Passing by the Armani counter at Neiman Marcus on a recent visit, I spied two colorful bottles spotlighted front and center at the Armani Prive counter: Vert Malachite and Rouge Malachite. A spray or two later on tester cards and I committed one to skin.
Vert Malachite entranced me, but for a while I wasn’t sure why. All I knew was that I kept sniffing my wrist repeatedly throughout the day. But I read up on it and a light bulb clicked. This EDP creates a slightly sweet, creamy tuberose effect (although it’s not listed anywhere in the notes) with a sliver of green running through (lily and ylang, I think), grounded nicely with a smoky effect provided by benzoin and vanilla. Its jasmine-lily green, with a hint of warmth coming from the other notes, unveils a golden glow that lasted for hours. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t sneak a smidge of incense in there somewhere, too, although perhaps that’s just my quirky nose.
If you’re in the mood for a floriental with tuberose leanings, but want something warmer and more mellow than, say, Fracas or Carnal Flower, Vert Malachite might be worth a try: softly seductive without being in your face. In fact, upon subsequent sniffings, I think this could almost be a shy, more subdued little sister to Fracas.
Although I have to say that I don’t care for the green bottle this one comes in, or the deep red one that contains its sister scent, Rouge Malachite. (Of course, I wouldn’t complain if a bottle landed in my lap.) I love the color itself, but the all-green bottle of Vert Malachite is just a bit much. IMHO, it needed some contrast, perhaps a square gold plate bearing the name, as many others have had, or something else to break up all that green. The black bottles with the gemstone or gold caps really are the most attractive, to my mind.
The perfumer is Fabrice Pellegrin. Notes: Bitter orange, petitgrain, ylang-ylang, jasmine sambac, white lily, pink pepper, benzoin and vanilla.
This is part of “Les Voyages” collection, said to be inspired by Russia, but I wasn’t sure how it tied in. These two are pricier (at $310) than the others in the line, which range from $165 for the eau de toilettes to $270-$290 for the black bottles. But none are as dear as the Rose d’Arabie, which clocks in at $500.
I enjoyed Vert Malachite tremendously, and will happily use up my sample, hoping that I can get my mitts on more sometime in the future.
Have any of you sniffed this? What, if any, are your favorite Armani Prive scents? Which ones would you like to try? Or what are your favorite tuberose scents?
I’ve always enjoyed the deliciously dark Bois d’Encens, the sweetly refreshing Rose Alexandrie, and adored their limited edition La Femme Bleue. But many of their more recent additions have had a bit too much oud for my taste.