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    Default FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Hello guys! I am considering getting a Frederic Malle perfume. I have never smelled any of them. So I might get a Malle through blind buy. And we all know, Frederic Malles are not that cheap so I don't want to get disappointed with my blind buy. Based on what I have read and heard about, I am actually leaning towards Musc Ravageur. I bought a sample, but it hasn't arrived yet. I can't wait. So now I am asking you people, my trusted noses. For those who have smelled Frederic Malle perfumes and for those who have Malles, which one do you think is the best this house can offer? What and how does it smell like?

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle: Which one is the best?

    My favorite is Noir Epices.
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    Default Re: Frederic Malle: Which one is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    My favorite is Noir Epices.
    Hi Petruccijc, what does it smell like?

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    I've only tried Musc Ravageur and Noir Epices, so far. Loved MR, but NE was too aldehydic for me.
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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    You can buy blindly any of them...
    But I would suggest to buy Frech Lover firstly..
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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Noir Epices, but I wouldn't advise buying blind.
    Last edited by JON RODGERS; 9th August 2010 at 09:21 AM.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    These are tricky to buy blind. You'll be getting Musc Ravageur soon - no need to elaborate further. I love Une Fleur de Cassie, but this is not a manly fragrance so to say Noir Epices is definitely great (I own it too), but again, way too unconventional to buy blind. Carnal Flower is great, but not for me (Tuberose). So is Une Rose, but short-lived and a tad too green on me, unfortunately. The reviews here give a really fair picture.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    These are tricky to buy blind. You'll be getting Musc Ravageur soon - no need to elaborate further. I love Une Fleur de Cassie, but this is not a manly fragrance so to say Noir Epices is definitely great (I own it too), but again, way too unconventional to buy blind. Carnal Flower is great, but not for me (Tuberose). So is Une Rose, but short-lived and a tad too green on me, unfortunately. The reviews here give a really fair picture.
    Thank you for the input. The reviews sometimes can be confusing hahaha. I called Joyce shop in Queens Road in Hong Kong and asked them which ones are their best seller with Malles and the SA said, Noir Epices and Vetiver Extraordinaire. I have a lot of vetivers in my collection already.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Volley..blind buy doesnt seem a very good idea...

    Why don't you log on to their website and fill out the questioner, their adviser will email you back with the suggestions that might suit your style. I tried once and the result was L'eau d'Hiver and Dans tes bras, and you know what.. i did like it L'eau d'Hiver, a lot, French Lover comes second and follow by En Passant.. not sure about dan tes bras..

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    I have a small Musc Ravaguer sample you could have if you PM me your address

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    Volley..blind buy doesnt seem a very good idea...

    Why don't you log on to their website and fill out the questioner, their adviser will email you back with the suggestions that might suit your style. I tried once and the result was L'eau d'Hiver and Dans tes bras, and you know what.. i did like it L'eau d'Hiver, a lot, French Lover comes second and follow by En Passant.. not sure about dan tes bras..
    Cx827, will sure go check out the questionnaire. Thank you! Now I can't wait to see what their suggestion would be. Unfortunately their website is down right now, will be back August 23. grrrrr

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    Please Please sample them first, i never loved any of them upon first sniff.... but now am hopelessly in love with Geranium Pour Monsieur. All are very original, but not a single Frederic Malle fragrance is loved by everyone. Everyone loves Musc Ravageur, but i dont, it depends on your nose, so sample them as much as you can. This might be one house where reading reviews might just be for the fun of it....

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    All them are very very good.I like all of them and i own VETIVER EXTRAORDINAIRE ( the best vetiver after ENCRE NOIRE ), DANS TES BRAS ( magnificent violet ) and MUSK RAVAGEUR ( both by Maurice Roucell ), FRENCH LOVER ( overdose of angelica ), GERANIUM POUR MONSIUER ( the best geranium IMHO ), the super sexy CARNAL FLOWER ( potent tuberosa, very nice for summer ).
    But as i have said they are all magnificent
    Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    I have to agree with the advice to wait to sample first. My husband tried Nois Epices last year and was all set to buy a bottle last week when we visited Barneys, but when he tried it again, he decided against buying; he decided he didn't like it after all.

    I was the one who ended up buying a bottle-- Une Rose-- which I didn't care for last year!

