La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal Parfums

La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal

For those of you that are as cultured in fragrance as us at The Perfume Times, we rarely determine there is a designer or design group that we haven’t discovered. But, so is the case about a label that has taken a bit of the industry by storm. And we’re not talking about sales of a few hundred units, but rather, sales in the thousands. The brand? Claude Marsal.

After doing some investigative research, The Perfume Times has unwrapped some details about Claude Marsal. It is a design group that specializes in high-end, affordable luxury Eau de Parfums for both women and men, body creams for women, and aftershaves for men. All made in France; the label is particularly noteworthy of the 24% pure fragrance oils in the parfums.

Of the current nine Eau de Parfums for men, La Melodie is by far and away the best seller, according to Claude Marsal. We obtained a bottle and distributed some sample scents among some of our office personnel. The results…”Wow!,” “Amazing,” and “Oooh.” Needless to say, it was overwhelming. Both men and women loved this men’s fragrance!

La Melodie for Men Review

Bottle

The bottle is translucent containing the slightly olive-colored fragrance. The look is high-end, classy, and sophisticated. Its dimensions of 2” x 2” is the perfect size for a masculine bottle that sits well atop one’s dresser or armoire. Claude Marsal Le Melodie and Eau de Parfum Pour Homme are tastefully labeled across its front. In just one size, 3.4 ounces (100 mL), it is the perfect amount to enjoy from home or while traveling.

Retail

According to the website, www.claudemarsal.com, the fragrance retails for USD 250.00, and the complementary aftershave is USD 60.00. Considering most of the recent niche fragrances are priced at $300.00 or more, we find this amount to be a tremendous value for its nearly unparalleled quality. Besides the company website, it is available at fine fragrance retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Packaging and Colors

Each of the men’s fragrance boxes is black (to highlight its strength and power) with different colored trims to identify with the scents. La Melodie is adorned with a rich brown tone that signifies its warm, spicy scent.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Concept | Design | Notes

Taken from the Claude Marsal website:

THE CONCEPT
“La Melodie” for men is an oriental-woody, leather scent, exciting, vibrant and luxurious. The composition combines layers of explosive whiskey accords. “La Melodie” is an unpredictable clash between the rich base notes of oak moss and guaiac wood and the fresh top notes of grapefruit and an ozone accord. A magnificent combination of woody and aquatic scents, Claude Marsal, epitomizes masculinity and vigor.


THE DESIGN
“La Melodie” belongs to the aromatic and spicy fragrance family. Its overture is aromatics notes, followed by spicy notes. Balsamic and explosive whiskey notes are the grand finale that unfolds the entire body of the perfume.

THE NOTES
TOP NOTES
The perfume opens with Mandarin, Grapefruit and Sea Notes.
HEART NOTES
It continues to the foundation of luxurious Jasmine and Bay Leaf.
BASE NOTES
The last touch of the perfume is Oakmoss, Guaiac Wood, Ambergris, Patchouli, and explosive Whiskey.

We think this is a great versatile scent that can be worn to the office or the construction site, and it could be worn for that evening event. It is, in fact, masculine and rich, but certainly not overpowering. Additionally, the sillage is enough to get noticed but short of emptying the elevator into the staircase. Finally, the tenacity of an Eau de Parfum with the rare 24% fragrance oil! Will allow him to appreciate it for the length of the day. Our vote is this is a must-have for nearly every man!

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Image Courtesy of Claude Marsal Parfums

Fucking Fabulous Perfume by Tom Ford

Fucking Fabulous by Tom Ford

This week’s perfume review has a little shock, double take, and a, “What does it say?” when noticing Tom Ford’s recent 2018 launch. Albeit controversial, its name does grab your attention and it definitely has caused quite a bit of buzz. Remember the phrase, “Good publicity. Bad publicity. It’s all publicity.” Well, that certainly applies here because many people are discussing it.

His new fragrance is called “Fucking Fabulous.” Some will agree the name is tasteless. Others will agree the name is shameless. Some will agree the name is even egotistical. But most should agree the scent is Ford’s newest masterpiece.

Fucking Fabulous Review

Bottle

As with the other bottles of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, this bottle is simplistically square with a round knob top. Also simple, is the label that adorns the front. (This reminds us of the Gucci Bloom collection’s simple square label which comes off as not much more than a sticker.) The all-black container has an unusual option of just two sizes, 1.7 ounces (50mL) and 8.5 ounces (250mL).

Retail

The modest 1.7 oz. has a suggested price of $320 ($188.24/ounce), while the rare, large 8.5 oz. retails for $804 (and a considerably less $94.59/ounce). You can purchase each directly from Tom Ford online and in-store, as well as several high-end department stores.

Packaging

The box matches the bottle to a tee. A square, black box with a white label…just large enough to fit its bottle.  

Colors

Black and white are used because they are genderless, and this is another unisex fragrance to hit the market. In addition, we believe the idea is actually “colorless” as in no rose pink nor any blue masculine fresh.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

A courageous blend of bitter almond oil, leather, tonka bean, orris root, cashmeran, and clary sage oil. It’s not spicy, but rather earthy. It’s not woody, but rather oriental. It’s a special blend of expression…not only in name, but more so in scent.

Although this was introduced in mid-2018, we think this scent is perfect for the upcoming fall season. Just as we will pack up our light summer colors for more earthy browns, distinctive greys, darker reds, deeper greens, and classy black attire, so too will this scent compliment our wardrobe. However we dress, we want to look luxurious…and smell f*cking fabulous!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Prerogative Perfume by Britney Spears

Prerogative by Britney Spears

July 2018 was a good year for perfume releases by celebrity personalities. Here at The Perfume Times, we reviewed the most recent KKW fragrances in our August 13 blog. Now, we will inform you about Britney Spears’ newest scent, Prerogative.

Spears’ first release was “Curious” back in 2004. Since then she has been Elizabeth Arden’s top performer by grossing over $1.5 billion in sales from 24 different fragrances. Spears is not only the “Queen of Pop”, but she is also one of the perfume industry’s top fragrance entrepreneurs/collaborators.

Yet another unisex fragrance, Prerogative is marketed as a “fragrance for all”, meaning it is “gender-less” and for all of her supporting fans. Spicy notes intermix with earthy and fruity accords to give it a balanced feeling of being grounded and yet empowering.

Prerogative Review

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Bottle

Actually, it’s quite feminine with a light, rose pink center and a dark pink accent around the sprayer. “Prerogative” is engraved in the bottle’s glass center. Available in 1.0 ounce (30mL), 1.7 ounces (50mL), or 3.4 ounces (100mL), the suggested retail starts near just $25.

Packaging

Black and bold, bright, hot pink packaging contains the fragrance. In addition to the perfume, gift sets containing the perfume, body wash, and body lotion are available at select retailers nationwide.

Colors

Neutrality is suggested with the black accent color, while the primary color of hot pink inspired confidence and self-assurance.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Pink pepper and goji berries are introduced as the top notes. The middle notes consist of calla lily, latex petals, and saffron that give a floral and spicy heart. Finally, sandalwood and amber provided the earthy foundation.

Launched

Like only one of the most successful female artists ever could do, Spears (now 36 years old) released her promo video via her own Instagram post. She loves social media as a way of connecting with her fan base.

Teens and twenty-somethings will love it as much as her older fans that have grown up with her since the early 2000s. Although we really don’t see many guys actually wearing this, the guys that do will be her fans, too. Give her credit…a talented, accomplished, and decorated entertainer but also a successful business marketer that has put her on the Forbes list among the wealthiest entertainers.

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of The Candy Perfume Boy