So I had accidentally concluded that I didn’t like this perfume, the full name of which is “Son of God of rice and citrus”, because I kept mixing it up with one of my all-time least-favorite books, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. You guys, I really hate this book. The writing is so dense and tedious and filled with Unnecessary Capitalizations and nothing ever happens and yet somehow everyone manages to die in the end. The God of Small Things is so muddled that I seriously did not realize that I was reading an incest sex scene until LIKE TWO CHAPTERS LATER. This book makes an Ikea instruction manual look riveting in comparison. Although if you think about it, Ikea instruction manuals are already sort of suspenseful. Will those suspiciously smiley stick figures be able to properly assemble that Förhöja Wall Cabinet??? (Y’all might think that I made the Förhöja Wall Cabinet up, but I assure you that the Förhöja Wall Cabinet is very real.)
Anyway, now that I have remembered that Fils de Dieu has absolutely nothing to do with The God of Small Things, I am ready to give it a fair review. Fils de Dieu smells like coconut rice and more lime juice than any coconut rice recipe would ever call for. We’ve all smelled the lime-and-coconut combination a million times, but never in these proportions. Usually the coconut note dominates, rendering the perfume overly sweet and cheap smelling. In Fils de Dieu, the lime dominates, and the coconut note adds just a touch of toasted sweetness. As someone who loves sour citrus fruits, I really enjoy this perfume. It’s delicious and gourmand without smelling like cupcakes. Fils de Dieu is very quiet, especially compared to the rest of the Etat Libre d’Orange line, but it’s probably for the best (all that lime could get mighty piercing in a louder perfume).