Cool, Calm And Collected – Review: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Angéliques Sous La Pluie

Lately, as I was looking through my past reviews of the Malle line, I saw that I never reviewed Angeliques sous la Pluie. That is an oversight I need to remedy quickly, because Angeliques is a perfume I really love to wear when the moment is right.

Angéliques sous la Pluie was created by Jean-Claude Ellena and includes notes of angelica, coriander, pink pepper, and cedar.

Angéliques sous la Pluie – angelicas in the rain – has its creator’s signature all over it. Quiet,  still, deceptively simple, luminous and of a bewitching clarity that bestows a zen-like calm on its wearer.

Angéliques opens with a zing of peppery juniper, cool and aloof, like a sparkling, ice-cold cocktail. It progresses to a warmer, woodier, pleasantly dry place soon where it stays for at least six hours.

I see Angéliques in shades of transparent grey, like shifting curtains of gauzy fabric swaying in the soft breeze on a cool summer day, shortly after a rainstorm.

In style, as well as in smell, although to a lesser extent, Angéliques reminds me of perfumes like Voyage d’Hermès, Le Labo Gaiac 10 and Hermès Santal Massoia, also Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling comes to mind, both because of the juniper note they share and their lightweight luminosity.

Angéliques sous la Pluie gives me a sense of being cool, calm and collected, even when I am anything but. The only issue I might have with it, is that it is not enough of a statement scent to make its way into my collection. I have used several samples and always see that I have one left, but it always gets overlooked in favor of more flashy fragrances, when it comes to bottle decisions.

Angéliques is perfectly genderless and lasts considerably well on my skin for such a muted scent. Ultimately, it can’t fulfill a purpose in my collection that Voyage or Gaiac 10 wouldn’t already fulfill. But if you have neither of those, I recommend taking a sniff of Angéliques sous la Pluie if you are looking for quiet beauty and calm in a bottle.

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37 Responses to Cool, Calm And Collected – Review: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Angéliques Sous La Pluie

  1. masha7 says:

    I love this one on my DH, but I’m not sure how I feel about it on me. It’s like a more complex Voyage. You got the coloring exactly right!

  2. Tara says:

    I tried this for the first time last month and really liked it. I’m a sucker for anything with juniper berries and this has beautiful angelica too. Not sure if I need a full bottle either. Most probably a decant or the travel set. It’s just perfect for the rainy spring weather we have in the UK (especially this year unfortunately). I love how calming it is. You’re right, it is very zen-like.

    I will make a mental note to try Voyage d’Hermès and Le Labo’s Gaiac 10. Thanks for the tip.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Funny, I always think of Angeliques as a very British scent, but was never sure why, but now I know – it is the weather of course! ;)

      I’m sure you’d like Voyage, it is a lot cheaper too.

  3. Alexandra says:

    CdG Kyoto is my only truly zen perfume, it just isn’t a mood that suits me. I would love to admire this and it would help fill my spring/summer perfume wardrobe. But it just doesn’t work on me – give me warm and snugly or a touch melodramatic any day…

  4. lady jane grey says:

    Wow, the photo is magic ! After our breakfast today, plus this review I have to revisit the Malle line again… (after all, there might be more revelations there than Une Fleur de Cassie…).
    You know I won’t wash my right hand until any traces of Metallice are perceptible on it…

  5. kjanicki says:

    I love this one. Cool, wet, sheer juniper – it’s my gin and tonic perfume. You’re right, it’s very unisex; I would love it if more men would wear this.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I love that photo, Birgit — it’s perfect for Angeliques Sous la Pluie. You’re right, it’s such a centering fragrance and also a beautiful scent to wear in the stillness of winter, which is when I seem to crave it most.

  7. Philipp says:

    I agree this fragrance is rather similar to Voyage d’Hermes, but better (at least to me). In fact I think I will buy a bottle of Angeliques once my bottle of Voyage is drained.

  8. Dionne says:

    I haven’t tried this yet, or Voyage or Gaiac 10, but I am thoroughly enjoying my generous 4ml sample of Santal Massoia. Just out of curiosity, how does this compare to JCE’s L’Eau d’Hiver? I love that one, and have a decant of it. (And just as an aside, 18 Euros for shipping? Wow, Birgit, I’m very flattered that you’d send something to me at that price. That’s….wow, that’s expensive.)

    • Olfactoria says:

      L’Eau d’Hiver is much more floral and honeyed, whereas Angeliques is cool, dry and woody. (aside: the shipping costs here are truly horrendous, but the perfume community is so worth it. :) )

  9. Yup, this is a good ‘un! VERY Ellena too. Sometimes his style just cannot be beat can it?

  10. Eva S says:

    This sound perfect for me, but since I already own Voyage and Santal Massoia…
    I will try to test it though! I wonder if TDC de Bachmakov by his daughter Celine was something in that style as well, I’ll have go back to my sample and check- although not tonight since I’m drenched in Ambre Russe!

    • Olfactoria says:

      If you like those two, you should be happy with the Malle as well.
      I don’t know De Bachmakov, since I have been not very enchanted by TDC apart from Bois d’Iris so far… but maybe I should.

      • Eva S says:

        De Bachmakov definitely also has that gin-and-tonic thing although it’s sharper and less zenlike to my nose than Voyage. It’s definitively worth trying, it’s the only one of TDCs I’ve found interesting so far (although I haven’t got around to try them all yet, the samples are not spray ones wich annoys me :-) ).

  11. Civava says:

    I’ve just read that angelica has rich herbaeus-earth note. I don’t remember smelling it ever. Like a flower or herb. Does the perfume gives such impression?

  12. Undina says:

    Frederic Malle’s line isn’t that big but I keep coming across perfumes I haven’t tried. I have no idea why I haven’t even smelled this one. I’ve been to stores that carry this brand multiple times in the last 2-3 months and somehow I decided that I’d tried everything what there was to try. I think that subconsciously I avoided it because I cannot pronounce the name :)
    I will correct that the next time I see it. I enjoyed the review and the choice of a picture.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is interesting how we tend to overlook things that somehow don’t appeal, like the name of a perfume. I am the same with numbered perfumes, I just don’t engage.
      But I think Angeliques could be something you might like.

  13. Stefan says:

    For me it is difficult to throw this refined and light scent into the same pot like Gaiac 10. Gajac 10 is completely different with very clear musky notes. I agree that kyoto by CdG has much more of the incense hierher they compete with the musk base. For me Le Labo’s 10 is quite similar to Etro’s Musk.

    Angeliques is a typical “Ellena” and for an Angelica-scent quite lasting on my skin. You are absolutely right to compare it with the Voyage, however for me it’s more another Navegar by L’Artisan, also an Ellena. You might think that knowing one of his creatures means that you know all…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Stefan,
      that’s fine if you don’t see it the same way I do. :)
      I don’t know Etro’s Musk well, so I can’t comment on any similarity there. I perceive Angeliques and Gaiac 10 as comparable, not necessarily in structure and smell, but in feel. There is one “theme”, so to speak.

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