Hi there ULG crew. I ordered some fragrance and soaps from Oriza Legrand back in November 2020. The world and postal services being what they are right now it wasn’t until late February the package finally arrived. Inside were some small soaps and a couple of fragrances. The Oriza boys had a fab deal going art that time that if I bought a 100ml bottle (I was buying 100ml of Heliotrope, review coming) they’d add a 50ml of my choice. Well, Le Regent is new from 2019, the notes sounded fabulous and it was a FREE GWP! Of course it’s the one I grabbed.
Le Regent by Oriza Legrand
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Peru balsam, Tolu balm, Benzoin
Heart: Vanilla, Benzoin, Ambergris
Base: Opoponax, Gaiac wood, Leather
The Le Regent bottles are super indie feeling. They are glass, heavy and simple so don’t have the usual luxurious Oriza feeling. Don’t let this put you off but I thought it important to say.
If you are a fan of Mona di Orio‘s Eau Absolue but always felt it was a bit too cool and detached then Le Regent will warm the cockles of your heart. All the same smooth resinous beauty but handled in a much more welcoming way. Also Le Regent is a much bigger, more potent perfume, it’s a bad ass showstopper.
From the Oriza L Legrand site: “Le Régent” 1st Tome of the Collection “Jewels of the Crown”, explores the 18th century archives of the Maison Oriza L. Legrand which was then called “Parfumerie Oriza de Fargeon-Aîné” at the Court of Roy Louis XV also called in Europe “The Perfumed Court”.
One of the things I have loved about the boys at Oriza is that they always allude to fact that they are inspired by historic fragrance, not copying it verbatim. Which is impossible nowadays anyway because the way perfume and accords are created is so different, even some of the original ingredients have long gone.
How does Le Regent smell? Firstly, it’s BIG! An over the top, smooth, resinous beauty. Amber amped up by some fabulous bells & whistles that take it well up to the next level. The very slightly briny ambergris adds so much texture and depth. Scotty was over yesterday and he spritzed wildly and nearly asphyxiated himself. I could still smell Le Regent in the living room when I got up this morning. By then it had dried to a deeply burnished woodsy amber. So beautiful.
Unisex, extra large silage and longevity. Advised to use sparingly until you know how it blooms on you.
The Oriza boys have hit this over the fence.
Sound like you might like it?
Le Regent sounds wonderful, lots of favourite notes in there. Hadn’t even heard about this release. The only Oriza scent I own is Rêve d’Ossian, which is lovely but sillage and longevity are poor, so I didn’t pursue the line further. If I get the chance I’ll give Le Regent a whirl.
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Hi there TaraC,
That’s so strange you say Rêve d’Ossian performs badly. I have to choose my days to wear it because it’s so overwhelming and lasts a good 24 hours on me. Anyone who says perfume wears the same on everyone is dead wrong.
I’m traumatized by the only perfume from the line that I tried – Chypre Mousse: it was just horrible on me, I still can’t believe it smells good on others, even though I’ve read many positive mentions (unsolicited!), so I have no reason not to believe those people. But it was one of the worst experiences with perfume in my life. So, I will be very cautious with trying anything from the brand… if I ever come across their perfumes.
Having said that, Le Regent sounds interesting scent-wise, but I’m not a fan of “indie packaging ;) ).
Chypre Mousse was not a favourite of mine Undina, though I didn’t hate it. Most of the other fragrances are much more powdery.