Frederic Malle Synthetic Jungle is the latest release from Malle. I can’t even remember what was the last release they had, seems like it was two years ago? Can that be right? Rose & Cuir in 2019, I looked it up.
Was super-stoked for this new one, though the name gave me a lot of pause. The story behind this goes that Malle wanted a tribute to the big, green glorious perfumes of the 70s, but modern, so he told Anne Flipo to take the things she loved from things like Estee Laude Private Collection (I have loved this one forever!), keep those, and then toss the things that didn’t work.
Okay! Notes of galbanum, basil, black currant, jasmine, hyacinth, lily of the valley, almond, ylang, oakmoss and patchouli. It opens like you just jumped in a vat of Private Collection, all green and bits of tart, and you think, oh, retro! And then, poof, it shifts. The rough edges that used to make me crazy about those big green perfumes (just too pointy!) get all bendy and softer, and it stays all big, in the way Carnal Flower and Portrait of a Lady are big, but green lily of the valley softened by a little bit indolic jasmine and a velvety almond.
It has the most beautiful waft – one of those that make you smile as you walk through the room with it on, surrounded by trails of soft, lush green florals. It’s what I always wanted those big green monsters to turn into. This was a Malle that was worth the two years wait to get. Just a lovely addition to the line.
Winners of the Pineward Velveteen and Stora Skuggan Mispouffer sample – Caroline. Click on Drop Us a Note up at the top, send me your name, address, remind me what you won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” return email so you know it didn’t get lost in a spam filter!
I’ll give away two samples of the Malle Synthetic Jungle. The hummingbirds have intensified. They are fighting the bees and killing about four feeders every two days. Sugar drunks! I went from like 8 to probably a couple dozen. The good news, they are still squabbling, but much less because nobody can hold a feeder except the early morning, so they all dive in and fight the bees instead. When their little feeders got low this weekend, I came outside, and they were getting a little close trying to let me know I needed to freshen their bar.