Etat Libre d'Orange 30 mL perfumes in Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces

Store Reviews: Luckyscent & FragranceBuy Canada, Hauling Samples & Etat Libre d’Orange (January 2017)

While I do love to swing by the department store or Shoppers Drug Mart’s beautyBOUTIQUE (Sephora’s a bit crowded for my liking) to try out perfumes, there is something I particularly love about having a sample at home, because then I can try out a perfume multiple times at my leisure, at different times of day, and under different conditions. The main drawbacks are that samples are not always free, especially for rarer and niche scents, and that the samples usually do not come with sprayers. I find that a perfume sprayed often gives a different impression than a perfume dabbed.

However, the benefits outweigh the negatives, so I occasionally round up an order of samples from an online perfume shop like Luckyscent, that offers decanted samples of many (most?) of the niche perfumes they sell. I have in the past used sample-only outfits like The Perfumed CourtSurrender to Chance is another, though I can’t remember whether I’ve actually placed an order with them—but in recent years, their shipping costs to Canada have become too prohibitive. FragranceX is another option for official carded samples, though their selection is very limited and I typically just order full-sized bottles from them. (I am not affiliated with any of the aforementioned sites.)

It’s probably been about four years now since I placed a big sample order—I wasn’t interested in trying perfumes while pregnant, since your sense of smell can apparently change during this time, and then after the kids were born, I was simply too tired to even think about perfume! But now, especially after the holiday season when perfume gift sets are everywhere, I’ve gotten back into the swing of things.

Reviewing: Luckyscent

Here’s my first Luckyscent sample order in a long time. I love this US-based online store with a wonderful selection of niche scents. Their shipping to Canada is very reasonable (a flat $8 for my 16-sample order) and they ship very quickly. I received my order in just five days (three business days)! I also included two samples from a newer Canadian line, Zoologist; if I’d ordered directly from Zoologist’s site, my samples would have cost more, as well.

All fragrances I selected are eau de parfum concentration, and prices are in USD. The 0.7 mL samples (basically your typical 1 mL sample vial, but they’re never actually filled up all the way) each cost $3–$5. The perfume links I added all go to the Luckyscent page (again, I’m not affiliated), where I also got additional details on each fragrance.

The only fragrance I wasn’t able to get a sample for that I’ve been wanting to try for ages is Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin. It was, sadly, out of stock.

fivezero's December 2017 Luckyscent sample order, bottles
Images: Luckyscent


4160 TUESDAYS 🇬🇧
Silk, Lace & Chocolate
2015 | Sarah McCartney
50 mL for $90
cocoa absolute, strawberry, bergamot

ATELIER FLOU 🇫🇷
Sloane Rose
2014
100 mL for $225
jasmine, violet, orange, rose, cedar, ambre

BYREDO 🇫🇷
La Tulipe
Ben Gorham
50 mL for $150, 100 mL for $230
rhubarb, cyclamen, freesia, tulip, blond woods, vetiver

THE DIFFERENT COMPANY 🇫🇷
I Miss Violet
2015
50 mL for $245
violet leaf, basil, mandarin orange, ambrette, champaca, nutmeg, osmanthus, violet, iris, cyclamen, mimosa, leather, mahogany, vanilla, musk, ambergris

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE 🇫🇷
Fils de Dieu
2012 | Ralf Schwieger
50 mL for $90
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

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE 🇫🇷
La Fin du Monde
2013 | Quentin Bisch
50 mL for $90, 100 mL for $149
popcorn accord, carrot seeds, cumin seeds, sesame, black pepper from Madagascar, freesia, vetiver from Haiti, sandalwood, kernels of ambrette absolute, orris absolute, styrax, canon powder accord

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE 🇫🇷
Jasmin et Cigarette
2006 | Antoine Maisondieu
50 mL for $90
jasmine absolute, tobacco, hay, apricot, tonka bean, turmeric, cedar, amber, musk

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE 🇫🇷
Putain des Palaces (yes, that translates to Hotel Whore)
2006 | Nathalie Feisthauer
50 mL for $90
rose absolute, violet, leather, lily of the valley, mandarin, ginger, rice powder, amber and animalic notes

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE 🇫🇷
Remarkable People
2015
30 mL for $42, 50 mL for $90
grapefruit, champagne accord, cardamom, jasmine, curry JE, black pepper, labdanum, sandalwood, lorenox

HILDE SOLIANI 🇮🇹
Fraaagola Saalaaata
2008 | Hilde Soliani
100 mL for $160
strawberry salt

