August 31 2014

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Frédéric Malle’s Burn Notice


I’m not usually one for claiming a signature scent, as my preferences tend to vacillate from season to season. But there’s one perfume that always winds up in the rotation, be it winter, spring, summer, or fall. That would be Frédéric Malle’s Carnal Flower, a tuberose-heavy sensual blend that perfumer Dominique Ropion created as an ode to Candice Bergen’s turn in the seventies film Carnal Knowledge. It is for this reason that we’ve pledged undying devotion to the house of Malle—and everything it produces, including its recent expansion into the home fragrance category. Malle’s latest trio of candles helmed by IFF perfumer Bruno Jovanovic are every bit as lust-worthy as his eaux and are meant to evoke three very specific places: a men’s den, a holiday by the Mediterranean, and the interior of a cathedral. Chez Monsieur boasts a cozy blend of woods and tobacco, while Marius & Jeannette is meant to recall summers spent in Saint-Tropez, with the locale’s popular anise-flavored pastis beverage in hand. But my personal favorite is Notre Dame. I may not be religious, but I find the dense aroma of incense and resin that permeates most European churches hugely appealing, and this votive perfectly captures that, well, holy smoke. Much like everything else in Malle’s oeuvre, all three are worth their hefty price tags.

From $80, available at Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, 898 Madison Ave., NYC, (212) 249-7941,

Photo: Courtesy of Frederic Malle

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