Frederic Malle Dans tes Bras

 

Finally got my little sample of Frederic Malle’s newest, Dans tes Bras.  Created by Maurice Roucel, it has notes of bergamot, clove, violet, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, salicylates, incense, Cashmeran (a mix of musk, woods, and resin), heliotrope and white musk.  DtB starts off very rooty and earthy, the dirt elements of woods and iris.  There’s some hints of musk, but it stays right in that very gorgeous dirt smell for a long time.  There are hints of the other notes floating around, thought I get more violet early on, and the incense and musk embellish the composition.  Oddly enough, I sprayed it on my arm instead of my hands, and I get much more violet.  This fragrance feels like fall to me, the outdoors, crisp and cold. I went out for a run on Sunday morning – it was cold and drizzly, and as I ran looking up at the trees turning color on the parkway, my eyes filled up with tears at how beautiful this world can be.  I should have been wearing Dans tes Bras, that would have made it perfect

This won’t appeal to everyone, but it certainly has itched my fragrance scratch in an almost pervy way.  It is different, knows what it is, and isn’t afraid.  More like this, please.  Oh, wait, there will be another on Thursday as I sniff Amouage’s hidden and sky-high priced treasure, Homage.  I should have picked my nose up off the floor by then.

46 Comments
Lee October 15, 2008

So excited to sniff this, of course!

Tara October 14, 2008

I'm intrigued to smell Dans Tes Bras - it sounds like 50/50 it could go either way love/hate. I've smelled the Amouage Homage - it was very good but didn't move me to pay $360+... I think I like Amouage 25 better.

Francesca October 14, 2008

Glad I read through the previous comments before posting because I was going to ask you if you took that photo, too! It's beautiful. I'm curious about Dans tes bras, too. You've really piqued my interest.

carmencanada October 14, 2008

I've already kind of pre-reviewed Dans tes Bras this summer before it came out, but decided to dedicate another post to its strangeness. It's one of the fragrances that are so out there you can't figure them out all at one go...

violetnoir October 14, 2008

Patty, this one may be worth a bottle, but I am still on the fence. I started to wear the rest of my sample today, but then decided on Lady Vengeance. I love the rooty, violet, salty, earthy part of DtB. But there is something way-ay-ay down in the base, don't know what it is, that bothers me. Maybe it's the cashmeran?? Further testing is warranted. ;) Hugs!

sevenjoy October 14, 2008

I ordered 6 samples of FM perfumes from their website becaused of this review! I just wanna try DTB as I always love the smell of dirt (have you tried Demeter's Dirt? It's a REAL dirt!) but then i found many of them sounded so interesting.... I've been reading your blog as well as other perfume blogs for almost one year and it become my daily enjoyment! Thanks so much! :x

Anthony October 14, 2008

The world really can be a beautiful place sometimes, beautiful enough to even make you well up with tears :) I loved the imagery. So my question after reading is, is this undoubtedly unisex?

Elle October 14, 2008

I'm mesmerized by that photo. Gorgeous! Dirt?! SOB! I get only the slightest hint of clean dirt and then it's all violets on my skin. Brutally unfair. I'd much prefer a mix of 80% dirt, 20% violet.

March the Impressed October 14, 2008

PS did you TAKE that photo? I bet you did. It's gorgeous.

March the Silly October 14, 2008

Ooooh, yummy!!!!!!! I am overdue for a hopeless lemming of some ridiculously priced, hard to get item! :x

Musette October 14, 2008

This sounds interesting! I am finding I have difficulties with certain musks (they quease me out, alas) but the violets and woods sounds lovely. I love the idea of violets, though the only violet I'm able to bear are more watery (Liz Zorn had a little sample of Violets and Rainwater that is beautiful, with the violets not going into that weird, Nose Slammed Shut phase). I am singing LOUDLY and covering my ears on the Amouage. I've steadfastly avoided them, as they are too pricey for this po' thang, at least for now.... ....(psst! don't like it, okay?) xo>-)

Maura October 14, 2008

Well...being that Fall is still far off in south TX...I'll take your word for it that this is a great cooler weather scent! I should be getting a sample soon from a scent-twin who also loves this! I'm looking forward to your review of the Amouage and with the USD gaining strength...ok...will never own this own but at least can enjoy your experiance! I think the 12mls is currently about $360ish?? I feel like I should be out for a good run right now! :-\"

Melissa October 14, 2008

Dans tes Bras sounds quite lovely. I was fairly disinterested prior to reading it. And now, I am now officially lemming a morning run. Too bad I hate running! A morning walk sounds about right though... As for Thursday, please tell us that Homage is mediocre, or at least not worth even 1/2 the price. Oh wait, at 1/2 the price, it's still expensive, isn't it?:((

sariah October 14, 2008

Thank goodness for Frederic Malle!

Louise October 14, 2008

Thanks, Patty for a new lemming 8-| Your lovely post changed my mind about giving this one a whirl, cynical as I've gotten over the fall's new releases. Sound wonderful :d/ ! I am now frightened to read Thursday's post-Homage is sounding way too compelling and very $-) Funny, though, after some recent perfume "investments" how my scale/perspective is shifting upwards:-$

Anne October 14, 2008

I am so sad about this one. Morphs once... beautiful, morphs twice...beautiful! Then, poof..gone. The dog on the other hand was snugglin' my arm for hours. I think its her HG. I'll try it again, till I get it right. :)>-

mollypenny74 October 14, 2008

I'm afraid of white musk. But, I will try a samp if available, it will be my trick or treat to myself. And a learning lesson either way. Your Fall morning run sounded moving. I bet the air smelled great too. Although Fall is the Southwest's best season as far as I'm concerned, it's not comparable to areas with moisture and more prominent change of season.

Justine October 14, 2008

Everything but the violet sounds wonderful to me. Violet screams spring to me and I have a hard time imagining it with musk, dirt sandalwood and patch, but then I guess that's why I'm not Maurice! I think I'll have to try this one for sure.

tmp00 October 14, 2008

Dirt? Incense? Patch? Musk? Yum!

Flora October 14, 2008

Of course I meant to say CLOVE!!! :-s

Flora October 14, 2008

I really like the sound of this one! Dirt and cloe violets, yeah, bring it on! And HOW on earth are you getting to try Homage, I thought it was practically mythical! Is it coming here soon, pleasepleaseplease!?! [-o<