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L'Aigle De La Victoire


Originally launched in 2013 by niche house Rancé 1795, L'Aigle De La Victoire is one amazing men’s leather fragrance.

‘L'Aigle De La Victoire’ translates as the ‘The Victory Eagle’ and is a reference to the staff carried into battle as a standard by Napoleon’s’ army during the Napoleonic Wars. The staff had a figure of an eagle perched on a plinth. The blub on the box says that: “La Victoire, the victory of Wagram near Vienna in 1809, made Napoleon master over all Europe. Jean Rance paid tribute to the Emperor with this new perfume.” What a tribute it is - L'Aigle De La Victoire is aromatic, potent and proof of just how sexy power can be. And I’m talking about the 2013 version here.

It opens with citrusy, sour bergamot backed with a note of bay leaf. The bergamot has a gentle floral aspect while the bay leaf is herbal and spicy, making the opening bold and elegant. Then it opens up into the most incredible smoky/leather/woody scent thanks to patchouli, birch and labdanum. I fell in love with it right at this point. It’s skanky, sweaty and animalic. L'Aigle De La Victoire comes to play and it plays dirty, while still retaining a certain elegance. About half an hour in, I smell thyme. Thyme! Its green and tarry, which boosts the smoky/leather/woody notes and keeps them balanced. L'Aigle De La Victoire doesn’t evolve much (thank goodness!) It keeps the same strategy but with different notes at the base: incense, vetiver, leather and agarwood.

The drydown is rich, dry, raunchy, and unapologetically seductive. There is not drop of vanilla or sweet amber to mollify its boldness. This is a man’s fragrance designed to conquer by getting you to submit to it. Clever strategy that.

Notes: bergamot, bay leaf, thyme, patchouli, birch, labdanum, thyme, incense, vetiver, leather and agarwood.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Giovanni Rancé

Price: $6.00