So What Do I Conquer Next? – Review: Parfum d’Empire Eau de Gloire

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?

Image source:,

About Olfactoria

I'm on a journey through the world of fragrance - come with me!
This entry was posted in Citrus, Fragrance Reviews, Parfum d'Empire and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

20 Responses to So What Do I Conquer Next? – Review: Parfum d’Empire Eau de Gloire

  1. ki says:

    Sometimes, the story or inspiration behind a fragrance can really make a difference to whether I’ll give it a try. And this one certainly seems worth a shot! 🙂

  2. This is a definite “do NOT test on paper” fragrance! When I did it reminded me of scented tissues and that’s not good… But on skin it really shines! the drydown is deep and woody to my nose and with a hint of an oud note. It is a fragrance that does not offer itself but rather needs to conquered.

  3. Tara says:

    How pleasing to find a refreshing summer scent that also has substance. And unusual to boot!

  4. bloody frida says:

    I just sent this to my middle brother, who loves scent – thank!!!

  5. bloody frida says:

    I meant I just sent the link , and thanks! Sheesh, I need more coffee this a.m.!! LOL

  6. malsnano86 says:

    We mothers absolutely need an I Am In Charge fragrance. NEED one (or more than one, actually). Glad you found yours!

  7. Suzanne says:

    You’re too cute, Empress Birgit! (Hope you’ll forgive me for saying so, your Majesty!) 😉

  8. dee says:

    I can just picture you facing off your diaper wearing tyrant—and I love it! My “I am the Boss” scents are Chanel no.19, Antonia, and Ormonde Woman.

    For some reason, “green” in fragrance makes me feel like a woman to reckon with! 🙂

  9. lady jane grey says:

    I’m scared by the licorice – but will tell you more when I have the sample pack…

    • Olfactoria says:

      I don’t find the licorice very prominent here, but then again I like licorice…
      I look forward to hear your opinions about all the Parfum d’Empires.

  10. Pingback: Parfum d’Empire, Fragrance Reviews « australianperfumejunkies

  11. Pingback: My Kingdom For This Horse! – Review: Parfum d’Empire Equistrius | Olfactoria's Travels

  12. Pingback: Eau de Gloire by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato for Parfum d’Empire 2003 « AustralianPerfumeJunkies

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s