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Music For A While  - Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle -Eaux de Parfum
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Music For A While - Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle

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  • Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle

Over the years and tests, Carlos Benaïm and Frédéric Malle have developed a great professional intimacy. Carlos Benaïm, who is celebrating his 50th birthday at IFF this week, sees his collaboration with Frédéric Malle as a way to enrich his fabulous legacy. After Magnolia Water, Music for a While is the last fruit of their association: an oriental scent, a lavender, enriched with patchouli, amber and vanilla. Very little musk, because each ingredient is so precisely dosed that it is not necessary to round the angles artificially. An almost classic structure, if it were not a succession of overdoses, Patchouli, Lavender, Ethyl Maltol, and if Carlos Benaïm had not chosen to tint a smell of Pineapple, as unexpected as magnetic. Lovers of Helmut Newton's work will surely be familiar with this scent driven to the crime of super luxury.

The paradoxical nature of Music for a While, its ambivalent, elegant and provocative olfactory aesthetic and its name open to so many interpretations: Music for a While, because this fragrance is not limited to the sum of its ingredients and that it raises us like a chorus that we keep in ourselves forever. Music for a While, a sweet, but madly addictive, drug composed chronologically, like a piece of music, that carries the wearer and multiplies its seductive power. Music for a While, a classic perfume like Henry Purcell's music, whose name he borrows, but deeply contemporary, like the compositions of its author, Carlos Benaïm.

An unexpected interpretation of lavender: paradoxical, magnetic and sensual.
Lavender as keystone: a departure of citrus, stowed with lavender by the fresh notes that are in the latter, gives the fragrance its flight. Lavender then gradually mixes with the sweetness of patchouli, amber and vanilla. Finally, a touch of pineapple brings its color to this torrent of sensuality.
Accurate and powerful, this perfume gives the person wearing it a timeless seductive power, almost bewitching. Vibrating and more throbbing, he will accompany you for long hours.
Like a piece of music, it lifts you up, transports you from moment to moment.
Like a piece of music, it makes you live at its own pace, composed of two movements: a fresh start and an addictive and sensual heart.

Top notes: lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot

Heart notes: lavender, traces of rose and jasmine, cinnamon, pineapple

Base notes: patchouli, labdanum, vanilla


Alcohol Denat., Water\Aqua\Eau, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, Geraniol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Isoeugenol, Citronellol, Bht, Tocopherol 

Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle
Frédéric Malle introduced Editions de Parfums in 2000, a completely novel concept whereby the world’s greatest noses composed exclusive, creative fragrances to be sold under their names. In an era in which most companies value intensely marketed brand names, Malle draws attention back to the product itself: namely perfume. Through a simple “back to basics” approach, Editions de Parfums is challenging all prevailing trends.

Frédéric Malle grew up immersed in the world of perfumery; his grandfather, Serge Heftler-Louiche, was most notably the founder of Parfums Christian Dior. Malle began his career in 1988 at Roure Bertrand Dupont, the prestigious perfume laboratory. Over the years, he acquired a deep knowledge of the raw materials used in the composition of perfumes, as well as a strong sense of olfactive balance. He is an “evaluator,” the professional term that defines a specialist whose deep understanding of fragrance structure and accords enables him to critique a perfume’s composition.

Frédéric Malle’s contribution to the creation of the different fragrances sold under Editions de Parfums varies depending on the perfumers’ desire. Perfumers appeal to him to assess their work in progress and to share ideas. His involvement depends on the project and ranges from complete non-intervention to sleeves-rolled-up creative partnerships with the noses.

The development of a signature scent is a lengthy process, generally lasting between 6 and 18 months. Each fragrance starts with an idea, an “olfactive sketch,” which can either take the form of a material base – the mix of two or three raw materials, like colors in an abstract painting – or of an initial feeling, the desire to translate or convey a specific emotion. From there, the perfumers gradually build a full-scale composition, tinkering and problem-solving until a perfect balance is achieved. The challenge is to polish and perfect without losing the impact and personality of the original idea.

“Eliminate all that is superfluous or merely decorative” – this, Frédéric Malle’s credo, is the only rule imposed on the house perfumers. Malle requests that each fragrance be designed to uniquely merge with the wearer’s skin rather than to just be a “pretty scent.”

The blend of Frédéric Malle’s ideals with the distinct personalities of each perfumer, and the total freedom provided by Editions de Parfums has created a brand with no definite house style. Its singularity comes from its striking heterogeneity, whereby each nose has expressed and unleashed his or her creative instinct to the fullest.

Similar to the finest literary publishing houses, the current collection is constantly expanding. Out of respect for both clients and perfumers, Frédéric Malle is not interested in ephemeral creations.