Music For A While by Frederic Malle

Hiya Perfume Posse! A sample of Music For A While came recently in my Surrender To Chance order. We had sniffed it last year at Le Bon Marché in Paris and had a wonderful hour or so with the SA there. I think Scott and Michael both bought bottles of fragrance and she was super generous with the samples. I love how peaceful Le Bon Marché is compared to the tourist shopping. Owned by LVMH and with all the luxury brands on show but with 1/1000th of the crazy.

Music For A While by Frederic Malle 2018

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Lavender, Patchouli, Amber, Vanilla, Pineapple, Mandarin

That crazy pineapple note on open backed up with a hefty shot of lavender is unlike anything else in perfumery. So fun and joyful. The pineapple is ripe and sweet and juicy. Contrasting so elegantly with the smooth as silk lavender and later a dark, chocolatey patchouli with hints of its earthy greenery makes my nose jump in excitement.

Not long into the life of Music For A While the whole fragrance warms through considerably and the amber and patchouli take centre stage. Lightly animal hints from the labdanum and the dark patchouli create a sweaty jungle, humus rich and resinous, heart. Quite the transition from the opening. This hums along merrily for hours, sweeter here, darker there, even some reemergences of the fruits.

Aside from the annoying name I love this. I keep imagining it on a lady exec. It works contrast to her buttoned up demeanour and clothing, giving a hint into the woman underneath and catching everyone slightly off guard. It gives her (or him, obvs) an edge, a difference and puts the others in the meeting on the back foot. Hard to think straight when you are being played across all the senses in different directions. This could easily be your secret weapon.

Music For A While by Frederic Malle

As you can see, I’ve thunked this sample! YAY! Now I’m thinking about a FB purchase………

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Patty loves Music For A While too

Portia xx



Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

  • Brigitte says:

    Wow! Another thunk!

    • Portia says:

      LOVE a good thunk Brigitte!
      Thanks for making the word so real for me. It’s given a whole new lease of life to my perfume addiction.
      Portia xx

  • Bastet says:

    Great review, it is such an interesting perfume. And I’m so happy that that it’s available in a travel spray size!

  • Musette says:

    Portia, absolutely NOTHING about MfA is on my to-love list. And yet I do love it! And I think the reason I do love it is those ‘surprising’ elements to which you refer – they keep popping up all throughout the life (or half-life, its longevity is pretty solid) of the wearing.

    and the ‘surprises’ are interesting, as they swirl around, running up and down, like a piccolo (sweatergawd, I did NOT plan that one. Sweatergawd. But! it is appropriate, imo)


    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette!
      Isn’t fragrance interesting. I often look at a note list and think I’ll love our hate it but somehow it manages to side swipe us and give us very different outcomes. I think that’s half the fun,
      Portia xx