En Passant by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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En Passant is a popular perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and men and was released in 2000. The scent is floral-fresh. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
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LilacLilac CucumberCucumber Orange leafOrange leaf RiceRice WheatWheat

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7.8357 Ratings

Longevity

7.1262 Ratings

Sillage

6.3244 Ratings

Bottle

7.6230 Ratings

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6.636 Ratings
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Novocaine

37 Reviews
Novocaine
Novocaine
Very helpful Review    2  
Purple raindrops. One morning standing under a dewy branch with lilac flowers


Simple things are always the hardest thing to do and in perfumery this is shown among others by the lilac flower.

The full power scent of this flowers is maximum in the middle of the day, in full sun or when you dare to smell them during the rain, feeling their freshness. Their scent is a real journey, an olfactory experience that unfortunately can hardly be synthesized in the form of natural essential oils and most often the chemical way is chosen. A correct compromise if that smell is close to the real one. And here comes the hard part for many perfume houses. For me En Passant from Frederic Malle did not compromise but managed somehow to squeeze in a bottle the essence of lilac flowers. An artistic perfume by Olivia Giacobetti.

For a long time I wanted to find a lilac scent that smells exactly like the lilac flowers that you smell in the middle of spring on a branch. You know, that purple smell, clear as a tear, with a realistic watery feeling, aromatic and very bright. You can do an experiment, close your eyes and then smell this… you will feel as if you are next to a real lilac bush, barefoot on a dewy grass.

Unlike other perfumes, the lilac from En Passant is not combined with sweet, powdery or spicy notes. The base of this perfume is given by cedar and musk, which have the role of support without being felt as independent notes and the other notes are streamlined lilac and cucumber. Very simple, difficult to execute and the smell is very natural.

The scent is linear, it could not be different because of the few notes and for a lilac lover it would not be preferable to anything other than a smell as close as possible to the natural one.

The perfume is more feminine but a braver man could wear it very well. I could say that the performances of this perfume are typical of real lilac flowers. It smells quite strong in the opening but fast goes away as if carried by the wind after a few hours. It is not a strong perfume to make you feel, it is rather a meditative fragrance, a pill for the soul for those looking for a bouquet of lilac flowers.
8.5
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Amadea70
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Amadea70
Very helpful Review    12  
The bogeyman
So I wouldn't go with anyone as a kid, my grandma would often scare me as a kid. There's the boogeyman, or the boogeyman, or the boogeyman. Pretty stupid, I think today. I didn't tell my daughter such nonsense.

From my grandma to home it was maybe 200 m and when I went home in the evening, my grandma usually gave me the saying on the way: Beware of the bogeyman. And when we were supposed to draw a criminal at school... I drew a southern Arabic-looking man, dark eyes, three-day beard, scowling. Something like that makes an impression, even though no man who looks like that has ever really scared me. But my grandmother's statement made me afraid. Do I have to have then actually also fear of dad - that looked then namely also like a criminal.

On the way home was halfway the cold storage, gibts today no longer. Each family in the village had a refrigerator in it. Was always crazy loud by the generators, if one passed in it. At the narrowest place at the passage on the left the cold store - on the right a pinna bush and a plum tree. En passerby smells just like this bush. We often put the little blossoms from the lilac in our mouths and sucked out the nectar.

A fine fragrance to bring spring into the house for a moment.
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Toppine
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Toppine
Toppine
Top Review    21  
Short trip with a scent....
When the engine started behind her, she began to run. Last night she had dreamed that something special was going to happen today, but an exact memory was missing. Kind of creepy. She should be careful.

She walked faster when suddenly she was enveloped by a delicious cloud of scent, beguilingly strong. She stopped and took a deep breath. Lilacs, what a feeling, a real flash! She looked at the large, fully bloomed lilac bush that stood at the edge of a small park. Lilac - her favourite spring scent - today it was particularly intense. She could hardly tear herself away and tried to take the scent all in. It was going to stay with her.....

There was a weekly market in the square next door and she decided to let herself drift in the throng of visitors.
The sweetness of the purple lilac blossoms still enveloped her, but now other smells joined in. Other flowers, but they blended into the lilac. She passed a bread stall and enjoyed the scent of a freshly baked wheat loaf that rose to her nostrils. Breakfast again, that would be the thing to do now! Her steps became more hurried, leading her past the fruit and vegetable stalls that gave off delicate orangy aromas. Added to that now was a faint scent of cucumber with a juicy watery aura, almost like after a rainstorm when the smells of rain mingle with those of the street. The lilacs wrapped everything in a soft, fresh, transparent cloud. She felt good and laughed at her morning fears.

