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Soap, but a real, no-muted down, no-flowery, heavy-smelling washing soap. That's what comes first and if one is not patient enough, then with some water the scent might ed up in the basin. But I do recommend to wait about 10 minutes. And then slowly comes a very nice, close to the skin scent which makes you sniff your arm very often. It's reminiscent of the original Fleur du Male, but in a much lighter, cleaner, much more wearable form. For me the nicest surprise for a very long time.
25 June, 2008
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From the vax sample I couldn't do justice. One should have a full wearing from at least a decant to see every faces of it. As I'm getting older, my fond memories from my childhood in a nice small village do come back more and more often. This scent brings me back to the autumn evenings where the sweet and sour smell of the burning leaves would find its way to the courts, mixing with the cigarette smoke of my grandfather. There are rosebushes, too, the petals of which evaporating the last molecules of summer.
17 April, 2008 (Last Edited: 05 July, 2008)
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An outstanding beautiful, fresh, mature scent. Marketed as unisex, for me rather on the masculine side. This is perhaps due to a certain barbershop-feeling, which however never gets sickening, like say at Prada PH.
05 April, 2008
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Definitely a nice scent. I find not similarities to any of CK's scents, which I don't like generally. But this is an exception worth to try.
27 November, 2005
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This underrated gem seems like a well-kept secret. Crisp and elegant, it's comfortable in all seasons. A fresh citrus/floral top, including bergamot, mandarin and neroli, is backed by clean middle-note of lavender and herbs. Mint adds a feeling of coolness. The finish includes a surprising note of violetwood, and a trace of vanilla which manages never to become cloying. Not so commonly available that you'll find it on everyone on the block. Definitely worth seeking out,as it never fails to win compliments.
08 June, 2004
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Nothing short of brilliant. This is a beautiful, refreshing, utterly compelling fragrance. Balanced somewhere between the classic and the eccentric, Cologne Bigarade is like nothing else you've ever worn - all the more surprising, as citrus is a standard element men's perfumery, and has been for a few centuries. (Citrus bigaradia is the botanical name for the bitter, or Seville orange.) The description on Frédéric Malle's website does not claim that bigarade, or essence of bitter orange, is new to perfumery, but that Jean-Claude Ellena wanted a true bitter citrus fragrance, and that this cologne uses a new formulation as the basis for the bitter orange note. It may be this new formulation which allows the citrus note in this scent to be so striking: it's clean, strong, bright without being sweet, and amazingly persistent. The citrus note seems a little more prominent in the Concentrée version, (which I prefer slightly over the cologne). The Cologne version gives more prominence to the rose note, I think. The combination of citrus, rose, cardamom and, of all things, hay is what gives this fragrance its complex, slightly strange character. Try it in hot, humid weather.
01st June, 2004