WHAT I SMELL: Exit the King’s opening is bright, light and a little lemony, all of which soon moves to a sparkling pink pepper that quickly melds into a soured, flattened and soapy mix of florals. From almost the beginning, the perfume has a cottony and gauze like sheath that sits above the muted florals. Overall, it’s pretty in a inconspicuous and subdued way. After some more time, a salty edge brings a bit of a bite to the florals floating underneath. And with the salt, comes a little funk, like a light sweat. And as I say that, the florals begin to really gain strength while still being muted. But because of the mix of salt, funk and clean florals, the perfume feels natural, as if it’s just part of your personal DNA. After some more time, the perfume begins to warm with a lightly sweetened minty patchouli. Here, the perfume feels like a natural hug with its herbal essence. As the perfume then slows in development, the herbal becomes more a bit more soapy and a clean woody white musk takes it’s place. Even without the herbal freshness, the perfume retains its delightful persona.
From Etat Libre d’Orange:
In order for a King to fall, an infinite number of little kingdoms must collapse: Family, Time, Love, Work, Toxic ex-lovers, the Patriarchy, the obligations to be sad, Capital, the obligation to be happy, anguish, sex and everything else that alienates us and prevents us from being truly free.
Exit The King is the story of a fall. The fall of certainties, but above all, the fall of power.
Nothing can rule us.
Top Notes: Soap Foam, Pink Pepper, Timur
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the Valley
Base Notes: Patchouli, Moss, Sandalwood
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A royal bath.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE EXIT THE KING: clean, gauzy, likeable
BOTTOM LINE: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this perfume in advance of wearing it. However, I can tell you what I wasn’t expecting was just how pleasant and interesting the journey was that ended up unfolding on my skin. In the end, Exit the King is an easy perfume to like and to wear.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre Floral
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: Available October 1 for $149 eau de parfum at Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary. Also available in 50 ml.
* Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.