Dans Tes Bras Fragrance Notes

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    I should say at the outset that my reason for sampling this was to experience dusky floras expressed in a unisex scent. That, this is not, but it is incredibly good.

    Huge floral opening of jasmine, and I thought, heliotrope, although the latter is listed as a base note. I wish I detected more clove. Within the first ten minutes or so, the violets attain prominence and significantly (perhaps unnecessarily) brighten the space. There is a slight suggestion of a candy shell--violet pastilles have been mentioned--throughout the opening, but this is not a candy scent. Palmolive has also been mentioned, and I have to say, I agree, but this is merely a brief detour. Don’t worry about it, it fades within a half-hour or so.

    The drydown is something entirely different. The early stage is evocative of the way your partner smells at the end of a day at the beach: traces of salt, sea air, and non-descript lotion smelled close on the body, with perhaps a violet or two blooming a block away. Actually, it’s not merely evocative of this, this is literally what it smells like. Very sensual. A few hours into the drydown, the evolution continues, with the salty edge giving way to a musk that thankfully never dominates, the whole remaining subtle and discreet, yet increasing in sensuality. There has been much talk of scents that smell of sex. This may be one of those, but it is not brash or pornographic, it is soft and intimate, as the name suggests. The heliotrope is very subtle, if present at all. Others have found it overpowering, but that was not my experience. Additionally, the fungal/mushroom/bread notes are not present on me. Longevity is great. Projection and sillage are fairly low, but appropriately so. If they were stronger, it might become vulgar.

    Thumbs up for the closely worn beachy and nearly erotic drydown, even though I keep wondering, "do I want to smell like this, or do I want my partner to smell like this?" followed by "does a woman ever want a man to smell like this?" I am still not sure how to answer. I can only say that the fragrance is exceptionally good, irrespective of the wearer's gender. Quite a journey.

    27 February, 2013 (Last Edited: 25 March, 2013)

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    I have a carded sample of this and I find it REALLY doesn't work on me. Apparently my skin will amplify Heliotrope (based on reading Ayela's review) and it goes Very plastic-y on me . My impression was and is LATEX PAINT with a teeny bit of floral something that barely pokes it's head onstage.
    As my family tends to be DIY-ers we paint some room in the house every year or so .Alternatively I will be painting /touching up the wear spots at work or church so the scent of latex paint isn't something I really crave or find very comforting or sensual.For me this is one of the few Roucel scents that doesn't really impress me.At least it's one of the pricey ones .

    17 January, 2013

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    DTB is a sensual, stunning, and very high quality woody, coniferous, and musky violet and heliotrope scent that is artfully composed and aptly named. It is literally evocative of being in the arms of one’s lover fresh from the shower and still naked. In other words, it smells like freshly showered skin but with a hint of natural underarm odor detectable because no deodorant has yet been applied. Nevertheless, this aromatic juxtaposition (of freshly showered skin and slight underarm odor) is very alluring to me—it is real, familiar, comforting, and true to life. It is downright romantic and carnal, which seems to be a signature of Roucel’s work. Maurice is a master.

    Incidentally, I get the mushroom tone that others have mentioned, but I only get it in the opening. Besides, I actually like it. Further, like "nthny" below, I too get the green Palmolive associations, but mostly in the very beginning. In fact, in addition to mushroom and green Palmolive, I also get Choward's Violet Mints in the opening.

    Projection, sillage, and longevity are all great to excellent.

    As for the negative reviews, I obviously neither share in them nor am I surprised or even disappointed by them. I am unsurprised because DTB, like ISM, is high art (as someone else described), not just perfume. Sometimes, it takes time to appreciate a masterpiece like this (in fact, it admittedly did me). I am also not disappointed by the negative reviews because it will make my wearing DTB that much more unusual and special.

    28 December, 2012 (Last Edited: 06 January, 2013)

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    Intriguing but flawed. The main notes are clove, violet, Cashmeran, heliotrope and white musk, and the composition is progressively bright, sour, and salty. There are hints of Roucel's earlier Tocade (cedar and Troll Doll) and Insolence (ozonic violet), but more conspicuous is what smells like Wet Ones, those antibacterial tissues swiped across babies’ bums (in this regard see my review of Roucel's Labdanum 18 for Le Labo). I know Roucel claims this as his ‘clean skin’ fragrance, but someone should've thought to enquire whose skin and which part of the body.

    Some of the problem with Dans Tes Bras is that, at least to begin with, it smells disconcertingly similar to products (hairspray, soap, toners) that can be found in any bathroom and which are far cheaper than anything in the Frederic Malle range.

    06 September, 2012

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    What an odd scent this is! ln the opening l get violets, the kind that leave a powdery taste at the back of your throat as if you'd just eaten a handful of Parma violet pastilles. This is combined with an ozonic note; as someone else here said, not like hairspray, but like a room where it has just been sprayed. Shortly after, a salty green accord emerges, rather like seaweed. At this point, l'm enjoying this crazy ride, but then... a really weird, nauseating bread dough note appears, & dominates the heart for quite some time. ls this the mushroom note mentioned by so many here? lf so, it may explain my reaction, as l hate mushrooms with a passion. After around 90 minutes, the oddness passes, & it all dries down to a faintly musky, salty skin scent, fading out four hours after application. l get no patchouli, sandalwood or incense.
    l really wanted to like this one, as l love the name; "ln Your Arms" sounds so warm, intimate & comforting to me. But l found Musc Ravageur to be much more what l would expect from a scent with this name. l can't bring myself to give it a negative rating however, because although it didn't work for me, it is so wonderfully weird & intriguing! As rogalal said, it is not really a perfume, more a wearable work of art. l admire it's audacity, & l will be giving it another wear just to experience the ride all over again...

    11th June, 2012 (Last Edited: 19 June, 2012)

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    Maybe not one of my favorites in the strong Malle lineup, but I at least "like" Dans Tes Bras. It opens with an extremely brief bergamot and jasmine mix, while quickly transitioning to a somewhat synthetic woody incense mix that primarily is composed of a sharp cedar note similar to the one used in Bois D'Orage, but maybe a bit sharper. The heart also has violet in it (even though it is listed as a top note on this page) but the woody accord stays up-front. The dry-down mixes the remnants of the wood, mixing with musk. Longevity and projection are above average.

    Dans Tes Bras is a bit much for me, and it also is too synthetic for my personal taste, but I find it pleasant enough and definitely wearable (and no, I don't get the mushroom association as others have for what its worth). Not my favorite Malle, but not my least favorite in the line either. I would say on the whole its a success, just not a major one and not necessarily worth a purchase at its relatively lofty price tag. 3 stars out of 5.

    26 March, 2012 (Last Edited: 21st December, 2012)

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