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Portrait of a Lady


Created by Dominique Ropion, Portrait of a Lady is the 19th frag in the Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle line and it’s a swooner!

The scent is based on the lush, opulent Turkish rose. It shows up at the start along with raspberry and cassis. The berries don’t make it fruity or sweet, rather they act more like preserves adding depth and thickness. Then, to my nose, a note of oud appears, and for a little while there is that middle eastern classic rose/oud accord. Soon, cinnamon and clove appear and add spicy warmth. Patchouli, another good friend of rose, adds earthiness as well as woodiness, which is amplified by sandalwood. Frankincense gives it a smoky dimension while ambroxan sweetens it just enough and musk softens and harshness.

Despite the intensity of the ingredients used in this EDP, Portrait of a Lady is not heavy or bold, nor is she too dark or skanky. That said, she does have an edge and a presence and Ropion, the master of sillage, makes sure she has staying power.  Portrait of a Lady has old world mystery and new world elegance - a new oriental rose.

Notes: raspberry, cassis, rose, cinnamon, clove, benzoin, sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, ambroxan and white musk

Type: EDP

Parfumer: Dominique Ropion

Price: $8.00