing for me that the sweetness does not last that long and is not overly intensive. It soon gives way to the tobacco notes, soft leather, mild rose and powder, and that’s how it continues to play far into the dry down. Even though I find it leaning towards the feminine side, it’s because of the gourmand oriental impression that I would be occasionally wearing it, when the mood would call for it.

On her skin the perfume is immensely sensual, calm, warm and intimate. It creates a desire to be near to someone, to have someone in your arms.
To a man, this might be a scent invoking the feeling of calmness, being at home, in a haven, in the only place where everything is ok - and if now it is not, it would be, by the time the sun rises. Waiting for the dawn, in someone’s embrace, that feeling could make him pull his arms to his chest, crossing them inadvertently as if he has something to hold and keep safe. Something that isn’t there, but once was. Or that is yet to be?

Soundtrack: Max Richter - The Leftovers Piano Theme
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Mrsg37

31 Reviews
Mrsg37
Mrsg37
2
Love it
I love this little beauty, it's grown up in that there are tobacco nuances and an almost musty musk, yet it lets the inner child pop in and out with the marshmallow. The silage is light but the longevity is fabulous. Its sweet, but notcloying, it's a sophisticated sweet.
It's a sophisticated lady, cigarette in one hand, suede handbag in the other containing marshmallow and candy for later. Fabulous.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
2
Pastel tobacco
A decent gourmand scented with cocoa notes (I guess it's coffee, but to me smells more like toasted cocoa beans), tobacco, vanilla and aldehydes. On the base, a shady veil of dusty suede. Not bad honestly: it’s sweet but not sweetish or cloying, rather with a pleasant and mature sort of “dusty”, elegant kind of sweetness. Gentle floral and fruity notes are well counter-balanced by the tobacco-leather base. Pleasant and fairly compelling, although not the most original scent around, as several names come to mind (think of any recent tobacco scent, just a bit sweeter and more graceful; or think of pretty much any feminine fruity-floral scent and imagine to add a drop of leather-tobacco darkness). Antoine Lie did so worse than this, so here’s my mild encouraging enthusiasm for this work. “Bravo”!

6,5/10
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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    5
Naughty but nice...
Ok so this is where Etat Libre d'Orange starts to get it's reputation from, a "controversial" concept! Here they take the image of a child, using happy, childish, "innocent" notes: marshmallow, orange blossom, rose, soft musk, and combine them with "adult" or "grown-up" notes like tobacco, coffee and leather. However they blend (surprisingly) quite well!

It opens up with a very sweet and cool orange blossom. Very sweet, which is also the marshmallow note. Then it gets softer (but still stays very "sweet & innocent"). Then the cold tobacco and hints of coffee and leather come through, very soft and fluffy. In fact, this whole fragrance could be described as "soft and fluffy"! It's really nice!

I think if you are a gourmand lover you would appreciate this one, or if you like sweet scents. It's not too cloying but it wafts across the skin giving a wonderful aroma throughout the day, and it's quite pleasing. It's a very "happy" and soft fragrance, I don't see the controversy here. I think people who like sweet scents would like this one. To me, Etat Libre d'Orange is not as controversial as people say (or indeed as their own marketing tends to make out)! I find this quite wearable. If you like soft, sweet, "fluffy" types of scents, then you'll like this.
6.0/10
Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
Helpful Review    4
Sweet dreams of soft perfume
Slightly citrus influenced, soft creamy, slightly boozy, malty. Initially very rich and very soapy. Soft, soft, rosy flowers with vanillary, chocolatey creamy almost alcoholic nature. Maybe a distant sweet mace or nutmeg nuance. Everything in this perfume is soft and gentle. Like entering a creamy cloud and dreaming of perfume. Something is so familiar in here. A comforting clean smell but sweet. A bit like Johnsons baby powder on a newly washed babies bum, but the recently removed nappy is still over there, far away in the corner.

There is an old fashioned accord here but by that I mean well structured. The flowers have a sharper, firmer, structured edge that I cannot identify, possibly this means a sharper lavender with the rose but the sharp note is softened by proper grown up madagascan vanilla and mysore type sandalwood. It might be sweet but it isn't going into the realms of too cute.

Very pretty and soft, suitable for a young girls very first perfume. The sweetness is pleasant and not overpowering, like the sweetness in a milky drink with cocoa, nutmeg and rum but so, so gentle.
This perfume is hard to catch notes from because it moves from one to the next with alarming rapidity and ends up at creamy sandalwoody vanilla soap in less than fifteen minutes on the skin.
Unexpectedly pretty but short lived as anything identifiable, but the softer musky soapy bit lingers.

Now i've just revealed the name to myself and that is extremely funny. This is so very amusing.
(I'm blind testing a series of ELdO samples, so these reviews are from nose notes.)
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    3
Leather-tobacco Orange Blossom: Unique!
My perception of Etat Libre d'Orange DIVIN'ENFANT really fluctuates a lot depending upon a variety of factors, including temperature, humidity, blood caffeine and sugar content, the movement of the stars and the tides.

Today, DIVIN'ENFANT seems rather leathery--almost the orange blossom analogue to Balmain JOLIE MADAME! The orange blossom is unmistakable and sometimes it smells very sweet, but not today for some reason. Today, DIVIN'ENFANT smells very sophisticated, like a brand new orange Hermès bag in which a couple of cigarettes have broken open and a bottle of 4711 has spilled.

As usual, this creation from ELdO really is creative, managing yet again to carve out a tract of previously uncharted territory on the grand olfactory map! Your mileage may vary (thanks for explaining that acronym to me, PBullFriend!), but on a day like today, I'd say that DIVIN'ENFANT is a perfect name for this scent because it seems to me as genderless as toddler and equally as innocent.

Orange blossom lovers take note: something under the sun is new!
7.0/10
Mujo

48 Reviews
Mujo
Mujo
Very helpful Review    4
For real sweet tooths
Tobacco smoking and coffee drinking child dressed in leather. This child is a real sweet talker though.

I love the contrast. You have to be a sweet tooth to like this one. Nice! Sweets without the additional calories! Or at least I hope so.....
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Ineverwas

41 Reviews
Ineverwas
Ineverwas
Helpful Review    5
L'enfant terrible
The name of Divin' Enfant comes from an old French jingle that I used to sing every Christmas all through elementary school, until utter satiation. I still occasionally catch myself humming its haunting chorus in the shower... brrr

Leaving the memory lane aside, Divin'Enfant the perfume is quite a piece of wicked art. Its bitter-sweetness is masterfully balanced by the tobacco leaves, coffee notes and the unexpected marshmallow-vanilla accord. The dissonance created is playful and unique, and it beautifully portrays the Peter Pan complex with all the tension between impending maturity and craved childhood comforts.

This is for the selfish, spoiled but irresistible inner child that loves to flaunt its dark, vicious streak. Insolent, provocative, borderline illegal. And sweet all along.

The official marketing description is in fact pretty spot-on. I went out to test the perfume especially because it described me so uncannily well and to my delight I discovered the fragrance actually lives up to its narrative.

"A child can either charm or annoy us with the same ruthlessness. A child can be irresistible with his angel-sweet smile but he also knows how to drive us crazy. Under the angel, the faked innocence of a demon. After the gentle top notes of orange blossom and marshmallow, breaks the unexpected accord of coffee, leather and cold tobacco, a shrilling symbol of our sleepless nights. True to his reputation of «polymorphic pervert», this mini-sized tyrant is only happy when he succeeds in imposing his whims, which he always manages to do. What a sweet little monster!"

A sweet little monster indeed. Love it!

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