If you have even the slightest interest in fragrances, you know of Frédéric Malle, the founder of Editions de Parfums. Since debuting 11 years ago, the collection has given some of the most creative noses in the business an opportunity to create scents outside of the usual constraints of marketing needs. This past Saturday, we caught up with Malle at Barneys New York to talk about his Parisian upbringing, copycat perfumes, and influences. Keep reading for the interview.
New from Frédéric Malle in collaboration with Sophia Grojsman (the nose behind scent successes such as Lancome Tresor, YSL Paris and Calvin Klein Eternity) is an exclusive scent for Barneys Co-Op. Designed for men and women alike, the fragrance is a succulent blend of capirihna, clean laundry, green apple, orange blossom, amber and cedar.
I'm curious to know whether the scent of clean laundry means we'll be seeing—er, sniffing—more of that in other fragrances. Imagine if there's a new wave of Eau de All or Eau de Tide coming soon!
Although the fragrance is not 100% organic, the packaging is made from recycled cardboard, so at least it's a step in the right direction. According to an interview with Simon Doonan of Barneys New York, Malle says that the fragrance "had to be right for Co-Op. I wanted an androgynous, super-sexy scent, like a good pair of jeans ..."
I like how that comparison resonates and it kind of makes me want to smell it now. What do you think? A bottle of Outrageous sells for $110 and is available in a 100ml size only.
This light and sweet Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums Lys Mediterranée ($120) is one of those great scents that perfectly captures the warmth and excitement of a Summer evening. In fact, the high-end fragrance, created by famed perfumer Edouard Fléchier, is designed to evoke evenings by the Mediterranean seaside.
Fléchier is probably best known as the man behind 1985's top-selling fragrance, Poison by Christian Dior. Just looking at that familiar purple bottle makes me melt, and I was only 8 years old when it came out. Thankfully, Lys Mediterranée is far more subdued than Poison. It's made from ginger lily, lily of the valley, angelica root, orange flower, water lily, and musk, which gives it a crisp, breezy feel.