Dans Tes Bras (In Your Arms) was created by Maurice Roucel in 2008, it is the second one by this perfumer for Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.
Notes included are Bergamot, Clove, Violet, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Incense, Heliotrope and White Musk and an overdose of Cashmeran®. That is a molecule developed it the 70ies that according to Now Smell This it is an aroma chemical with a spicy, ambery, musky, floral odor. It is meant to add a powdery, velvet nuance that invokes the smell or feel of cashmere. Often listed in fragrance notes as “cashmere woods”. (What is it with these romanticizing euphemisms all the time, we can take the thought of the existence of synthetic molecules!).
It is supposed to be a more “user-friendly” skin scent, less raunchy than Musc Ravageur.
It smells like the aftermath of Apres L´Ondée living it up with Muscs Khublai Khan at the office christmas party.
Or like a lei of violets on a slightly sweaty, wild horse.
The sweet, powdery violet note aided by heliotropin is emphasized on me, I get less of the saltiness, less of the more risqué parts of the composition (see, Mom, even my skin is well-behaved!). On a male friend this smells completely different, his skin emphasizing the skin-like features a lot more. This is obviously a fragrance that is highly adaptive to individual skin chemistry, so I wouldnt buy this one unsniffed (should we ever do that? NOOOO! Sorry, trying to learn through constant repetition ;)).
Like the office christmas party…
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