March is definitely not a Spring month in New York City. Though the bright sun suggests that Spring is here, the cold freezing wind blows all your hopes for warm weather away. Yet, I cannot help but feel that Spring is just around the corner. On my last visit to Barneys, I was thinking and talking about complex and interesting scents like Amouage and Serge Lutens, when I was offered to experience Frederic Malle En Passant (French for “passing through”). The classic Lilac, although quite obvious to even untrained nose like mine, surprised me with an unusual and exquisitely fine interpretation.
Though the very concept might seem very simple and cliche, the En Passant is not a simple olfactory construct at all. Infused with the Cucumber and Watery Notes, it feels as if it has been injected with fresh Spring air. The idea behind this scent was to invoke the scent of Lilacs in bloom along the Siene river in Paris. Unlike other lilac perfumes that exist out there, En Passant is very polished, refined and balanced. Although lilac presents a dominant floral note in this perfume, the focus of the scent on watery and cucumber notes is what makes this perfume really special and unique.
When I wear this perfume, I can easily imagine myself on a warm Spring day in Paris, taking a walk along the Siene, and the light breeze bringing with it the freshness of water and dewy lilac blossoms. Adding to the impression are the crispy notes of fresh leaves from the orange trees at the gardens of Tuileries, as well as aquatic notes of cucumber and hay. The final accord to this beautiful scent are the ground notes of white musk and wheat, which resonate with warmth in the clean Spring air.
Overall, this is the most perfect Spring perfume. It is very light, airy, refined, but never simple or boring. It has an airy close to the skin sillage and last on the skin for more than 8 hours. It lingers on clothes for days. I recommend this scent to those who love Lilac, who adore the airy green florals and, especially, to those who can appreciate it for its uniquely fresh aquatic construct.