I got a few Frederic Malle samples and tried Portrait of a Lady yesterday. I did not like the first 20-30 minutes, it had some sort of synthetic accord to it that I didn't care for. I'm glad I didn't scrub it off, though - after those 30 minutes it turned into a very nice, very rich, very realistic rose. The dry down is deep, dark, masculine - NICE! I was sniffing my arm all day and all evening - just one spray and it was still going into the night. I woke up this morning, still smelling it on my arm... That makes it almost 24 hours in longevity - a rare thing for me. Bravo Mr.Ropion!!
So with that said, I will likely add it to my shopping list. But while thinking about it, I thought I'd have some fun with it and pit it against another powerful rose fragrance - Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir. NdN is more chocolate-ish, but underneath that it's still a very powerful, dark rose. PoaL definitely reminded me of NdN, even though they are quite different in execution.
Which one do you prefer?