The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Tigre du Bengale by Malbrum

Malbrum Tigre du BengaleWHAT I SMELL:  Tigre du Bengale opens with a sweetened juniper which very quickly moves into a lightly incensed and peaceful labdanum.  I was expecting a leap from a tiger at first application.  Instead, the perfume moves in like a cat ready to lie down for a nap; all comfy and cozy.  The perfume is relatively close to the skin and a bit powdery, but as it starts to develop it becomes a bit more exotic with a slightly urinous note that sharpens the original softness, but not too much.  There’s a light leather note that wraps itself around the perfume, just as this strange dirty feet smell comes into play.    Thankfully, it’s not overpowering, but it does add a bit of funk to the mix.  Soon enough that bit of funk exits the mix and the perfume becomes more woody, with just a lightly sweetened edge of patchouli.  And it once again moves from a bit of sharp to the more serene and smoky.  And as soon as I say that, a salty note enters along with a light cream.  Wait….now we’re back to a serene and smoky dry leather.  It seems that there a lot of twists and turns with Tigre du Bengale, and there are, but these twists and turns morph and change like the walk of a jungle cat, slow and steady with in an incredible prowl.

From the Malbrum website:

The Bengal tiger uses its claws to barkstrip trees and urinates on the pile of woodchips as a monument of territory. The scent of this tribute transmits highly complex messages to other tigers about its sex, size and social status. This spicy leather fragrance opens with a dry-aromatic “coke” accord, gradually turning into a liquorice accord, with the heart of myrrha and labdanum absolute leading to a soft erogenous balsamic dry down.

Synthetic notes:

Toscanol, Safranal, Nimberol, Ambrofix and Suederal

Head: Juniper, cardamom,

Heart: Myrrha, labdanum

Fond: Castoreum, burley tobacco, patchouli


Gloria Swanson 1920s

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Tigre du Bengale is less tiger, but more vamp.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TIGRE DU BENGALE: Colognoisseur, What Men Should Smell Like, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Tigre du Bengale is one of those perfumes that each time I bring my wrist to my nose it smells different.  Sometimes, it smells more like incense, other times it’s more leather.  At other times it’s a bit sweetened.  In any case, the drydown is a winner and I can see this being a perfect fall and winter fragrance.  And maybe come the cool months, the tiger stripes will once again change and morph into something else that I have yet to experience.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Spicy
  • Nose:   Delphine Thierry
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $170 for 30 ml parfum extrait

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary