Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle (2013)

Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle is a popular perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Bruno Jovanovic

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCalabrian lemon, Bergamot, Saffron, Nutmeg, Carnation
Heart Notes Heart NotesMysore sandalwood, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Sulfurol, Peru balsam, Musk

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Scent

7.8 (214 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (155 Ratings)

Sillage

6.2 (164 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (156 Ratings)
Submitted by Joe, last update on 17.07.2019

Interesting Facts

The scent was created in cooperation with Belgian designer Dries van Noten.

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Taamii

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Helpful Review    4
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
Today for the first time Dries van Noten tried.

What can I say? I'm torn between two sides. The scent starts with sour milk, smells almost like vomit from babies. However, a wonderfully sweet vanilla pod swings subliminally.
On the one hand I am really repelled by this "baby puke" on the other hand very attracted by this delicious vanilla. The first few minutes I have to really hold back, not to go wash off the scent...
Whoever endures like me will be rewarded, this extreme acid milk smell fades with time more and more into the background. Later this note is only noticeable when I sniff directly at my wrist.
Throughout the whole fragrance process I clearly perceive a really great vanilla. not artificial and not too sweet either. still generous but not too overloaded. Those who like vanilla should give Dries van Noten a chance.
Even if the fragrance starts with a really slanted top note, it gets better and better over time. The vanilla is accompanied by a beautifully balanced spiciness. I can't smell it, but it's still really tasty, somehow an oriental vanilla cream.
After some time, the creamy sandalwood loosens up the scent a bit and the sweetness also takes a back seat.
With two sprayers I fogged the whole living room. The initial **smell, however, is only perceived quite closely. The radiation mainly smells vanilla. So don't worry ;)
The durability with a good 8 hours is great. Now it can only be perceived very closely, but I wear the scents primarily for myself and not for the environment.

I am still torn back and forth and will probably only be able to give my final result after several tests.

Something really different, even if it starts in the corner, Dries van Noten has something :)

Conclusion: If you like unusual things and like to experience vanilla in a different way, you've come to the right place.
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CreedFanBoy

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Very helpful Review    6
Bathing in milk.
After three days of testing I can now submit a picture.
DVN is a distant relative of Musc Ravageur, at least in my perception.

He starts quite creatively with a sour note, but keeps it for only a few minutes at low dosage. Then it becomes a cookie. Dipped in milk. Tasty. Only the scent of all too sweet can make a somewhat sticky impression.

Dries Van notes is a beautiful fragrance, in the drydown when the sweetness disappears something it really becomes, as Frederic Malle puts it, a bowl filled with pleasure. Or just a sandalwood bowl filled with sponge cake, dipped in warm milk.

The milkiness, caused by the chemical mentioned above, gives an idea of how a bath together with Cleopatra might have smelled. A certain envy develops towards a certain Mark Antonius.

Minus point is the weak Sillage. And he can't get near the "warmth" of MR.

Otherwise test recommendation. If you are looking for an all-rounder you can't do anything wrong here.

Edit:
Well, now I've worn it more than once. I like him more and more. I no longer smell the milk so strongly, but I smell the nutty, aromatic milk more and more. Is this possibly the nutmeg?
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MasterLi

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A gourmand hymn to sandalwood...
Dries Van Noten is the first in a series of "portraits" by Frédéric Malle of people he admires. In this case, the eponymous Belgian fashion designer. This was actually made as a huge "thank you" note to the designer, who supported Frédéric Malle by selling his fragrances in his store in Antwerp from the very beginning. He also uses an unconventional yet very warm and human touch in terms of fashion style (he famously said he would never make a piece of clothing which could never be sold in a store, so no "haute couture" or "exclusive" collections like most other big fashion labels), and that was also something that Malle admired.

In this creation, Malle's "perfume portrait" of the designer, he took inspiration from the designer's hometown, Antwerp, and the (Flemish) culture of northern Belgium. Essentially, Frédéric Malle here created a sandalwood composition, because sandalwood is warm and inviting when used in perfumes (it's often considered a "second skin" type of scent), and that sandalwood is boosted with vanilla, lots of it, and musk, saffron, jasmine, bergamot and cashmeran, a synthetic molecule which smells like slightly woody, musky human skin (this was used quite a lot in Frédéric Malle's other release Dans Tes Bras, a fragrance which literally translates as "in your arms").

