Frederic Malle's En Passant Is The Scent For Sultry Days
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle presents En Passant by Olivia Giacobetti. Before digging our noses into the scent, we will build the anticipation with a brief introduction of the artist behind the picturesque aroma. Now a celebrated name within the fragrance industry, the perfumer started quite young. When Giacobetti was nine years old, she was captivated by Jean-Paul Rappeneau's film Lovers Like Us in which Yves Montand played a perfumer. Getting her start in the industry at the age of 16, Olivia worked under Annick Goutal. As she matured, the perfumer made creations for the likes of L'Artisan Parfumeur, Diptique and Hermès. She revolutionised the way fig can be used in a blend and is also known for her peculiar yet charming palette with notes like carrot and wheat—a curious scent we will experience in En Passant.
As Frederic Malle serves as the perfume editor, giving the noses he works with full credit and an unconventional amount of freedom, it is always a treat for niche perfume lovers to experience what each perfumer can come up with. As for the French perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti—this is one of her masterpieces. Launched 20 years ago, En Passant transcends gender and time.
The white lilac, dewy and unplucked, hits the nose seconds before the juicy, verdant cucumber brightens up the mood. All the while mellow wheat emulsifies the polarised notes of musky lilac and watery cucumber. The airiness of the aforementioned aromas is anchored down with grounding cedar, which incidentally, gives the perfume its hint of carnal allure. En Passant conjures an idyllic scene of a summer day in a lilac field. Although florals have strong ties with femininity, En Passant is not overtly gendered. Its juxtaposition of different notes is natural and complex enough for either sex to wear effortlessly—with sophistication.
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