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    Default Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    I would like to get a Frederic Malle perfume . I was thinking of Carnal Flower but my online travels lead me to read reviews about Une Fleur de Cassie.
    People love it or hate it . Some say it makes them cry with beauty ,others say it stinks. So I'm confused. I searched good ole basenotes and I came up with this thread.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/215...mery?p=1328203
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    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/197...Frederic-Malle

    Now I have ordered a 2 ml sample which I can't wait to receive .
    I read that UFdC ( Une Fleur de Cassie ) is a top seller in Europe but not in the US.
    Intriguing stuff !

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    Default Re: Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    I don't know it mysticknot, but it's been on my radar simply because it's by Dominique Ropion. I tend to like his work, lush, romantic and intoxicating as it often is. I'd be interested to sniff his take on mimosa - I think it's just got to be something special. I'll be watching this thread with you, and I'm anxious to hear what you think about it when you get it on your skin!

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    I love Dominic Ropion's work- I think I'd like to meet the guy ! *LOL* I wish I could go back to Barney's and do a complete Malle sniffing session there.
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    I tested some FM's last summer on a rare excursion to Seattle, and Une Fleur de Cassie was the only one I fell hard for. (I received a bottle of it from my Secret Santa this past Christmas!) It has a "grand evening out" old-style perfume feel to it, but it is not in the least bit loud, and it is just wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    I love Dominic Ropion's work- I think I'd like to meet the guy ! *LOL* I wish I could go back to Barney's and do a complete Malle sniffing session there.
    Me too! I'm wearing his Ysatis today, and I love Euphoria, Safari, Soir de Lune, Alien...my goodness he's responsible some real gems - that barely scratches the surface of his body of work. Not to sidetrack your thread (or completely hijack it - sorry!) but he's the reason I have high hopes for Armani's new Acqua di Gioia and Wanted by Helena Rubenstein (even if it is a celebuscent.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Leesee View Post
    I tested some FM's last summer on a rare excursion to Seattle, and Une Fleur de Cassie was the only one I fell hard for. (I received a bottle of it from my Secret Santa this past Christmas!) It has a "grand evening out" old-style perfume feel to it, but it is not in the least bit loud, and it is just wonderful.
    I like your style Leesee, so this heightens my expectations!
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    I love Une Fleur de Cassie! The problem is that it does seem fleeting... I need to sample it again, I'll make it my mission for the weekend!

    I've only tried it once, so maybe it is a bit premature to declare my love for it, but I got the same kind of warmth and salty sweat/stable association as in Chanel's Cuir de Russie; I really, really like this part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leesee View Post
    I tested some FM's last summer on a rare excursion to Seattle, and Une Fleur de Cassie was the only one I fell hard for. (I received a bottle of it from my Secret Santa this past Christmas!) It has a "grand evening out" old-style perfume feel to it, but it is not in the least bit loud, and it is just wonderful.
    What a wonderful gift !

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Me too! I'm wearing his Ysatis today, and I love Euphoria, Safari, Soir de Lune, Alien...my goodness he's responsible some real gems - that barely scratches the surface of his body of work. Not to sidetrack your thread (or completely hijack it - sorry!) but he's the reason I have high hopes for Armani's new Acqua di Gioia and Wanted by Helena Rubenstein (even if it is a celebuscent.)
    I used to wear Ysatis ,ages ago ,for a while. I do like his style .

    Quote Originally Posted by tott View Post
    I love Une Fleur de Cassie! The problem is that it does seem fleeting... I need to sample it again, I'll make it my mission for the weekend!

    I've only tried it once, so maybe it is a bit premature to declare my love for it, but I got the same kind of warmth and salty sweat/stable association as in Chanel's Cuir de Russie; I really, really like this part.
    I love Cuir de Russie!
    What scares me is that I read many reviews discussing the opening 30 minutes of this perfume- that it smells of paper, fresh paint. Some even go as far to say they smell urine.

    The 'old -style ' appeals to me and I am not afraid of animalistic notes which seem to be soft on my skin .

    I am alittle concerned re. 'fleeting' - again some say it's fleeting ,some say it lasts. Very confused on the whole. I have learnt not to blind buy( except for Carons ! ) and at Malle prices I can't afford to make a mistake.

    Tott- please let us know what you think after your sniffing this weekend !
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    Malle's Cassie is my favorite modern fragrance. I am of the camp that does not find it fleeting and am grateful for it.
    Nothing, and I mean, nothing like it in the fragrance world of today.

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    Default Re: Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    vidacon - welcome to Basenotes and thanks for your valuable input. You see, it's thoughts like yours that make me so intrigued by UFdC !
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    Default Re: Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    Have you smelled Caron's Farnesiana? To my nose, Une Fleur de Cassie is Farnesiana minus the vanilla, but plus a very odd note i.e. Flowers, almond, and a note that baffles me but I'd describe as "air pollution".

    That last note is what makes it distinctive, but I wouldn't call it smoky, dirty, or indolic. The only way I can describe it is: you're walking around in a place with a lot of traffic, and there is that taste and smell of exhaust fumes in the air and a slight "catch" in your throat. That is the note that bothers me in Une Fleur de Cassie, and the one that prevents me from "getting into" it the way I would otherwise.

