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 Shiftan.
Eau de Parfum. Music for a While is a story of seduction: a series of powerful impulses and empowered moments in which life is being lived – for a while, perhaps, as music. A sensuous body of lavender is warmed by patchouli, amber and vanilla, and transformed by notes of pineapple and mandarin.Frederic Malle Editions de Parfums
The scent of magnolia flowers resembles citrus rather than flowers. This simple fact is the ground for new kind of floral water. Carlos Benaïm´s initial stroke is to boost the unique freshness of magnolia with bergamot, grapefruit and lemon.Frederic Malle Editions de Parfums
Eau de Parfum. Mystic daybreak. 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.Frederic Malle Editions de Parfums