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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
Edmond Roudnitska is remembered today as one of the most important perfumers in history: as a "perfumer composer" and the inventor of modern perfumery. His encounter in the 1950s with Serge Heftler-Louiche, the founder of Parfums Christian Dior and Frédéric Malle’s grandfather, was decisive. Together they created many legendary perfumes: Diorella, Eau Fraîche, Diorissimo… Later came the most famous of all, Eau Sauvage, whose launch coincided with the public’s recognition of Edmond as the first “nose” of the perfume industry.
Edmond Roudnitska began his career as a chemist at Roure Bertrand Dupont, where he developed an encyclopedic knowledge of natural and synthetic raw materials. This breadth of knowledge enabled him to develop the distinctive minimalist style that was so ahead of its time, and that led to his legendary, secret masterpiece, Le Parfum de Thérèse. Only she, his wife, was allowed to wear it; but as a token of their shared family history, and as a sign of appreciation for his nascent Editions de Parfums, she entrusted the formula to Frédéric Malle after Edmond Roudnitska’s death.
LE PARFUM DE THERESE
A 1950s prophetic masterpiece that lay buried for half a century for being ahead of its time, worn only by the perfumer’s wife, until now. Prune fuses the modernity of cucumber and melon notes with the elegant classicism of rose and jasmine, blurring the perfume to the point of obscurity and rendering its ingredients unidentifiable.