Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle (2013)
    by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle




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    Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle is a unisex fragrance by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2013

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    tempest moon's avatar

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    A gourmand hymn to sandalwood...

    Dries Van Noten is the first in a series of "portraits" by Frédéric Malle of people he admires. In this case, the eponymous Belgian fashion designer. This was actually made as a huge "thank you" note to the designer, who supported Frédéric Malle by selling his fragrances in his store in Antwerp from the very beginning. He also uses an unconventional yet very warm and human touch in terms of fashion style (he famously said he would never make a piece of clothing which could never be sold in a store, so no "haute couture" or "exclusive" collections like most other big fashion labels), and that was also something that Malle admired.

    In this creation, Malle's "perfume portrait" of the designer, he took inspiration from the designer's hometown, Antwerp, and the (Flemish) culture of northern Belgium. Essentially, Frédéric Malle here created a sandalwood composition, because sandalwood is warm and inviting when used in perfumes (it's often considered a "second skin" type of scent), and that sandalwood is boosted with vanilla, lots of it, and musk, saffron, jasmine, bergamot and cashmeran, a synthetic molecule which smells like slightly woody, musky human skin (this was used quite a lot in Frédéric Malle's other release Dans Tes Bras, a fragrance which literally translates as "in your arms").

    So what do I get from it? Well, to me it comes across as a borderline gourmandish, (very) creamy sandalwood, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, bergamot musk combination. In fact, it has a touch of Shalimar (the jasmine, vanilla & bergamot combination). But to me it's more creamy than Shalimar (it's actually closer to Samsara in my opinion), it's a lot like a pastry. Which makes sense, because Malle also drew inspiration from the sights and smells of Belgium, including it's food. Food such as waffles, crêpes, and biscuits. I find this a very warm and inviting fragrance, the sandalwood here is extremely authentic (Malle lists it as Mysore Sandalwood but it's actually Indian Sandalwood (name: santalum album) grown in Australia). This is not a synthetic sandalwood substitute, this is the real stuff, but obviously enhanced with other synthetic ingredients such as Sacrasol which Malle describes as "an ingredient halfway between sandalwood and vanilla", and ethyl-maltol which is an ingredient used in many gourmand fragrances (ie the "candy" note in Thierry Mugler's Angel).

    I think if you like you're scents warm, rich and comforting, you'll like this one. If you like a gourmand twist to fragrances, you'll like this also. It's strong, as in it lasts a long time (8-10 hours on skin, and even lasts weeks on clothes), but it sits very close to the skin after the first 2 hours. But that's a good thing, as the natural sandalwood, musk and vanilla compliments the skin beautifully and really makes it come alive. In my opinion this is a perfect one for cuddling with someone on the sofa by the fire. Perfect in cooler weather, with a wool or cashmere sweater. It's very "comfy" in warm and sexy way.

    Some people have labelled this a "safe" fragrance from
    Frédéric Malle (who is known for making "unconventional" fragances), but I think this is worth the price alone mainly because of the (very) authentic sandalwood oil concentration, and the way it is used in this perfume (and Malle always uses high concentrations of natural raw ingredients in his perfumes - for example the Vetiver in Vétiver Extraordinaire, or the Tuberose in Carnal Flower). It should be on your list if you live in a place with cool weather as I think this works great on those warm, indoor settings by the fire, with a loved one by your side. I don't see this as a disappointment, I see this as another great creation from Frédéric Malle, this is a gourmand hymn to sandalwood... and I love it!

    23 October, 2014

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    I have many favourites from the Malle line and Une Fleur de Cassie is one of my top three perfumes.Life shouldn't be always serious,so I have a soft spot for gourmands,too.
    I needed to try this as soon as possible even though I had no idea who Dries van Noten was.
    However this is not a real gourmand fragrance. It is too woody to be "edible". I would describe it as a woody oriental with some sweetness and spice.The top notes are the only fleeting gourmand moments about it with a little touch of peanut,spice and vanilla.The heart and drydown are centering around woody notes with the late drydown becoming very woody and cedary.

    Dries van Noten is a grown-up gourmand which is comforting but sophisticated and can be worn to any occasion for business or private.
    It's a unique fragrance and I can't say it smells like any other perfume I have smelled.

    5 stars from me and of course, it's full bottle worthy !

    12 January, 2014

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    A mis-step by a largely successful house

    A warm rather unattractive blend of musky/smoky guaiac and creamy sandalwood with cashmeran filling in the gaps. And there are a fair number of gaps. [b]Dries Van Noten[/b] may well be an attempt at textural interplay but where fragrancewear is concerned the concept fails to satisfy. Instead of a scent that comes alive with plenty of movement, it offers a dull monolithic sandalwood accord, figuratively turning a wearer into a block of wood. *yawns*

    Save your money. Go with [b]Chilum[/b] by La Via del Profumo instead.

    Pros: For fans of smoky woods
    Cons: Up against better more competively priced alternatives "

    30th September, 2013

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    Overdose of cashmeran, boring fragrance.

    It's very chemical, and it contains too much cashmeran. Fragrance without imagination. I do not like this work.

    Pros: high longevity
    Cons: high longevity (because it's not a nice fragrance IMO)

    25 June, 2013

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    Dries Van Noten opens with a sweet, almost creamy saffron spiced gaiac wood and cashmeran accord. As the scent enters the heart stage the saffron-laced cashmeran remains, now joined by subtle sweet sandalwood while clove spice adds depth. As the fragrance enters the dry-down stage the cashmeran recedes giving way to vanilla and tonka bean base that comes off as syrupy sweet. Projection is above average and longevity is good at 10-12 hours on skin.

    Dries Van Noten's allure is supposed to be the use of real Mysore sandalwood, but while it is present I doubt there is a lot of it in here. The real star is the cashmeran that gives the fragrance a somewhat soft musky and woody vibe, while the vanilla in the base sweetens things quite a bit, maybe veering into "too sweet" territory. And there you have it, Dries Van Noten really is a sweet, lightly spiced bakery gourmand when it comes down to it. Nothing really stands out as unique or distinctive, instead falling into the "well-done, but been there, done that" bucket. I definitely like the fragrance despite the gourmand genre not being one of my favorites, but find its fairly generic nature a very hard sell at its relatively lofty price tag of $185 for 50ml or $265 for 100ml. Price aside, Dries Van Noten does smell good and earns 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5. Maybe those that love sweet bakery-like gourmand fragrances will find it more appealing than I.

    15 April, 2013

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