Frederic Malle Outrageous : New Fragrance

Barneys

Frédéric Malle has always called perfumer Sophia Grojsman a mother of modern perfumery, and at last, he had a chance to collaborate with her. His 16th fragrance, Outrageous is launched under Frédéric Malle’s label for Barney’s New York Co-op (see the photos from Outrageous launch on Getty Images). As Cosmetic World (vol xliii, no 31) reports, Malle noted that he “wanted an adrogynous, super sexy scent, something like a good pair of jeans.” Outrageous includes notes of orange blossom, Caipirinha (lime, green notes, mint), clean laundry, green apple, amber and cedarwood. Finally, as Malle sums his project, “I dream of new molecules bringing scents that no one has ever smelled.”

Outrageous will be sold exclusively at Barneys NY Co-op stores across the country starting in October. It will be priced at $110.00 for 3.4 oz (via Cosmetic World.)

Ethical Disclosure: Outrageous is made by IFF.

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28 Comments

  • rutherford: Clean laundry!? Outrageous! August 14, 2007 at 8:03pm Reply

  • Aline et Valcour: ‘something like a good pair of jeans’ “outrageous”? uh what??

    Dahn Al Oudh Moattaq, JOY, 1000, Tubéreuse Criminelle, Rose de Nuit, French Cancan, Fracas, Black Oud, L ‘Inspiratrice, Aldehyde 44… these are outrageous perfumes! August 14, 2007 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Katie: If he wanted androgyny, Sophia Grojsman seems like a surprising choice to me. Should be interesting to smell her take on his brief description. And I would especially love to read your impressions of the fragrance, if you find some spare time for writing about it 🙂 August 14, 2007 at 11:38pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: R, the olfactive description makes it seem quite different from what it is. Not sure why those notes were picked for the press release. August 15, 2007 at 10:34am Reply

  • Robin: Will Outrageous be part of the “regular” FM line-up, or is he starting a cheaper, Barneys Co-op only line? Looking forward to smelling it, and will just go ahead and ignore the green apple & clean laundry.

    And just an FYI — the Getty Images link didn’t work for me. August 15, 2007 at 11:56am Reply

  • Tigs: I am so excited about a new FM, and I admire Grojsman, but I can’t say that note list appeals to me in the least. In sounds like you’ve tried it, V – how is it different from the press release description? August 15, 2007 at 1:23pm Reply

  • Prince Barry: What is it with these European perfume companies ‘selling out’ to the US? First we had Creed creating Royal Ceylan which was a US exclusive. Now we have Malle doing the same thing. It’s funny how people on the perfume forums throw up their arms in uproar because Lutens has a non export line, yet they don’t realise that some European perfumers actually create perfumes specially for the US market which we can’t get over here. August 15, 2007 at 1:37pm Reply

  • March: Fascinating. I assume the scent is, anyway, being Malle. Maybe the banality of the notes is the Outrageous part. It sounds like you smelled it, based on your comment. How is it? August 15, 2007 at 3:52pm Reply

  • minette: well, the notes don’t sound terribly outrageous, but will have to wait until i sniff it to be sure. at least we have a barney’s coop here – so i’ll be able to without too much work. i get how a good pair of jeans can be considered sexy – when they fit right and you know it, you feel sexy. hope this scent makes me feel sexy the way musc ravageur does! August 15, 2007 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Aline, I am not sure if I would call those outrageous. They are dramatic, elegant, memorable, but not outrageous. Outrageous (in a sense I understand it) is more something like Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange. August 16, 2007 at 6:38pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Katie, I can completely understand what you mean! I do like Malle’s line in general, and this fragrance strikes very much in his general spirit. Perhaps, it is a bit more casual–a green orange blossom on a crisp ambery base. I like it very much, but of course, I am not a completely unbiased source (hence, no review will be forthcoming, just a news bite). August 16, 2007 at 6:46pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: R, thanks! I fixed it. Outrageous is under Frederic Malle’s name, a one-time deal for Barneys Co-op as far as I understand. August 16, 2007 at 6:47pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Tigs, see my comment to Katie. It definitely has the artisanal touch that characterizes other Malle’s fragrances as a whole. August 16, 2007 at 6:50pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Prince, US market is big, one cannot get away from this fact. Plus, I am sure that it will be available online. August 16, 2007 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: March, for an orange blossom lover such as myself, it is quite a discovery! I think that you might like it. August 16, 2007 at 6:53pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Minette, it is definitely not at all like Musc Ravageur, either olfactively or emotionally. It is more transparent, more adrogynous. And yes, the notes do not sound outrageous to me either. August 16, 2007 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Judith: I had heard about this at Barneys before, but the SA made a mistake and told me its top note was orange. So glad to hear that it’s orange blossom instead! I might actually like this! August 17, 2007 at 8:03am Reply

