The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Dries Van Noten by Frederic Malle

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