One rose, smoked, please!
The Chopard Malaki series fascinated me immediately with its appearance. Yes, I know they say you shouldn't just be impressed by the looks, but you can't help but admire the wonderful flacons for hours. The Chopard Malaki series consists of the following fragrance series: Amber Malaki, Musk Malaki, Oud Malaki and Rose Malaki. I wanted to buy them all at once, but they're really not that easy to get. Some distant USA-Chopard-watch-shops or not quite lovingly looking Brexit-shops offered 1 to 2 fragrances, but I was not really convinced. With a look to the east, however, this changed quickly. Almost every Arab country from Qatar to Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates offers all 4 fragrances at all airports and various online shops. At very correct prices. Fortunately there is a frequent flyer in my circle of friends and so my Rose Malaki landed with me a few days ago.
The brown-golden packaging with black inscription is very discreet. She lost a punch in the right corner on her long journey (see photo below), but that doesn't bother her visually. The bottle is round, but also octagonal with 8 semicircular sides. You can feel the full glass in your hand like with a precious Ralph Lauren vase. The lid is also round/octagonal and closes with a magnetic closure. The inscription "Chopard Rose Malaki" is only glued on, but I knew that from various forums and was not disappointed, although one suspects rather a small metal plate at first.
The head, heart and base notes are rather close together and you can feel the dominant rose from the beginning. Not a pink summer rose on the dress of a prepubescent teenager but a night rose. A masculine, dark rose with initially a lot of smoke, as if you just lit your Indian incense stick. Shortly thereafter one is transferred to the leather court supplier of the Emirati sultans, where the leather species of the most improbable animals are spread out. The patchouli vanilla finish rounds off this unique fragrance.
Thank you Chopard! I will never be able to buy your (overpriced) watches, but as long as you stay in the perfume business, I will be your loyal customer. The frequent flyer is on his way to the airport again...