Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
About the product:
Uncompromising, bold, filled with enigmatic charm.
Based on master perfumer Maurice Roucel’s personal cologne, Uncut Gem is an unapologetically manly scent, diamond-hard and absolutely fresh. Clear, spicy top notes of ginger, bergamot, mandarin, angelica root and nutmeg lead you to the sensual fire within: a leathery accord, vetiver, frankincense, generous amounts of amber, and a musk that vibrates with the skin. This is a scent that plays with the tired codes of masculinity while extracting their telluric force to create something beautiful and irresistible.
Maurice Roucel started his career as a chemist at Chanel’s Fragrance Laboratory in 1973. A self-taught perfumer who describes himself as “an explorer wandering amidst formulas”, his style is that of a sensuous aesthete and his signature is generous composition, in which he retains only what is essential.
Top notes: Bergamot, ginger, angelique root
About the perfumer:
Maurice Roucel is a legend in the world of perfuming. For years, Malle had been intrigued by Roucel’s own signature scent, a unique blend he’d created in the lab for his own use.
It was like Maurice Roucel himself: uncompromising, bold, technically brilliant, and filled with warm charm. “He seems rough around the edges at first glance,” says Malle, “but it's a deliberate choice! He’s a force: incredibly refined intellectually and filled with humor and love of people. I’m not the only one who thought that he smelled good, but I am the only one he’d work with to evolve the scent from a rough sketch into something refined. And I’m honored because it’s so autobiographical, personal.” After five years of persuasion, Roucel agreed to work with Malle to create the cologne that would become Uncut Gem.