Bigarade Concentrée (2002)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle


Bigarade Concentrée information

Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 263 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Bigarade Concentrée

Bigarade Concentrée is a shared / unisex perfume by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2002 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Bigarade Concentrée fragrance notes

Reviews of Bigarade Concentrée

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yup, summer, summer, summer. Orange/lemon with Bigarade-type bitter tartness but a touch softened. Very lean. Very refreshing. Very convincing. This phase lasts an hour.

The drydown exudes a dried grass aroma with woodsy undertones. Less exciting but pleasant.

I get moderate sillage initially, adequate projection and five hours of longevity on the skin, with most of it being very much a skin scent.

A typical Cologne. Less intense but tarter than Creed's Citrus Bigarrade and with a less interesting drydown, but overall with better longevity - the latter is very good for a summer Cologne. 3.5/5.
26th July, 2017
In its simplest form, this is what you get when you cross fresh orange with cumin. But there's a lot more to it than that. There's other citrus up top (bergamot and lemon), but it's the hidden synthetics that make the magic really happen. Basically, the citrus burns off fairly fast, leaving behind the chemicals that were making it so juicy and pulpy. Meanwhile, the cumin sinks into my skin, simulating sweaty body odor. And it's there that the magic happens - juicy, pulpy body smell. It's gross, but also weirdly sexy and a deceptively brilliant piece of perfumery.

Honestly, I find Bigarade Concentrée difficult to wear for the same reasons I find it kind of brilliant. As such, I'm voting neutral because I just don't have that much use for something that makes me smell like sweaty, juicy body smells, but I do think this is artfully conceived and fun to try.
23rd July, 2017
Editions Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree opens with a deep warm orange aroma with just a touch of tart orange bite and then lots of sweetness and depth of rose and various bigarade orange notes. I am guessing it is a combination of orange fruit, leaves and woods. Dry sun aged hay and mild herbal bitters element is noticeable and then a super cedar underwriting of the whole melange which adds dryness and lasting power. Bigarade Concentree is not just a stronger concentrated version of Cologne Bigarade, the first Ellena iteration which has more herbal astringency than this concentrated version, but there is a different aroma here as well as more strength. Gone is much of the dirty underside of Cologne Bigarade, but the Concentree definitely has more lasting power and is a more pleasing generalized Bigarade that includes many parts of this fascinating and mesmerizing evergreen orange plant. Bigarade Concentree is one of the my favorite orange fragrances and is hard to improve upon its simple but well rounded perfection.
30th October, 2016
I like the smell.

It's citrusy cologne crossed with a touch of Cartier Declaration, and not too far off from Frapin L'Humaniste.
15th June, 2015
Edgy orange. Up close, it's a little rubbery on the open and into the heart. I enjoyed the sample but Declaration is still my go-to for this type scent and is a much better value. No need to overthink this one.
31st January, 2015
Female 1: 2.5/5, Impression: Tropical, fresh, holiday feeling
Female 2: 2/5, Impression: refreshing orange, but too sweet
Female 3: 4/5, Impression: very nice, summery smell
Male 1: 4/5, Impression: reminds me of the old CK, bit too citrusy though
Male 2: 3.5/5, Impression: smells OK for a woman’s perfume
Male 3: 5/5, Impression: a very fruity zesty smell

Projection: average
Longevity: Reportedly average. Has a life span of an ordinary non-niche frag.

My opinion:

Starts with an extremely visceral and evocative bitter orange – you can almost see and touch it. For those who love oranges this must be a delicious sensation. Luckily for me, very soon an additional note, I can’t really identify emerges, and it’s steers the fragrance away from the straight-forward, edible character.
It’s definitely orange for as long as it lasts, it gets slightly more abstract and a lot more sophisticated in less than an hour.
Fresh, pleasant and clean, but still pretty original.
I’m sure anybody could wear it anywhere without a problem. I’d be really surprised with strong negative opinions. It just can’t possibly be offensive to most people, unless they hate oranges for some reason.

Would I wear it? Sure, why not, especially on a hot day. Would I buy the entire bottle? No.
13th June, 2014

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