Angeliques Sous La Pluie by Jean-Claude Ellena for Frederic Malle 2000

Hello Happy Huffers,

Not so long ago SurrenderToChance had a DailyChanceSpecial on Angeliques Sous La Pluie (Angelicas In The Rain) so I got 5ml for a very reasonable price. Do check by there every couple of days because sometimes the DailyChanceSpecials are incredible, never to be repeated bargains.

Angéliques Sous La Pluie Frederic Malle for women and menPhoto Stolen Fragrantica


Fragrrantica
gives the featured notes/accords all in one line:
Coriander, pink pepper, cedar, angelica, juniper and musk.

I love the crisp medicinal pepper and then warm woody opening that makes me think of jasmine, though there is none. I have been reading that angelicas smell like juniper and musk mainly so that’s a tick for them. I have an expectation that the corriander would smell different to this or maybe I’m missing it all together? There is definitely a wet woods smell, like you have walked out at the start or end of a shower, maybe a sunshower. There is also the feeling of that marvelous extra green almost yellow tinged air that makes everything seem more alive sometimes. They are right not to give notes in order because though the scent list is small it works like a kaliedescope, constant change with lovely segways in between that are all and nothing. I don’t understand why I get powder here? Is that usual? A very powdery woods and now I kind of get the corriander, there is something herbal and spicy here lingering and fluctuating up and through.

Photo Stolen wikipedia

Though this is light a fresh and feels amorphous there is a definite fragrance here that is quite tenacious, sillage is great leaving a lovely effervescent scent trail for people to look after at your back. Though it is soft it is intrusive and I think it may be too big for close office work but comfortable for coffee, dinner, movie and would also be a beautifully crisp and fresh scent for sport or afterwards. Though it leans toward feminine I like it for men too, almost cologne-ish and light enough for most masculine endeavours.

This is a winner for me. It fits totally with our near spring weather in Sydney and will probably work for you Northern Hemisphere lot in the coming months. Crisp, light, fresh and totally wearable in most situations, even work I think.
Have you tried Angeliques Sous La Pluie? What did you think? Is it on your list? Please comment, I love to read your thoughts too.

Don’t forget to pop over to the PerfumePosse to see my Guest post there today too. It’s so exciting and an honour to be on one of the world’s most famous and read frag blogs.

Thanks for reading through my fragrant thoughts today, see you tomorrow too,

Love,
Portia xx

7 comments on “Angeliques Sous La Pluie by Jean-Claude Ellena for Frederic Malle 2000

  1. Tatiana says:

    Funny, I think Angeliques leans towards masculine. No matter, I love it just the same. It’s one of my summer time staples. I find it crisp and refreshing.

  2. Undina says:

    I’ve never tried this perfume and I do not even have a good explanation why. Every time I find myself at Barney’s where they carry Malle’s line I have a feeling that I’ve tried all of them (or have a sample at home) but then somebody does a review – and I realize that I don’t remember trying this perfume or that.

    After your review I will make sure to test it the next time I’m there.

  3. Dionne says:

    I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s listed on my lemming sheet because of a review over at CaFleureBon about April Rain Shower perfumes. How does this compare to l’Eau d’Hiver? I love the lightness and warm/cool vibe of that one.

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