Malle holds aloft a phial of the latest opus, Maurice Roucel's Dans Tes Bras, which has taken 18 months to develop, and launches this month. It smells like a little bunch of violets rubbed against skin: a gorgeous fluttering bouquet of violet, iris, jasmine and a touch of bergamot. "The whole idea was to depict intimacy – when you travel through it, you get the scent of skin," he explains, saying that it is comparable to Guerlain's 1906 classic, Après l'Ondée.
— Columnist Bethan Cole talks to Frédéric Malle in Heaven scent: The best independent perfumers at The Independent.
I was at Barney's last Wednesday and had the chance to smell Dans tes bras on both paper and on my skin. I am surprised that I can still smell the dry-down of the fragrance on the card so many days after application. On my skin it was very strong at first. It reminded me (and please I hope that none of your nice readers are angry after reading this) of Eau de Cartier Concentree. It seemed to me a little astringent at first. The drydown is beautiful, but I would never ever compare it to the softness, smooth and delicate Apre L'Onde. I sincerely think that perfumers should stop comparing their perfumes to established masterpieces. They run the risk of falling short.
EdC Concentree, really? That doesn't make me angry, but it's a suprise!