Fragrance is a Malle family tradition: his maternal grandfather, Serge Hefler-Louiche, was the founder of Parfums Christian Dior and creator of their first fragrance, Miss Dior, and his mother oversaw development for the Dior fragrance division. It’s safe to say that scent runs in his veins!
As befits his legendary status, when Malle set out to establish his own fragrance house in 2000, he wanted to do things differently. At the time, fragrance was all about the big, logo-y brands and Hollywood celebrities, but with Editions de Parfums By Frédéric Malle, he put the focus back on the fragrance itself. The concept is utterly unique: given complete creative freedom, great noses compose exclusive fragrances for the brand, and it's their names that are stamped on the bottle. With average development time taking anywhere between six to 18 months, these are juices that are well worth the wait.
Here, the 'perfume editor’ shares five tips on how to scent yourself and your home.
Be unexpected with how you wear scent
Wear multiple perfumes to set the tone
Have different scents for each space
“There are different zones in my home. In my bedroom, I have been using a lot of Jurassic Flower. In some rooms I use Café Society, which creates a fairly soothing and warm atmosphere,” Malle tells MECCA.
On why it’s important to scent the home: “It provides comfort,” he explains. “You can create an ambiance that defines comfort for you, or a state of mind. As you burn a candle, or use one scent over time, the smell contributes to a unique ambiance. It’s like a room with an olfactory soul that you and others recognise, almost like a signature perfume you wear and return to over and over.”