Over the years and through many trials, perfumer Carlos Benaïm and Frédéric Malle have transformed their working relationship into one of great professional intimacy. On the occasion of celebrating 50 years of collaboration between Carlos Benaïm and the IFF, where Benaïm’s career blossomed, Carlos Benaïm and Frédéric Malle have worked hand in hand to give birth to their latest creation: Music for a While! The successor to the oriental Eau de Magnolia, Music for a While is a sensuous homophony composed of lavender, patchouli, amber and vanilla, with a hint of musk striking a chord with precision and perfection, like a sublime fragment of symphony, euphonious and exquisite. This almost classic structure is charged unexpectedly with a high dose of lavender floating in a sea of patchouli and a hint of fruity sweetness from a drop of pineapple. The result is a magnetic perfume that echoes the work of contemporary fashion photographer Helmut Newton: provoking and invigorating, the launching pad for a boundless imagination.
Music for a While is as ambivalent as it is elegant – a provocative olfactory aesthetic that offers infinite interpretations. Music for a While, a scent that encompasses more than all of its ingredients combined, it inspires the world as a timeless piece of music does; Music for a While, a sweet and addictive aroma, like an intoxicating song, strikes us to the core; Music for a While, as classic as a Henry Purcell composition, yet deeply contemporary, a characteristic shared by all of Carlos Benaïm’s creations.
Music for a While EDP
How would you describe Music for a While? Sexy? Chic? Classic but with an edge? Refined sensuality? Bohemian? Or all of the above? An unexpected melding of lavender with patchouli and vanilla, tinted with an unexpected drop of sweet pineapple that creates a more modern, yet irresistible, seduction.
Top: Lemon, Orange, Mandarin
Heart: Lavender, traces of Rose and Jasmine, Cinnamon, Pineapple
Base: Patchouli, Labdanum, Vanilla
About Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
Editions de Parfums was introduced in 2000 by renowned perfumer Frédéric Malle who grew up immersed in the world of perfumery. The grandson of the founder of Parfums Christian Dior, Malle has spent his career developing a deep knowledge of the raw materials, fragrance structure, accords, and olfactive balance.
Malle draws attention back to the product itself: perfume. His completely novel concept has been to invite the world’s greatest noses to compose exclusive, creative fragrances to be sold under their names. Editions de Parfums is challenging all prevailing trends with fragrances that vary depending on each perfumers’ desire.
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.
About Carlos Benaïm
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