  • Aline et Valcour: you re right Secretions Magnifiques is the ultimate outrageous scent conceptually but I ‘m thinking of JOY with and its sexual indolic notes due to high jasmine concentration. JOY in extrait (pre-Proter&Gamble) is more far more “outrageous” than any politically correct fruity floral on the market today. August 17, 2007 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Julie: Bandit by Robert Piguet. Now, that’s outrageous. And Caron’s Tabac Blond, of course. August 17, 2007 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Daisy: I got this right when it came out. I was kind of going through an androgynous phase and there was something about it that really appealed to me at the time, though now, I can’t seem to remember what that was. I did almost polish the bottle off.

    It did kind of smell like a pair of jeans to me! Like struggling into a stiff pair of brand-new $275 waxed Acne jeans in a just painted Barney’s fitting room lit by fluorescent tube lighting! After a couple of caipirinhas 🙂 Maybe that’s where I was in 2007!

    In any case, I busted it out again because I am playing Chandler Burr’s Opensky game with his second decanted fragrance. There is something about the mystery fragrance that really reminds me of Outrageous!, but it’s not the same scent. Is it the musk? They both smell green and synthetic . . . July 30, 2012 at 12:30pm Reply

    • Victoria: He will announce it tomorrow, I think. Please let me know what you think of it. I didn’t play the game or follow it that closely, but I would be curious to know anyway.

      Outrageous is fascinating in terms of how it’s constructed, but I admit that even though it was created by my perfumery teacher, I don’t wear it. Some fragrances simply don’t feel like “me,” if you know what I mean. A friend of mine wears it, however, and it smells stunning on her–musky and woody, with a delicious fizzy champagne like note. I bet that it smelled very good on you too. Now, that’s another perfume like Escentric Molecules one we’re talking about the other day that has a tremendous diffusion. July 30, 2012 at 2:12pm Reply

      • Daisy: I did really love it. Wearing it again reminds me that I like it on my skin once the big top notes calm down. Molecule 01 was the fragrance I wore after it.

        Now, I think I’m going for baroque/broke! 🙂

        Just some corny afternoon academic wordplay 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

        • Daisy: Your teacher was Sophia Grojsman? That must have been amazing! July 30, 2012 at 2:40pm Reply

        • Victoria: 🙂 That’s ok, a necessary phase for every student! Plus, it’s fun to switch from one character to another.

          And yes, Sophia is an incredible teacher and a very warm person. July 30, 2012 at 4:37pm Reply

          • Daisy: 🙂

            And good teachers and genuinely warm people are always a blessing 🙂 July 30, 2012 at 5:10pm Reply

      • Daisy: And it’s . . . Mugler Cologne!

        So I can see why it reminded me of Outrageous 🙂

        I think he wised up to making the opening descriptions more opaque too from reading the intro to the next one.

        I might play again . . . If I do, do you want to play too? I can send you a sample in Belgium . . . July 31, 2012 at 1:08pm Reply

        • Victoria: I can see that too!

          Thank you for your kind offer. I bet that I have most of these fragrances, but I would love to hear your thoughts as you keep playing. July 31, 2012 at 5:58pm Reply

          • Daisy: Will definitely sniff and report back 🙂

            Looks like this next one is not on the commercial market, so says the descriptive blurb. Interesting! July 31, 2012 at 7:26pm Reply

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