Frederic Malle Superstitious Perfume Review

Frederic Malle Superstitious was launched in 2017Frederic malle superstitious.  Created by Dominique Ropion with notes of jasmine, rose, peach, amber, incense, vetiver and patchouli.  Frederic Malle Superstitious was a collaboration with fashion designer Alber Elbaz (formerly of Lanvin).

 I had been pretty antsy to get my hands on this. I loved Dries van Noten, it was Malle, but had an otherness to it where you could tell it had influence from elsewhere.  With this launch, there is the bottle change-up – black with that eye-looking thing in gold.  

Early on, what I was sure of is this would be a Big Girl Perfume and not something for little girls (thanks, March, for that post!)  And it is.  A floral aldehyde, it reminds me very much of the Lanvin classics with a modern slant. There is a more feral note snuggled underneath the aldehydes.  A somewhat dark, smutty rose.  It is big, y’all, and I don’t recommend wearing it to the office, but it is perfect for going out and when you want to make a statement. It’s beautiful and a modern classic.  Which, of course, means, mainstream will hate it.

Speaking of mainstream, I also tried the new Guerlain Mon Guerlain.  Listen, there is nothing wrong with it, but we have smelled this same thing from Guerlain in about ten different iterations. It’s pretty, a little gourmand, little sweet, inoffensive, mainstream.  I don’t hate it, you really can’t hate it, but I wish they’d swing for the fences. I loved Ne m’Oubliez Paz because it was all of those things with a smutty base that made my toes curl. Do that, Guerlain, more often.  

Winners of the Huitieme Aqaysos samples  – spring pansy, diana and Jeanne. 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.

So giving away three samples of Frederic Malle Superstitious.  Just drop a comment to be entered.  Big girl perfume lover or just hand over the Mon Guerlain?


Jennifer Counts April 6, 2017

I'm curious to try this one. Aldehydes are hit and miss with me (though I like them more than I used to), but the rest sounds right up my alley.

Tatiana April 4, 2017

Just catching up on my blog reading. This sounds so encouraging. I'm curious about this one. Love some classic Lanvin. I'll have to see if this is available at my local FM counter. Don't particularly like the sweet, little girl fragrances.

Laura Bynum April 2, 2017

So happy to hear your review on Superstitious! I just got a scent card in the mail from Frederic Malle's Editions De Parfums and this perfume (Ropion is my favorite) just blew me away. I'm still learning about the building blocks of scent and your description (incense! yes!) helps immensely. Thank you!

katrin April 1, 2017

I couldn't find anything intriguing about the Mon Guerlain. It was pleasant enough, but had no secrets to hide. Alas! Tried it on two times in the store. Still cannot believe it is so vacuous. I haven't given up yet, though. I do enjoy wearing the classics, Lanvin, Patou, Guerlain, No 5. I think they qualify as big. Curious about this one too!

pats133 April 1, 2017

I have not tried any Frederic Malle scents so would like this one to be the first. Mon Guerlain was a bit 'meh'; after i finished the sample i did not wish to get another. Thanks for the draw,

Michele April 1, 2017

Was disappointed with Outrageous, no staying power, but have been keeping an eye out for this one!

filomena813 March 31, 2017

I love big girl perfumes and I really like Dries von Noten. I am pretty sure I will like Superstitious as well and it is a good name for a perfume.

Paige W March 31, 2017

How lovely! Cannot wait to smell a new Ropion. He has the magic touch. Despite usually preferring gentle fragrances, I've found most of his scents utterly delectable. :)

Bastet March 31, 2017

With Guerlain I pretty much stick to the classics, although I do like Insolence edp. Would love to try this new Malle.

Monika March 31, 2017

I'm another lover of aldehydes! Rive Gauche was my signature scent. I never fail to get compliments on it. However, I'm not thrilled with the reformulizations so I'm hoping this will be my new signature! Please send me a sample - PLEASE!!!! :)

tiffanie March 31, 2017

Love aldehydes, but I tiptoe around heavy hitter scents. Enjoyed reading and thinking about the juxtaposition of these two scents in the perfume-o-sphere. I hope Mon Guerlain sells well so that some other popular scents will be less ubiquitous.

Libby March 30, 2017

would love to try these, too!

AnnieA March 30, 2017

I am a woman and I like grown-up perfumes. Also I now have Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" running through my head.

Queen Cupcake March 30, 2017

Commenting again just so I can be notified of new comments. Sheesh. I do love Malle scents, though. This one sounds like a winner!

Rosemary March 30, 2017

Sounds lovely! Got to try my first Malle, Portrait of a Lady recently. First try with about 1/3 of sample I liked it. Tried remainder yesterday, and fell in LOVE with it, made me happily swirled in roses all day!

