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The fine line between mainstream and madness
Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler seems to be a quite polarizing fragrance on Parfumo. According to all definitions, which I might read here so far a correct Mainstreamduft. Or maybe not?
If you ignore the brand, you could also use the smell as an indicator for a niche scent. One often reads of characteristics such as exclusivity, eccentricity and complexity. Pure Malt is exclusive in its own way: very rarely have I seen him in a shop. Whether he's been hired or not, I don't know. I had to get my impressions from bottlings. Thanks again to Parfumo for this opportunity and my financial ruin.
In my opinion, the scent is also unusual. I am not a whisky connoisseur like 80% of the comment writers, but I agree that a whisky does not smell like this. For me these usually smell harsher and smokier (depending on whisky of course). As for the malt, I think I can smell it after all. When I apply Pure Malt I always have to think about beer. It doesn't smell like beer, but it has that malty note that makes me think about it. Associations with alcoholic beverages are always there. For me a fragrance that fits ideally into a smoky bar or pub. Or in a rustic, warm beer cellar in winter. Colder seasons definitely go better with him. Due to the swinging sweetness in combination with this malt note Pure Malt is in my opinion a quite unusual scent. I'm amazed at who's talking about uniform porridge. I have never smelled a similar scent and have now ventured into the niche. And I wouldn't call him Mainstream or Crowdpleaser. Please remember that you have trained your noses with long experience and often label everything sweet as mainstream broth. Before Parfumo I had really only smelled designer and crowdpleaser. Black XS, Armani Code, D&G pour Homme and the list goes on and on. When I first got a taste of Pure Malt I was a bit confused and maybe repelled. It smelled far too strange and strange to me. Therefore, in my opinion, a big plus in terms of eccentricity.
Then what about complexity? Pure Malt is a rather straightforward fragrance that gains sweetness in the drydown. However, he is still very interesting as far as his composition is concerned. Keywords like malt and alcohol often make you think of massive masculine firecrackers like Bentley for Men Intense. Pure malt is masculine in a different way. The scent is quite sweet next to the malt note, which makes it a rather warm scent. By far not a cuddly scent, but also not repellent and scratchy. It's that masculinity that doesn't have to prove itself. The class that doesn't feel intimidated by the appearance of others, but coolly does its thing and attracts attention. Pure Malt is self-confident.
The sweetness doesn't pose a problem for me, because it's far from the bubblegum sweetness you're used to from the mainstream. It is loud, but not too intrusive (you don't have to spray a thousand times). The durability is very good, on the clothes it is still omnipresent and on the skin I was able to perceive it yesterday easily 5 hours without further ado.
My comment may encounter divided opinions. That's what the fragrance itself does. Please do not feel threatened or offended, it is only my own opinion. I stay calm and look forward to the Zwickl tonight.