I’m not usually enthusiastic about the fragrance samples in my monthly Sephora Play bag. I am really picky when it comes to fragrances. I often like scents that are gender-neutral and/or unusual rather than mainstream. Orientals tend to be my jam.
But somehow, the sample of Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence eau de parfum, even though quite different from my usual scent choices, caught my attention. I used up the little sample, and I bought a bottle of eau de parfum on fragrance.net, I think it was, nicely discounted with their 30% off coupon and free shipping. It’s a huge spray bottle (3.4 fl. oz. I think), and I paid about $36 for it.
Romance de Provence is a floral, fruity, gourmand scent for women that launched in 2016. With three descriptors, the main accords are:
- white floral
It has about a million notes in it. The top notes are fruity: mandarin orange, apple blossom, black currant, pear. The middle notes are floral: jasmine, orange blossom, rose, violet, lily, and green tea. The base notes are gourmand: vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean, amber, and caramel. The reason this scent initially appealed to me was because of the base notes; I’m a fan of scents with vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean, and amber.
This is one big scent! It’s strong, very girly, and long lasting. In fact, when asked to describe the scent, the majority of users on Fragrantica (a small sample size) describe it as “enormous”! So I imagine it’s not for everyone. But I like it. Although it’s not my absolute favorite (that honor still goes to Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur), I like having an intensely feminine, gourmand scent in my arsenal. The caramel in this fragrance really stands out.
Some users think it is reminiscent of Lance’s La Vie Est Belle, but I don’t know that scent so I can’t say.
It’s interesting to read all the ratings of this scent on Fragrantica. It can be polarizing, but twice as many raters love or like it than dislike it. Again, the raters say it’s good for every season but not so much for summer. It’s a heavy scent, so I’m not surprised that it’s not a scent you might reach for on a hot summer day. Night time wear has a slight edge over daytime, but I wear it day or night.
The bottle is rather simple, curved sides with ombre blue. I was a little surprised at the blue bottle since it’s such a feminine scent. It comes in several sizes including a small purse spray. There are also body products to further enhance the scent.
Have you smelled Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence? Does it sound like a scent you would like?