Synthetic Jungle by Anne Flipo for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.

If I happened to have been wearing Frédéric Malle´s Synthetic Jungle, these might have been my impressions.

JUNGLE: 1. an area of land overgrown with dense forest and tangled vegetation, typically in the tropics. 2. a style of dance music incorporating elements of raga, hip-hop, and hard core; consisting of very fast electronic drums, and slower synthesized bass lines.

SYNTHETIC JUNGLE: 1. a piece of acid-house (techno, rave) music by Limbo. 2. a perfume by Anne Flipo for Frédéric Malle.

I have been watching the internet like a hawk, since the beginning of 2020, for information on the what is now the soon-to-be-released, beginning of September as far as I know, Synthetic Jungle from Malle. All you could ever find was the trademark registration information for the name. Then in April of this year information started to trickle in. Note list includes basil, galbanaum, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, patchouli, oakmoss.

Possible Impressions.

Green up the yin-yang. A bright galbanum opening, and a darker, more vintage galbanum in the oakmossed base. Very indolic from both the jasmine and the muguet. Walking into a hothouse of transparent lushness. Quite a prominent jasmine, and possibly a hyacinth. Acutely modern, without taking away from the more traditional aspect of the green genre. Just beautiful. An impressive addition to the collection.

Henry Rousseau. Tropical Birds and Flying Things.

Does Frédéric Malle go to the South Goa Indian Jungle Parties? And will we ever know?


With thanks to my Fabulous Malle Fairy Godmother.



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15 responses to “Synthetic Jungle by Anne Flipo for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.

  1. Lady Jane Grey

    Just one word, resp. two : envy you… (Awesome review)

    I found the basil interesting but you don‘t talk about it…

    Are Jungle and Drum‘nBase different ?

    No, I‘m afraid Monsieur doesn‘t do Jungle Parties, sadly…

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    • I reckon the terms are interchangeable, but the difference is defined in the BPM (beats per minute). I think Jungle is higher. Could look I guess. The basil just adds to a richness to the green? Ha! He might though. Alter-ego. See you soon. 💚 xxx


  2. bonkersvanessa

    Sounds proper funky! You are the perfect reviewer for a perfume with acid house credentials. I am suitably intrigued now. And the stylised art of Rousseau makes for the perfect illustration.

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  3. Tara C

    Not a fan of green scents in general but will give it a sniff all the same. Thanks for the sneak peek.

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  4. Loved reading your first impressions Val. It sounds just my thing as a lover of green perfumes. I’m desperately trying not to buy any more but this is seriously calling my name. Can’t wait to experience it.

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  5. Henry Rousseau! One of my loves. Perfect choice for what you write about this fragrance.
    Does it hark back to any of the grand floral chypres Val?
    I do love a galbanum rich perfume.
    Portia xx

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    • Hi Honey. Hmmmmm. Probably not, because that is a genre I do not get on with. I find them (what I have tried suffocating) wearing me. Nah – this is very modern, clean lines, galbanum and jasmin, indolic green. I reckon you‘ll like it. xxxxxxxx

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  6. Really looking forward to trying this one. Sounds intriguing.

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  7. That is a perfect illustration for the post!

    Whenever I hear “galbanum,” my expectations rise high. I look forward to trying it – thank you for the lemming.

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    • I picked the Rousseau on purpose as I love his jungle paintings AND he never went out of France. I see Synthetic Jungle the same, as an interpretation of a jungle that doesn’t exist in reality. Both fantastic. I have read blah blah blah comments online – “oh I hope there are not too many synthetic materials in it ..”. Can you hear my eyes rolling in my head? Yeah – I think you might well like this Undina. Keep me posted! xxx


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