An unusual take on an ancient floral that will transform the mood of any room.
Written By ANNIE TOMLIN
Among perfume fanatics, the name Frédéric Malle is practically synonymous with thoughtful, resplendent fragrances—the ones you don’t encounter every day, yet remain in your memory long after you’ve discovered them. Malle himself is everything you imagine a French fragrance connoisseur to be (impeccably suited, elegant, très charmant) and yet, he is not the perfumer behind Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.
Instead, for the past 20 years, he has been the “editor” of the luxury fragrance house, collaborating with the world’s most esteemed noses as they develop their dream scents. No boundaries, no focus groups, no pressure to create a crowd-pleasing but bland bestseller—just the most intriguing, gorgeous, even challenging fragrances possible. That goes for the home fragrance collection as well, because as it turns out, a perfumer has a near-magical ability to shift the mood of a space simply by creating a scent.
That is exactly what happens with Jurassic Flower, a fresh tribute to the magnolia. (The name is a nod to its ancientness; fossil records suggest that millions of years ago, magnolias were likely the first-ever blooming plant.) Award-winning nose Carlos Benaïm—he’s created fragrances for Dior, Prada, YSL, and other fashion houses—has brought out the more unconventional aspects of the flower. Whereas many white-floral fragrances are a thick, heady swirl, this one is different: a citrusy, slightly lavender-tinged floral balanced with ripe peach and apricot.
In short, it’s a brilliant perfume that just so happens to be “worn” by your home. To spray the playful, utilitarian “perfume gun” is to elevate one’s living environment to a brighter, more beautiful place. And since many of us are spending more time (or, in many cases, all of it) at home right now, there’s every reason to make your surroundings as enjoyable as possible.
“Spraying this instantly lifted my spirits! I love the citrus notes and magnolia scent. It’s like a ray of optimism for spring.” —DANIEL MARTIN, Makeup Artist
“I expected this to smell like a big floral bouquet, but surprise—it’s fresher and juicier, with a hint of earthiness. Uniquely gorgeous!” —LORI YOUNG, Makeup Artist
“The ‘perfume gun’ is my secret weapon for an elegant-smelling home.” —ASHLEY CORNETT, Makeup Artist
Unsurprisingly, the luxe and impossibly chic Frédéric Malle Perfume Gun won over our Committee of Industry Experts. It is now officially VIOLET CODE APPROVED and has earned a place on THE SHELVES.
The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s Committee of Industry Experts separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.