Dries Van Noten by Bruno Jovanovic for Frederic Malle 2013

Hiya Wafty Wanderers,

Here’s my point of view. It is merely supposition and has no direct basis in fact or information received. If Estee Lauder has bought Frederic Malle then things are going to change. There is a little twinkle in my brain saying Malle would rather sell his company than change the formulas to IFRA comply. Estee Lauder on the other hand will go through and do the best possible reform they can at the best price, get IFRA approval and take it to a whole new mainstream level. I repeat, this is all supposition….

In other news I think Dries van Noten would be a perfect Christmas scent, modern and old fashioned come together beautifully here. It may have pushed Azuree out of the way this year….

Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle 2013

DriesVanNoten FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Sandalwood, guaiac wood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, musk, bergamot, lemon, nutmeg, cloves, patchouli, woody notes and peru balsam

Last year when I tried Dries van Noten I was instantly in love, then I did not buy a bottle because other more pressing things took over my head and up till now it had not happened. So while I was in Chicago, filled with the fear of reformulation I decided to plunge on the 50ml bottle.

Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle

Here’s what I wrote in my last review, I think it sums up Dries van Noten perfectly:

…Warm marshmallow sweet and slightly spicy vanilla open(ing) that smells so familiar, like someone I love is nearby, even though I’m sure that I’ve not smelled this mix before. Every time I wear Dries Van Noten it has instantly calmed and unruffled me….

Each previous time I have worn Dries Van Noten for the purpose of reviewing it has grabbed my head and asked me to just sit and enjoy its beauty. The whole fragrance feels extremely uncluttered, though it is dense. It goes through a milky, nutmeg stage that reads egg flip to me. An egg flip was dinner sometimes when we were young and made as a great treat for us kids, whole egg, nutmeg, vanilla, ice cream and milk. It was huge and delicious. Nowadays when I (remember) how strict Mum’s budget was I think that maybe she was eeking out her ration by giving us a liquid dinner out of, at that time, extremely cheap materials. I’ll never know now but my sister Jodie and I would feel so great on an egg flip night.

 Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle Egg Flip WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Simple, warm, comfortable and yummy. Dries van Noten is the most deliciously wearable oriental fragrance. Simple yet complex and it moves me in unexpected ways. It’s like a cocoon of scent that I can curl up in, feel safe and peaceful and remember simple times. Also 100% wearable outside the front door and nobody will be skunked or outraged. If you are after boundary pushing, freaky, “can’t believe they put this shit in a bottle” then move along, you will hate Dries van Noten. If, on the other hand you are all about smelling fantastic then give it a whirl.

Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle Louis Comfort Tiffany Window Plum Leaves FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading GrainDeMusc and Patty at PerfumePosse
Frederic Malle starts at $125/3 x 10ml (I think this is IDEAL for splitting)
SurrenderToChance starts at $6/ml

Have you tried dries van Noten? Did it send you or bore you to death?
Portia xx

14 thoughts on “Dries Van Noten by Bruno Jovanovic for Frederic Malle 2013

  1. Hi Honey. Don´t be shocked, but I love this. Whether or not I will actually buy it remains to be seen. I would like to grab a 10ml travel bottle at some point so let´s see. Perfect write up. Bussi. xxx


  2. I absolutely love this one and agree with everything you say. I also get peanuts from it. Some people think I’m crazy, others say, “Of course! *That’s* what I was smelling!”


  3. No, not tested !
    And I confirm that at least “Geranium pour Monsieur” and “Une fleur de Cassie” have been reformulated…
    I say now “Une Fleur de Cassée” because “cassée” means “broken” in french 😉 Still nice however, but not so great as before…


  4. I am so envious that this one works so well on you! I could not scrub it off fast enough – only sharp sour nots with nothing cozy or warm about it. Sounds wonderful on you, Portia. Xoxo


    • Oh NOOO Sandra,
      That is so interesting. Our skins throw such different things, we have a few frags that develop entirely differently on us.
      Thank goodness there’s so much other choice.
      Portia xx


  5. wait, what? Estee Lauder is buying Malle? *insert eye roll here*

    well, then i think you are absolutely correct. and why would he change anything right before the sell? let EL go through the pain and decapitation of IFRA reformulation. and let EL hope that all Malle devotees don’t drop the label like a rotten egg when the reformulations are piss poor.

    IFRA is a terrorist organization.

    *tucks soap-box under the bed for future use*

    i’ve never tried Dries Van Noten, but i best if i want to smell what it really is and not the knee-bent-cowering reformulation.

    *kicks soap-box further under the bed*


  6. I haven’t tried this one because when it first came out I thought it sounded dull, but I have come to love comfort scents, so I dashed to order a little decant after I read your review. If it’s really pretty on me, I’ll scurry to order a bottle before it gets all complianced.


    • Hi there FeralJasmine,
      It’s a creeper. Yes, comfortable but interestingly nuanced and beautifully balanced. Having all those happy scent memories doesn’t hurt either.
      Portia x


  7. I had a sample on the way and wanted to wear it before I read your review (which is great as always).

    The image this scent conjures up for me is of a sophisticated European man, probably somewhere between 27 and 37.

    I certainly didn’t hate it and will be trying it again. I got vanilla and spices later in the day and some woods. Earlier it was a bit sweeter, but not quite enough to worry me.


    • Hey GreenNote2,
      That’s so cool you wore and read together. Yes, it is sweet but not too sugared or overwhelming. The dry down is very comfortable for me, sounds like an easy wear for you too.
      Portia xx


  8. Oh, DVN. Such a heartbreaker. I fell in love at first sniff, sprayed a card and my scarf liberally, near when it first came out. I re-tested at least twice. It stayed with me.

    Thought I loved it and bit the bullet when Barneys did a gwp in the fall– the set of 3 smaller bottles (plus a sample of it as a purse spray, given by the SA). Sprayed my sample and still liked it, but got a headache. Tried again a different day, another headache. I thought it would become like a signature scent (which I never do, too fickle!) but instead I haven’t sprayed my new (expensive) bottles even once!
    Still in love with the idea of it but now I’m trigger-shy.


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