A man tapped her on the shoulder:

"I was going to follow you earlier and give you your card, which you left in our perfume search. And I have another sample for you of a really great lilac scent. It's from a famous perfumer who makes such beautiful spring scents. Maybe you'll like it."

She nodded and smiled.
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8.5
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9
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8
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EdenRosalie

2 Reviews
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EdenRosalie
EdenRosalie
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Early Spring
The feeling of the first rays of sunshine on pale, hypothermic skin. Birdsong and a breeze carrying the scent of lilac bushes.
Too beautiful to ever let him go, too fleeting to hold on to, yet never forgotten. Maybe that's why.
If I want to capture these days, I combine AERIN Lilac Path and EN PASSANT to wear the scent of white and purple lilac on my skin. Lilac is only available in very elaborately and expensively obtained and therefore most of the scents of lilac in perfumes are synthetic. With these two perfumes, however, almost deceptively real
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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Top Review    10  
"This is love in passing...
... a little more than sympathy ..."

Who doesn't know it, the feeling described in this old Schlager text?
Two people meet, glances get caught up, sink into unknown depths; a smile joins in, a feeling of curiosity, finally a feeling of well-being: warmth spreads surprisingly and the heart beats unexpectedly expectantly!
"It may be in the morning; it may be in the afternoon..." - yes, that can happen anytime and anywhere!
Most of the time this is only a moment the length of a blink of an eye; sometimes a little longer: a cup of coffee together, a cocktail, a conversation - that's all! Everything and yet so much!
A little stone in the colourful kaleidoscope of beautiful memories.
"En passant" even!

Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle reminded me of these moments with "En Passant".
For "En Passant" is such an enchanting moment, which is deeply memorized, but which is not forever.
But this does not mean that "En Passant" may not experience a new edition at any time, especially in spring.

Lilac scent! I love this promise that spring gives us with it!
Just like the scents of lilies of the valley and violets, this aroma, for many people who need getting used to it, gives me a feeling of security and well-being!
It may sound a bit old-fashioned, but as a woman I am attached to the traditional, e.g. summer dresses with flowers and blossoms that fit (more or less) from time to time and have so many memories of beautiful and fairytale summers that they are still allowed to stay in the closet
Lilac umbels in many shapes and colours spread hope: it gets warmer again, the sun shines!
Everything becomes brighter, lighter and more fragrant!
From the very delicate, transparent umbels to the heavy dense heads in white, light purple and deep purple tones - we find all this there. Often even in a single dense hedge.
As a child I plucked individual bells and sucked out the nectar-like drop; I felt like a small bird or a butterfly - free and carefree!
At that time I thought it was a magic spell that made me fly and revealed all the hidden wonders.
This feeling can still be captured a little: I tried it this spring, before our old lilac bushes in the yard fell victim to the construction work.

In "En Passant" I not only meet the magic of beguiling lilac scents.
No, the cool freshness of the cucumber goes surprisingly harmoniously with it; an old-fashioned scented cucumber, not as a water creature as it can often be bought today.
The sweet heaviness of the full blossomed song, which can have a slightly anaesthetic effect, with cucumber freshness and some chopped green of the orange leaf - how enchanting it is!
Wheat and rice are added; both sweetish, but not overwhelming.
Who still remembers this sweetness of rice powder, with the help of which a "noble pallor" was supposed to be produced earlier?
This is a fragrance that still nests in theatre dressing rooms today and will certainly not die out so quickly there. There he simply belongs to it and surrounds dreams, fulfilled and unfulfilled, successes and tears.

And also with "En Passant" all these amazing ingredients result in an enchanting whole!
A fragrance of lightness, encounter, smile and lingering.
Since I met this term in the program "The Magic of the Butterfly" in the dream theatre "Salome", I love it: "Staying" - what does it all carry ...

A flowery and yet very lively dream - this is "En Passant".
A scent for "May brides"; a scent from fairy tales and the magic of the moment.
A temporary moment, which nevertheless sinks so deeply into the heart and soul that every year during the lilac season the longingly softly smiling memory knocks on your door!
You're welcome!
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Augusto
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Augusto
Top Review    11  
Passing by the lilac bush and in thought
En passant seems to me at first very oily, very full, a concentrated floral-fresh smell flows into Augustas nose. Yes, it is authentically reminiscent of lilac, of the somewhat spicier smelling variety, in our case it is the white lilac. Some people have noticed that before me and I think it is a white lilac. The fragrance has the typical lilac smell, but with a hint of cinnamon and pepper, while the purple lilac for me this spice does not have. The watery cucumber which comes in the fragrance brings an interesting counterpoint, if one can speak of such a transparent aquatic-salady-vegetable - what is the one cucumber now actually, a pumpkin, aha - thus such a note of it.

