16 posts tagged "Frederic Malle"
Despite the unending array of new and classic fragrances that line my personal perfume shrine, the only one I ever reach for is Frédéric Malle’s Carnal Flower. The impressive work of perfumer Dominique Ropion is laden with the scent of tuberose, a hypnotic note that has been considered an intense aphrodisiac since days of old. The flacon is heady to say the least—it’s rounded out by hints of jasmine, orange blossom absolute, and coconut—which often makes it unfit for, say, a conservative work environment, or a hot summer day when humid air makes it a little too intoxicating. But for those of you (read: me) for whom it’s hard to part with the beloved bottle, Malle has developed the perfect solution: Carnal Flower, the hair mist. His new Brume Pour Cheveux is subtler than the original eau, yet it still offers its oh-so-seductive effects; a liberal spritz plus a calculated hair flip will render you unstoppable.
Have you ever imagined a world where you could walk into a beauty emporium, get an on-site, digitized skin evaluation, and then select products based upon what your skin truly needs? DDF skincare intends on making that world a reality when its DDF Skin Evaluation System hits Sephora stores next month. [WWD]
Frédéric Malle is about to get his U.S. distribution on. The renowned fragrance curator has plans to expand beyond the confines of Barneys with new eponymous boutiques and select retail partners. Flacons of Geranium Pour Monsieur for all! [WWD]
Birchbox isn’t the only beauty sampling program on the block anymore. DermStore’s Beautyfix, New Beauty magazine’s TestTube, and naturally minded Eco Emi are giving the customizable, beauty product-of-the-month club a run for its money. [WSJ]
That indoor tanning beds can cause melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, is old news. But a new study indicates that the fake rays are a dangerous cause of the most common form of the disease, namely early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Your best bet? Avoid the bed at all costs. [msnbc]
The art of perfume making is fascinating and complex, but even the most fervent consumers of fragrance are rarely privy to the process. All we know is that we like certain floral, musk, and fruity notes; how or why they wound up in a specific flacon—in a specific concentration and combination—more often than not remains a mystery. But the story behind scents can be as intoxicating as the aromas themselves. That’s the premise of Frédéric Malle’s first print endeavor, On Perfume Making, which recalls the inception of each of Malle’s 18 cult-favorite collaborations alongside original illustrations from artist Konstantin Kakanias. “It’s more than an introduction,” Malle said of the book last night at Barneys, where fans like the evening’s hosts, Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson, gathered to celebrate the man and his métier. “It’s about the way [my] business is organized and the way we work. It’s not one thing, it’s a cocktail: 1) I’m very picky; 2) I only work with the best perfumers; and 3) I have time, money, and freedom”—and friends in high places. “I wouldn’t do it for any other person,” Kakanias said of his contributions to the tome. “It’s like working with the new Guerlain!” Thurman, who moonlights as the face of Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon, was not at liberty to discuss perfume last night, but she was inclined to lavish Malle with praise. “It’s nice to see someone putting integrity back into fragrance,” she said—a sentiment seconded by guests including Muriel Brandolini and Carolina Herrera. “I love his Carnal Flower,” Herrera said, singling out Malle’s jasmine and tuberose eau.
While the hardback won’t hit shelves until March, there are a limited number of advanced copies currently on sale at Barneys and at the Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle atelier while supplies last. We’ve got a preview of some of Kakanias’ abstract images here.
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, www.fredericmalle.com.
Frédéric Malle is having a busy year. In addition to relaunching his Web site (interactive features abound, as do weekly journal entries from Malle himself, who muses on food, travel, photography, and, of course, fragrance), the famed perfumer has just introduced four new ancillary products for some of his most beloved scents. If, like us, you found yourself inexplicably drawn to Malle’s 2010 men’s debut, Geranium Pour Homme, this is exciting news indeed; the collection of body milks and shower gels includes one of each for the geranium, anise, mint absolute, and clove eau. Looking for more of Malle’s cult-favorite Dans Tes Bras to love? Its new violet and bergamot-infused body milk will fit the bill. Additionally, fans of Malle’s Bois d’Orage can now enjoy its notes of angelica, iris, cedarwood, and vetiver in the fragrant lather of a body wash. Should you be in need of some morning motivation to get out of bed and into the shower, these should do the trick.