Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 31

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Lalique, Agonist, Hermès, Isabey and Frédéric Malle.

Lalique L'Amour Crystal Extrait

From Lalique, L’Amour in the Crystal Extrait edition: “Composed by Nathalie Lorson, the fragrance offers an olfactory declaration of love.” In 80 ml at Neiman Marcus, $1800…

Read the rest of this article »

Shop for perfume

FragranceNetParfums Raffy

Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — but either way, window shopping never hurts. We’re kicking off our annual string of holiday gift posts with scented bath & body products. More to come over the next few weeks!

Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter

From Frédéric Malle, Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter: “This unique perfume of natural sandalwood, saffron, vanilla, Peruvian balm, and patchouli heart lends itself well to the form of an extra rich body cream, rich in shea butter and beeswax. This extraordinary comfort and silk like richness encapsulates the vision of Dries Van Noten’s world.” At Barneys, $185…

Read the rest of this article »

Estee Lauder buys Frederic Malle

In its third luxurious and somewhat idiosyncratic acquisition in less than a month, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase artisinal [sic] fragrance brand Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. [...]

The Malle acquisition joins new siblings Le Labo, an irreverent artisinal [sic] fragrance brand that Lauder acquired on Oct. 15, and upscale skin-care business Rodin Olio Lusso, which it bought last week.

— Via Estée Lauder on a Spree, Buys Frédéric Malle at Women's Wear Daily.

What would Roudnitska have done

It’s very much in the style of people like Edmond Roudnitska, like a modern version of Eau de Rochas and other scents from the 1970s. It’s that type of writing we went back to. It’s very true to the flower, actually. I discovered a while ago that Roudnitska had a magnolia planted in his garden. It’s something that I always kept in mind, thinking, What would he have done?

— Frédéric Malle, talking to Bora Kwon about his new Eau de Magnolia fragrance, in an interview at Tank Magazine.