Clarochka March 30, 2017

I am super excited about this one. I think pairing with other designers brings out the best in FM - and Dres van Nolten is a good example

Laurels March 30, 2017

Aldehydes I like in some perfumes and not others, but I always appreciate a Big Girl perfume, even though some of them (Aromatics Elixir) wear me.

Sapphire March 30, 2017

Enter one more for the Big Girl camp. I love Ne M'Oubliez Pas. Wish I had ordered a bigger decant when you had it at STC. Any chance you'll be getting it back in stock? I see you have other Guerlains. Wanting to try Neroli Outrnoir, too.

Betsey Riggins March 30, 2017

I can hardly wait to smell this. I love Dominique Ropion, especially his work with Malle, I love grown up lady fragrances. And I love Alber Elbaz. I've missed seeing his romantic Lanvin frocks, and I hope this scent is as exuberant, feminine, and joyous as his clothes.

leanne March 30, 2017

Interesting. I'm a suckered for amber and incense so I'd love to try it.

Olivia March 30, 2017

Interesting bottle. I'm a big girl perfume fan...but love Mon Exclusif and have high hopes for Mon Guerlain. Lavender is definitely NOT mainstream for "little girls" these days, even if it's been done to death before. So I have to say Guerlain may indeed be stretching it a little bit.

mikasminion March 30, 2017

I've been mildly curious about it but now really want to sniff it. I don't have a problem with safe and easy scents: sometimes I just want to smell like shampoo. But, when I don't feel the need to play it safe I really want to wear the big-girl stuff.

Kate E. March 29, 2017

This sounds so much more interesting than Mon Guerlain (and I am a huge Guerlain fan) but I agree with Neva that it sounds like another LPRN flanker. I wish they would change direction already!

Tracy O'Brien (@TracyEOBrien) March 29, 2017

Oh I am so looking forward to this one- My absolute favorite perfume is L'eau Scandaleuse, so I think that puts me squarely in the big girl camp

HeidiC March 29, 2017

This sounds freaking amazing! I'm definitely a big-girl perfume wearer -- Carnal Flower and Un Fleur de Cassie from FM, Papillon's Salome, Mitsouko, Coco, and Chanel's Cuir de Russie are my jam. Thanks for the draw!

Angela Boyer March 29, 2017

Ohhhhhhh Gimme Gimme GiMMMMME! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!! Fingers twitchin! I need a BIG GIRL grown Up, Punch "em in the face as you walk away Chanel No.5 Equivalent. Ropion & Malle are great together, I still adore Un Fleur du Cassie!!

Sandra March 29, 2017

Love aldehydes,love FM's fragrances. Would love to try. Haven't bought any samples lately. Must do a bit of research n get some. I have a craving to try something new.

Kathryn March 29, 2017

What I end up liking is so unpredictable that I can't say I'd fall into either the big girl or little girl camp. More like the majorly eccentric contingent? Some years back I thought I didn't like aldehydes and many of them I still don't. However, I've come to adore Guerlain Vega and Catherine Deneuve. Since they're both discontinued I need something new to fill that slot. I'd love to try this.

RoseMacaroon March 29, 2017

Just discovered my LOOOOOOVE oder aldehydes over the weekend, adventure-sniffing w/ NSTers, and definitely love/want/NEED the big girl perfumes, so I'd love to try this! Thanks for the draw!

Zazie March 29, 2017

Big girl here! With a penchant for big perfumes! And all things big, if I really must say it ;)

crystesmom March 29, 2017

Big girl here! Thank you for the draw, Patty!

maggiecat March 29, 2017

Ooh, this sounds interesting! Office scents have their place in my wardrobe (I'm wearing AG Eau d'Hadrien today, trying to keep awake after three nights of severe storms and little sleep) but I also like the Serious Statement Scents (OJ Woman, Amouage Lyric, Samsara...) Some days, I just want to be a force to be reckoned with! Would love to try this.

ElizabethC March 29, 2017

This sounds amazing!!!!! My perfume style varies depending on my mood but I do love the heavy hitter perfumes :)

Luanne March 29, 2017

Life is too short for insignificant perfumes, give me the big ones every time.

Hayley March 29, 2017

I have been waiting and waiting for this. Thank you for your review. I love the bold statement fragrances FM did so far!

Roxanne March 29, 2017

I've been waiting for this one to be released! I love Malle and aldehydes so Superstitious sounds perfect.

filomena813 March 29, 2017

Dries von Noten is one of my favorite Malle scents...I am looking forward to trying Superstitious. Thank you for the draw.

Ellen M March 29, 2017

Big girl? That's for me! The places I can't wear it I can't wear Mon Guerlain either. A Lanvin vibe? Whoo hoo! Bring it.

AmateurDilettante March 29, 2017

Big Girl Aldehydes!!! Oh that makes me so happy. Oh it sounds wonderful Thank you for the draw!

Lindsey March 29, 2017

Superstitious sounds good to me!

