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