So in one of my freebie bags was a sample of Malle’s Portrait of a Lady, a 2010 release created by Dominique Ropion. It’s a rose scent that was named after a Henry James novel (That I read eons ago…) I can’t comment on how well the scent reflects the heroine of the novel, but I do love a good rose scent, so off we went.
Notes (from Fragrantica) are Turkish rose, raspberry, black currant, cinnamon, clove, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, ambroxan, benzoin and white musk.
Of course Rose is the star here. It’s a big, lush rose, one of those cabbage-y looking ones whose scent says “ROSE!!” I do get a bit of fruity berries and surprisingly little patchouli and musk. It reads in the blurbs as being a lot darker than the scent really is on me, but I tend to eat musk scents that give brave men pause, so your mileage may vary.
Am I going to run out and buy it? Nope. It’s pretty, but I think there are a few less pricey rose scents that would do the trick for me just as well. $265 for 50ML isn’t the earth price-wise, but being merely “pretty” on me isn’t going to cut it. At the Usual suspects. I received my sample as a gift with purchase from Barney’s