There is a video about this fragrance that wants to tell us a story about the creation of 'Music for a while': two older men tell us here how they worked together to create the fragrance. In contrast to the text with which the fragrance is ultimately advertised on the website or cardboard box, this video is actually informative.
The starting point was therefore: we designed a lavender fragrance.
And indeed, the Editions de Parfums portfolio lacks a lavender fragrance. In general, lavender is quite popular again - Tom Ford is kicking out one lavender scent after the other, Chanel has launched the wonderful 'Boy', Bogue the heavily applauded 'Mem' and when you look at it, lavender scents pop up.
Don't mind, I love lavender!
This one is really a special one - a kind of 'Lavender-Fruitychouli'.
But back to Carlos and Frédéric: Lavender should be the center of the fragrance, carried by a base of patchouli, vanilla and labdanum, and introduced by a Hesperid cocktail of mandarin, bergamot and lemon - the roadmap was written
So far, so good, so unfashionable.
So how to breathe modernity into the rather classic scent frame?
Et voilà: the pineapple!
Creed's Aventus sends his regards. And the unbelievable success of this fragrance has probably also amazed the gentlemen of the Editions de Parfums.
Said, done, and the attached pineapple note now stands quite cheekily in the center of 'Music for a while' and competes with the no less cheeky lavender for supremacy.
When I looked at the pyramid of notes of this fragrance more than a year ago, on the occasion of its introduction, it was exactly this pineapple note that kept me from even taking a test. I was so sure that I wouldn't like this new mall.
Far from it.
More out of boredom I tested it now and I have to say: Wow, what an exciting, contrasting and exciting fragrance!
I probably would have liked it even without the pineapple note, but I have to admit that it is she who gives this fragrance that certain something, that special kick. I really didn't think so!
The herbaceous-spicy lavender does not really harmonize with the fruity-sweet pineapple. But somehow it is. Just like you eat strawberries with pepper, or pineapple with fresh mint - supposed disharmonies enliven the whole thing tremendously
So it is here. Through the Anitpodes Pineapple/Lavender, the fragrance indeed gets an inner tension that is fantastic, but also one or the other, or the one or the other might overstrain.
This is also how I explain the fierce defense, which partly opposes this scent, while many find it again quite great. A fragrance that polarizes. Interestingly, however, not because of its supposed animalistic parts, which otherwise let the spirits separate in some scents, no, simply because this inner tension is exhausting, perhaps also too exhausting. The sweetness of the pineapple soothes the herbaceous pungency of the lavender, while this very herbaceous one prevents the fragrance from tipping over into the all-too-sweet, syrup-like one.
So 'Music for a while' is not really a nosefeller, not a gourmand-like lavender dessert to all fogging cashmere dunk and - God sei´s praised - also not a lavender ambroxan booster for Muckibuden-goers.
No, this scent does not flatter and it does not cuddle - it demands.
He demands right at the beginning when his two main notes blossom so incredibly intense. Strangely enough, at first I only smelled pineapple, while the lady in the perfumery thought she was only taking lavender. When she mentioned the lavender, it was - zack - also with me there. What a Janus-faced scent!!
Now I actually smell lavender at first - lavender 'brut' so to speak, really fat and untamed, with all its spicy nuances. Far from the polished elegance and softness of Caron´schen Lavender. But shortly thereafter, the tangy fruity aromas of pineapple penetrate the lavender, which had previously trumped up almost arrogantly.
The already mentioned Hesperides trio plays at best a supporting role, but not an unimportant one, as it forms a kind of clamp between the fiercely antagonistic protagonists in the beginning phase.
Strangely enough, 'Music for a while' reminded me of a completely different scent right after the first spraying on: 'Mitsouko'. Here, too, the contrast between ripe, yellow-fleshed peach on the one hand and bitter-moosy chypre background on the other. In 'Music for a while' it is now the pineapple that challenges the two Fougère actors Lavender and Coumarin (also part of the fragrance!), but also a dominant fruit chord that contrasts a bitter-herb or herbaceous one.
Maybe therefore the classification as Lavender-Fruitychouli is also not quite correct and I should call the fragrance rather a fruity-oriental Fougère. But no matter how man´s turns and turns, the scent remains hard to grasp - just a Janus-faced scent, which you can never look into both pairs of eyes at the same time, no matter how hard you try...
As for the name of the fragrance: yes, it really has music in it. But not the music of Erik Satie, which accompanies the video. Much too harmonious and lulling she splashes along. No, rather music from the sound cosmos of Arnold Schönberg: exciting, atonal and exciting.
The description of the fragrance on the website and on the cardboard: plain chocolates.
With the best will in the world, I don't associate this fragrance with a woman's back whose slipping fur reveals a view of bare shoulders. The two older gentlemen would like that!
No, much more I see here a freshly barbershoped hipster enjoying a pineapple munching - the scent is quite masculine, not to say: very masculine.
Durability and radiation are - and this is really worth mentioning - simply sensational! I once made the mistake of spraying two sprays of 'Music for a while' on top of each other, just as I often do with scents that aren't very persistent. But in this case the effect is devastating. The fragrance has an incredible potency and should therefore be used sparingly. A glance at the bottle also reveals why: it is indeed a 'perfume'. No 'eau de parfum' like 'Musc Ravageur' and no 'eau de toilette' like 'Bigarade Concentrée' - no. It says 'perfume' unmistakably, and I don't think Frédéric Malle is fibbing.
The fact that 'Music for a while' has a very dense texture also goes well with this concentration of scent - the scent is strong and heavy, like a thick carpet. Fortunately, the proportion of fragrance components is manageable, so that the fragrance does not appear overloaded despite all its heaviness and density.
One last word: great!