Friday, March 29, 2013

Editions De Parfums Frédéric Malle - My first experience with Frédéric Malle

When I first heard that Frédéric Malle would be releasing a collaborative collection of scents--Perfume Portrait--created alongside professionals in artistic fields such as fashion, photography and film I was intrigued. But then I wondered--who is Frédéric Malle and what fabulous perfumes has he created? I did a little research on his site ( and was surprised to learn he is the grandson of Christian Dior Parfums founder, Serge Heftler. It seems his mother also worked for Christian Dior Parfums. For Editions De Parfums it appears as though he has sourced some truly amazing perfumers and allows them to run wild with their creativity as they produce scents that, once completed, he publishes as part of his Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.

I was given the opportunity by PR to sample two of his scents from Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle--my first experience with anything by Frédéric Malle. I absolutely love perfume, but as I have a sensitive nose I tend to find myself fairly picky when it comes to scents I would personally wear. I was given a sample of Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion and Le Parfum de Therese by Edmond Roudnitska. Note: I did not include my own pictures of my samples as I don't typically include images of sample-size products in reviews for full-size products to prevent any confusion.

Here are my thoughts...

Carnal Flower of Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle

100ML bottle - Image taken from Frédéric Malle website.

Scent description according to the website:
With tuberose, nature offers her own take on dramatic olfactive clashes. These pretty flowers exude a mixture of flower shop freshness and carnal opulence. This natural contradiction has fascinated generations of perfumers including Dominique Ropion. He started to compose his interpretation of the mysterious flower from the latest high-tech analysis of its evaporation. To remain as close to nature as possible, he decided to use a mix of the best natural extractions and high-tech ingredients. Finally, to generate a link between this flower’s scent and the wearer's skin he exagerated some aspects already existing in the scent of natural tuberose, such as coconut and salycilates, and added a trace of musk. 18 months were necessary to find the perfect balance.

My Impression: Clearly I am not a perfumer or professional in this field, but this is my personal impression when wearing this scent on my skin. To me this came off as a very floral, pretty scent. I did detect the hint of musk (at least I think I did) and this actually reminded me a great deal of my favorite perfumes made in Hawaii using Plumeria that I got as a kid during one of our visits to see family. I like this scent and would definitely add it to my scent rotation if it was within my  price range.

Price:This perfume is priced at $230 for 50 ML or $340 for 100 ML

Where to Buy:
This perfume can be purchased on the Frédéric Malle website HERE



Le Parfum De Therese of Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle

100ML bottle - Image taken from Frédéric Malle website.

Scent description according to the website:
Bright, complex, incredibly modern, Le Parfum
de Thérèse was created in the mid 50s, by Edmond Roudnitska, one of the greatest perfumers of the twentieth century. The fragrance was never commercially produced and remained a well-kept secret because Thérèse, Roudnitska's wife –– for
whom it was created –– was the only person allowed
to wear it. Considered a masterpiece because its water fruit accord is 40 years ahead of its time, this complex fragrance is also reminiscent of glorious perfumes of the past. Tangerine and melon giving way to a carnal rose and plum heart; the base of cedar, vetiver and leather lends class. A vintage fragrance that epitomizes its creator's style. 

My Impression: Again, I am not a perfumer nor is this my area of expertise, so this is just my take of this scent on my skin. As soon as I put this scent on I picked up on the cedar and leather . There is a slight sweetness to it in addition to the cedar that I'm assuming may be attributed to the fruits? It is definitely a unique scent that I would describe as deeper than Carnal Flower. Personally, I prefer crisp, citrus scents so this one is not my personal taste, but I can easily see this appealing to those that like scents of this nature and have the budget to afford it.

This is priced at $125 for 3x10ML refills, $185 for 50 ML or $265 for 100 ML.

Where to Buy:
This can be purchased on the Frédéric Malle website HERE.

I highly recommend scoping out the Frédéric Malle website. There are so many scents and the descriptions sound so amazing! I have so much respect for perfumers that treat their professional like an art, because it truly is one.

Would you consider trying any of Frédéric Malle's perfumes?

As mentioned above, the samples I reviewed were provided by PR. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by the PR agency that sent them to me.


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