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According the Malle website, “the idea for Outrageous poured out of a Caipirinha cocktail in Brazil: samba on the beach, bursts of orange and blue in low light, crashing waves and the ecstatic laughs of the young and sexy. It’s dramatic, festive and colorful, what Frédéric likes to call “clean sex appeal”. The original 2007 version of Outrageous was developed for Barney's in NYC , and sold exclusively through the US Barney stores. Now there is a new 2017 version.

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail and is made with cachaca, which is sugar-cane hard liquor, sugar, and lime. I’ve never had the pleasure of drinking a caipirinha but it sounds delicious, maybe similar to a mojito, which is made with rum. Read about Batucada, another fragrance from L’Artisan Parfumeur which is based on the caipirinha.)

The notes are “bergamot, tangerine and green apple against a lusty backdrop of cinnamon, musk and ambroxan”. I don’t smell lime or orange or apple, I smell fruit but I feel like it’s not real, I’m smelling the idea of fruit from looking at a glossy photo of fruits in a bowl. It smells chilled, artificial, but really interesting. As Outrageous dries down, the fruit “idea” becomes drier and spicier. Is it cinnamon? Could be. And then Outrageous smells like outdoors, the scent of clean cotton in warm sun as the ambroxan wafts up. Now I smell warm skin, which means there are bodies, people wearing that clean cotton, warm bodies in jeans, tees, and shirts. There is definitely “sex appeal”.  

The new 2017 version of Outrageous, without an exclamation point, is different from any other perfume I've smelled. It offers no notes, no lemons, no roses, no woods, no leather. It’s effect is unexpected, it’s a scent that smells almost abstract, but pure and sensual at the same time. It’s definitely outside the norm for what we expect from Frederic Malle and Sophia Grojsman. Outrageous is a scent that very subtly inspires images and ideas, and I think it’s perfect for thinking people who don’t like wearing perfume, as well as for those who do. It’s Outrageous, and it’s fascinating.  

Notes; bergamot, tangerine and green apple against a lusty backdrop of cinnamon, musk and ambroxan


Parfumeur: Sophia Grojsman


Price: $7.00