Eau de Gloire was the first perfume launched by Parfum d’Empire and it is an hommage to Napoleon Bonaparte. He was fond of cologne and is said to have used several bottles a day to drench himself from head to toe.
Eau de Gloire is not typical fleeting cologne though, it is an Eau de Parfum that has to be worn to shine. Don’t be distracted or put off by the first spritz and don’t judge it from paper or a simple skin test as well. I did not especially like it when testing, but from the first full wearing I was convinced. This is great stuff!
Created in 2005 by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Eau de Gloire includes notes of tangerine, bergamot, myrtle, rosemary, immortelle, cistus, oakmoss, anise, tea, licorice, incense, leather and tobacco.
Eau de Gloire is quite masculine in feel, but it is easily worn by either gender in my opinion. It is refreshing and bracing, and far from uncomplicated. The beginning is a fresh citrus-herbal accord that morphs over time into a warm and almost sweet anise dominated heart and further into a soft, darkish-dusky tobacco and leather base with wisps of incense.
A little goes a long way with Eau de Gloire, I like to smell my perfumes on myself and am wont to spray a lot, but here a single spritz on my neck and one on the wrists, then dabbed together, is plenty. It is very refreshing in the summer heat, like a cool compress on a heated brow, Eau de Gloire clears the mind and cools the body.
Eau de Gloire makes me feel like I am in charge (“Hey, you over there! Watch out! I am in charge here! If I say we change your diapers that is exactly what we do! Understood?”), like I am strong and powerful and no one messes with me. (“Yes, that is right! I am the one you have to charm to get a bottle of milk, my dear!).
When wearing Eau de Gloire I am the Empress (of the sandpit).
So what do we conquer next?