And a leaf green, so that one is in the middle of spring, but more in a painting of lilac bushes than in the lilac outside. The subtle thing about this fragrance is that it has a patina-like effect alongside the natural-authentic floral note, or there is something like sepia above the picture. This results in a magical effect, the name of the fragrance reveals itself, because it is really like passing by.
Passing by the shrub and in thought.
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Verbeene
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Verbeene
Verbeene
Very helpful Review    15  
en passant
she hurries through the morning light, still quiet streets of paris. her hair dishevelled, the mascara a little washed out her trench coat fluttering in the cool morning wind.
where she comes from, would you like to know? she has slept little this night she almost seems to be on the run a little bit.
a lilac bush, hanging wide and luxuriant over the fence, brushes her face.
damp flowers with consuming fragrance.
and suddenly she stops, closes her eyes for a moment and slips the effervescent, cool, bright lilac scent deep inside her.
for seconds everything is fine.
for one moment spring has fulfilled its promise.

and she will never forget this moment...

unsentimental lilac scent, fresh, almost a little metallic, cool, moist, charming and noticeably synthetic.
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SuzanneS

40 Reviews
SuzanneS
SuzanneS
Very helpful Review    2  
Enchanting Lilac for Spring and Summer
So light, lithe and dreamy.
It seems white lilac sways in the wind in this airy fresh presentation. Cucumber and aquatics keep this perfect for Spring and Summer. Its not a classically green fragrance more like a morning dew feel. Elegant.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Top Review    9  
en passant
En Passant is a consummate spring scent. It balances a cool, aquatic heart with soil-like accents to recreate the tension at the center of lilac—the crispness that doesn’t quite disguise an oily nature. I’ve seen En Passant described as muted and pastel, euphemisms for vague, washed-out fragrances, but there’s too much shadow and undertow in En Passant for it to be considered bloodless. Giacobetti might play with simplicity but she doesn’t settle for it and she doesn’t spare the cream in the recipe. The perfume is padded precisely where it needs to be. En Passant’s semblance of simplicity is a red herring, though. It might come off as spare but it conceals a sophisticated approach and becomes more detailed the closer you look.

A lot has been made of the perfume’s cucumber and wheat notes, how they modulate the central floral accord and keep it from becoming too sweet, too simple. It’s true that the accord is unexpected. And it’s remarkably effective in creating the detail that lets the perfume simultaneously portray a single flower and an entire season. But embedded in the accord like drop of ink in paper is a waxy/nutty, almost tactile facet. It widens the central floral sketch and gives the perfume’s trail weight and momentum.

Depending on whom you talk with En Passant is either an essay on rain, a sort of modern descendant of Après l’Ondée, or a lilac soliflor. Impressionism or representation. Visual art terms only have ballpark accuracy when applied to perfume.

Representation is tricky and the assumption that recreating ‘nature’ is perfume’s highest modality is still widespread. Giacobetti, like Roudnitska before her, challenged the premise. His answer to the question of how perfume relates to nature was to compose a detailed muguet soliflor still life. From her fig perfumes for Diptyque and l’Artisan Parfumeur to her carrots, irises and roses Giacobetti offers a succession of solutions to Roudnitska’s question, as if to imply that there are at least as many explanations as there are subjects. With En Passant, she creates a faithful lilac soliflor at the same time that she offers a more upbeat vision of a rainy day than Jacques Guerlain’s. It’s a fantastic accomplishment for a seemingly simple lilac soliflor.

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ScentFan

331 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
Very helpful Review    6  
Lilac Captive
Had no idea I liked lilac until I smelled En Passant at a counter. Rice and wheat do the same thing here that they often do in cooking--provide a solid base for other ingredients. Cucumber lends freshness and the orange leaf a hint of green, but lilac is what this perfume is about. I find En Passant entrancing. It's the only Malle that captivated me at the counter, since I already had Une Rose. Le Parfum de Therese didn't interest me at the time. It had to grow on me and it did, but so far it hasn't surpassed En Passant, which delights my nose anew whenever I spray it on. Not much else to say about this fragrance. It projects. It lasts fairly long. For me it's a sultry beauty. If you like Lilac, it may capture you, too.
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StinkypennyStinkypenny 10 months ago
5.5
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4
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This has the impression of something fresh and light. Well blended but not distinctive enough for me. Barely detectable to my nose
KimJongKimJong 2 years ago
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8
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En Passant is not just a smell of lilac. Wear this and I'll be a spring garden. The garden that my dog ​​hasn't dug yet.

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