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Launched in 2000 by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, En Passant was inspired by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti’s childhood memories of the wind-filled scent of lilacs.

En Passant opens with a bracing aquatic note that leads to a lush note of lilac – floral, green (from orange leaf) and animalic (from white musk). I catch a note of wheat here which shines through for a moment and then gets deeper at the drydown. A note of cucumber contributes to the ‘watery’ feel and adds another green dimension while at the same time giving En Passant a lightness and a radiance.

It’s a linear fragrance that doesn’t progress much on the skin, so you get the experience of lilacs in the rain all at once – just the way I would catch their scent in the wind as a child -  rather than through the development of  top, middle and base notes.

En Passant means  ‘passing through’ - what Malle refers to as a ’floral wind’ -  and Giacobetti has interpreted rather than replicated lilac’s fleeting essence in this refined swooner making it the scent expression of a moment frozen in time.

Imagine that. Now, imagine walking around with that moment on your skin – that’s what I’m talking about.

Notes: aquatic, lilac, orange leaves, wheat, cucumber and white musk

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Olivia Giacobetti


Price: $8.00