Indulgence has acquired a new meaning for me when I tried Frédéric Malle Body Butters (Beurres Exquis). Imagine a thick, luxurious cream that feels like sweet whipped cream on the fingers, melts into the skin like warm butter and has a fragrance as rich as the pure perfume. One can choose from Iris Poudre, Une Rose, Carnal Flower and Une Fleur de Cassie. The butters are presented in the elegant bakelite jars, the heft of which perfectly complements the experience of the product itself. Applying these body butters is almost as enjoyable as catching their fragrance throughout the whole day. …
The fragrance that captured my attention the most in the body butter form turned out to be Une Fleur de Cassie. The beautiful mimosa note is presented in all of its dark and seductive beauty, with the leathery facets being accented by the lush violet sweetness. It is very similar to the Eau de Parfum, minus the aldehydic sharpness of the top notes.
Une Rose is the rich confection of Turkish rose underpinned by amber. It is more candied and radiant than its Eau de Parfum counterpart, less complex, but quite striking nevertheless.
Carnal Flower body butter struck me as much greener and airier than the Eau de Parfum. Even if its character was different from what I love about the perfume, it presents the full beauty of tuberose, including its succulent green stems.
Iris Poudre butter lacked the opulence and vintage elegant of the perfume upon the first impression, being rather green and woody. Yet, it eventually assumed a richer iris quality, which I very much enjoyed. Still, it is perhaps the butter that is less true to the perfume that inspired it. I find that it works beautifully for layering with Hermès Hiris.
The formula is so rich and luxurious that I wish that there was an unscented version in the range for layering with my favourite fragances. My skin is silky smooth after using the butters, remaining so for the entire day, notwithstanding the dry air of central heating. Certainly, the indulgence comes with a price, and it is not an insignificant one. Carnal Flower body butter costs $165, Une Rose–$150, Une Fleur de Cassie–$135, Iris Poudre–$125. Yet, if one is prepared to spend the money, the experience will certainly live up to the expectations.
The body butters are available for purchase directly from Frédéric Malle and Barneys.