    While I found it much less heady than Carnal Flower, it's still reasonably strong in longevity if on the quiet side in sillage. I prefer Carnal Flower dabbed ( one spray is a huuuuuge amount from Frederic Malle bottles, I've found ), and Une Fleur de Cassie sprayed ( somehow it smells more floral and less "dense" that way ).

    It's definitely one worth sampling, and I reserve the right to start appreciating it at some later date.

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    Thanks Galamb- I am looking forward to the Une Fleur de Cassie sample I ordered but I wait with a bit of trepidation too because of that air pollution note I keep hearing of ! I've not tried Farnesiana - I guess I ought to !
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    UFdC has cumin worked into it, in a way that I can only compare to the way it is done in AG Songes. Very different fragrances, but the cumin is masterfully achieved in both, IMO. Cumin done properly, where almost inperceptible, is probably the new "dirty" note as there are so many restrictions in current times.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    vidacon - welcome to Basenotes and thanks for your valuable input. You see, it's thoughts like yours that make me so intrigued by UFdC !
    Thanks for the warm welcome! Good to be here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    I like your style Leesee, so this heightens my expectations!
    How flattering! And I like your style, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Thanks Galamb- I am looking forward to the Une Fleur de Cassie sample I ordered but I wait with a bit of trepidation too because of that air pollution note I keep hearing of ! I've not tried Farnesiana - I guess I ought to !
    If I recall correctly, Nostalgie is a big fan of Farnesiana -- she may also be a fan of UFdC, come to think of it. Maybe you should try to get her opinion?

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    Nostalgieeeeeeeee !!!!! Whoo Hoo - where are you ???
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    Thank you for the post, mysticknot. I am not too familiar with mimosa notes, only being aware of Guerlain's Champs-Elysees and the short-lived flanker Too Much. I blush at this, but will have to explore a bit more.

    I also think Cuir de Russie is divine...aldyhydes, flowers and gentle leather...
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    Default Re: Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    Hi,
    Welcome!I am quite new myself here(a bit over month) but you have found yourself another one big fan of Une fleur de cassie by Fr.Male.It is one of my"want definitely to buy" scents!I have tried myself just a few drops of it, thanks to a loving friend of mine(thank you my dear ) and i consider it to be one of my favorite ever fragrances,you know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    Hi,
    Welcome!I am quite new myself here(a bit over month) but you have found yourself another one big fan of Une fleur de cassie by Fr.Male.It is one of my"want definitely to buy" scents!I have tried myself just a few drops of it, thanks to a loving friend of mine(thank you my dear ) and i consider it to be one of my favorite ever fragrances,you know!
    Well, I am hoping to join the UFdC fanclub- I hope it does well on my skin- waiting on my sample !
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    You have to let us know what you think of it once you have had a chance to evaluate it for yourself! :-)

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    I consider Une Fleur de Cassie to be one of the best fragrances of the past 20 years, but the Frédéric Malle SAs, at least in Paris, tend to say that it is a "connoisseur's scent": it's not as easy to "get" as some of the house's other offerings. It is extremely complex and hard to pin down. I don't find it fleeting at all, but then fragrances tend to have good longevity on me.
    I like Tott's association to Chanel Cuir de Russie: they're not similar at all but if you love one you could love the other -- I certainly do.

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    Hi everybody!
    Out of my Malle samples,Cassie was,surprisingly, one of my favorites. And I'm no floral girl! It's my second choice on the "Malle-to buy list"..first one is, of course, M.Ravageur..
    Actually, I don't find it stinky at all..only lovely, distinctive, old-style..it's funny, but my reaction was similar to another "badass":MKK. I had read soooo much about it, was insanely curious about how bad it would smell..and in the end..it was just perfect.
    Let us know what you think when you smell it!

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    Hmmm.. all good thoughts - thanks everyone !
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    Quote Originally Posted by carmencanada View Post
    I consider Une Fleur de Cassie to be one of the best fragrances of the past 20 years, but the Frédéric Malle SAs, at least in Paris, tend to say that it is a "connoisseur's scent": it's not as easy to "get" as some of the house's other offerings. It is extremely complex and hard to pin down. I don't find it fleeting at all, but then fragrances tend to have good longevity on me.
    I agree with carmen - easily one of the best scents of the last twenty years. I'm not a floral gal and this has fruit too. It took me four tries to get it and when I finally did it was love.

    The 'pee' note is due to the sage which, as Turin says, smells of urine to some. It's an extremely complex scent that somehow manages to smell floral, fruity, herbal and musky in different degrees. I adore the fact that it performs very differently, depending on the temperature. I never tire of it. When I wear it I'm always moved by the fact that DR had free reign and chose to create this particular scent.

    I think the pollution thing is a combination of the sage note and also the musks used, that give a strange 'catch in the throat' effect. I personally love that musty note, reminding me of old books and damp earth.

    It certainly splits opinions. The last time I wore it at work my boss wrinkled his nose and asked what the strange smell was 'like stale flower water in the bottom of a vase'. Pah - what does he know - he wears Lynx body spray!

