Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle - Bigarade Concentree

As much as I love the Frederic Malle line, I must confess that Bigarade Concentree leaves me feeling a little nonplussed. 

It smells decent, but having been a fan of Ellena's earlier Cartier Declaration, I can't help but feel that Bigarade Concentree is simply a riff on a very similar theme. Citrus (bitter orange), a hint of cumin (perhaps), a whiff of spice (cardamom?) and some subtle woods (cedar?). Those all appear in Declaration, but amped up to a far more interesting level in my opinion. And also don't forget that Declaration can probably be had for a third of the price.

Yes, it is a somewhat cynical view, and in fairness, Bigarade Concentree is a good perfume, but I personally think there are far more interesting compositions in the Malle line. Another thing: longevity is not particularly good on my skin. I haven't tried the original Bigarade from the same line, but if this one is fairly subdued and fleeting, then who knows how much less the other is?


  1. exactly what I was thinking! Declaration can be had for a third of the price!

    1. Brie, indeed. For me price isn't the only consideration of course, but I can see a clear link between these two and its creator, clearly, and in this case, price is relevant, I think. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with Bigarade Concentree, it is still very good.



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