Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile and its soaring sunshiny scent reminds me of some other orange blossom perfume, but which one? I scurried over to my oversized Orange Blossom Perfume post to get some ideas. L’Artisan Seville is gorgeous and a little naughty, and there are some similarities, but that’s not it. Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs is sorta like it, but not exactly.
What, what, what isssss it? Oh. Could Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile be close to the much beloved and incredibly pricey Shalini?I found my little four mls I have left of it, and like all things that have been in a little bottle way too long, it’s gone off. The agony of losing my little bottle of sunshine! But is Cologne Indelebile as close as it gets?
I’m going by memory, and I’m thinking yes. Maurice Roucel did Shalini and Dominique Ropion did Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile. Two of my favorite perfumers’ take on orange blossom perfume. They aren’t exactly the same, but the effect is. They both soar and feel like the brightest burst of joy. Cologne Indelebile is a heavier take on orange blossom, not as meaty as Serge Lutens Fleur d’Orangeur, but heavier than Shalini. Shalini is an orange blossom hummingbird. Cologne Indelebile is an orange blossom hawk.
So not Shalini, but a kissing cousin in some ways. CI is something that feels like it should be airy and light, but it’s not really, and it sticks with great longevity, like how Carnal Flower sticks to you like an amazing Tuberose glue. A great addition to the Malle line-up and now one of my favorite orange blossom fragrances. It is perfect for summer, as is Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia,
I owe some drawings!! Frederic Malle pick winners – PrincessTonk and foxbinsf. Winners of the Unum Lavs samples – Sonia, TheCatsMother, Bastet and edpgypsy. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.
So drawing this week, let’s do a sample of Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile to two lucky commenters. Did you guys have a nice holiday weekend? Any exciting summer plans or a great pick for a summer perfume you want to snag?