Frederic Malle perfume launched his Editions de Parfum perfume store in the year 2000 with a completely original concept - make the perfumers (noses) the star of the perfume. Malle is the grandson of the friend from childhood of Christian Dior, Serge Heftier-Louiche, and the deceased Louis Malle.
Perfumers who undertake making a scent for Frederic Malle are given broad artistic freedom to create the scents for the line, and their names are featured on the bottle's label. Malle scents source quality materials and leave their packaging plain. The plainness of his packaging was inspired by Gallimard, a publishing house in France, who puts out books with covers of cream with red lettering.
When the house launched in 2000, Frederic Malle released Une Fleur de Cassie, En Passant, Lys Méditerranée, Noir Epices, Angeliques Sous La Pluie, Iris Poudre, LIpstick Rose, Le Parfum de Therese and and Musc Ravageur. He has continued to release perfumes at his own pace, not putting out several scents a year, sometimes releasing nothing in a year and sometime two scents.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower is one of his iconic and most expensive fragrances, with its look at tuberose that was very different from most tuberose scents on the market - rich, green incredibly heady. His introducton of Portrait of a Lady, a rose scent that - yes! - is amazing on a man in 2010 was the last scent released.
He has added room fragrances to his collection as well as lotions. Frederic Malle has collaborated with some of the most famous perfumers still working - Jean-Claude Ellena, Dominique Ropion, Maurice Roucel, Olivia Giacobetti, Pierre Bourdon, Edmond Roudnitska, Ralf Schwieger, Edouard Flechier, Michel Roudnitska and Sophia Grojsman.
Most of the Frederic Malle fragrances are unisex, they trend stronger than most feminine perfumes and do not veer heavily into traditional masculine notes that would exclude an appeal to women's tastes.
Experience Frederic Malle Editions de Parfum with a Frederic Malle Carnal Flower perfume sample (a green, heady tuberose) or a Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur fragrance sample (musk served up sensually).