Poudre d'Orient (2010)

Poudre d'Orient by Le Labo
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Poudre d'Orient is a perfume by Le Labo for women and was released in 2010. The scent is sweet-powdery. It was last marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesViolet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesCashmere wood, Vanilla, Suede musk, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (4 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (2 Ratings)

Sillage

6.3 (2 Ratings)

Bottle

5.9 (5 Ratings)
Submitted by Flower, last update on 19.08.2016
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Scent 8.0/10
Cyn
Helpful Review    2
Green Violet
This is my first wearing of this scent and I have a feeling that I will be wearing it often, as it is unlike anything I have ever worn.

This is a green violet on my skin, with a hint of non-sweet vanilla. It evolves into a lovely powdery scent with the violet coming and going as the musk comes forward. I do not smell very much of the patchouli at all.

Although there are not a lot of notes, to me this is a complicated scent with a vintage, old fashioned feel. All in all, it is a lovely powdery, feminine reserved scent with just the right combination of notes to turn it into a glorious show stopper.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Powdery Woody Sueded Violet
There are many woody violet perfumes to choose from these days, and their numbers continue to augment. I discovered Le Labo POUDRE D'ORIENT, a limited edition Anthropologie launch, last year and took an immediate liking to it. For one thing, I love violet. For another thing, the "cedar note" really smells like cedar, not aromachemicals. Sealing the deal was the unheard of price--for a Le Labo launch: $62 for 2 ounces. As an added bonus, I love the bottle and the cap!

Whoever the perfume buyer at Anthropologie is has a certain strategy which can be summed up in two words: revolving door. Fortunately s/he has excellent taste and so brings lots of worthy perfumes into the stores where they are available amidst all of the weird and random articles circulating about and also exiting at regular intervals through the revolving door. If ever the expression "various and sundry" applied to anything, it would be to the wares available at the Anthropologie stores. It's not even easy to find their perfumes, which are distributed across various floors in a seemingly arbitrary way. Anthropologie is the sort of store where you can pretty much wander around all day and never get bored. I've been happy with nearly every perfume I've ever tried there before.

The bad news about the revolving door strategy is that the perfumes are literally "here today, gone tomorrow." The good news is that true loves can be stocked up at absurdly low prices because when Anthropologie decides to expel something from its shelves, they mean business, beginning with a big fat 50% slash, and then anything which still straggles on gets reduced even further.

Well, that's probably enough about Anthropologie, and I do not want to make you too jealous since I absconded with a couple extra bottles of POUDRE D'ORIENT before they disappeared forever. I paid what some people pay for those ugly bottles of the vat-produced chemical soup reformulation of JE REVIENS, believe it or not.

POUDRE D'ORIENT is a mighty fine perfume, rivaling Creed LOVE IN BLACK in its category. Very similar cedar and violet notes, but POUDRE D'ORIENT is a bit more powdery and offers a slight touch of suede as well. To me it seems linear, but since I love the essence of this perfume that's just fine with me. I also believe that this special limited edition LE LABO creation is as good as some of the LE LABO perfumes I've tried and even better than others.

I recently underwent a radical change in view about limited edition and discontinued perfumes, having recognized that the reformulation situation has spun completely out of control. I now prefer limited edition and discontinued perfumes, because I know that no officious chemist is tinkering with the formula behind the scenes at the behest of some corporate accountant.

So I'll enjoy my Le Labo POUDRE D'ORIENT while it lasts, and when it's gone I'll not be sad but happy to have had the opportunity to wear such a lovely creation. For everyone else, I recommend Tom Ford NOIR as the closest surrogate available right now.
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Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Dusty violets and a smooth vanilla drydown
This is such a fascinating fragrance, yet it's one that takes a while to become accustomed to. After the first wearing I didn't like it all too much, but since wearing it these last few days, I must say I'm quite hooked.

Poudre d'Orient is a dusty and unique violet fragrance. It opens with a very cosmetic-type smell, like the scent of old-fashioned lipsticks and pressed powder. After it settles, the muskiness disappears leaving a smooth, slightly powdery and feminine violet.

It's quite an intimate fragrance in the sense that the sillage is not all that strong. It also has an adorable quaintness, which is like a breath of fresh air for me. Poudre d'Orient is perhaps not as strong as Le Labo's heavy hitting fragrances like Oud 27 and Rose 31, but it carries a lot of presence.

The drydown is the best bit. I smell an icy and creamy blend of violet, vanilla and patchouli. It's only slightly sweetened on the skin, and I can honestly say it's one of the prettiest vanilla drydowns I've come across so far. I enjoyed it so much more than Vanille 44 by the same house.

It's a pity these fragrances are only exclusive to Anthropologie stores. I would have liked to see these fragrances hit the Australian shores. Le Labo irritates me sometimes when they make half their fragrances exclusive to certain parts of the world. Since they are one of my favourite niche houses, I won't rest until I've tried them all.
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