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    I'm really pissed off with Frederic Malle.
    I want to buy a sample pack from them, but they only accept credit cards.
    I send them an email, asking if it is also possible to pay with Paypal.
    They simply do not answer me.

    After that I mailed a local perfume store which has the Fredeirc Malle perfumes.
    Asking if I can buy samples from them.

    They also do not send an answer back!!!

    I know TPC has them, but their prices for such small samples are so outrageous.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Musc Ravageur definitely.

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    I've tried whole FM line.....

    My advice is not to buy blind any of FM perfumes, they are expensive and unique. Sample them first.
    But if you wish to blind buy I would suggest Musk Ravageur and Vetiver Extraordinaire....you're probably gonna like them.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    They are all pretty good, but be patient and sample. I happen to like Noir Epices, but I don't lovvvvvvve it. It is very well made though and the strongest scent I own.

    Vetiver Extraordinaire is the strongest vetiver I've run into. MR just didn't work on me. I may have been anosmic to the musk in it, but many love it as well.

    They make a nice range of different scents, and many here have one or two that they are passionate about. But as many here have said, you should really sample them. They are fairly unique and distinctive. Some you might not like at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon View Post
    I've only tried Musc Ravageur and Noir Epices, so far. Loved MR, but NE was too aldehydic for me.
    What he said times 10
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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    I think you should sample before you buy - as it has been said above- Freddie Malle is kinda unique but I love Carnal Flower..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by limaaa View Post
    I've tried whole FM line.....

    My advice is not to buy blind any of FM perfumes, they are expensive and unique. Sample them first.
    But if you wish to blind buy I would suggest Musk Ravageur and Vetiver Extraordinaire....you're probably gonna like them.
    +1 Solid advice. I love them all, but they surely aren't for everybody.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Cologne Bigarade and Geranium pour Monsieur are my favourite two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    I'm really pissed off with Frederic Malle.
    I want to buy a sample pack from them, but they only accept credit cards.
    I send them an email, asking if it is also possible to pay with Paypal.
    They simply do not answer me.

    After that I mailed a local perfume store which has the Fredeirc Malle perfumes.
    Asking if I can buy samples from them.

    They also do not send an answer back!!!

    I know TPC has them, but their prices for such small samples are so outrageous.
    they are funny about samples, i have been chasing places trying to get some samples of them.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    they are funny about samples, i have been chasing places trying to get some samples of them.
    We know that Monsieur Malle doesn't want his friends maids to wear his fragrances, maybe the same goes for hicks in the boonies...


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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    I own MR and would actually consider it relatively safe.
    A great, well behaved sensual oriental that almost anyone will appreciate who likes cinnamon, vanilla, musk and sweet frags in general.

    I dont yet want to recommend on others as I have to revisit this line myself, last samplings were over a year ago.

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    I don't think any of them are full bottle worthy. They all smell souless, clinical and aloof with the possible exception of Carnal Flower. This is my favorite from the line.

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    Les Senteurs offers samples of the line. Shipping is free and it’s definitely cheaper than ordering from Malle direct. I’m pretty lucky as i also live in a city with a perfume shop that has Malle in its stock. So far i’m very impressed by French Lover and Vertiver Ex and Noir Epices. But FL is the one to get, imho. Unique and strikingly elegant.

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    I like many, but Noir Epices stands out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorag View Post
    Les Senteurs offers samples of the line. Shipping is free and its definitely cheaper than ordering from Malle direct. Im pretty lucky as i also live in a city with a perfume shop that has Malle in its stock. So far im very impressed by French Lover and Vertiver Ex and Noir Epices. But FL is the one to get, imho. Unique and strikingly elegant.
    When I had read your post, I immediately googled Les Senteurs, having some kind of euphoria that I finally might have found a shop with "normal" prices that sell FM samples.

    Now I see their samples do not have a spray



    (lol..)

    By the way, I am sorry for going off-topic.

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    Default Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    They all smell souless, clinical and aloof.
    Being someone who does enjoy the line for the most part, I actually kind of agree with that. I guess I would call them "precise" rather than "soulless and clinical" ...and I think that's what I like about them. They're designed with certain goals in mind, as far as notes and themes, and they achieve those goals with astonishing efficiency and accuracy.

    Anyway, I like Vetiver Extraordinaire, French Lover and Bigarade Concentree the most so far. I would like Angeliques Sous la Pluie a lot more if it was a bit stronger. Have not tried Carnal Flower yet.
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