So what do I get from it? Well, to me it comes across as a borderline gourmandish, (very) creamy sandalwood, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, bergamot musk combination. In fact, it has a touch of Shalimar (the jasmine, vanilla & bergamot combination). But to me it's more creamy than Shalimar (it's actually closer to Samsara in my opinion), it's a lot like a pastry. Which makes sense, because Malle also drew inspiration from the sights and smells of Belgium, including it's food. Food such as waffles, crêpes, and biscuits. I find this a very warm and inviting fragrance, the sandalwood here is extremely authentic (Malle lists it as Mysore Sandalwood but it's actually Indian Sandalwood (name: santalum album) grown in Australia). This is not a synthetic sandalwood substitute, this is the real stuff, but obviously enhanced with other synthetic ingredients such as Sacrasol which Malle describes as "an ingredient halfway between sandalwood and vanilla", and ethyl-maltol which is an ingredient used in many gourmand fragrances (ie the "candy" note in Thierry Mugler's Angel).

I think if you like you're scents warm, rich and comforting, you'll like this one. If you like a gourmand twist to fragrances, you'll like this also. It's strong, as in it lasts a long time (8-10 hours on skin, and even lasts weeks on clothes), but it sits very close to the skin after the first 2 hours. But that's a good thing, as the natural sandalwood, musk and vanilla compliments the skin beautifully and really makes it come alive. In my opinion this is a perfect one for cuddling with someone on the sofa by the fire. Perfect in cooler weather, with a wool or cashmere sweater. It's very "comfy" in warm and sexy way.

Some people have labelled this a "safe" fragrance from
Frédéric Malle (who is known for making "unconventional" fragances), but I think this is worth the price alone mainly because of the (very) authentic sandalwood oil concentration, and the way it is used in this perfume (and Malle always uses high concentrations of natural raw ingredients in his perfumes - for example the Vetiver in Vétiver Extraordinaire, or the Tuberose in Carnal Flower). It should be on your list if you live in a place with cool weather as I think this works great on those warm, indoor settings by the fire, with a loved one by your side. I don't see this as a disappointment, I see this as another great creation from Frédéric Malle, this is a gourmand hymn to sandalwood... and I love it!
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Oberon21

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dries van noten
maybe i didnt understand this frag the first time i wear ,but now i have to say that i honestly like it a lot is indeed a quite well crafted perfume soft and warm in the same time ,creamy and balsamic woody vanilla i would put this one as middle element between shalimar and musc ravageur .
thumbs up for this
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Drseid

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Helpful Review    6
Good, But Maybe Malle Should Stick To The Editions De Parfums Line...
Dries Van Noten opens with a sweet, almost creamy saffron spiced gaiac wood and cashmeran accord. As the scent enters the heart stage the saffron-laced cashmeran remains, now joined by subtle sweet sandalwood while clove spice adds depth. As the fragrance enters the dry-down stage the cashmeran recedes giving way to vanilla and tonka bean base that comes off as syrupy sweet. Projection is above average and longevity is good at 10-12 hours on skin.

Dries Van Noten's allure is supposed to be the use of real Mysore sandalwood, but while it is present I doubt there is a lot of it in here. The real star is the cashmeran that gives the fragrance a somewhat soft musky and woody vibe, while the vanilla in the base sweetens things quite a bit, maybe veering into "too sweet" territory. And there you have it, Dries Van Noten really is a sweet, lightly spiced bakery gourmand when it comes down to it. Nothing really stands out as unique or distinctive, instead falling into the "well-done, but been there, done that" bucket. I definitely like the fragrance despite the gourmand genre not being one of my favorites, but find its fairly generic nature a very hard sell at its relatively lofty price tag of $185 for 50ml or $265 for 100ml. Price aside, Dries Van Noten does smell good and earns 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5. Maybe those that love sweet bakery-like gourmand fragrances will find it more appealing than I.
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