Sécrétions Magnifiques (2006)

Sécrétions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d'Orange
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Sécrétions Magnifiques is a perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is synthetic-animal. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAdrenalin, Blood, Ozone
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Coconut, Milk
Base Notes Base NotesOpoponax, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

3.2 (151 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (103 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (97 Ratings)

Bottle

6.1 (100 Ratings)
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DustinS85

1 Review
DustinS85
DustinS85
1
Plain and simple
Wet used bandaid is what I got. It smelled rancid and completely odd. It by far is the worst fragrance I ever smelled, but I think that's what they are going for. It may be a great gag gift if it weren't for the 90+$ price tag! I bought a decant, and smelled it and let others smell it and then threw it away.
GentsScents

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GentsScents
Helpful Review    14
Is that art or can it be gone?
This comment is not a description of a fragrance. Very good preparatory work has already been done in this respect. Anyone who reads through the comments and statements already written should get a pretty accurate picture of what to expect olfactorically with Sécrétion's Magnifiques. I can't add anything to that anymore.

But what quickly becomes apparent when reading is that the scores are unusually far apart. Most of you seem to agree with me - it doesn't smell good. I really don't. This perception is reflected in many devastating contributions. But if you scroll further, you will notice that very high scores were awarded. Some have dared to reach the upper end of the point scale.

I can understand the negative reviews as I said. But what I find more interesting is how a perfume that obviously doesn't smell good can get such high ratings. For me, the aim of this hobby has always been to find fragrances that I like, that I like to smell of myself and that I want to be associated with from my surroundings. Fragrances that fit me like a fist on the eye. And scents that make me feel good when I wear them. Always and everywhere. Admittedly, you don't find perfumes that meet all the criteria mentioned every day. But perhaps, quite perhaps, at some point you will find the perfect fragrance that unites all of this. At least that would be my ideal of a signature scent. Maybe a utopia, but one that I like and that drives me. Even if the way here is probably really the goal and I wouldn't admit it to myself, I should ever get this perfect scent under my nose. Because that would be my original goal and I would have no reason to continue my fragrance expedition. And who really wants that? ;-)

My point is: Sécrétions Magnifiques is pretty much the opposite of what I am looking for.
Experimental, individual and with corners and edges - no problem at all. On the contrary, more desirable than boring creations. But what I'm definitely not looking for is a fragrance that simply smells unpleasant to me. And that's the one I had in front of me. And in my arrogance, I have assumed that everyone here applies the same evaluation standards as I do. So where do the high ratings come from? My first thought was: "They are only interested in representing a contrary opinion, the main thing is to polarize. That must be the reason because no one can find it really good."

Then I remembered a story that kept me from capturing the aforementioned thought in the form of a statement. A short excursion into the world of art. In 2007, a painting by the artist Cy Twombly was exhibited in Avignon, France, with an estimated value of approximately 2.8 million dollars. It was an immaculate white canvas. A visitor to the museum, as she later told us, was so overwhelmed by the sight of the work that she could not resist the temptation to give it a big kiss. Thereupon the canvas was not quite as immaculately white as before, in the middle there was an unmistakable, deep red kissing mouth. The owner obviously didn't like this very much, because he sued the culprit for damages. This should amount to the estimated value of the image plus the restoration costs incurred to date. In her defense, the lady in court stated that it was a spontaneous act of love, an expression of her inspiration. She had assumed that the artist had deliberately left the canvas white and understood its action. Ultimately, the court ruled that she must pay 1500 euros to the owner of the painting, 500 euros to the gallery owner and one symbolic euro to the artist.

Why am I telling you this story? Well, for one thing, I think she's funny. On the other hand, it shows that not everyone defines art in the same way. For me, the idea that a pure white canvas is called a work of art is absurd and worth millions of dollars. Art connoisseurs would probably label me a philistine because of that. But that's the point. Many people don't understand my fascination for perfumes and when I tell them enthusiastically about Oud, Amber, and Zibet, I just get a head shake without understanding. I am often accused of investing far too much time and money in this 'nonsense'. Sometimes I wish there was a little more acceptance from friends and family, if it's not enough to understand. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's bullshit.

But it is precisely this acceptance that I should demand of myself. For some it is not absurd that a white canvas is so valuable. Just because I can't understand that, I shouldn't judge those who do. Admittedly, the painting was an extreme example. But in a way, Sécrétion's Magnifique is also abstract art. And if that is recognized and appreciated by one or the other, I should respect that.

Besides, you've read what can happen when you walk the world as an art buffoon. Zack, you got a $2.8 million lawsuit on your hands. :-D
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Hendrikmainz

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Hendrikmainz
Hendrikmainz
Greatly helpful Review    17
At least my dog liked...
So, I try my hand at a commentary & the bizarre thing is a "scent" that is really brutal.

