Really the high end home fragrance market has been mainly limited to candles. We've covered some of the very fancy and nicely scented candles on the market from such people as Jo Malone
, Slatkin & Co.
, and even Manolo Blahnik
. Other than candles, the pickings in the home fragrance category are slim have been relegated to very decidedly non-luxe manufactures such S.C. Johnson and their products such as Glade
. Frederic Malle the Frenchman and driving force behind Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
with flagship stores in Paris, and now New York has decided to turn his attention to those used in the home.
On his web-site he states his home fragrance philosophy:
"You don't want to perfume a house the way you perfume a person. You don't want to cover up life's odors but you want to complement them."
Not only did Frederic and his partners create 9 new fragrances for the home but also 3 inventive ways, well two innovative and one standard, to diffuse your home with scent.
- Fleur Mecanique: An 11cm red cube which met the teams requirements to be esthetically pleasing, silent (so that you could sleep right next to it), wireless (it recharges like a cell phone), and allows you to create a a natural scent of a fresh bouquet of flowers at will. It comes with 5 choices of fragrance refills.
- Rubber Incense: a unique concept to replace lavender sachets, which often get musty over time, in small places such as closets, and car interiors. The 118g rubber mat emits perfume for a substantial time with out needing a refill or electricity.
- Candles: 9 different handmade candle selections to choose from although it might have been interesting to dispense with this done to death format completely.
The Fleur Mecanique, available only in flagship stores, costs $380 dollars which includes one refill, and candles range in price from $85 - $125 dollars. If you don't live in Paris or New York you can purchase the rubber incense and candles on-line. The perfumes are available at one of the many stores such as Barney's
that carry the fragrances (but not the home collection) worldwide.