Portrait Of A Lady by Frederic Malle, Whether you secretly channel Henry James’ heroine, Isabel Archer, or you simply enjoy your own simple pleasures, Portrait of a Lady exudes sophistication without consequence.
The top notes imbue Isabel’s own dark rose scent as well as carry an exotic blend of cinnamon, clove, raspberry, and black currant. Patchouli and sandalwood offer an earthy layer at the scent’s heart. Amber, benzoin, and musk balance the equation with a mystical, carnal appetite.
Frederic Malle and Dominique Ropion partnered for this subtle composition’s creation and 2010 launch. It is packaged in keeping with the brand’s unpretentious display of red box with crisp block lettering. The bottle’s sole purpose seems to be the scent bearer. No outer adornments are necessary. The wrapping simply gives way to the real purpose – the fragrance and your relationship with it.