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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    My experience wearing Carnal Flower from the sample on two different days was different. When I sprayed less the second time, the development seemed smoother. The opening was heady both times.

    For...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Today I'm trying Sample 15. Portrait of a Lady. Below I've pasted some shout outs for this one just from the first page of this thread. I'll look for some more to add, because it's so fun.

    I'm...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Maybe some saltiness from Dans tes Bras. I really enjoyed that one. Although it was light, I felt like the longevity was good. I'll look for saltiness next time. It's definitely unique to anything I...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Today I've been wearing sample 14: Dans Tes Bras (Don tay bra, in your arms). Frederic Malle advertises it as a skin scent, and it does come across as a scent without much of a top or opening. It...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I slammed it on paper, but today I'm trying 13. Iris Poudre on skin for the first time, and it's really nice. It's so different.

    I like it. I'm so conflicted. I wrote it off after testing it on...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Today I'm wearing 12. Cologne Indelible for the first time. It seems to share a note with Dior Homme Cologne.

    Up close on my wrist, Cologne Indelible smells nice, very nice, but as with Carnal...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Scent of the evening: 11. Une Fleur de Cassie. It has a lovely opening that again somewhat reminded me of the opening of Cuir de Russie, with apologies to those who disagree and don't appreciate the...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I've taken up the skin test on 10. Carnal Flower. So far, about 10 minutes in, it's intoxicating. Will update.

    About 3.5 hours in now. It has been fun. It was quite loud for the first hour, and I...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Most of them smell like flowers, so what's not to like? You are much more likely than me to go for a full bottle, Tennessee Blue Mike, but from the 18 I've tried, perhaps Dans Tes Bras (Don tay bra,...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I've now tested the nine new samples on paper:

    1. Carnal Flower - Dominique Ropion's sexy Tuberose? It's agreeable. I like smelling it, although it's not the smell I'm necessarily looking to wear....
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    "Ephemeral" is a handy euphemism for several of the scents I've been trying, and French Lover is one of the less guilty. For me, Vetiver Extraordinaire and Angeliques sous la Pluie are not strong...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    There's one 10-ml still available; you save $15 by joining the split compared to ordering direct, and you would be finalizing the split so you could share your smelling notes in this thread; and...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Fiveoaks - Today, wearing Eau de Magnolia, it has the feel of a fragrance from L'Occitane.

    Jasmin and Bergamotte from L'Occitane: 75 ml for $78

    Eau de Magnolia from Frederic Malle: 50 ml for...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    L'Eau d'Hiver is the early favorite from the nine samples I have. I agree that I need to sample everything in this line.

    Iris Poudre sounds amazing. I smelled Misia briefly on a recent trip, but...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Wow. That is awesome. You two are an inspiration.

    Carnal Flower has moved to the top of my to-sample list!
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    More undecided. I've only tried that one once. Angeliques sous la Pluie and Bigarade Concentree are more the ones that have me thinking great smell, but limited longevity.

    Eau de Magnolia was...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Cool. About $100 for both? I love that they sell small bottles. As I'm starting to take more notes on longevity, some of the fresh scents I'm sampling are falling short, perhaps, but the two you just...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I'm sold. Discontinuation often has an association with underachievement that's nice to avoid.

    Artful reformulation should become the hot new field. Who can adapt? Witness the drama unfold below...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, the self-styled master of perfumery and glove-making, is a house I have not sniffed at all; but the flavors you propose sound awfully familiar: vetiver, amber, water.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Any other houses, Jim, comparable to Malle, for your tastes?
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Black Cat - Thank you so much for posting, especially given you only post about two times per year! It's so awesome you picked this thread!

    It's a total stash. I love it. I have about 50 or so...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    So 8. Noir Epices is the challenging one, we may say? I'm trying it now so I won't argue.

    Does this count as a tea fragrance?
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Now I have to try it.

    Today I'm trying 7. Geranium Pour Monsieur. The opening is/was strange to me, but the mid is so nice. I'm going to put on more.



    Bois D'Orage (French Lover) was maybe...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I'm loving this house, after bad luck with some others I had tried recently. This was a great Basenotes tip!
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    6. French Lover (Bois d'Orage) reminds me of Acqua di Gio Essenza (I really like both).
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Diversions welcome. I love a sampler pack.



    So, I'll think of this smell as heliotrope; and that's a common note I would have smelled as a child, presumably, because it's so familiar and...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I love your post with so much detail. Today I'm trying this one, and it's 20 minutes after spraying, and I went heavy - not that their sprayer even allows light sprays, and yes it's completely...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    For me, there's a restraint to this line I like that I wasn't getting from sampling Xerjoff, Amouage, and some others. This line is wearable, for me.

    Today I'm trying 5. L'eau d'Hiver. Water for...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Dr. Seid - Thank you. This vetiver seems lighter to me than Sycomore. I understand it's a perfect recommendation for something light, elegant, sophisticated, inoffensive, and impressive smelling. I...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    You're right there. Time stands still for no nose.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I'm trying 4. Vetiver Extraordinaire today. I know vetiver from Sycomore. I'm starting to get used to the idea of vetiver as a wearable fragrance, but it's a gradual process, for me, apparently.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Drseid - I'm finally trying some of your recommendations. I'm so interested in Dominique Ropion all of a sudden after you and Badarun have endorsed his skill.

    For J.C. Ellena, his work with Malle...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Fiveoaks - Thank you! So far, so good on these fragrances, and I look forward to wearing them more and posting.



    I like what I hear about this house. The fragrances are expensive, but they're...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    It's like I'm guessing because it's so similar to Coromandel. It must have patchouli. I'm off to read the notes.

    So it looks like the common notes are vanilla and musk. No patchouli mentioned for...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Awesome, because two of mine are by Ropion: Geranium pour Monsieur and Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    Up to now that has not even been a name I've known, but now I'm curious to learn more.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I'm trying 3. Musc Ravageur, and it is similar to Coromandel. Sweet patchouli. Slightly dirtier. So strong.

    Does this have a signature Malle note? Can you tell from the smell that this is part of...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I was smelling a bit of this and that, liking nothing, and when I got to the Frederic Malle, every scent was hitting me as: "Hmm, this could be something?" Including Carnal Flower. I'm going to try...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    That makes sense: up to three samples upon request. That email address is on the website in the customer service link. Nice delivery time!

    Anyone reading this should order three samples and join...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    You're right, that sounds off. I may place an order, already feeling good about my fiancial contribution to the enterprise, but philosophically I'd rather pay the going rate per ml, and even a...
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    Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I have good impressions of the Frederic Malle house from reading this site and from their business practice of not selling on discount sites. I love the joke someone posted of a frustrated Captain...
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