Promise (2017)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle


Promise information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerDominique Ropion
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Promise

Promise is a shared / unisex perfume by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Dominique Ropion

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Reviews of Promise

Oh rose, though art sick – and that’s the way I like you.
The promise of a true rose is one that is always deferred in perfumery, too many wrecks littering its rocky outcrops. Often it can be better, instead, to deviate from chasing verisimilitude and see what a bit of distortion reveals. Ropion’s Promise presents rose in an epic (and, yes, very loud) struggle with sour, wine mould tones up top and the smoke-and-choke pungency of the incense and cypriol combo in the base. And that struggle, for me, is beautiful; the rose’s agony immediate, touching, I hold it close to my heart.
The mode is definitely Middle Eastern/Arabic; and this a perfume with body and a forceful personality – a spray or two will suffice. For some this will be the ruination of the rose – too sour, too badgered by cypriol – and I can understand that. To me, the tensions of the sour, sweet, smoky and spicily resinous elements have the urgency of the tragic mode, it has drama, it touches the tender spot. Not a perfume I would wear every day, but one I’d give myself up to when I did.
18th January, 2019
At first you think this is a spicy rose scent. But the whirl of of its contrasts all eventually seem to revolve around the amber base. Many amber scents are built around rose which is such a natural opening to an amber warmth. Dominique Ropion creates a unique odor of contrasts that is impossible to describe yet is totally unforgettable. Promise. Prickly cloves coat the sharp edges of a tart green apple cloak that covers a huge floating, suspended in time and space, heart of rose which hovers over the mystical, almost invisible depths of patchouli + nagarmatha/cypriol amber base. This cold incense woods base pulls the warm light of the rose and clove heart deeper into its irresistible gravitational depths. Promise is a clove and very lively floral amber that is drawn slowly into the wisdom of its cooling incense base. The primary character of Promise is spicy and warm rose. But, the unforgettable quality is the depth of the incense as it lounges into the smooth amber which ties it all together. To me this creation is close to masterpiece territory from M. Ropion.
14th May, 2018
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Starts out with crisp apple and spicy roses. Not Portrait of Lady kind of spice but more sour.
Unfortunately this sourness takes over soon and drowns the roses. I think Ropion tried to do another POAL with this but went too far with spices and cypriol. The composition is unbalanced. There are a few moments when it wafts to my nose that I get a glimpse of what he was trying, but unfortunately he fails.
Still a good fragrance for those who can look past the weird sourness.
23rd February, 2018

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