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Malachite by Banana Republic

MalachiteMALACHITE, a new fragrance for women by Banana Republic, is named after a luxurious natural material that represents the "ultimate in femininity" and "instantly brings to mind a unique color and texture."

When we hear the word "malachite," we're reminded of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, where we once toured an entire room covered in the stuff. Gotta say, it was a little over the top, although the artistry was admirable.

Malachite the perfume, on the other hand, smells simple and uncomplicated. We found the key notes to be warm and inviting, while the visual presentation was elegant and laid-back.

We'll take our malachite in the bottle.

More details follow...

MALACHITE [for women]
Think: Radiant grace.
Fragrance Family: Floral-Floral
Key Notes: Water Hyacinth, Imperial Peony, Sandalwood
Band/Bottle Color: Deep Dark Green
Wood: An oval warm brown box, which is natural pine
Bottle Shape: An egg
$48.00 for 50 ml. at
The bottle looks like its for men (especially on that wood background) but hey, thats just me :-)
#1 peaches (Homepage) on 2007-10-03 10:23 (Reply)
i saw that room at the Hermitage - memorable, isn't it?
all that green!
it does look like it's for men. and the name isn't very feminine, more unisex, don't you think?
actually it sounds like something from the Old Testament: "and he smote the Malachites and drove them from the land ..." know what i mean?
ha ha ha
#2 maggie z on 2007-10-03 12:06 (Reply)
you guys are too funny! who knows, maybe the stone was named after (or by) that tribe of people?

Banana has a new men's fragrance too, called "Cordovan"...not sure what that is.

you're forcing us to admit that we used to collect rocks and malachite was always one of our faves for its beautiful color :-)
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-10-03 12:50 (Reply)
cordovan, isn't it that embossed leather from spain, from cordoba? some old castles have it as a forerunner of wallpaper (kept the rooms warm i guess):)
#3 maggie z on 2007-10-03 14:56 (Reply)
good work, detective! cordovan - a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain

maybe they made wallpaper out of it, too, not sure.

have you been to Cordoba? it's worth visiting just to see the famous Mezquita (mosque)--it is freakin amazing in there!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-10-03 15:50 (Reply)
is that where mozquitos come from?
#4 maggie z on 2007-10-04 13:50 (Reply)
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