HUITIEME ART 🇫🇷
Poudre de Riz
2012 | Pierre Guillaume
50 mL for $125
damask rose, tiare absolute, coconut, vanilla, rice powder accord (caramelic, burnt toast and maple notes), sandalwood, iris, cedar, tonka bean, Tolu balsam and benzoin resin

A LAB ON FIRE 🇺🇸
Made in Heaven
2014 | Pascal Guarin
60 mL for $125
safran, magnolia petals, Italian mandarin, jasmine sambac, tuberose, orange flower, cereal accord, orris, natural vanilla bean

A LAB ON FIRE 🇺🇸
What We Do in Paris is Secret
2012 | Dominique Ropion
60 mL for $125
bergamot, honey, lychee, Turkish rose essence, tonka bean, vanilla, heliotrope, tolu, sandalwood, ambergris, musks

SHAY & BLUE 🇬🇧
Salt Caramel
2014
30 mL for $50, 100 mL for $90
caramel, sea salt, tonka bean, sandalwood

ZOOLOGIST 🇨🇦
Dragonfly
2017
60 mL for $135
aldehydes, heliotrope, lemon, peony, rainwater, cherry blossom, clover, iris, lotus, rice, amber, moss, musk, papyrus, sandalwood

ZOOLOGIST 🇨🇦
Hummingbird
2016
60 mL for $135
apple, cherry, citrus, lilac, muguet, plum, rose, violet leaf, honey, honeysuckle, mimosa, peony, tulip, ylang, amber, coumarin, cream, moss, musk, sandalwood, white woods

So, I’m extremely happy with my Luckyscent order, as always.

Reviewing: FragranceBuy Canada

Next up is a Canadian online store! FragranceBuy (referral link) is a shop I noticed several years ago, but their prices were not typically cheap enough for me to stray from FragranceX, where I don’t have to pay for shipping or tax, plus I get a 10% loyalty discount. However, last month I realized that FragranceBuy had picked up some Etat Libre d’Orange scents in 30 mL bottles—these no longer show up on the official site, so I can only imagine they’ve been discontinued. (As an aside, Sephora Canada also recently started selling some ELdO, and I snagged a 50 mL bottle of Rossy de Palma, long on my wishlist, at a 20% discount. Obviously, I first tried Rossy via a sample from Luckyscent!)

FragranceBuy actually had some of these bottles 50% off (were C$70, now C$35). I was very tempted to blind-buy ELdO Jasmin et Cigarette and Putain des Palaces, which sounded, dangerously, like scents I would be all over. However, I was persuaded to test first, which prompted my Luckyscent sample order. I also ordered a sample of ELdO Remarkable People, which sounded interesting, but in the end I didn’t like it enough to buy a full bottle. Another 50% off option was Tilda Swinton’s Like This, but I’d tried the pumpkin-y scent before and wasn’t really a fan.

So, I kept my order to just Jasmin et Cigarette and Putain des Palaces. At FragranceBuy, you get free shipping if you buy 5 items, but I wasn’t looking to spend that much money so I paid the C$7 FedEx shipping charge. I think this charge may vary depending on where in Canada you live.

Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces

FragranceBuy shipped my order nearly immediately! I placed the order on Friday, and it arrived on Monday. Now that’s service!

Everything was packaged very well, and I’m so happy with my new perfumes. I’ll definitely be using this site to order things that are not available at FragranceX—or just things that I want ASAP instead of having to wait a week or two.

fivezero's January 2018 FragranceBuy Canada order, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces
fivezero's January 2018 FragranceBuy Canada order, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces
fivezero's January 2018 FragranceBuy Canada order, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces
fivezero's January 2018 FragranceBuy Canada order, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces
fivezero's January 2018 FragranceBuy Canada order, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette & Putain des Palaces

Bonus: Here’s my little olive realizing the bottle of Putain des Palaces smells interesting, so she’s pressed her nose right up against it!

Little Olive sniffing Etat Libre d'Orange Putain des Palaces

I hope someone else manages to snag some ELdO gems on the cheap, like I did!

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Store Reviews: Luckyscent & FragranceBuy Canada, Hauling Samples & Etat Libre d’Orange (January 2017)

  1. OMG that bonus Olive pic! ❤
    It’s good know of places that sells decant samples! Some of places like eBay I never know if they’re authentic or not.
    As I read through your list, I realize that I literally don’t know a single one of those perfumes! 😮 How do you even learn of them?!! Please do a follow up on what your thoughts were on them!
    (I didn’t even know that Tilda Swinton had a perfume? She’s like the last person I would think would have one!)
    That is amazing how quickly your FragranceBuy order came – I guess this is how Americans feel all the time. 😆

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