Audrey H. March 29, 2017

I'm curious about both of these. I love the idea of a big bold scent but many days call for easy to wear and pleasant.

Jeanne March 29, 2017

Can't wait to try. So tired of new scents that don't last more than a few hours. Is my body chemistry changing that much as I age???

Hera March 29, 2017

I am so curious about this, thanks for the review

kayceebee March 29, 2017

Big girl perfumes for me... Paloma Picaso, Aromatics Elixir, etc. Thank you for this opportunity to try a fascinating fragrance.

Sara March 29, 2017

Ooh, I'd love to try Superstitious! I do think Ropion's previous florals for Malle, Carnal Flower and Portrait of Lady, are two of the finest florals ever created! Big girl all the way - I have no wish to be bland...

Caroline March 29, 2017

Love perfume for grownups, and enjoy two other Ropions from this line, CF and UFdC. Peach and patch are giving me pause--they can be tricky for me--but gotta try it.

fmclavel March 29, 2017

I'm not superstitious... or am I ? I'd love to find out. Sounds lovely. I really enjoy scents that aren't mainstream.

EchoCharlie March 29, 2017

I have been waiting with bated breath to smell this!! Yummy!! Big Girl!! Malle!! Elbaz!! Amazeballs!!

Musette March 29, 2017

wait. What? WHAT? This vintage Lanvin Ho ........omg. Are you KIDDING ME? Okay - off to bug the Malle Folks! DNEM because you KNOW I am AWN this! xoxoxoA

Doreen Stelton March 29, 2017

As a big girl perfume lover, this sounds an enchanting.

MMKinPA March 29, 2017

I love the big girl perfumes but they remind me that we need more date nights! My work is with preschoolers so I have to be pretty gentle during the day (although I have one little girl who always compliments my perfume- a future perfumista!)

Queen Cupcake March 29, 2017

Classy lady, big girl--I am intrigued and I love the Lanvin vibe thing. Thanks for the drawing.

Lemoncake March 29, 2017

This sounds just beautiful. I also love Dries van Noten - this one sounds a bit more daring. Would love to try it!

Melanie March 29, 2017

Would love to try this gorgeous sounding fragrance. A combination of Malle and Lanvin surely can't disappoint!

tfk31 March 29, 2017

Another vote for big and bold. I am a Tuberose Criminelle,/ Carnal Flower / Bandit / Shalimar woman. I have quieter scents that I wear when I am in the mood, but the 90's created all of the subtle-don't-offend - scents the world will ever need. Make a choice and have people love or hate - trying to be all things to all people rarely works.

Taxi March 29, 2017

Sounds wonderful! We've been waiting for one such as this, which you've beautifully described.

Neva March 29, 2017

So glad you reviewed this and that it did not disappoint you. Yes to "big girl perfume"! Mon Guerlain is Le Petite Robe Noir's Xth flanker. Mercy...!

Bill Tse March 29, 2017

For a Rive Gauche fan, Superstitious surely sounds great!

janebkrn March 29, 2017

I am one of the few who actually like aldehydes.Why is it "big girl?" I don't see Lanvin as being.that way....more like a classy lady in the same. Vein as 24 St.Fouger.

zuzesknits March 29, 2017

A new FM - must have to try!

Suzanne March 29, 2017

Im in! Lets hope this big league can change the gourmand landscape

Maya March 29, 2017

I love the name, Superstitious, and that it is a big floral with PEACH! It's got everything I like.

Patchgirl March 29, 2017

You had me on "Big Girl Perfume." Love Malle's Dries Van Noten, Une Rose, and still navigating POAL. Would love a whiff of this one.

merrilyrow March 29, 2017

Love big and love aldehydes and love Malle and love Alber Elbaz. Even love that eyeball on the bottle. Cannot wait to get a whiff of this!

Richard Goller March 29, 2017

Like the sound of this new Frederic Malle. Will be interesting to see if Mon Guerlain is the blockbuster Guerlain wants it to be.

Michelle J Little March 29, 2017

Yes I did love Ne M'Oubliez Pas! Please bring on the big vintage-like beasties. They are my favorites. Wearing a very vintage Shocking just now and wishing I had lots more of it.

taleofahare March 29, 2017

I always enjoy the big girl bang. Thankfully I WAH so I don't have to worry about offending others at work. Only myself. LOL

Tara C March 29, 2017

Go big or go home! Can't wait to smell Superstitious.

Judy March 29, 2017

I am so curious about this hopefully enchanting parfum! Thank you for this opportunity!

islandjavaguy March 29, 2017

Yup, I am so ready to love this one! And a Lanvin vibe? Sign me up!

Rina March 29, 2017

I've been waiting for this for so long! I wear APLS to work, this one doesn't scare me, LOL!

datura5750 March 29, 2017

High hopes for this!