The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Dries Van Noten by Frederic Malle

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DRIES PARFUMWHAT I SMELL: Dries Van Noten opens with a tangy citrus opening that quickly moves into sweet gaiac wood.  It’s slightly sugary with some vanilla undertones.  At the same time it radiates some comforting warmth through a layered honey.  The sandalwood comes to the surface bringing a more woody essence.  After about 10 minutes the saffron begins to reveal itself and there is a slight sourness that is revealed which is a good as it softens the sweetness of the vanilla.  In the end, Dries Van Noten becomes a very light and subtle comfort scent.

Dries Van Noten Notes:  sandalwood, guaiac wood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, musk, bergamot, lemon, nutmeg, cloves, patchouli, woody notes and peru balsam

seductionWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Seduction

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE DRIES VAN NOTEN:  sexy, sweetened, warm

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DRIES VAN NOTEN: Cafe Makeup, Kafkaesque, Adventures of Barbarella

BOTTOM LINE:  Dries Van Noten is a nice perfume, and for a Fredric Malle fragrance, it’s very understated.  In its essence, it’s like the birth child of M. Micallef’s Gaiac (in the beginning) and Guerlain’s Samsara (in the end) both of which I like very much.  As such, I don’t feel the need to run out and buy this for myself.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Nose: Bruno Jovanovic
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $185 for 50ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

19 thoughts on “Dries Van Noten by Frederic Malle

  1. I feel En Passant is a skin scent on me, so this bombastic Malle feeling isn’t one I know 🙂 but it’s so interesting that they wear so differently. This one has been much talked about so your review is very helpful!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Deanna! I have not tried En Passant, but Lipstick Rose and Musc Ravageur are power bombs…to me, this is OK, but after I wrote my review I put on some Samsara which to me is heaven. Whey go for anything but heaven??!! 🙂

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  2. Despite the notes being uber-appealing to me…the combination did not work out for me and I banished my sample to a bad-dog doghouse to be swapped or given away. I really tried to like it…wore it 3x (and this is a lot given my very limited skin time) and each time it wore me (to the point of almost being suffocated) rather than me wearing it.

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  3. Dearest Hound
    You sound a great deal more content with this one than either myself or some others have seemed to be.
    I wonder whether there’s a skin issue here… for on me this was tapioca bland and very fleeting?
    That said, it’s always telling when something’s ‘nice’ but doesn’t inspire that all to easily kindled fire of desire to buy.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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  4. Well, it sounds better on you than the endless, cloying snickerdoodles (with a touch of yeasty dough) scent that it was on me. To use a certain person’s recent (and favorite) descriptor, “meh”…. 😉 😛

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  5. Now that you mentioned it, it does smell like unhurried seduction. 🙂

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    • Ines, I struggled with the seduction descriptor, but I had just put a little on the night before and I was seducing myself with the tease of the scent. It kept calling to me. My second choice was going to be waffle cone because I got that for a bit….seduction is more fun though 🙂

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  6. Looks like it was much better for you than for me, or for Hajusuuri

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  7. I quite liked this one a lot. I was worried, given what I had read, that it would have lousy projection and longevity on me, but to my surprise, it created a nice cloud of snickery doodley-ness around me. The woods kept it from being too sweet and I am actually eyeing it to be my fall/winter fragrance splurge. Great review as always! I love the photo of the bottle too. Did you take that?

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  8. On paper this one smelled nice but not enticing enough to put it on my skin at a store. And I do not like the departure from the original idea of putting a spotlight on the perfumer and his/her creativity. So Imight try it eventually… or not.

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