Rose, Turkish, Pepper
Turkish Rose, Frankincense
Oak Moss, Vetiver, Cistus (Labdanum), Oud
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle – Carlos Benaïm – Dawn
A mystic daybreak – A revelation of Oud – Frederic Malle’s “Desert Gem”
As night dissipates, so comes the dawn. In the precious moments before the morning sun brings first light, and her first blazing heat, the waking Middle East takes spiritual pause; lyrical call to prayer inspires the quiet gathering of energy for the day ahead.
At the perfume’s core, an abundance of natural oud. Deceptively simple, its magnificent texture is faceted by a host of supporting characters: a refreshing opening of rose and lively pink pepper. Laudanum and vibrant frankincense bring extra warmth as oak moss provides a dark focal point. Diffused yet powerful, an allegory for the serenity and solitude of the day’s first moments.
Experience this fragrance and let yourself be carried away by an oud symphony that couldn’t be more virtuoso. A masterpiece by perfume icon Carlos Benaïm. An expression of perfected perfume art.
The Desert Gems – Note by Frederic Malle
“When I was a child, I was already very interested in perfumes and I remember how the unique fragrances of these women who visited Paris fascinated me and made me dream. . . I think this fascination is what drew me to the Middle East many years ago.
We visited Dubai where we completely immersed ourselves in this unique world of scents and I think we smelled every single thing that one can smell in Dubai.We took our impressions with us to Paris, studied everything very carefully and then we started working on our own thing.On our journey through the Middle East, we discovered that there really is a north pole and a south pole in Middle Eastern perfumery. Oud on one side and Rose on the other. We decided to unite them both for THE NIGHT, which was our first perfume that spoke that Middle Eastern language. The interpretation of this language by the most capable perfume noses in the world and thus the meeting of two worlds is what makes these perfumes, which we call “Desert Gems”, so special.
If you look at DAWN or THE NIGHT, these fragrances have reached a point of perfection that at first seems mystical and unusual – like something you have never experienced or perceived before. It captivates you, it won’t let you go. You wonder what it is that makes you immerse in a whole new world. It takes up to two years for such a perfume to be perfect, a perfect version of the initial inspiration. That’s the way to make a masterpiece, and it’s the difference between one of those casual niche perfumes and what we do.”