Still covered in Eau Sauvage

But the real memory that was very important for me is, I was at boarding school, playing a lot of sports, as one does. And I must have been about 12, and was still covered in Eau Sauvage. You know when you run and sweat? That sort of smell of, I suppose, myself and the perfume, it was something that I realized then was addictive. And then when I was trying to desperately become a playboy -I was 15 – my mother had some products sent from the States to study, and one of them was Halston Z14. [...] I thought, Wow, this is damned good. I used that stuff for years. First of all, I was probably the only one is Paris who owned it at the time, and I thought I was so goddamn special wearing it. It was the first overdosed use of Iso E Super.

— Frédéric Malle, quoted in Frédéric Malle on the Art of Seduction at W Magazine.

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 2

Our 2015 series of holiday gift posts continues — today we’re featuring coffrets and gift sets. More coming up soon!

Frédéric Malle 15th Anniversary Coffret

Tops on our list (raise your hand if you’ve already bought one), the limited edition Frédéric Malle 15th Anniversary Coffret, in two sizes, both featuring 10 ml sprays plus a Bakelite travel spray and a retrospective book illustrated by American sculptor Phillip Low. The larger coffret includes twenty fragrances for $590; the smaller (“designed with men in mind”) includes ten fragrances for $365. You can purchase directly from the Malle website

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An indescribable energy and sense of purity

Perfumes, like all works of art, are more powerful when they’re simple. There’s an indescribable energy and sense of purity that sets apart great works of art from the more common ones. It’s hard to make these very streamlined fragrances, but they’re worth the effort. That’s one of the differences between a classic and flavor of the moment.

Frédéric Malle, on his motto “Eliminate all that is superfluous or merely decorative.” Read more at New To NM: Frédéric Malle and his unconventional take on fragrance.