Dawn by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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Dawn is a popular perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is smoky-resinous. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.
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Carlos Benaïm

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesTurkish roseTurkish rose Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesTurkish rose absoluteTurkish rose absolute FrankincenseFrankincense
Base Notes Base NotesOakmossOakmoss VetiverVetiver LabdanumLabdanum OudOud

Ratings

Scent

8.261 Ratings

Longevity

8.758 Ratings

Sillage

8.358 Ratings

Bottle

8.466 Ratings

Value for money

5.625 Ratings
Submitted by Ravenous, last update on 21.08.2022.
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Scent
FilipMurray

15 Reviews
FilipMurray
FilipMurray
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Incense!
This is the most realistic incense I have ever smelled in my life. It smells IDENTICAL like when you enter to a church. Dusty, woody, dirty incense. It is there from the beginning and it will stay with you until the end. It is amazing that incense will remain the same all the time while other notes will come and go.

The opening is not animalic as The Night, but you can immediately feel the rose, smoke, oud and pepper. Pepper definitely softens the animal opening so it’s lighter than The Night and The Moon initially.

Dry down is a smoky, incensy labdanum. And through the labdanum you can feel the oud incense.
It's a cold fragrance. It's a bit dusty from vetiver.

It stays on the skin for 12+ hours, and it stays on the clothes until you wash it.
Dawn will be around you, but it's not too strong so it can be worn at slightly higher temperatures without bothering anyone.

I am very happy to have this masterpiece and to finally have a full Desert Gems collection.
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StellaDiverF

213 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
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Unimaginative amber/incense oud
Frederic Malle Dawn opens with a quite fierce oud. It has the similarly animalic, sour and fermented aspects like the Indian oud in The Night. However, instead of a full-on barnyard stroll, it also clearly exhibits a rubbery facet that fits the profile of Laotian oud that I've encountered so far. As a result, Dawn is indeed lighter than The Night, but overall speaking it's still fairly animalic as an oud perfume.

However, like The Night, the authentic oud characteristics in Dawn retreat to the background rather quickly, and what's left is only a softly sweet and resinous woody backbone with flickers of rose petals. Moreover, it's gradually consumed by a standard olibanum incense and labdanum amber accord, and further dried out by a discreet touch of woody amber aromachemicals, to the extent that the dry down after about 4 hours is almost solely a desiccating incense than anything smelling remotely of oud.

I got a medium to soft sillage with Dawn and a longevity of at least 8 hours on my skin.

For me, The Night and Dawn share the same syndrome: a fairly authentic oud opening undermined by ubiquitous, uninspiring rose and amber/incense accords. If Dawn was released two years ago, I would have recommended it along with The Night as an example of animalic oud to sample, because even though they're fairly standard and unimaginative, at least they showcase the animalic aspects of oud pretty well and are put out by a well-established brand. However, during these two years, many artisanal and independent brands have come up with oud perfumes either more authentic, more innovative, more sophisticated or more luxurious, and with a more interesting price at that. Therefore, I would not particularly recommend Dawn before other more interesting oud perfumes.
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Ravenous
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Spiritual Oud
After the night the dawn comes after a promise has been made.
Carlos Benaïm begins the day with a good portion of pepper.
The Turkish rose is not yet awake.
But already generously incense was burned.
Now a medical/leathery oud (allegedly from Laos) comes to the fore.
Furthermore, the Turkish rose keeps shyly in the background and generally never appears big.
The oak moss as well as the vetiver have no concession against the incense and the oud and float very far in the distance.
The Labdanum gives the frankincense again a lot of power and Dawn has a very spiritual character for me.
The fragrance did not have a great development, which I like very much about this masterly creation and which perfectly reflects the name and its meaning.
Those who are fed up with the tons of rose-ud scents will get a calming and surprisingly different oriental The shelf life ranges from dawn to deep night with a very present and flattering Sillage.
Carlos Benaïm has created with this fragrance a spiritual and different Oud which I do not want to miss anymore.
Due to the cool and not balsamic heavy character I feel Dawn is even suitable for all seasons.
After The Night and Promise Dawn adds another masterpiece to the Desert Gems.

Regarding the price I will not comment because everyone can decide for himself if he buys it or not.
As already mentioned below some people pay enormous prices for an ugly-kitschy Roja or Clive Christian....
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DrB1414DrB1414 1 month ago
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9
Scent
Frankincense perfection. The oud in here is barely detectible, Al Fajr is mostly a cold Frankincense perfume, one of the best in the market.
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 1 year ago
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7
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7.5
Scent
A gently smoky, rubbery/leathery, yet dry oriental floral-woody Winter fragrance, with a rather pungent and cheesy spicy/animalic opening.
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StaticStatic 1 year ago
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From the entire oriental collection, this is my favorite, everlasting & a compliment killer
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SmellGoodGuySmellGoodGuy 4 years ago
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A very nice and unique fragrance. The frankincense, oud, and rose are the more dominant notes, in that order. TBC
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