Saturday, August 27, 2011
“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.