This brew actually comes directly from hell.

I was curious about everything you read and hear... so I had to take a sample (and I was warned by Parfuma). She came on a Saturday morning, unfortunately it was a birthday on Fridays and I was a little bit over it. It rings, scent there..., test, now.

The first cloud of scent already causes repulsion...., metallic, bloody..., disgusting..., as if one swallows a nosebleed....! But the scenario has not yet brought its malice to pet infections. Something milky, rancid comes along... & it comes unexpectedly. A third deep breath triggers a shock in me, which only thinks of not vomiting directly into the corridor now.
It reminds me of an accident I had... associated with blood and hospital. The product created here is reminiscent of a nuclear cataclysm. Nuclear waste and something freshly dead that's just starting to ferment.

After I regained my composure and was able to go into the bathroom after my initial shock and, if necessary, to get the "scent" of
my dog came wagging at me. He smelled his arm and must have found it passable. Still I wouldn't fog him up with it;)

Yet! This construction is a test on every value;)

The H
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QuercusAlbus

72 Reviews
QuercusAlbus
QuercusAlbus
1
Tell You When You're Older
The instantaneous preconception-free association that this conjures, is that of freshly issued semen. How do I know? Tell you when you're older! To quote the ~Old Testament~ (as Christians call it), that " ... that chanceth a man ... ". Chanceth? Yeah, yeah!

Apparantly, there is a tree that emits that aroma when it blossoms in the spring - the Callery Pear. I've never experienced the olfactory delight of the callery pear-tree in blossom, but I'm keen to. Might be having a chance about nowish if I'm willing to travel a little.

I do heed the warning fræ a little further down, that if you actually wear it ... but is that reviewer ^seriously^ writing that about how it unfoldeth ^literally^ unspeakable horrors ^actually^ with a view to ^actually^ the reader not wearing it? I think not, somehow! Alright then - I'm baited! Not that I needed to be. I ^am^ going to give it a proper run-out soon. Not doing is simply not a viable proposition!

A few hours later now, & I've been intraspiring repeatedly @ the card I left handy with it sprayed on specifically for that purpose. Can't honestly say I find it utterly repugnant. I am strangely drawn unto taking repeated intraspirations of it, though. The persons who say it's the worst thing they've ever smelt, & that it literally makes them gag, or whatever: have they never had a mouse die in some sequestered place in their house, and not know of it until the smell betrays it? Now ^that^ is what I call a repugnant smell - tetra- & penta-methylene diamines. Of course, I cannot say definitively that they ^don't^ find it ^that^ repugnant; but to me it is not even remotely in that class. But nor is it funky-skanky in the usual perfumery sense. I would say it ^is^ a valid perfume; but it's very much a °right-turn° of one (what people in most countries call a 'left-turn'). To me it's more sinister than unpleasant. Kind of what one might imagine to be the pervading aroma in certain scenes in stories of HP Lovecraft.

Nearly two days later now: I find this, on the basis of the sample on cardboard, to be ^extremely^ tenacious, although the ^instantaneous^ perception is always of a rather light & subtle 'fume. ~Deefit~ & ~Evak~ best express my perception of it. Apart fræ my initial impression as at first stated, there is little-or-nothing specific that to me it ~smells of~ - but it is indeed ^nightmarish^. I do think my perception well-fits the inclusion of ~adrenalin~ amongst the notes.

~Monsieur Zolo~ is being extremely ~HP Lovecraft~ian - and I do mean ~taunting~ or ~baiting~ ^very^ much as that author does! I think rotten-corpse notes (the tetra- & penta-methylene diamines) would be brazenly apparent @ the very outset - unless the 'fume contains a precursor of these (?) - but anyway ~Monsieur Zolo says "beyond gross": that would °merely° be ^extremely^ gross. I am intrigued as to that that reviewer meaneth!

In fact, I am strongly inclined to deem that he is just bluffing! If uw're not & uw're reading this, clarify! s'il vous plait. But if he is, the fact that I think he might not be saith somewhat about this 'fume!

... {about another day or so} ....

Something has just occured to me that might avail unto unravelling of this matter: what about the smell of ^tears^ - has it got that in it? Do tears contain adrenaline?

Somewhat else as well: I'll bet this 'fume has been researched by the military, & the secret services (for real!), as an ancilliary to torture, for one thing. Just trickle it into the air conditioning of the excruciatee's cell @ certain carefully chosen times ... let whatever independent doctors whosoever might appoint them do whatsoever examinations - they won't find anything amiss! Maybe the causation is t'other way round: maybe this ^is^ a spin-off of military÷secret-services research!