    Anyway, don't be surprised if you're not smitten at first sniff. It does take a few wears to 'get' it. It's a beauty, but as with all great beauties, its' unconvential aspects elevate it from the merely pretty, to breathtaking.

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    One of my favorite scents, and one that comes close to reminding me of real mimosa [the yellow fuzzy kind, not the kind with petals], precisely b/c it does not rely too much mimosa absolute for its identity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Nostalgieeeeeeeee !!!!! Whoo Hoo - where are you ???


    I just saw this!!!

    Hi mysticknot! I haven't been around for a while. I must have "heard" you call b/c I was drawn to the forum as I sipped my morning coffee today.

    Farnesiana: I have read that it has been reformulated in a significant way. Mine is vintage, but I'm not sure how old. Very almondy, with a start that is shockingly sweet, but that is balanced bitterness, even dirtiness (but not skank, no armpits, no sweat), and an almost tangy quality. A peculiar, fairly assertive bitter-sweet combo. On this hot day I find it cloying, but in other weather it is just right.

    I don't find Farnesiana (the formulation I have, ay least) to be too much like UFdC in more than a general way, not literally and not in mood. But I like it very much when I can tolerate all the almond (heliotriope, I think and maybe lots of mimosa absolute which can be almondy)

    UFdC is in a category of its own, though, so strange, wonderful, unique...a little almondy (but not sweet) in the very beginning, but that fades off quickly.

    I feel as if Ropion is the only perfumer who "gets" the infidelity of mimosa absolute, adjusts, and builds around that "corrected" mimosa note to capture the dusty, sort of bleachy quality of real mimosa. But then he doesn't stop there.

    So UFdC gives me my mimosa fix and then moves beyond that...glorious.
    [The odd, male-armpit note is cuminy to me]
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    Well, seeing how this is my SotM(orning), here is my two cents worth. Take this for what it is worth as I am in NO WAY an expert AND this is my very first wearing...

    First impression is an initial old school floral, smells vintage
    Damp, slight aquatic note
    A tiny bit of overripe cantaloupe for melon for a fleeting minute
    Unbaked yeast dough
    Cold frag that reminds me of Hermes Hiris, that damp cold earthy root/veg note
    Not a big floral, wears very close to my skin

    I have had this on my skin for twenty minutes or so and it is only vaguely floral at this point.
    The initial floral opening does not last long on my skin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    I just saw this!!!

    Hi mysticknot! I haven't been around for a while. I must have "heard" you call b/c I was drawn to the forum as I sipped my morning coffee today.

    Farnesiana: I have read that it has been reformulated in a significant way. Mine is vintage, but I'm not sure how old. Very almondy, with a start that is shockingly sweet, but that is balanced bitterness, even dirtiness (but not skank, no armpits, no sweat), and an almost tangy quality. A peculiar, fairly assertive bitter-sweet combo. On this hot day I find it cloying, but in other weather it is just right.

    I don't find Farnesiana (the formulation I have, ay least) to be too much like UFdC in more than a general way, not literally and not in mood. But I like it very much when I can tolerate all the almond (heliotriope, I think and maybe lots of mimosa absolute which can be almondy)

    UFdC is in a category of its own, though, so strange, wonderful, unique...a little almondy (but not sweet) in the very beginning, but that fades off quickly.

    I feel as if Ropion is the only perfumer who "gets" the infidelity of mimosa absolute, adjusts, and builds around that "corrected" mimosa note to capture the dusty, sort of bleachy quality of real mimosa. But then he doesn't stop there.

    So UFdC gives me my mimosa fix and then moves beyond that...glorious.
    [The odd, male-armpit note is cuminy to me]
    Nostaglie - thanks for 'hearing ' me call ! And for your great opinions about Farnesiana and Une Fleur de Cassie. I will give both a try !
    It's funny - but most perfumes that people describe as ' skanky' and dirty are really not so on my skin except for L'air de Rien .
    ( Even Muscs Koublai Khan which I tested at the Scent Bar was not very skanky to me . )
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    Default Re: Une Fleur de Cassie and Cassie / Mimosa

    Quote Originally Posted by *bloomy* View Post
    Well, seeing how this is my SotM(orning), here is my two cents worth. Take this for what it is worth as I am in NO WAY an expert AND this is my very first wearing...

    First impression is an initial old school floral, smells vintage
    Damp, slight aquatic note
    A tiny bit of overripe cantaloupe for melon for a fleeting minute
    Unbaked yeast dough
    Cold frag that reminds me of Hermes Hiris, that damp cold earthy root/veg note
    Not a big floral, wears very close to my skin

    I have had this on my skin for twenty minutes or so and it is only vaguely floral at this point.
    The initial floral opening does not last long on my skin
    Bloomy -I am abit half dead this morning and I am sorry I missed your post earlier. Thanks for your impressions..... I'll add mine as soon as I get my sample and test.
    Is the 'unbaked yeast dough' note good or not good ??

    I like Hiris - cold and damp,earthy sounds good!
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