If you want your home to smell good—and who doesn’t?—put the Glade away. Instead, allow one of the world’s top perfumers to work his (magnolia-scented) magic.
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
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the Frédéric Malle Perfume Gun reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.