A collection paying homage to Middle Eastern perfumery by the greatest perfumers in the world.
Frédéric Malle's abiding love for Middle Eastern perfumery prompted him to ask the greatest Western perfumers to create perfumes that pay homage to it, with total freedom and with no limits as to the use and quantity of ingredients.
Today, the Desert Gems collection contains four major works: The Night, Promise, Dawn and The Moon.
by Julien Rasquinet
The Moon celebrates the power of the Middle East’s connection to the moon. Her ethereal appearance hailing the beginning and end of all festivity. The perfume exudes a soft, lavish quality : rose, oud and frankincense meet a surprising profusion of ripe red berries notes, subtle evocation of the fruit-flavoured shisha enjoyed across the region.
by Carlos Benaïm
Dawn: the miracle of daybreak.
Dawn is testament to the precious, deeply spiritual moments before sunrise. First call to prayer, the quiet gathering of energy for the day ahead, the brief respite from the sun’s scorching heat. At the perfume’s core, oud is supported by rose and lively pink pepper, then the Laudanum and vibrant frankincense bring extra warmth as oak moss provides a dark focal point.
by Dominique Ropion
A subtle and trustworthy fragrance.
In the Middle East, a promise made between two people is accompagnied by the strictest honor code. Frédéric Malle celebrates this principle with a promise if his own, whose beating heart is made of two precious varieties of rose; rose essence from Bulgaria and rose absolute from Turkey are lifted by apple, pink pepper and clove, and bound to a sensuous base of patchouli, cypriol and labdanum; an accord as unbreakable, and invisible, as a vow.
by Dominique Ropion
Life at Night.
An unprecedented amount of natural Oud, blended with Turkish rose and saffron on a luxuriant bend of frankincense and sandalwood, makes this the most precious perfume on the market, and irresistible to Oud connoisseurs. When the sun goes down in the Middle East and people pour excitedly into the streets, beauty is in a single sway of the hip, or in a glance.
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