{ ... another couple o' days later ... }

Message received! Monsieur Zolo. I accept thy challenge! Can't say exactly when, though. & perhaps I'd better have some swarfega™ handy! (Special duper-super powerful soap for removing engine oil & other such intractable nocencies.)

I have recently recalled another figure for the aroma of this 'fume. I knew something was lurking in my mind, but it just would not surface; and now it has! You know the flowers in ~Lord of the Rings~ in the meadows flanking the road to Minas Morgul - the ones that are like 'demented forms in a nightmare'? Well, this is the aroma of them! This is ^definitely^ the fume of those very flowers!

Another jointly literary & mystickal observation comes to mind in connection with that extraordinarily prominent °marine° note that many reviewers here agree on, and what I would liken to mud-flats, such as Morecambe Bay, after the tide has gone out: Thomas de Quincy, in ~Confessions of an Opium Eater~ describes the smell of opium as one of the "least stupid" (sic) of all smells, another being the smell of a sea-port. This chimes, I think, with the use of marine notes in perfumery in general. The mystical half (and I think we are for the most part adults here; & insofar as that is not so, I am @ least making a bona-fide observation & not being gratuitously rude) is that many, particularly of a mystickal bent, hold that the resemblance in the aroma of semen to that of the mud-flats-after-tide-ebbing aroma is of the deepest kind of significance & harks back to our perancient origins amongst marine organisms (orga~ni~sms! (apologies! said I wasn't going to be gratuitously rude, didn't I?)), & is a relick of the same.

Weird!

... about a bit more than a week later ...
I've been experimenting with taking this round wirh me & putting it on card for people to intraspire at. The results are ^amazing^!! It seriously spooks people! I mean ^seriously^!
4.0 6.0 3.0 1.0/10
Mrsg37

31 Reviews
Mrsg37
Mrsg37
2
My worst olfactory experience ever!
This just smells WRONG period. There's being edgy and there's being downright vile, this is the latter. I've tested scents that I've disliked even found that some have brought on a headache but never have I felt my stomach turn so much that I have the urge to vomit.......until I tried this. Harsh maybe, but true from my experience.
2.5 7.5 7.5 3.0/10
GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    7
Monsters' balls...
What's wrong with all you people?
This is a nice barbershop fragrance!
Of the kind where Sweeney Todd welcomes his elite clientele of Count Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (these "two" get a retail price), Hannibal Lecter, The Joker, Marquis De Sade and Pinhead (which of course gets a special pincers treatment).
And while they're waiting for their turn, they're nibbling on pornstars and young virgins, cause pheromones and other magnificent secretions is what all these nice gentlemen like the best.
Word has it that an akin salon de beaute for ladies is already in the making, and that Countess Erzsébet Báthory along with Lizzy Borden, Bellatrix Lestrange, Annie Wilkes and Mystique have already made a reservation. Oh, and that a fresh lot of pornstars and young virgins is already stocked and waiting too.
Jokes aside, monstrosity doesn't even begin to describe this niche, but not nice in the slightest, "achievement" of modern perfumery. Just imagine something like this being launched anytime between '60s-'80s. There would be riots in the streets, and its creator would be very lucky if (s)he escaped being burned at the stake. Most likely in a fire fueled by the alleged stinkers of the era, like Joop! Homme and Charlie, which, regardless of whether someone liked them or not, they were still considered fragrances.
But no matter how atrocious, every dog has its day, and this foul smelling mutt would make an ideal olfactory camouflage for a zombie apocalypse.
There's nothing more I can say, other than this is one of the very rare cases where that much avant-garde should be illegal.
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Alabaster

2 Reviews
Alabaster
Alabaster
Very helpful Review    6
A KICK IN THE SCENTS/CENTS/SENSE
Ok. So I had to try this, having heard read and watched so many reviews I gave in and sniffed.
first just the from the bottle, and straight away the loudest note seems to be the rot. Kind of blocked shower in the gym rot, so pretty bad, but not stomach heavingly bad, or maybe having two kids a dog and two cats kinda desensitises you to catagorise bad smells differently, it calms down a little and that milky sweetness comes in, not removing the rot you understand just mellowing it a little. And my my it does hang around:-+
Would I wear this, ? no. Actually NO!!!!!!!
However I do applaud etat for having some serious balls, you need this type of risk taker in all walks of life.
And I think its a must smell if you take perfume and its development serious.
go forth and ....... well, smell.
Deefit

33 Reviews
Deefit
Deefit
Helpful Review    7
.....
I do not know what it is about this fragrance, it has a metallic smell and it's not even that disgusting. But just smelling the vial and the plastic bag it came in makes me gag. I can't put my finger on it why I react this way, but I can't smell it without getting strange associations. And I just gag.
2.5 5.0 5.0 2.0/10
Tnahowru

33 Reviews
Tnahowru
Tnahowru
Helpful Review    4
does anyone really wear this?
I smell blood right at the start, and I almost barfed. Scrubbing it off and not passing this sample onto anyone. Does anyone buy this?
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Belgwen

94 Reviews
Belgwen
Belgwen
Helpful Review    8
Oh goodie! Finally, a perfume for the Anti-Christ amongst us!
At the risk of sounding harsh...

