Frédéric Malle and his perfumers want the same things: creative freedom, access to the highest quality raw materials, and time. Together they collaborate as authors would with an editor, constantly revisiting compositions to the point of perfection, and always striving to create the modern classics of tomorrow.
one of our 12 perfumers
Carlos Benaïm is considered to be America’s greatest living perfumer. As the author of the legendary perfume Polo Ralph Lauren and of many other beloved classics, he owes his success to a great intellectual curiosity that has always pushed him to embrace a world beyond the boundaries of perfume making.
He discovered perfumery as a child through his father, who was a pharmacist in Morocco and had a passion for extracting essential oils. “Every summer,” Carlos Benaïm remembers: “my father and I would drive our Jeep through the countryside, in and out of picking and distillation spots, and I would feel his enthusiasm intensifying." He later acquired a deep knowledge of perfume composition under the tutelage of the renowned American perfumer Ernest Shiftan.
Frederic discusses his collaboration with Carlos
EAU DE MAGNOLIA
Unlike other white flowers that exude opulence, magnolia’s scent is citrus-fresh. Carried by a woody undercurrent, a magnified citric balance of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit tunnels into focus towards darker notes of oak moss and patchouli in an olfactory representation of sunshine and its shadow.