Pas De Mal(le)! EDP by Le Bienaimé Parfums

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Post by Robert Herrmann

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Hello Fragrant Friends!

This is Robert H. again, writing from my small island home in Washington state, exactly halfway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. I am an inveterate fragrance lover, occasional writer, full-time business owner, world traveller, ex-Broadway singer, and happily married to an ever-suffering spouse who descends into allergic hell at the faintest whiff of perfume. Just my luck.

“Everything Old Is New Again….”

Pas De Mal(le)! EDP by Le Bienaimé Parfums

Now this is a perfume that speaks directly to my heart!

I live in a community that takes recycling VERY seriously! At our local dump (tip) you not only drop off your trash, but also separate ALL your recyclables (up to 20 various categories) and there’s also a section called the “take it or leave it” if it can be reused, you can drop it off, and someone else can walk off with it at no cost. (Ron and I have found some great treasures, like a vintage Oleg Cassini Jackie O-style suit which we ended up selling for $600!)

Le Bienaimé #1

So when I got word of a new European perfume house dedicated to perfume “upcycling” my fragrant heart went pitter-pat! I went to their website, loved what I saw, and blind-bought 2 bottles right out the gate.

The first one I’m wearing is “Pas De Malle” (a play on words meaning ‘Not bad’), an amalgam of different Frederic Malle perfumes that is far beyond “not bad” and more like “bloody brilliant”!

Le Bienaimé #2

The perfume is composed of various amounts of the following:
Bigarde Concentree, Cologne Indelible, Lipstick Rose, Un Rose, Vetiver Extrordinaire, and a splash of Oud by Robert Piguet.

This was an easy buy for me, I LOVES me some Frederic Malle, and what is most interesting to me is how very vintage the perfume wears on my skin! Categorized as a woody floriental, it is indeed that. Powdery, floral, with a darkness that you can’t exactly put your finger on yet vaguely familiar. This is a wonderful unisex perfume. Who would wear it? Someone who doesn’t want to smell like anyone else. On earth. Ever.

Le Bienaimé #3

Yup, that would be me. Renew, re-use, recycle, re-spray!
Check out their website Le Bienaimé

(Ed: LATE NEWS: Annindraya Perfume Lounge” in Amsterdam. The owners name is Tanja Deurloo and she’s a total sweetheart, and made my transaction smooth as silk! RH)

Do you have a favorite Malle? (Besides Carnal Flower, because…well….Carnal Flower.)

 

12 comments on “Pas De Mal(le)! EDP by Le Bienaimé Parfums

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Robert,
    I freaking LOVE this idea but it also freaks the shit outta me. It’s getting rave reviews and I want to shop but the website. OMG! Beyond my ability to navigate.
    Portia xx

  2. Azar says:

    Hi Robert,
    Thanks for this fragrant news! I have to admit to renewing, recycling and re-spraying myself (and my old frags) on a regular basis. I have so many perfumes (and they aren’t getting any younger) that this only makes sense. I was wondering when someone would get around to making a business of it 😉 and now I’m wondering how they got around the trademarks and copyrights? (Do they address that on the website?) My own new blends of old stuff reside in recycled commercial perfumes bottles. What better use for my empty “double doves” and what a fun way to play mad scientist!
    Azar xx

    • Robert H. says:

      I don’t know the answer to that, Azar. But will investigate further! It IS a great idea, and one that he manages beautifully! xoxo

  3. Esperanza says:

    Interesting to read your thoughts about this line, Robert! Loved your review. THE maker of this line is quite well known in Dutch perfume land so I was curious to scent his line when it came out. Kind of liked his take on Dior. D
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  4. Robert H. says:

    I’ve heard he’s quite well known as both raconteur and rabble rouser! I for one, adore his line. Do try them, you won’t regret it!

  5. (blush)

    Thanks, Robert

  6. willa says:

    How interesting! The anarchist in my loves the idea of perfume upcycling. Fav Malle for me is Une Rose.

    • Robert H. says:

      It really is brilliant, and his Cha Cha Chanel is to DIE for. I’ll be reviewing that one soon! God, I have so many Malle favorites, how do you choose just one!
      Many thanks!
      Robert

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