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    Default Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    I've heard great things about Frederic Malle and some of the brand's perfumes smell great. Carnal Flower and Portrait Of A Lady seem to stand out in particular. Which one do people prefer?

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Geranium Pour Monsieur is my favorite from the line.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Both great, both tiptoe on the feminine side. Completely different fragrances.

    PoaL is a beast and jumps off the skin and shouts. Carnal flower is softer and creamier. Both are feminine, but can be worn by a man. If you go very light on the trigger either one is a great one to wear. I like Carnal Flower slightly more if forced to pick.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Both are Ropion masterpieces that are easily worth owning, but I strongly prefer Portrait of a Lady of the two.
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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Between the two I prefer Portrait of a Lady, it's one of the best rose fragrances out there.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    While I agree with dougzar, they both tiptoe on the feminine side, Portrait of a Lady is easily worn by Men without anyone thinking you are wearing a women's perfume.

    Carnal Flower can be worn by Men, but I much prefer it when my GF wears it.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Own both and have worn both multiple times. If you like rose scents go for Portrait of a Lady and if you like your white florals (particularly tuberose) go for Carnal Flower.

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    I have tried them both but I Geranium pour Monsieur & MR.
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    Thanks very much for all the comments - much appreciated!

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    To be honest I felt somewhat let down by Portrait of a Lady. By Kilian Rose Oud is of better quality imo.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Of the two I prefer POAL, Carnal Flower is a tuberose bomb and imo more suited for a woman. I'm with rex, GpM and MR are my favorites from this line.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    To be honest I felt somewhat let down by Portrait of a Lady. By Kilian Rose Oud is of better quality imo.
    I am with Diamondflame on POAL, it did not favorably impress me. Carnal Flower is a beautiful fragrance that I love to smell on a woman.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    Carnal Flower is something special. POAL is a good scent but considering all the other well done rose scents available I don't think it stands out.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower Vs Portrait Of A Lady

    As others have said, PoaL is more masculine. It is a rose on a very modern woody ambery base. If you are used to more modern masculines and do not feel yet comfortable with florals, this one could be more approachable.

    Carnal flower is a tuberose, extravagant, luscious - more stereotypically feminine but who cares.

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