Those looking for subversive scents should drop into the independent Marais parfumerieEtat Libre d’Orange, a niche perfume house founded by Etienne de Swardt, a marketing maverick who, like Frédéric Malle and MDCI, has assembled a dream team of perfumers including Antoine Maisondieu (the grandson of the Nobel Prize-winning author and philosopher Albert Camus). The company specializes in provocative accords and taboo-breaking names, and while the bottles are a little too risqué to make gifts for conservative friends, you’re unlikely to encounter too many other women wearing Jasmin et Cigarette.

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Originally published in the October 2011 issue of France Today

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