Finally, Frederic Malle Music for a While showed up. The newest launch, created by Carlos Beniam. Notes of lavender, patchouli, amber, vanilla, pineapple, mandarin, lemon and bergamot.
That note list scared me for a minute. You know what the world does not have enough of? Great pineapple perfumes. Tricky to do, and the only one I can think of that I loved was MPG Bahiana. Are there others? But the genius of Malle Music for a While is lavender splashed with pineapple.
Not if I had lived a thousand years would I have thought that note combination was worth doing, but it is! Warming it up with amber and vanilla takes away some weird edged that might have otherwise induced some scent vertigo. It goes on all bright and sunshiny, lemon and bergamot and lavender. This is my least favorite part, weirdly enough. Too much lavender for me. But give it a bit, and the sharp lavender edges get rounded off with vanilla and amber, and then you get these little edges of pineapple adding joyful sweetness,. The lavender becomes less lavender’ish. Just typing that, I realize it sounds suspiciously awful, but it’s not!
Normally, lavender goes all sorts of wrong for me, but this works. Not sure that it’s moved me closer to lavender. I am now and always will be a huge fan of joyous perfumes. Frederic Malle Music for a While soars with joy.
I’ll give away three samples of this. Just drop a comment to be entered!