Portrait of a Lady, Noir Epices and Musc Ravageur. Just because
Thread: Frederic Malle Enthusiasts
I am currently in the very beginning stages of trying to pick out my first Frederic Malle fragrance. I have read the reviews. I have researched online. I have seen the scent "breakdowns". Now I am planning on getting a couple decants so I will finally be able to evaluate the fragrance itself. I need help figuring out which ones I should go for first. Give me your best sales pitch as to why I should choose which fragrance. Dig deep and find your inner salesman, really sell me on your favorite Malle!
Portrait of a Lady, Noir Epices and Musc Ravageur. Just because
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There are better houses than Frederic Malle to buy from. If you are spending that kind of money, buy something good. Don't waste a dime on Frederic Malle.
Musc Ravageur....just read my review on it in the directory.
I have Une Rose-- this is a strong red rose with a chypre feel to it once the top notes depart. It is very powerful and long-lasting stuff-- apply lightly!
I can tell you that so far I've enjoyed:
(in roughly that order)
but I didn't enjoy:
Geranium pour Monsieur
Good luck with your explorations of the Malle range...I'm sure you'll find a few that you like.
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others you might want to check:
Fench Lover / Bois d'Orage
Portrait of a Lady
Dan Tes Bras
L'eau d'hiver is very nice. Musc Ravageur and Carnal Flower too, i've tried these three. But, as stated before, i don't think this is the "definitive house" or something.
Morrison is right on the money, his first 3 are pretty much the only ones on my buy list. I started with Musc Rav but it was a VERY close call between the others. Noir Epices is just amazing in it's lasting ability and it's just so different, truly will last a week on clothing, it is a bit linear but amazing. Vetiver Extraordinaire, think Encre Noir with a bit more sharp punchy vetiver. It's also not quite as smoky but still wonderful.
If you haven't sampled them first I would do that, they are really VERY NICHE to me compared to designer scents and pack a serious punch easy on the trigger. Also definitely get a SPRAY sample it changes it quite a bit from just rubbing a bit on.
“Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back.”
Sound advice, I will definitely make sure to get atomizer vial samples.
My favorites are:
This is one of the best houses to sample. I am sure you find one or more to your liking.
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I tell you, what i've tested so far is quite good... maybe i'm not on the love train for Musc Ravageur (i prefer others with similar sexy/going out vibe).
L'eau D'Hiver was just awesome, maybe short on longevity/projection for the high price.
AS someone said before: this house is always in my to buy/to sample list but i never make my mind up and i buy other frags.
I love nearly all of them ! I encourage you to sample them all and choose your favourite , ignore the male female distinctions and enjoy
Why not try to fill out the questionnaire on the Malle's website. They give you a result with three suggestions of something you might interest in.
Iris Poudre (Best take on Iris I have ever tries, so smooth and silky, you just can't dislike this)
Vetiver Extraordinaire (some find it generic, I do too sometimes)
Portrait of a Lady (haven't tried it myself but sounds exciting)
Lipstick Rose (Unwearable but very, very interesting)
Ones you might like, but I don't:
Granium Pour Monsiour (Toothpaste, nice, but no longevity)
En Passant (Lilacs!)
Carnal Flower (arguably the best tuberose-bomb fragrance along with Fracas)
Ones I straight up don't recommend:
Une Rose (Nice, but not worth the price, better takes on Rose by both Western and Middle Eastern houses overflow the market)
French Lover (Bois du Portugal is better...and I hate Creed, or New York by PdN if it smells similar to BdP)
L'eau d'Hiver (Nice, but smells like generic shower gel/deodarent, no longevity as well)
Bigarade Concentree (can turn into body odor, no longevity as well, Get Terre d'Hermes, Declaration Cologne, or one of the many Hermes citrus fragrances)
Noir Epices (Good in Concept, in reality I found it to lack balance, spices fighting flowers, might give it another try, but for now, nasty body odour smell)
A general heads up with Frederic Malle though, do not be fooled by their openings, almost every Frederic Malle had a nasty, boring, generic or just generally bad opening. But they grow up on you. Regardless of what some say, I really like this house.
