The Moon 
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (2019)

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There are 6 reviews of The Moon by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.

Red raspberry Oudy heaven. A very well composed addition of the Malle line and extremely long lasting. You can feel the the foundational cheesy Oud trying to raise it's head but is put in in it's place by the fruity and leather notes which in some way keeps it subdued. A stunning scent which gives a glimpse of a Western interpretation of Middle Eastern elegance. Perhaps my favorite of this series. Excellent!
May 4, 2021

A sweet/sour/smoky raspberry flavoured shisha with quality leather and a slightly burnt oud chips undertone.
Excellent performance (beastly). Fantastic.

Overall score: 9.2/10
Jul 9, 2020

A lunchtime trip to Selfridges to test out a couple of new scents.

The Moon made me wish I'd read the reviews above before even sampling. A single spray on the wrist and initial thoughts were of sickly sweet vomit. Letting it settle for a couple of minutes and it was still very pungent. I couldn't return to work with this so headed to the washroom to rinse it off.

Even after washing the remainder was still strong but the vomity sweetness had gone leaving a potent oud which was markedly better than the opening.

Not my bag at all but it may float someone's boat.

Mar 3, 2020

I will bow to Pocket Venus who sums this up perfectly.
Candied barnyard oud.
I did get a fleeting raspberry but you'd have to pay attention otherwise its gone.
It then goes through a gentle version of Musc Ravageur and as such is completely pointless then settles into a mild fruity leather. Neither pleasant nor offensive.
And then there is the price.....

Fragrance: 6.5/10
Projection: 6.5/10
Longevity: 7/10
Jan 31, 2020

The Moon goes on skin with a clean blast of red raspberry before quickly moving to its early heart. As the composition enters the early heart, the raspberry remains, now joined by fecal, animalic real oud oil coupled with a lush rose and smooth patchouli tandem. This stage lasts about an hour, before the the barnyard oud oil gradually recedes, slowly being replaced by a hardcore smokey, leathery oud wood chips approximation (likely cypriol derived) that joins what now is more of a "vague red berry" accord. During the late dry-down, the red berry and hardcore leathery oud wood approximation now completely take the fore, as none of the initial real oud oil remains, only adding a hint of dry sandalwood to the final mix to tone down the ruggedness of the leathery oud wood as the composition very slowly moves toward its finish. Projection is excellent, and longevity legendary at nearly 24 hours on skin.

After just coming off a mild disappointment with another of the Middle East series offerings from Malle in the past week (see the review of "The Promise"), it was with some trepidation that I approached the more expensive "The Moon." When I sprayed the composition on skin, I can only say that very few opens I have encountered to date smelled this good. The red raspberry meshes perfectly with the rose, patchouli and real oud oil. When sniffed up close, the animalic fecal aspects of the oud are in full-force, but unlike Malle's The Night where the oud oil assaults your senses throughout, The Moon tones the assault down to allow the raspberry, rose and patchouli to shine right along with it. The sillage is actually where the composition impresses the most, as perfumer Rasquinet skillfully has the fecal aspects fade to the background, just leaving enough to add depth to the rest of the ingredients. The end result is absolutely superb smelling and worth the lofty price of admission alone. Alas, things are not all perfect with The Moon, as about two hours into the progression when the remnants of the oud oil vacate and the hardcore leathery oud chips approximation takes the fore, the composition becomes more like others in the genre, with the red berry accord and dry sandalwood keeping things different enough to still standout from the mob. In this case, while the whole development smells great, I dare say the first couple hours are what this writer would love to bottle and cherish. The bottom line in the case of the $750 per 100ml bottle of The Moon, is it really *is* all about the journey (and what a terrific one it is), earning an "outstanding" 4.5 stars out of 5 rating and an extremely strong recommendation to all who can afford it.
Nov 26, 2019

Candied barnyard oud

The Moon opens with a rich, hairy and pungent oud while berry notes enhance its blue cheese aspects. On my skin, the animalic opening is quickly tamed, leaving a fruity, leathery oud that's lively and boisterous in character. It remains this way into the dry down which lasts forever and a day.

Despite its name, The Moon is never particularly nocturnal. Even though The Moon has the "Photoshop touch" characteristic of Malle's other fragrances, it departs from the more restrained character of the house. For example, we might consider how it contrasts with The Night which also leans into blue cheese territory, but refines that into a more solemn composition.

Overall, I found this tested better on paper than my skin. The textured, animalic notes lasted longer and overall, seemed more complex. I also am not sure a fruity party oud is needed, especially at this price point. Other wearers may have a better experience than myself.
Nov 24, 2019

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