:bounce: Told ya it was weird! It does last on me, though.
So since I'm tearing through the Frederic Malle line, scent by scent, I gave Une Fleur de Cassie a full wearing today (thanks Vibert). I never hear many of you guys talk about this scent, so of course that intrigued me.
First of all, I had NEVER heard of 'cassie' in scents. WTF? What is cassie? Well it's actually a distillation of the flower from the acacia tree (also more commonly known as Needle Bush). In the country of Fiji, it is considered a weed (they call it 'Ellingtons Curse'). Link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_farnesiana
So what does cassie smell like? I have no idea.
This is a strange scent (CdG could've done this! I'm serious). It is floral but then it's this strange cereal / dough thing and then it's musky but not in a Musc Ravageur-animalic way but in a dirty dishwater sort of way. This scent kept changing every few minutes into something else. When it finally stopped, it gave off a slight 'powder' note (!) and then disappeared down the rabbit hole.
Maybe this is what cassie smells like?
Do you guys wear this?
:bounce: Told ya it was weird! It does last on me, though.
Another fragrance constructed around acacia (mimosa) is Creeds' Aubepine Acacia (which is wonderful, but a tad too flowery for me).
If I recall correctly, there are different kinds of acacia notes; Ayala did an acacia special on her blog not too long ago and also reviewed Unfleur De Cassie (the blog deserves more attention, theres a lot of useful indepth stuff there!)
Tested this one in the store during my last trip to NYC. Started out slightly floral on top and transformed into something earthy and dark, as if a thin veil was being pulled over my face. The way in which the scent changed brought about a slight sense of unease and dissonance that I slightly enjoyed and found intriguing. One of the most interesting scents I have ever encountered. I hope to have a sample soon so I can give it a full wearing.
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I wear this one often, it's one of my favourite Malle fragrances. The combination of green, powdery and earthy notes is unique and a bit weird, but utterly fascinating. It reminds me of the atmosphere in a garden on a foggy fall morning, the grass and leaves covered with dew.
It is eccentric so I don't wear it often, but I really like it.
It reminds me of the tropics--not the beach, pina colada scene, but maybe SE Asia-a courtyard in Phnom Penh, a lacquered wardrobe containing silk sarongs or rare teas, a siesta under a ceiling fan and a sweet, dry as dust mimosa wafting through all the humidity.
James from Les Senteurs (London) likes Une Fleur de Cassie best from FM scents.
I have got a sample. Well it's surely not for everybody - powdery cassie and mimosa scent..It's nice (as all FM scents), but I would not like to have a bottle (at the moment)
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In the opening to Une Fleur de Cassie, I get a note that reminds me of Apres l'Ondee. And yet they are so different in character... It makes me think of marzipan, cherries and metal. Can anyone enlighten me as to what it is?
Agree - there's also a touch of violet in there, I think, that may add to the similarity in feel. This scent says 1930s salon culture to me (not that I know that scene from direct experience) - it's unique and compelling - love it!
This and Carnal Flower have always interested me. I find that pure floral scents often have that dough/yeast accord in the heart.
OK so I'm bumping this thread from way-back-in-2007 when I first smelled this - today I'm wearing another sample from a BN buddy and wow this stuff just rocks!
I am thoroughly enjoying it and more of you guys who feel comfortable wearing a powder-like animalic floral really need to try this one. It's hard to compare it to anything else on the market. Yes, there's a feel of Apres l'Ondee and also the bread-like smell from Bois Farine but UFDC is greener and much more 'natural' smelling.
It's fantastic. I haven't been this excited about a scent in a while. I can't wait to own a bottle.
This is one that I still can't wrap my mind around (another is Dan Tes Bras). To me it smells very animalic and floral at the same time. I appreciate the work and artistry behind it, but I can't bring myself to wear it. My wife recoils a bit when I asked her to wear it. Perhaps I will revisit this one in the future...
My wife just loves this scent - one of her favorite Malles.
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I don't even know what people are smelling when they catch a whiff of me right now - who knows. The whole 'dead flower' accord is very close-to-the-skin and not very prominent, I think the green floral is what probably radiates more in the sillage.
I can't say enough about this stuff. I want a decant or a bottle pronto!
Now I really want to get another sample or decant of UFdC and give it another shot...
Another scent that should be namechecked in this thread in L'Eau d'Hiver, also by Malle - which itself is a tribute to Apres l'Ondee and is done by the perfumer that did Bois Farine (JC Ellena).
^^^ *giggle* Yes, I love this one,too. It appeals to the same target group.:-)
My favorite Malle, too! Outstanding! A bit of an acquired taste and a potential classic, hopefully!
I'm so happy you "rediscovered" this one Mike - over the past year, it has become the fragrance in my collection, my most worn, and, since the recent alterations in Tubereuse Criminelle have reduced its stature in my eyes, my favorite fragrance.
It took me a long time to love this. My initial feeling from all those years ago, was something along "floral smog" and it didn't work for me at all.
To my nose, it's a dense aldehydic floral that's mostly mimosa-centered, with a woody and cumin facets that render it unique.
Sounds terrific. I picked up a decant a year ago, and put it away for Spring. And of course, when I went to try it in March, the decant had vanished! Have to track down another decant, as the references to Bois Farine and Dans Tes Bras make it sound quite appealing.
This sounds bizarrely unique!! It almost sounds like the smell that should be coming from a bakery!! Looking forward to trying it.
To me this smells like classic french perfumery at its best but at the same time it is a contemporary, genuine composition, more so than, for example, Rue Cambon. I perceive it as very feminine and it evokes Paris for me.
james1051 - I mentioned Dans Tes Bras because it is another odd Frederic Malle scent and it's also a unique and modern take on a floral (violet in DTB). The actual smell of the two is very different.
I can totally see the comparison with Dans tes Bras. Both has this smooth warmth that is very hard to describe, it's possibly the salicylate that gives this accent to floral notes. Both are indeed unique takes, but where Une Fleur de Cassie is masterfully blended and it works from start to finish, I find Dans tes Bras to be completely unbalanced fragrance. This synthetic note sticks to your nose forever, it's like listening to music with bass on maximum level. Yet I have to say it's interesting how easy it still is to find the salty mushroom-y accord, they are two distincts parts, but these two parts have nothing meaningful to do with each other and they are not in balance.
Sorry about the vagueness, these certain synthetics (salicylate and cashmeran?) give this certain tune or feel to a fragrance that is hard to describe by talking about actual notes.
Oh, the bottom line? I love Une Fleur de Cassie too. It's probably my favourite fragrance I would classify as floral.
I'm through my first 50ml and on to my 100ml bottle. Odd - but clearly versatile enough to justify numerous wearings!