Olfactive Studio Autoportrait EDP Perfume Review

Olfactive Studio Autoportrait

Olfactive Studio is a line of perfumes inspired by photography, a collaboration across different mediums. The photograph shown below by Luc Lapôtre represents the solace found in nature and inner reflection. Olfactive Studio describes Autoportrait as a fragrance that you wear for yourself, a meditative fragrance.

Autoportrait is a “muted” fragrance that wears closely to the skin, as one would expect from a fragrance marketed as personal. Autoportrait opens as this soft citrus and pencil shavings. Top this off with a “gummy”, soft incense resin. But the top is steamy, reminding me of warm water vapors. With time Autoportrait gets smokier, hazier and sweeter with benzoin. The base is a very close-wearing mossy vetiver with dry woods.

Autoportrait is a meditative fragrance with incense; however, it’s more of a haze or cloud of resins vs. a smoky cathedral or temple. It’s personal and intimate, more of what is in the mind vs. a physical place. It really is like getting in the right headspace through meditation.


Notes listed include bergamot, elemi, benzoin, incense, musk, oakmoss, cedar and vetiver. Launched in 2011. PERFUMER – Nathalie Lorson

Give Autoportrait a try if you like soft, meditative fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Cartier Eau d’Orange, Hermes Voyage d’Hermes, Penhaligon’s Elixir and/or if you like the style of Ellena’s Hermessence perfumes. Autoportrait is unisex and like I said, extremely sheer. Keep this sheerness in mind while reading because I know that the note list has a tendency to read as “heavy”.

Projection is below average. This scent wears very close to the skin. Longevity is average.

Autoportrait comes in 2 sizes with prices ranging from $145-$195 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONMeditative, incense haze…almost dreamlike. I appreciate this fragrance as I think it is very well done; however, it’s almost too dreamlike for me. When I’m not wearing it, I can only remember bits of it and I can’t fill in the blanks. Because of this, I often get the false sense that Autoportrait has left no impression on me even though it does when I am actually wearing it. My mind always forgets it.

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*Sample provided by Olfactive Studio. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Pics are from Olfactive Studio. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!