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.