Frederic Malle Synthetic Jungle ~ new fragrance :: Now Smell This

French niche line Frédéric Malle has launched Synthetic Jungle, the brand’s first fragrance from perfumer Anne Flipo.

Bright and lush, mysterious and provocative, Synthetic Jungle is a stylized landscape in technicolor greens. An ode to cult perfumes of the 1970s, Synthetic Jungle offers a modern vision of nature reimagined.

Flipo retained the opulent basil of the original composition,* along with a recomposed bouquet of hyacinth, lily of the valley, natural jasmine, and Ylang Ylang oil.

To modernize and sharpen, she then added synthetic black currant and styralyl acetate, effectively putting the bouquet through a glossy, sparkling filter. Flipo simplified the Chypre and leather notes, resulting in a cleaner, more streamlined accord. Finally, she added patchouli.

Additional notes include galbanum.

Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle is available in 10, 30 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum, £38 – £195. (There is also a 7 ml sample, but it is currently out of stock.)


* The text at Liberty says “An ode to the distinctive cult perfumes of the ’70s, Synthetic Jungle presents a modern vision of nature, reimagined; a stylised landscape in technicolour greens. Retaining the opulent basil note found in the original compositions…”

In the video for the fragrance, Malle mentions two fragrances from the 1970s that made an impression on him, Chanel No. 19 and Estée Lauder Private Collection, and says he suggested that Flipo work from Private Collection and “take certain aspects that we liked, remove those that didn’t feel right, and come up with something different.”

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