Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion for Frédéric Malle

Notes: eucalyptus, tuberose, orange blossom, melon, coconut, jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and musk. I ordered a decant of Carnal Flower this past January. I had come to terms with Portrait of a Lady, and I decided it was time to get acquainted with the other grand dame floral of Monsieur Malle’s collection. I don’t know what … More Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion for Frédéric Malle

Portrait of a Lady: Take 2

Fragrance reformulation is a huge topic of conversation in perfumeland, and for good reason. Everything is eventually reformulated these days. Even if the original composition is both IFRA-compliant and a best-seller, brands are always looking for ways to produce their compositions in a less expensive way, and tweak the formula accordingly. Reformulation came up when … More Portrait of a Lady: Take 2

“Superstitious” Alber Elbaz par Frederic Malle

Notes: jasmine, rose, peach, amber, incense, vetiver, patchouli, and aldehydes. I was very excited for this newest edition curated by Monsieur Frederic Malle. It seems that this one is a similar idea to the Dries Van Noten collaboration from 2014. I loved Alber Elbaz’s work for Lanvin (and I would love for him to take … More “Superstitious” Alber Elbaz par Frederic Malle

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle: Portrait of a Lady

Notes: clove, cinnamon, rose, blackcurrant, raspberry, sandalwood, patchouli, incense, musk, amber, and benzoin. Is it possible to be intimidated by a perfume? Or, should I say, is it silly to be intimidated by a perfume? Because Portrait of a Lady is one of those iconic fragrances that I’ve seen people mentioning even from the very … More Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle: Portrait of a Lady