Ferderic Malle Portrait of a Lady begins with roses simply earlier than they bloom with hints of greenery and woody stems within the cool, early morning air. For almost all of its growth, rose stays the star and driving pressure, however the scent turns into earthier, smokier, and woodier over time because the notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and incense grow to be increasingly dominant over time till the drydown the place the rose lastly recedes into the background, although nonetheless distinct sufficient to comprehend it’s there.
Secondary to the scent, it will be extraordinarily essential to know that this can be a bombastic cloud of scent–it has intense sillage and projection and can fill a room with the scent into the subsequent day as soon as sprayed (even only one or two sprays). It was one of the crucial potent fragrances I’ve ever come throughout with respect to sillage!
The model’s record of notes is under, although retailers additionally listed benzoin and castoreum as notes.
- high notes: rose
- coronary heart notes: blackcurrant, raspberry, clove
- base notes: patchouli, sandalwood, frankincense
It opened not only a rose simply earlier than it bloomed, as that got here a couple of minutes later, however the stem and the leaves–a way of greenery and woodiness. The rose was sweetened with ripened fruits–a delicate discernment of raspberry, maybe. There was a coolness to the scent, like daybreak on an early spring morning. It didn’t take lengthy earlier than the sweetness to maneuver to the background, whereas spiced earthiness moved into the foreground with the rose.
The fruity sweetness returned after a half hour, overwhelming the earthiness and woodiness, to encompass what turned spiced rose, and a tendril of smoke wafted within the background. As Portrait of a Girl developed, it turned earthier, smokier, and woodier with rose on the heart of every little thing. The drydown took about 4 hours to actually emerge because the rose was combined extra closely with patchouli, sandalwood, and incense smoke to the purpose the place the rose was within the background.
For testing, I used two sprays from 2 ml pattern vial, which have been utilized to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain nicely right here in any other case. It was an extremely long-wearing scent that was nonetheless discernible on pores and skin the subsequent day and had a good quantity of projection for the primary 4 hours and a protracted path of sillage for a number of hours into its put on.
Subjectively, I’m glad I attempted it, nevertheless it’s too early in my exploration of rose as a be aware to make any actual willpower on the place I’d put it when it comes to total enjoyment. This was a scent I purchased to strive as a result of it had rose with a number of different notes that I do know I like, and I like the odor of roses blooming… although unsure if I just like the odor on me for a chronic interval of occasions (versus in a bouquet or within the backyard).
This specific perfume was additionally exceptionally long-wearing with a large path, and I favor perfumes that reside in my private area however don’t persist as soon as I stroll out of a room. About half-way by testing it, my husband got here down the hallway–not even coming into my workplace–and remarked, “Wow, it smells like fragrance in your workplace.” The following morning, I nonetheless acquired faint whiffs of it in my workplace as nicely. For me, that’s an excessive amount of depth past my private area to put on comfortably!
- 100ml for $395
- 50ml for $270
- 30ml for $200
- 10ml (journey spray) for $79