Iím a mimosa lover and whenever I smell some - well, cassie - in a fragrance, I run to my stash and smell this.
If Iím lucky, a perfume will have a colour association for me, Une Fleur de Cassie paints whole pictures, scenes in front of my eyes, one after another. It starts with a darkish, full-bodied, almost fuming carnation and maybe some glue or rubber, a tigress looking at me in the eye. Iím almost dizzy and high, and transported to a mysterious Latin country surely. There is a party, a fire, dresses, high heels, music, drums, tempo and my tigress has turned into a woman enjoying the heat of her own body. There are many reviews here that say that it smells like dung, urine, baby diapers and I believe them. Still, I never get these from Une Fleur de Cassie myself. I canít even call it skank. Itís just intense and passionate, soon to move on to its sweeter and spicy mid-notes. Now I sense a laziness, a bit of powder, maybe the combination of peach and aldehydes with a bit of rose and violet showing their little faces from time to time. I donít think I could perceive these separately if I hadnít read about the notes, but here they are. The drydown is a woman taking an afternoon nap in a hot climate. My tigress is now breathing deeply in her sleep, muscles of her body move in apprehension but she is unexpectedly calm. This is surprising after what I have witnessed. Une Fleur de Cassie is now some warm skin that has eaten up a lot of heat. I also get some sweet, balmy sandalwood. This isnít some transcendental perfection of femininity deprived of all imperfections and humaneness. Itís a real human body that isnít trying to erase its wrinkles or get rid of its curves and whatnot. Itís one of the most complex perfumes Iíve tried in my life and very melancholy at times. Itís still very wearable. Thank you Ropion, for creating this.
Cassie loves me and behaves beautifully for me. I get a lot of jasmine and sandalwood. The opening is fleshy, but in a voluptuous way, It quickly becomes a skin scent on me, but a very distinctive one. It's like the scent of warm skin that's lightly oiled--almost buttery.
I think I have weird chemistry. Many perfumes that work for other people smell nasty and screechy on me. This smells divine. It has a bit of a body odor note for the first few minutes, but then it leaves and I'm left with a creamy, gorgeous scent.
Beautiful, yes, but also shockingly animalic. Really does smell like a baby's feces along with the delicious and complex and shimmering peppery florals. Take the 'diaper' note (I don't know what this is exactly) in Chanel No 5 Parfum and magnify it several times over. I should say that the first time I tested this at Barneys I somehow didn't catch the animalic note, but upon wearing it the next day it was obvious and now I smell it immediately when I take the cap off the bottle. An interesting, complex and uniquely beautiful perfume for sure, I can't stop smelling my arm when I've worn this because it is fascinating. But after a couple hours I feel like I need a shower because it's just so animalistic. No wonder the Frederic Malle website calls this 'almost bestial' and likens it to perfumes of the 1930's which smelled 'disturbing'.
Oh My!!!! I swoon when I smell this. I don't wear this to work as I deal with the public and it just won't do to have me standing there smelling my wrist all the time with an unsettled look on my face. This scent has a real presence. I think of it as keeping me company. It is strong and sexy and in your face in an almost uncomfortable way. And I think it's absolutely divine.
A very crude and inarticulate portrait of Une Fleur de Cassie: Opens like a Chanel. i.e. lots of aldehydes. But wait a minute...no, now it has morphed into Apres L'Ondee! Five minutes more and it is something altogether different, soft mimosa breaks through. This is a very complex and well-done perfume. It reminds me of a fourth of July fireworks finale, where there are constant new surprises. I'm not sure I would repurchase, as aldehydic fragrances are not my thing, but an absolute must try for lovers of the classics and quality, well orchestrated perfumes.
I'm not one to break apart a fragrance into its elements but to focus on what it evokes. This is for when you have to behave but you don't want to.
Although I'm not sure what the cassie flower smells like, the initial scent was of Cascade dish soap, which quickly progressed to a buttery honeysuckle. The aldehydes on my skin made the fragrance smell a bit too mature for me, and lent a certain airy, 'tropical breeze' coconut scent to the middle notes. The balsam at the base lent a sweet stability to the honeysuckle with a trail of milky-coconut.
It's a nice, middle aged island scent on me, reminiscent of Shea Butter on warm skin in the Bahamas, but with the classic nature the most sophisticated scents can have. I'd have to agree, this does have an air about it similar to the Chanels.
This is a pretty fragrance, but it smells like someone else. It's not me, and I didn't initially embrace wearing this because it doesn't fit me at all. However, later in the day when I went outside, and it warmed up, I found the cassie and that buttery, soft, coconut scent merged at one point and it was sort of addictive. Sometimes I find myself reaching for it, on a summer day, but not enough to warrant a FB. It seems like something a woman would wear a long white sundress with walking on the beach.
Une fleur de cassie is a perfume built on a whooping 4% of cassie absolute, and is a tribute to this difficult, beautiful, multi-faceted, scarce and valuable material.
Cassie flowers belong to the same family of mimosas and their absolute is extracted from the flowers of Acacia Farnesiana shrubs. The smell of cassie absolute is complex and dense: animalic, floral, creamy, sulfurous, powdery and aldehydic.
Une fleur de cassie doesnít shy away from all these facets, even the difficult ones: it is a floral aldehydic perfume that downplays its soapy powderyness with whispers of dirty/sulfurous undertones. The best comparison I can make is that it smells of someone wearing a great chanel classic, as nį 5 or Bois des iles, gardening under a spring rain, boots in the mud, intoxicating flowers in bloom all around. For the richness and contrasts, for its splendor and decadence, I find it more beautiful than the great classics it reminds me of.
The opening and the heart seem to perfectly balance a continuous tension: une fleur de cassie contrasts the sweet with the earthy, the severe soapiness of aldehydes with a delicious comforting warmth; the powder is kept in check by a clear, honeyed, floral voice. As time progresses, it becomes sweeter and slightly balsamic, until it fades in a whisper of skin kissed by the sun.
This is the most stunning, wonderful, challenging, elegant fragrance Iíve ever smelled.
Well, it is very true that in perfumery, your miles may vary!
I am astonished in reading all the not-so-good reviews.... I do not get half of the notes that are mentioned here. Urine? Diapers? skank? no way!!
This is a clean, soft skin scent, totally adorable and easy to wear, but as I said, everyone is different.
Let me say for a start that sprayed is different than dabbed (i dabbed mine). And on skin you get totally different reaction than on cardboard.
On cardboard it a bit *nasty*. I get some chemical note, like rubber. But not unpleasant
On the skin, I smell a lot of violet, and I immediately thought "this is next of kin to Dans tes Bras" (another Malle that I adore). But then it evolves. I get a LOT or iris in its rooty, earthy tone, the same Iris you get in Iris Pallida or AprŤs l'Ondťe.
But Cassie is mainly about violet, to my nose. A soft violet , close to skin.
Again, on a cardboard the jasmine emerges, but I do not find it too indolic, it is pleasant. On my skin, jasmine does not develop (and it is a note that I adore, and I'd love to smell it).
The drydown is soft, powdery, resinous, warm. The iris is not so cold anymore.
No detection of mimosa (a sickly sweet note I hate, I would absolutely pick it), or probably it is a mimosa not interpreted the usual way ! But I do smell sweet lilac (the bush)
To me this is a fantastic scent; abolutely soft and not overpowering.
Lasting power (like all Malles on me) is not more than one hour, alas.
notes as per Osmoz:
top notes Absolu Mimosa, Absolu Rose
heart note Cassie Flower, Absolu Jasmin, Carnation
base note Vanilla, Musk, Sandalwood