Going to Paris is always fun, and it’s even more fun if you get a chance to snag something a couple of months before it hits our lovely shores, and when I visited Frederic Malle, hoping the new Gardenia room scent was now in the big scented guns (it wasn’t, boo-hoo!), what did I spy, but the new Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten, or Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle, as it’s listed on the bottle, that had arrived just that day!
For a perfume that’s not even available in the United States yet (launching in April), there are a ton of reviews already. Hmmm, I thought I might be early on this one.
Notes listed – citron, sandalwood, guaiac wood, saffron, Spanish jasmine, nutmeg, clove, violet wood, tonka bean, Peruvian balm, Cashmeran/blonde woods, vanilla and musk (I combed several sources to get this list, and from what I’m smelling, I think it’s the most complete). Victoria noted “The sandalwood used in Dries Van Noten is santalum album, an Indian variety of sandalwood grown in Australia by a company called TFS.” A nice touch to find a source of sustainable sandalwood .
Dries Van Noten is really cuddly. The interplay with saffron, tonka, vanilla and musk is warm and inviting, with this weirdness that keeps developing the longer the scent is on, how the sandalwood mixes with something else – it’s cool, odd and never fails to amuse me. Denyse and I talked about the projection and lasting power in Paris. Like she does, I don’t find it to have a lot of projection as I lean into it. What I did notice, it has a great waft as you move. That quality is one of my favorite things to find in a perfume I really like that I think disappears too quickly. Don’t get heavy-handed with this, it has great movement sillage that might surprise you and persons around you. You’ll keep catching whiffs of something delicately balancing on the verge of gourmet, like a memory of gramma baking your favorite goodies in the kitchen – not real, better than real.
Malle wanted to embrace “the sober warmth of the Flemish people.” And I think he did that.
This isn’t a frivolous scent, but it’s not overly serious, either. There’s a comfortable eclectic sensibility in Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten, letting you feel cozy with your own weirdness. What I also admire is Dries wound up bailing on a designer fragrance with a company that does a lot of those (from Denyse’s post, and I do remember it being slated for a future release) and went with Malle to do his scent instead. And this fits him, Malle’s sensibility fits him. I’ve found myself spraying on Dries Van Noten every day since I got it. It is so easy to wear, but it has an aching tender vulnerability that makes me just want to hug it a bit and tell it not to worry about having three ears and Size 15 feet.
I’ve missed you guys! It feels like I’ve been away forever. Paris was wonderful. Seeing my family there was even better. We took in a day trip to the Champagne region. I also found a great scarf at Bon Marche, and I had to restrain myself from buying 30 of them. Ack, they were stocked up on beautiful, soft scarves this time. We finally go to the Louvre, also did lunch at the d’Orsay, met up with Denyse for drinks, and it was lovely. We really need to do a Posse trip over there one of these months.
So let’s do a giveaway for some Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten! I’ll give away 10 samples to randomly drawn comments on this post. Tell me what you’ve been up to while I’ve been away or did you get a lot of snow? We got another snowstorm – our third in a week – Sunday. I hadn’t made it out to replace the Tacoma that got totaled before we went to Paris, so I had to talk my youngest son into coming and getting me and driving me to the dealership to buy a car so I could go somewhere. My Barbie Car is very delicate and refusing to go in the snow, and I refuse to be sensible and trade it in on a sensible car, so I leased a sensible car instead. Well, sensible is relative. It’s more sensible than my Barbie Race Car.