Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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Portrait of a Lady is a popular perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesClove, Raspberry, Rose, Blackcurrant, Cinnamon
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouli, Sandalwood, Frankincense
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Musk



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Submitted by Fran, last update on 18.06.2018
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Helpful Review    4
Unforgettable and unmistakable
Perfumer Dominique Ropion and Frederic Malle get on with each other quite well, which can be proved by at least 5 scents from the serie Editions De Parfums: Carnal Flower, Geranium Pour Monsieur, Une Fleur de Cassie, Vetiver Extraordinaire and the most popular one among the true connoisseurs of... Read more
Bottle 7.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 7.5/10
Very helpful Review    4
Portrait of a Lady (maybe a man too)
I’ve tested this fragrance when i was just entering the Niche world,so it was pretty much a shocking experience for me. Because Portrait of a Lady is a love or hate scent,for me ar least. So,at first i found it strange. Was so cold and so untouchable,a perfume more towards unisex than... Read more
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Greatly helpful Review    6
grande dame
The rose and patchouli pairing is such a good fit that it seems like proof of fate. It’s been the basis for a range of leathery, ambery, woody and mossy perfumes spanning woody-floral, chypre and oriental genres. The Malle PR boasts that Ropion used surpassing doses of rose essence and patchouli... Read more
Scent 7.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
Not just for ladies
Portrait of a Lady starts a little harsh, but settles down very nice and quite soft. The sillage is big and the longevity is extremely good. I mainly detect rose, patchouli, incense and fruit with a clove and cinnamon kick. It's fresh, but not sour (maybe a little sourish, but not the usual... Read more
Scent 1.0/10
Helpful Review    5
The Portrait of This Lady Is Old
If this is a PORTRAIT OF A LADY, the lady in question is well past her prime, if not dead. Her apartment is littered with tchotchkes and dried curling roses, an expired potpourri. The only compliments you're likely to receive while wearing PORTRAIT OF A LADY is that you look so young... for... Read more
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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My Favorite Scent...
Portrait of a Lady starts with a sublime mixture of rose, incense, wood and a hint of raspberry in the background to support the rose and incense, with patchouli growing through the dry down to mix with the incense as the rose recedes. It is rather linear, but when the scent smells this good, that... Read more
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Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
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Methinks the Lady doth protest too much ...
... but as far as I'm concerned she can protest all she likes!! WOW!!! There is a really good reason I love Dominique Ropion's work ... the man is simply a genius!! This 'portrait' is not of a demurely clad Monet-esque maiden reading innocently in a bower of trees, she's a Rubens-like scantily... Read more
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Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    5
The Lady is Elephantine
After the blaring, elephantesque opening of Frédéric Malle PORTRAIT OF A LADY, I was not surprised in the least to learn that the perfumer was none other than Kenzo JUNGLE L'ELEPHANT creator, Dominique Ropion! Huge opening with a massive blast of patchouli along with incense and rose. The... Read more
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I once did roofing for a poor family in the hills of Tennessee and their house stunk like this. Old body odor, mold, and rotting wood. I have no other way to describe the memories that come flooding back from this perfume.
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