I've just recently started to get into Malle frags. For some reason it's taken me a while to warm up to them - I was quite indifferent to them before, but just in the last couple of weeks I've realized how great they are. The ones I like the most so far:
(in that order)
My favourites are Musc Ravageur and Vetiver Extraordinaire
My favs are :
Dans tes Bras
Geranium pour Monsieur
But they all very very good
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..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
Malle excels at high quality and relatively direct scents. I feel that the house is less effective when it goes for something too bombastic, like Musc Ravageur or Noir Epices.
Best examples (in no particular order):
French Lover/Bois d'Orage
I also admire Angeliques Sous la Pluie as a work of art but would never seek it out due to longevity issues.
Overall, a great house.
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I think each of his scents is a very good version/idea, you just have to decide what you're all about... Ie carnal flower is a great floral, but if you don't like florals then you'll probably hate it... Vetiver Extraordinaire is probably an excellent vetiver, but I don't like it....
personal taste picks:
Dans Tes Bras
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Carnal flower smells like an old lady. Noir epices is obnoxious. French Lover/Bois d'orange like old-times aftershave your grandfather would've worn.
Actually all these 3 I do like, most notably probably French Lover, but I'm undecided, think I will have to try them over and over to understand these ones.
Carnal flower however I defienetly won't buy, can't get rid of that picture in my head of an old classy lady......it's to clean for my taste also.
Noir epices is very very interesting and punches you in the face in the best most lovely way, but sometimes that's not a good thing either. However recently I've gotten a bit more used to it and found it less harmfull than when I first tried it. Obviously you have to be a bit light on the hand when applying this is my knowledge.
French Lover has a stunning Clove/Orange thing going on together with some other things (the orange and I think the clove, but perhaps not so much the clove, stay a looooooong time), but like I said.
UNE FLEUR DE CASSIE I SAY!!!!!!!! You should def. try this one. It's both warm/charming/pretty/flowery or something like that and at the same time almost coarse, dirty in some sense most defienetly, a bit or quite odd....... Unlike Carnal flower I find this much more unisex. Everyone sohuld at least try it!
(Well that wasn't much of a sales-pitch perhaps.......I didn't bother with the poetry so much but read som reviews here on basenotes or elsewhere on it then )
Iris poudre is very nice and I find in it no flaws except that it is way to inoffensive for my tastes, and perhaps perhaps a bit to feminine. (by Pierre Bourdon who made one of my absolute favorites - Ghost Man)
Une Rose I'm on my way trying.
Any more thoughts on (preferably form a male-point of view):
Angeliques Sous La Pluie
Le Parfum de Thérèse
Angelique Sous La Pluie is my favorite from Frederic Malle. I just reordered a big bottle of this as part of my spring readiness kit. The fresh green peppery scent of Angelique has no equal and is especially good for spring weather. The green is mesmerizing and almost narcotic for its freshness. As far as lack of longevity, yes it doesn't last past 3-4 hours and that is if you apply heavily. It's the price you pay for this kind of freshness, IMO. Every time I opt for a longer lasting different green scent I discover that it lost that special fresh green sapling aspect that Angellique has in order to achieve longevity.
My next favorite is Bois d' Orage/French Lover - I like BdO for its damp moss and dirt smell - a very special one. You smell like you just emerged from slogging through the dense forest through a rainstorm. It is a nice smell.
I also am a fan of Outrageous especially for hot weather. It is a wintergreen fresh ozonic scent that I suspect has a bit of tuberose hidden amidst the synthetics. I think its perfect for what it is intended to be - an eye opener!
I have MR and VE and like them very much.
I've smelt Carnal Flower and Portrait of a Lady. Both nice too.
I've smelled almost all of them, i must say the only one i didn't like that much was Geranium pour mounsier (i'm going to revisit it in a few months).
Right now i only own MR and Noir Epices but i'm surely buying also French Lover (and i wasn't very impressed when i first smelled it).
A special mention goes to Carnal Flower (a must try imho).
The only Malle I own so far is Le Parfum de Therese. This description is on the box: "Tangerine and melon giving way to a carnal rose and plum heart; the base of cedar, vetiver and leather lends class." This fragrance has a certain edginess about it which I love.
I don't know if you still can but it used to be you could get a free sample from FM if you don't live too near a store carrying it. visit the website...
I have tried about half of the Malle line and found each to be very well made. My sales pitch goes to VE as it is extraordinarily versatile. It works in any season and any occasion. Give it a try.