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Very helpful Review
Expectations vs Reality
Enchanted by the many positive comments I made my way to the Frederic Malle Duftbar in Oberpollinger. And there, as one would expect from such a luxury temple, they do everything they can to bring the scents to the man or woman (and consequently the credit card to glow).
Monsieur. . . Note the point that seems to be so important that the nice lady behind the desk even put it on the test strip. But my high expectations were immediately disappointed. And admittedly left me a little perplexed. Shouldn't I be able to trust my nose anymore? First impulse: the smell of a ball as you know it from these chewing gum turning machines. Probably this highly concentrated Patchouli, which somehow obscures the start. Now I know from other Malle perfumes that it sometimes takes some time to make a serious statement here. What the sales lady, who apparently noticed my disgusted expression on her face, immediately explained to me, by the way: "You like to spend another hour in our house (and shop around for your annual salary - author's note), give the fragrance time to develop".
In consideration of my wallet, I left the house. And then to sniff at regular intervals. In fact, the initial "sharpness", which I find personally irritating, diminishes and the fragrance becomes more accessible to me. Nevertheless, this chewing gum-like initial experience remains with me. Hours later the fragrance becomes even finer, wood and leather can be recognized and yes, I also perceive an animal note. For guys, nothing for girls, that much is clear. Patchouli remains in the foreground until the end. Sillage: however, and not too little. Assertive and attention-grabbing.
It's hard for me to sort this fragrance as fairly as possible, it's multi-layered, somehow uncompromising in its way (which I usually appreciate), but somehow I can't get pregnant with it directly. The sharpness of the top note repelled me too much. Patchouli lovers and fans will love him.
Monsieur. I don't advise blind buying. I'll give him a second chance myself, though - someday. And then open the drawer into which I am currently sorting him again and possibly put him a little further up