If you come home to your little condo after a day of shopping and sniffing and you sit next to your significant other on the sofa and you chat for a minute and then s/he suddenly gets up and checks the garbage disposal and starts running it and then sits back down and then looks at you funny and says, “I thought that smell was something rotten in the garbage disposal but it’s you!” then maybe you should reconsider your perfume choices.
And let’s say this same perfume is sniffed by three of your friends who just so happen to know a thing or two about perfume, sniff your arm and tell you that you smell like rotten garbage, then maybe you should reconsider your perfume choices. Especially when one of your honest friends exclaims, “Disgusting!’
This was my experience with Malle Dries Van Noten. It’s still a mystery to me on how someone’s creamy sandalwood is my Turkish bakery’s dumpster. Dear readers, this is why we try before we buy.
Dries Van Noten par Malle is a shocking mess on my skin. So much so that I thought about not writing this review. It opens with this disturbingly “moldy” or rancid tahini. It smells like sesame seeds; it’s nutty. But, it has this unusual earthy, mushroomy quality to it. The rancid tahini mellows out leaving me a metallic saffron mixed with something that reminds me of Barbasol shaving cream – clean spice. This heart is a jarring bridge to the base of sugary sweet vanilla frosting and a slightly smoky sandalwood.
There is weird-good and there is weird-bad. This is weird-bad of the unintentional kind. It’s a huge bummer for me as I’m quite a fan of Dries Van Noten’s aesthetic and Malle perfumes. Now that I think about it, I’m more than bummed, I’m mad because I know that it can smell good; yet, it decides to hate me. I refuse to believe that I’m the flaw here. I blame the perfume.
Notes listed include sandalwood, guiaic wood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, musk, bergamot, lemon, nutmeg, clove, patchouli, woody notes and peru balsam. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Bruno Jovanovic
Give DvN x Malle a try if you love sandalwood. Or if you like perfumes like L’Artisan Safran Troublant, M. Micallef Gaiac, Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial, Diptyque Eau Duelle and/or Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille. This fragrance is unisex.
DvN x Malle is a mellow fragrance. Projection is below average and longevity is average. Some fragrances seem hyper, this one seriously seems like it is on a sedative for recreational purposes.
This comes in two sizes with prices ranging from $185-$265 at Barneys.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Technically it’s a creamy sandalwood vanilla with some spice. My skin gets the rancid version. Why me?
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*Sample obtained by me. Pic from Barneys. Paulette Goddard pic from www.fanpix.net. I’ve been waiting forever to use that pic.