Who doesn’t love Frederic Malle’s perfumes? Anyone?
Well, I certainly do, so when he introduced a home scent line in 2009, I paid attention. But somehow, I never got around to smelling any of the candles in the range. I was kept away by the price as much as anything else, because I knew I would just not want to invest that much in a candle.
But finally I could not hold off any longer. Those beautiful red glass cups were beckoning on every corner of London - hardly surprising when you visit every perfumery in the city - and I finally sniffed my way through them, all the while holding on tight to my wallet... and reminding myself of my husband’s warnings not to exceed the weight limit on our luggage. Believe me, the reason why I didn't buy any of them was definitely not because I didn't like how they smelt!
There are nine candles in the range, five of them created by Carlos Benaïm, three by Dominique Ropion and one by Sophia Grojsman. Let us start with the last one.
Russian Nights by Sophia Grojsman: Wonderfully rich and meditative. It has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, iris and sandalwood. Its name fits perfectly with the romantic, clichéd notions a non-Russian person like me has about long, cold Russian nights.
Santal Cardamome by Dominique Ropion: Sounds simple, but isn't at all. A deep, rich spicy-woody smell that makes me sigh with pleasure.
Un Gardenia La Nuit by Dominique Ropion: Probably perfect for lovers of massive, fleshy white flowers, of which I am not one. So there.
1er Mai by Dominique Ropion: Despite its name immediately conjuring images of socialist marches, this is a lovely and very realistic rendition of lily of the valley.
Saint Des Saints by Carlos Benaïm: Instantly takes me to Betlehem. I am among the Three Kings presenting their fragrant offerings to Jesus. Its mix of balsams, myrrh and incense makes it a perfect Christmas scent.
Rosa Rugosa by Carlos Benaïm: Windblown wild roses.
Jurassic Flower by Carlos Benaïm: Complicated. I like the scent, but can't get to the bottom of it. A fresh, floral creation with some fruity tinges. I would love to explore it further some day.
Coffee Society by Carlos Benaïm: Marina from PST would adore this. I am very biased against it, as I don’t drink coffee and hate nothing more than coffee breath, which is exactly what this reminds me of.
Rubrum Lily by Carlos Benaïm: The PERFECT lily bouquet. Very spicy lilies in full bloom, but not too indolic. I'll have to have one for myself one day. Sure to make every lily lover swoon.
I think this is an exceptionally well edited and creative line of home fragrances. The price point is very high, but so is the quality and the fragrances are unique. Rubrum Lily has a place in my heart and on my birthday wishlist, but there are many more I would not mind at all having at home.
Just as with his perfume range, Malle does not disappoint.
© 2011 Olfactoria
About the guest blogger: Olfactoria is a perfume-loving psychotherapist and mother of two living in Vienna. For more of her writing, please visit her blog, Olfactoria's Travels.