Well, it finally hit Barneys: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady, by Dominique Ropion. The blurb from Barneys reads: “A Symphonic perfume combining notes of benzoin, musk and sandalwood with a patchouli heart topped by an ocean of rose essence.” I actually get a discernible cassis in the opening that last for about half an hour before ceding itself to the all-roses-all-the-time heart.
I kind of didn’t like it.
Of course, it’s not really designed for tall, middle-aged men with a love for sweaty musks and olfactory fireworks. I just think that there are other scents out there doing this dainty, doilied hyper good taste bit that I like better (barring reformulation, paging the house of Caron!). Heck there are roses at Barneys I like better. I will give them props for introducing something that an adult would wear and isn’t dripping with candy or cumin or bacon fat or whatever some niche perfumers would shove in there to be “different;” it just doesn’t work for me, any more than a floral pinafore and Mary Janes. I also have to mention that the lasting power on me was not stellar: after about four hours it was basically a lightly rosy skin scent. Which just might be the point.
At Barneys, $300 for 100ml. Caron Parfum Sacré is $50 at Amazon for 3.3 oz. Just sayin’…
inage: Portrait of a Lady, 1890, William Merritt Chase, wikimedia commons