Is it just me, or is it really hard to concentrate when the sun’s beaming outside? I couldn’t sit still today and wasn’t getting anywhere with my freelancing, so I hopped across the bridge to San Francisco under the guise of conducting “beauty research.”
I’ve been on a fragrance kick lately and was itching to find some new scents to break out of the fruity floral rut I tend to get stuck in.
As luck would have it, I found a scent unlike any I’d ever laid my nose on before.
A full-bodied fragrance experience
Early last year I had my first run in with the Frederic Malle line. I was on vacation in Las Vegas and stopped by the Barney’s store.
Frederic Malle fragrance counters aren’t like the perfume counters I’m used to in department stores. They have walk-in scent chambers and climate-controlled refrigerators (similar to ones used to store bottles of wine). Very fancy. The instant you arrive, you know you’re in for something different.
New Frederic Malle summer scent
I was sniffing around for something unusual, and that’s what I found in Geranium Pour Monsieur ($135-200), Frederic Malle’s newest fragrance (released in June).
It’s a men’s fragrance, but I think women might be able to pull it off, too, because of its soft floral quality, something most spicy/sporty men’s colognes lack.
Dude perfumes aren’t my thang, but I like Geranium, even though it’s nothing like the super-femme fragrances I’m usually drawn to.
Geranium starts off with a burst of invigorating mint. Imagine preparing for a big night out, a black tie event with your boo. He’s just finished showering and getting ready for his tux. You give him a big hug, breathing in the fresh scent of his skin, the soap he used, his minty toothpaste and shaving cream.
That’s the greeting I get from Geranium Pour Monsieur and its powerful, masculine top notes.
Whispers of soft musk and geranium
After about 15 minutes, it reveals its softer side. The mint dissipates, and notes of white musk, star anise (a spice), clove, violet and geranium (a flower common in the Mediterranean) appear. The fragrance becomes more feminine, but not overly so — like a whispered invitation or a soft introduction to a slow song. Fresh, yet seductive.
The large 100-ml bottle of Geranium will set you back $200; a smaller 50-ml bottle costs $135. Straight up, Frederic Malle fragrances cost a lot, but I think you’re getting a really original fragrance.
Luckily, most counters offer generous samples. I walked out of the store with a sample of Geranium and a handful of other Frederic Malle scents I’ve been wanting to try.
Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
Use: A provocative, unisex scent with notes of mint, musk and geranium
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If you’re ever near a Barney’s, drop in and check it out.
Since I was already in the city, I swung by the Fresh store to take a quick look around. I *finally* got the chance to try Supernova Mascara ($25), which I know a few of you gals swear by, and I do like how thick it makes my lashes look. Thanks for the recommendation!
What are you up to tonight? I hope you’re doing something fun.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,