Saturday, August 27, 2011

Frederic Malle


“When I came up with the term ‘Editeur de Parfums’ ten years ago I was determined to liberate perfumers from the kinds of restraints often imposed by marketers and focus groups. I work as an editor works with writers. I give these ‘fragrance authors’ complete freedom to explore and express their ideas. Each perfumer is free to use the most innovative technologies and the rarest raw materials the industry offers. This freedom drives the artist to construct a scent without conventional boundaries and to refine his or her idea and formula to the most precise detail. When it is achieved, I publish it at “Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.”

L'eau d'hiver - A fragrance entirely one's own –– clean, crisp, but also warm, an endless source of reassurance. The transparence of water binds with the softness of white heliotrope, iris and honey for the gentlest composition imaginable. Jean-Claude Ellena set out to create the first "Eau Chaude," pushing his understated, minimalist style beyond traditional boundaries. Here he fuses the two extremes of the olfactory spectrum into a mellow, fragile fragrance of a new kind.

I was in Las Vegas for work recently and I stopped by Barney's. I was originally going to pick up another Byredo scent (Accord Oud, which I am in love with), but the Frederic Malle scents intrigued me as well. On a whim I decided to go with a Malle scent instead, and chose L'eau d'hiver.

I tend to think of my perfumes in seasons- with Byredo for example, I see lighter, fruitier scents like Pulp as a summer perfume and woodsy scents like Accord Oud as a fall/winter perfume and wear them accordingly. I don't know if this is correct or if anyone else does this, but it is what suits my nose. L'eau d'hiver is interesting because I see it more as a transitional scent: it is neither 100% summer or winter by my nose- it has a little of both in a very pleasing way. I was intrigued so I had to pick it up, and will wait until October to get Accord Oud.


Prêt à Porter P said...

I know what you mean about fragrances in seasons, even day and evening scents. But since I don't have a variation in seasons I just wear them anyway. Although I don't think I have the nose to appreciate fragrances. I mostly stick to whatever vanilla Bath & Body Works does, and then sparingly wear Dior Homme Eau Noire when I'm in the mood. I like the packaging of this one.

-ps. So cool that you got to see Mr. Wooster. He just seems so cool.

VANESSA said...

i have scents that i like for day vs. night and they definitely change with the season. my regular go tos are spicy and androgynous: comme des garcons' first perfume and diptyque's eau lente. although this time of year i go with a light green floral or woodsy scent for day.

i have become a little fragrance obsessed and i started taking classes with a local perfumer. i love the creativity involved and hope to develop something good enough to put out into the world someday.

Joy said...

I serious want to try out both Malle and Byredo but they're so hard to find in my part of the continent. I am lazy about scents and don't have it organized like day and night or seasons even though it's best if I can. Alas the funds ($$$) are limited!

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

I've been a perfume fanatic since my teens (inherited that trait from my mom). I love the idea of a signature scent in theory, but in reality I do enjoy changing scents with the seasons and my moods. That said, I may have found "my" fragrance, the one that is "me" least for the time being. :) I'm doing a post on it soon.
The Frederic Malle sounds lovely.

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Stephanie said...

pret- he's one of those guys who just seems to have a natural stylishness/ chicness about him- definitely stands out in a crowd, but not in an obnoxious attention-seeking way.

vanessa- I have a few CDG scents too- mostly spicy ones that I like to wear in the winter. I've become fragrance obsessed too, I would love to take a class like that!

joy- I usually buy perfume when I travel, as there are not as many options available here either.

stephanie- I think I'm too fickle for a signature scent. Like you I change it depending on seasons/mood- I look forward to your post on "your" perfume!

Ginta said...

I have divided my perfumes by seasons too. Byredo and Frederic Malle both are my favorites too and I'm planning to add Accord Oud to my collection. It's funny but Pulp for me is winter perfume as it overwhelms me in summer, it's too sweet on me and sometimes even chocking but in winter it's perfect as it reminds me about summer, about all the fruits and sun. If it makes sense.

Stephanie said...

I agree Pulp can be overwhelmingly sweet, but I only wear a little. Plus, it reminds me of Paris, because I started wearing it there :)