I cannot possibly think of anyone wanting to wear something that smells like blood, semen, sweat, rank fish, or rotting eggs. To say that this thing smells unpleasant is a gross understatement. Sometimes a perfumer banks on her/his followers' open mind to purchase their progressive, funky formulations. In this case however, I hate to inform the nose behind this perfume that it would take a whole a lot more than an "open mind" to appreciate such vileness. This is not a masterpiece or even a remotely pleasant creation; as it takes no special talent to concoct such a cringe-worthy potion. Though it probably does require an exaggerated sense of grandeur to think someone would actually cough up that much money for a full bottle of this diseased conception. Moreover, as if to add to its evil threshold, the stink wouldn't come off after a series of thorough washing and persisted far after my numerous attempts at its annihilation. They say curiosity killed the cat. In this case, this beast definitely knocked out my olfactory senses for a few days.

Let's just rename this perfume "Odeur de L'enfer", shall we?
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Greatly helpful Review    8
Oh No!!!!....
Hideous to the extreme is all I have to say here. I do not get blood or semen as some get... I just get a hideous milky metallic accord that is absolutely repulsive, making my eyes blur, and is the first scent I have worn that physically makes me sick. I am wearing it as I write this and I really have to wash this off me... NOW. The sample I acquired was an experience that I will be sure never to forget, but I should have avoided it as others have wisely advised several times over. This one gets my vote for worst scent ever... What was Turin thinking in giving it 5 stars?... No way does this deserve any more than a zero from me!
FloraMilena

47 Reviews
FloraMilena
FloraMilena
Very helpful Review    6
Sex! Murder! Mutilation!
THE carnival sideshow freak of all perfumes. A concoction fit for only for a zombie. This truly is literally nauseating. Imagine it is 100 degrees fahrenheit with sweltering humidity and the electricity has gone out in the city for the past several hours. Time of day is in the late afternoon. You have just opened the door and walked in on a horrifically bloody, gruesome, sex/murder/mutilation crime scene before the Crime Scene Investigators arrive. THAT is what this smells like. Apply and inhale deeply if you wish to become agitated and then start to retch. MONSTROUS.
EvaK

30 Reviews
EvaK
EvaK
Very helpful Review    7
The Great Unknown
When I bought a sample set of perfumes from Etat Libre d'Orange, I of course had to test this notorious fragrance right away.

I don't smell blood. I don't smell dirty vagina. I don't smell sperm.

I don't know WHAT I smell, but it is not perfume. This is not a perfume. I have no clue what they manufactured here, it's definitely unpleasant and it's not a perfume.

30 mins and I gave up. I had to scrub twice to get it off me. I agree, it's awful. Is it rot I smell?

I think I will have to test it again someday, just to try and figure out what the H*ll this is.
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Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
Very helpful Review    6
Silence of the Lambs
Secretions Magnifiques Is like being slapped in a face by a raw fish it's the most revolting thing i ever smelled
is this a perfume or some horrible science
experiment that went wrong if you just
take a q tip and collect a scretion of a man's
sweaty arm pit a pap smear and i agree to all
of you's blood there's no
evidence of florals my gag reflexes
where through the roof this is the most
sickest thing ever!!!!!
3.0/10
Ineverwas

41 Reviews
Ineverwas
Ineverwas
Greatly helpful Review    12
Jeffrey Dahmer in a bottle
Secretions Magnifiques is a smell, not a perfume. And a bad one too. It reeks of rotten eggs, semen and partially dried blood - a sweet-metallic concoction that reminds of a slaughterhouse waste dump. I'm generally rather thick-skinned when it comes to all kinds of smells, but this one does kick in my gag reflex.

It's so animalistic and organic and reminiscent of our bodily secretions and excretions that it mentally transports me right down into a hospital morgue, awakening disturbing feelings of thanatophobia and nosocomephobia. It smells of death.

Katie Puckrik said on her video review that Secretions Magnifiques makes her think of a crime scene and I have to admit this is probably the most suitable image to go with what you actually smell in this fragrance.

The horror!

To spray on people that you hate.
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Itchynose 101 days ago
Sour plum juice past its sell-by date. Metallic, slightly milky and ozonic; overall quite unpleasant.+1
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OPomone 4 years ago
The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a bottle!
Campy humor and parody excess may make a great movie, not a great scent.+3
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