Bigarade Concentrée (2002)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle


Bigarade Concentrée information

Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 292 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

Bigarade Concentrée (2002) is so Jean-Claude Ellena that it honestly hurts. For those unaware, this is a perfumer pretty much obsessed with transparent citrus and floral notes, almost a lean and mean cyberpunk Edmond Roudnitska if you will, stripping that perfumer of his risque leanings to focus on purity. Never more clear was this than on Cartier Déclaration (1998), an ode to Roudnitska's Eau d'Hermès (1951), with Bigarade Concentrée being something of a continuation. Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle doesn't let their starring perfumers run entirely free however, so any significant changes in direction from Déclaration are likely at Malle's behest. The smell of Bigarade Concentrée seems to ditch most of the cumin, florals, and leather from Déclaration, excising the parts of that formula which were most comparable to the Roudnitska style to leave behind more of Ellena's personal vibe.

There is still plenty of bergamot and bitter orange up front, but the initial cumin blast is subdued, quickly shifting into dry rose much like the later Cartier Déclaration d'un Soir (2012) by Mathilde Laurent, which may have been likely inspired in part by this. The dry rose core seems to posses a minty ghost note which works with the spiced citrus top on a base of cedar, Iso E Super, coumarin, and Haitian vetiver, giving this a mown grass feel in the end. Despite the name, Bigarade Concentrée is not massively strong, and will fade in mere hours, much like many of the various eaux Jean-Claude worked on for Hermés. Wear time is maybe six hours max and sillage is booming for the first 30 minutes, then a whimper thereafter, which is also a hallmark of the most recent iterations of Ellena style. Keep this to casual summer use. I like what is presented, but the quality and performance does not leap out at me like many Creed and Xerjoff citrus florals in this price range.

I'm left wanting and questioning the price point, which is honestly something that seems to happen often when I test the Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle lines. Not to house-bash, but a great many of the creations coming from the brand seem to be mostly of the standard quality and performance that the designers who employ these same perfumers display, so I'm left scratching my head and ultimately conclude it's another silly Veblen goods pride of ownership head trip that sells this stuff. Although I'll admit Malle isn't without its spectacular marquee creations which tempt the coinpurse. You can certainly buy something under the Hermés label and get a similar experience, or even roll back to Cartier Déclaration if you don't mind the sweaty aspect, but otherwise Bigarade Concentrée is an expensive hat trick from Ellena that leaves me feeling indifferent. Try for yourself if you're unsure, as my opinion here goes counter to popular consensus. Solid neutral.
16th July, 2019
The opening is very nice with juicy bitter orange that is paired with cumin and green notes. It goes to the classic eau de cologne style, but smelling contemporary, not dated. The smell is very satisfying but surely the cheaper alternatives like Hermes as just as good.
15th July, 2019
Immediate connection to the BO floral citrus of Cartier Declaration, but alas without the projection of the clean floral that happens in the later scent's classic 2nd stage. Somewhat of a disappointment.
22nd January, 2019
This is a borderline thumbs up. It can be very good in moments, such as the opening, or smelling it up close during the mid. Something about the way it develops, though, disappoints me. I'm conflicted because the good moments are so very good, but I'm giving it a neutral.

At its best, it's a beautiful take on a Cartier Declaration type fragrance. At its worst, it's flat and dull, and doesn't deliver on the promise of the opening.

10th November, 2018
My scent tastes range from bright clean colognes to darker, bolder scents like Noir Epices or Chanel Sycomore. As far as colognes go, this is my favorite. It lasts a very long time (only Chanel eau de cologne competes) and the drydown is just wonderful.
11th January, 2018
An orange eau de cologne formula with increased concentration. There's a slight earthy edge to it, that actually makes the composition rugged and interesting. It is very fresh, uplifting, and calms down to dry woods in a couple of hours.

Bigarade Concentree is effectively a more concentrated version of Malle's Cologne Bigarade, and is relatively better value, especially if one is after something with more than one hour of duration. However, it's also in the same family as some other colognes (Eau d'Orange Verte, Concentre d'Orange Verte) and perfumes (Declaration, Declaration Essence). The former two colognes can sometimes have a pissy aspect which Bigarade Concentree doesn't have. The latter two are more opulent studies on orange-cumin-woods, and I find those more engaging.

Among other concentrated colognes, Bigarade Concentree smells much more natural than Cologne Indelebile and Neroli Portofino, but lasts much less than either of those two.

Nice, but what's the point of dropping $$$ on a cologne?

27th November, 2017

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