En Passant 
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (2000)

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The name translated to English means 'In Passing'. The fragrance is a fresh composition with notes of orange leaves, cucumber and absolute wheat.

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There are 63 reviews of En Passant by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.


Not bad. It's more of personal comfort if that comfort is related to hothouse flowers or a large Victorian garden. The opening has a disturbing fanfare of baby powder that almost scared me, so that paired with performance would have me side with Carnal Flower over En Passant if clean floral was my thing.
Jul 14, 2021


Damp and floral and lovely. I like wearing this to bed; I find it immensely relaxing.
Jun 19, 2021


It takes awhile to 'warm up' and have any scent on my skin. It's a pleasant lilac with cucumber floating on a watery base, lily coming in and green notes. It is a floating scent, seems to have no grounding, and sadly on me only around 2 hour longevity. Scents are true and lovely, but not a FB for me.
Nov 29, 2020


Personally I'd like to put these three FM floral perfume in one family:

En Passant, Eau de Magnolia, Carnal flower.

En Passant is that innocent young sister, simple, linear, transparent.

Eau de Magnolia is the educated older sister, much more refined, an impeccable sweet young lady.

Carnal Flower is their femme fatale mother (let's assume femme fatale also have kids, for whatever reason), who probably murdered their father and inherit his fortune: sensual, attractive, deep, full of unexpected turn.
Jul 24, 2017


En Passant is a consummate spring scent. It balances a cool, aquatic heart with soil-like accents to recreate the tension at the center of lilac–the crispness that doesn't quite disguise an oily nature. I've seen En Passant described as muted and pastel, euphemisms for vague, washed-out fragrances, but there's too much shadow and undertow in En Passant for it to be considered bloodless. Giacobetti might play with simplicity but she doesn't settle for it and she doesn't spare the cream in the recipe. The perfume is padded precisely where it needs to be. En Passant's semblance of simplicity is a red herring, though. It might come off as spare but it conceals a sophisticated approach and becomes more detailed the closer you look.

A lot has been made of the perfume's cucumber and wheat notes, how they modulate the central floral accord and keep it from becoming too sweet, too simple. It's true that the accord is unexpected. And it's remarkably effective in creating the detail that lets the perfume simultaneously portray a single flower and an entire season. But embedded in the accord like drop of ink in paper is a waxy/nutty, almost tactile facet. It widens the central floral sketch and gives the perfume's trail weight and momentum.

Depending on whom you talk with En Passant is either an essay on rain, a sort of modern descendant of Après l'Ondée, or a lilac soliflor. Impressionism or representation. Visual art terms only have ballpark accuracy when applied to perfume.

Representation is tricky and the assumption that recreating ‘nature' is perfume's highest modality is still widespread. Giacobetti, like Roudnitska before her, challenged the premise. His answer to the question of how perfume relates to nature was to compose a detailed muguet soliflor still life. From her fig perfumes for Diptyque and l'Artisan Parfumeur to her carrots, irises and roses Giacobetti offers a succession of solutions to Roudnitska's question, as if to imply that there are at least as many explanations as there are subjects. With En Passant, she creates a faithful lilac soliflor at the same time that she offers a more upbeat vision of a rainy day than Jacques Guerlain's. It's a fantastic accomplishment for a seemingly simple lilac soliflor.

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Jul 20, 2017


A gently freshish opening blast greets me - with a green-floral opening accord that is very pleasant. The green note is a leafy tone, quite bright, whilst the floral side, which lasts way into the heart notes, is a mix of violet with a restrained undercurrent of white florals, mainly touches of muguet.

Further down the track this is mixed with a yeasty note, as if sniffing a wine barrel whose content is undergoing fermentation. There is a fruity undertone, but on me this is never really a sweet composition. This overall impressions lasts until the end.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and ten hours of longevity on my skin.

Lovely in spring, this scent is not very complex and at times a bit thin, but it is made of good-quality ingredients with some creative twists. 3.25/5.
May 31, 2017

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