Review: Frederic Malle En Passant


As soon as the little green buds burst open on the trees and the birds start singing in earnest and the air loses its chill, I begin to reach more and more for my bottle of Frederic Malle En Passant. It's really, really hard to do a lilac-based perfume and make it smell like anything other than putrid air freshener. I base that judgment on just how many awful lilac fragrances exist. Not En Passant. Olivia Giacobetti worked her magic with this one and it has a true lilac note. Not only that, but it manages to convey a whole lilac experience. En Passant is watery, making you think of lilacs dripping with spring dew. It has a cucumber note to pull off that effect. The lilacs themselves are sweet and fresh. This is what you get for the majority of the fragrance, but the drydown is so intriguing. En Passant contains a green wheat note that only emerges for me several hours into the wear time. And oh yes, it lasts that long - in fact, for me, it lasts all day.  The price tag on this one is high (almost $200 for my 50 ml bottle) but I consider it worth the price.

If you would like to purchase a decant of this fragrance, please see this page for details.

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