I sampled Frederic Malle par Alber Elbaz Superstition a couple of months back when it first came out. I was at Barney’s and there it was, taunting me, seducing me. I remember loving it, and at the same time I was trying to ignore it. Why? $$$$$ Malle fragrances can tantalize you, but it still feels forbidden because of he outrageous price points. I remember liking, maybe loving it, at that time. Floral Aldehydes , I remember – the ones my friend says smells like Pond’s Cold Cream.
But I do like perfumes that smell like that, they remind me of he glamorous old-fashioned perfumes, It is reminiscent of all things Chanel. I visualize a ball with ladies wearing sparkly gowns and the men in black tuxedos.
And this perfume smells old-fashioned with a cold sparkly opening of green bergamot, all from an ice bucket. Then chilled pear follows with a jasmine heart that’s a bit musky, joined with a musky rose. All of these is gauzified – the aldehydes making sure it’s presence is felt.
This is the kind of fragrance that people will call “grandma’s perfume” The wearer of this perfume will match it with an elegant all-black outfit instead of a romantic lace. This woman knows herself and knows what she wants. The roses are not sweet, the peach is slightly green.
If its price was cheaper, I would grab it tomorrow. I know I will look for excuses not to get it (I’m a Virgo, we are always practical) But I know in my heart of hearts, this love will not fade.
The idea of Frédéric Malle x Alber Elbaz is so wonderful – “a grand aldehydic floral” – that I wanted to sample it just as I finished reading that description. Even its name is alluring: Superstitious. The notes, as described are as follows: Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine, peach, apricot skin, labdanum resinoid, sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, patchouli, mask.
That’s a lot right there, and when you first spritz Sueperstitious, you kind of smell all of them right away. My skin always skews sweeter, so I got a little more peach and ‘apricot skin,’ which, I am guessing, is its rind? It’s not too sweet on me, and I particular like its dryness. But maybe because I am in a dry climate area that the aldehydes – here it is fizzy and soapy – came out so strong that it smelled way too clean on me – and you know I don’t like clean. Even Louise, my Malle Sales assistant, said “this is turning a little more soapy on you.’ And yes, she is right, I was laughing with her because on me, it smelled like I bathed in Dial Soap – the orange one – and my skin smelled freshly-soaped as if I just stepped out of the shower. I thought, well yes, that’s an interesting idea, but is this idea worth its price point. Honestly, I gave up and put it on my ‘close, but no cigar list.’
Then I got home, and I started smelling it on me again. And the long dry down (about a couple of hours later) proved to be much more appealing. Yes the clean aldehyde apricot Dial soap accord is still there but there was also something that jolted me – a cold incense note that is quite wonderful, smoky sweet and quite unique. And my heart started to palpitate – wow that Dominique Ropion is a genius Elbaz himself described the perfume as such: “the perfume of a dress, the silhouette that lingers after it has left a room,” and I get what he is saying (it’s not just flowery press release after all)
Superstitious is a great gauzy soapy scent that maybe too much when it is there, but is haunting when it starts to leave. And I am madly in love again.