Frederic Malle Promise is the latest release from the line. Inspired by the Middle East market, like Night, but without that high of a price tag, it has notes of rose, apple, rose, pink pepper, rose, clove, rose, patchouli, rose, cypriol (nagarmotha), rose, labdanum and, well, rose.
This is a rose fragrance from start to finish with some lovely other notes playing around. But it’s rose – BIG ROSE. If I smelled this rose in my garden, I would only approach it with a full bottle of holy water and a crucifix. It is a scary rose – like turpentine is burning under the petals somewhere, but you can’t figure out where exactly. How I love you, Dominque Ropion.
I loved it because it’s not like anything else. Shouldn’t there be more of those? There is an earthy component to this rose. I mean, it’s got big horny thorns, dirt, petals.
Frederic Malle Promise is not for mass market, and I suspect there will be more people who hate it than love it because it is not what they are expecting. It’s not Portrait of a Lady, it’s not a shrinking, shy, sweet rose. It is surprising, and I love surprising. But fair warning, you may hate it. Probably will hate it, that’s a Promise. Me, I’ll keep it over here and keep trying to figure out if I can sneak up on it and wear it before it wears me. You know what? Living dangerously, I put a spritz of the teeny bit of Night I have left on the other side of my arm. I may throw on some Carnal Flower with it. Lord, I am pungent!
Winners of Serge de Profundis, Puredistance I, Unum Lavs and Arquiste Anima Dulcis from Dia de Los Muertos giveaway – Jeanne and Maria
October Grabbag winner – nicevulady
So all you winners – 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 (Figment winners tell me if you want the man or woman_. 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.
There should be a couple of you to try this. Drop a comment to be entered to win. I’ll pick four winners. Will you hate it, you think, love it, be perplexed?