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 plays a leading role in conducting the rythm of life in the Middle East, her ethereal appearance hailing the beginning and end of all festivity. Yet in Arabic, invoking the moon is also an allusion to romance - 'my moon'; an adoringly grandiose term for one beloved that speaks of beauty and eternal devotion.
by Carlos Benaïm
As night dissipates, so comes the dawn. In the precious moments before the morning sun brings the 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.
by Dominique Ropion
Word of honor.
In the Middle East, a promise made between two people is accompanied by the strictest honor code. Frédéric Malle celebrates this principle with a promise of 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.