Bigarade Concentrée (2002)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle


Bigarade Concentrée information

Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 278 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

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
After a short orange/citrus opening, Bigarade changes quickly to an unmistakable generic Ellena scent which could be anything from the Hermessence range. I like it but it's too expensive.
21st November, 2017
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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

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