The Scent Of LA (Perfume Thoughts: You Or Someone Like You, Etat Libre d’Orange)

47748Los Angeles has been kind of a second home to me of late. A lot of my close friends live there, and since it’s quite near to me, I find myself visiting often. Earlier this year, when Etat Libre d’Orange’s ‘You Or Someone Like You’ came out, I thought it would be very poetic to sniff it at Scent Bar, and I loved it. Unfortunately, they were sold out of it then, so I couldn’t get it. They gave me tons of samples of it, and I just found them today so I wore it. And I am still in love with it.

This is a creation by Chandler Burr, and based on his book of the same name. I remember reading the book when it first came out, and I wish I still had a copy of it – it would add a lot of texture to the perfume. Burr didn’t publish the notes of the perfume – he says that if you have to know the notes, then the perfume is not for you. I respect his stance, because a lot of times I like the perfume because I do, not necessarily because I like the notes that compose the scent. But ‘You Or Someone Like You’ is a green minty rose, with very big emphasis on the mint. There are other herbs with the mint, and the result is a slightly floral, even more slightly citrus minty herbaceous perfume. It’s unique, it’s very bright, it’s very ‘lit,’ and yes, it is very Los Angeles. It’s a sunny perfume, and it’s brightness is quite off-beat, and it’s very modern, which, really, is just like Los Angeles.

I still want it, and since Burr is an acquaintance (and a Facebook friend) I feel I really should own it, and when I get to LA next time, I think I should make steps to include it in my wardrobe.

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