Frederic Malle Monsieur is the newest release from the Malle line, created by Bruno Jovanovic. Intended as a masculine answer to Portrait of Lady (this is supposed to be just for girls? Huh.)
Notes of patchouli, mandarin, rum, vanilla and musk.
Definitely masculine and starts off as a big patchouli bomb. I’m going to hang in here and sort this, but patchouli is not my thing. It skews very masculine, and once you get past the patchouli, as it settles down, there is a lovely boozy vanilla that starts smoothing out my ruffled nonpatchoulilovin’ nose. It’s an earthy patchouli, closer to Serge Lutens Borneo, but without the chocolate and fussy-hot librarian.
If you love patchouli that tends to the dry and earthy, run quickly to try Frederic Malle Monsieur, you should find much to love. If you are hoping for more rum and vanilla with more of a skosh of patchouli, you’ll be disappointed. I would have liked a lot more rum and/or vanilla, even it came on later and stronger in the drydown. It is there at points, but it does smell like a lot of patchouli up close. At a distance, when I just wave my arm by my nose, it’s much more complicated, which keeps me from throwing it in the “Patty No” pile completely.
So … I don’t hate it, it has too much patchouli for me, but that’s a low bar anyway. It’s much more interesting in the waft than it is in the nose to skin sniff, and I think I’d love this on someone else as it would be a little further away from my nose.
Winners of the Guerlain Ne m’Oubliez Pas samples – fluert4fleurs, Dina C, Sun Mi and Katharine (first commenter on the post). Winners of the Paris treasures samples (new Iunx and the three Guerlains that are new) – Islandjavaguy and patsi33. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you!
We shall do a giveaway of Frederic Malle Monsieur samples. If you hate patchouli, comment anyway, and if you win you can choose another Malle to sample instead. How’s that? So comment away, I’ll draw four names at random next week as winners. So patchouli, yes or no? Too hippie’ish? Earthy, lovely and amazing?