If I had to choose one it would undoubtedly be Bigarade Concentree. Bitter oranges combine with rose and hay to produce an light, long lasting, and surprisingly sensual fragrance. You could use an entire bottle, and it wouldn't overbear. One of Jean-Claude Ellena's finest works.
Aside from BC I enjoy and own Bois d'Orage (French Lover), Carnal Flower, and Vetiver Extraordinaire. Sold my bottle of Noir Epices as I couldn't endure the vapid combination of orange, aldehydes and spices.
My only memorable experience was with Musc Ravageur. It wasn't fitting for me, personally, but I remember the uncanny ability to detect every single note. Not sure if that was totally due to its design or if the method of testing had an effect (the sales associate sprays a bit into this walk-in tube, about the size of a phone booth, the fragrance gets dispersed, then you walk in).
Avoid buying a lot of this particular fragrance, blindly. Due to its balance, I can imagine this frag developing in many different ways depending on the individual. It might not work on you.
I don't doubt the quality, it just wasn't good for me.
That said, I would much rather have a 1.5-2ml vial of fragrance for $5/£3 (les sentuers), which you can then decant into your 50¢ 2.5ml atomizers, than the $5 1ml atomizers / $3-4 .7ml vials at luckyscent.
If you buy samples often, it's a small difference that would add up to a bottle.
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Personally for the most part the house is overpriced, but, if I had to choose one, it would be Musc Ravageur
I decant a lot of fragrances, and whenever MR is one of them, it is the only one that I can smell. It just dominates with this sweet animilic spiciness that gets addictive if your not careful!
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Malle has so many good scents. But if you wanna pick one first scent for you, I think Musc Ravageur is what you will like. It smell like sex in the first 2 hours, and then, cinnamon and vanille makes this scent smell so romantic and lovely.
I owned a bottle of Musc Ravageur, I loved it the moment I first smelled it. After about a month I felt out of love and sold it. I found it well made, but a bit monotonous.
I don't understand that Geranium Pour Monsieur! I tried to appreciate it but failed miserably. I had to confront myself with the truth that I'm not the connoisseur I thought I was. It smells just like the 10-dollar geranium essential oil I have. All those nuances are wasted on me. The awesomeness that is only felt by the 'nose' people seems to skate over me *tears are falling*
It was created by Ropion, right! Ehhhh... Maybe in another life I will be able to heed its genius.
FM has many great scents, nonetheless. My most fave is Musc Ravageur.
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I fully understand how you feel about Geranium Pour Monsieur. I too have the essential oil of rose geranium and it is cheap, yes! I like the chill it gives me, but unfortunately it is very short-lived on me and altogether not complex or outstanding enough. Not even mentioning the price tag.
Well, I never tried geranium, so Geranium pour Monsieur was my first, and it was very barbershop for me, which I'm not so keen on.
My top 3 are Musc Ravageur, French Lover and Noir Epices. I would definitely suggest that you try everything first, because you're looking at fragrances where the notes are really accentuated, for example tuberose in Carnal Flower. When I first tried it, I felt like I was hit by a tuberose bomb, and Parfum de Terese was like a super intense Diorella. As much as they got much praise here, and I can see why they are so loved, but I just could not take them.
I feel like each may be a different 'person'. Some I dislike greatly. I prefer Noir Epices, and I prefer it above most other perfumes. To me, it smells faintly evil, in the best possible way. Like witchcraft should smell......! But a rather expensive bad date if you pick the wrong one...
Hi Lovecraft! Welcome to basenotes!
I got the Musc Ravageur in the end and loving it! Noir Epices is a very interesting frag. If I would get another bottle from the Malle line, it could be Noir Epices, who knows?!?
I agree with JWS assessment that the scents are methodical (Outrageous excepted, although I suppose it could be argued that it's methodical in how hard it is trying to be different). That's not a bad thing, per se, but it is a house style and that isn't going to jive with everyone. It's just like how Bond has a house style that many people here dislike. I'd try sampling a number of them first. They actually tend to be fairly simple scents on the conceptual level, but they are executed very well and with great ingredients.
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In this ranking:
1. Musc Ravageur
2. Vetiver Extraordinaire
3. Noir Epices
My vote goes to Geranium pour Monsieur. There is no better, more masculine mint that this, IMHO.
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I love L'Eau d'Hiver. It's a light air, milky almond and refreshing, kind of a morning scent. Easy for daily wear, comparing to some heavy and unique Frederic Malle frags. It's another Jean Claude Ellena's creation, so expect the minimalist masterpiece yet perfection.
Other Frederic Malle's perfume came close to be my fav. are: Musc Ravageur and Le Parfum de Therese.
Anyway, all perfumes from this line are also worth trying.
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If you contact Frederic Malle, they will send you samples... you don't need to buy blind or based solely on recommendations from Basenotes.
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On the issue of samples, although it has been posted recently, it bears repeating that Aedes now carries Malle and they do have a sampling program-- 7 samples for $15 postage included (see: http://www.aedes.com/samples.php.)
Granted that Aedes-decanted samples are small vials, whereas Malle's own samples are 2 ml sprays, but still it's a way to sample that doesn't break the bank.
One of my fav line. My order among the ones I own would be
1. Carnal Flower (Holy grail)
2. Une rose
3. Vetiver Extraordinaire
4. Iris poudré
5. French Lover
6. Musc Ravageur
7. Fleur de Cassie
Current top 10 in no particular order : Malle - Carnal Flower (pre 2008) ; Montale - Black Aoud ; Bond #9 - Silver Factory ; Tauer - L'air du désert marocain ; C&Z - No 88 ; Francis K. - APOM ; Creed - Aventus ; Amouage - Epic ; Profumum - Dulcis In Fundo ; Amouage - Opus V