Violets And Horses – Review: Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras

Are we ready for another turn with Maurice Roucel after what happened with Muscs Ravageur? Let´s see.

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.

For me it is an earthy violet fragrance with a warm, powdery softness with the tiniest breath of incense.

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 ;)).

I like to wear Dans Tes Bras on a day when I am in the mood for violets with a twist. When a mere floral is too demure and a musk scent too out there.

Like the office christmas party…

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8 Responses to Violets And Horses – Review: Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras

  1. Actually that sounds like it might be worth a try. Interesting.

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  3. carole macleod says:

    I was given a sample of this in May of 2010, and had to have a full bottle. It has become my signature scent. I think it suits me-it seems to almost disappear (in a good way). It melds with my skin. I get dirt, wood, incense, wild violets, and definately the mineral quality of salt. I was not prepared to like this scent at all: the marketing left me cold. I loved the Perfume Shrine review of it, and I am so glad a sample came my way! I would have missed out on something good. My life is better because of this fragrance. It’s comforting and calming, and never fails to blow me away. Something about is reminds me of vintage Je Reviens, which is another much loved fragrance-I believe they both have salicates? I also love Fleur de Caissie, and I don’t find that one difficlut to wear either: to me it smells of beautiful flowers with some depth.

    Your blog is beautiful! I hope it’s alright to post a comment long after you wrote the reviews. I have only recently encountered your work, and am enjoying your archives. Thank you!


    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Carol, I am happy with you commenting on anything you like to! I’m so glad you found such a perfect scent for yourself. Sometimes it just clicks, doesn’t it? You inspired me of getting out my sample again today.

      I’m happy you like my blog! 🙂

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