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The newest launch from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris is all about freshness called the Aqua Celestia Forte. I do love the Aqua Celestia which was launched last year and is in the rotation too. In 2011, when he dreamed up the forte version of Aqua Universalis – an iconic fragrance in his eponymous house – Francis Kurkdjian added a new word to the language of perfumery. He also conferred unprecedented intensity to the eau de Cologne’s spirit: a fresh, modern sillage, bursting with radiance and ensuring long-lasting hold. After Aqua Universalis and Aqua Vitae, Aqua Celestia, Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s third ultra-fresh eau de toilette created in 2017, is
now being unveiled as an eau de parfum.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

Aqua Celestia forte, a fragrance which is heavenly fresh. Gazing at the horizon in an ambiance of absolute serenity, you notice a dazzling space between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea. It widens to allow a sparkling sun to burst forth, featuring accents of petitgrain and jasmine. In the top notes, petitgrain bigarade from Italy, at once sweet and bitter, adds a sparkle to the fruity, sunny facets of Aqua Celestia brought by lime from Mexico and Mitcham mint. Middle notes of blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy and mimosa absolute from Provence are enhanced by a delicate touch of jasmine absolute from Egypt. In the base notes, a musky accord crowns and envelopes this fragrant tableau. Aqua Celestia forte embodies the radiance of a fresh, citrusy fragrance.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

Olfactive family: musky, floral, citrus
Lime from Mexico – Cool Mint from England – Petitgrain Bigarade from Italy – Blackcurrant bud from Burgundy – Mimosa absolute from Provence – Jasmine absolute from Egypt – Musky accord

To lend a deeper visual meaning to his creation, Francis Kurkdjian sought a special decor for the box and the bottle label. In a serene setting where body and mind are one, a sun is visible amid silver reflections.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

For me, this is an absolutely beautiful scent, something that is going to be my go-to and is already a favorite for summer. To me, the mint note in the opening is very prominent, means it exudes a refreshing and cooler feel right away. The mint citrusy mix in such a delightful way. Another thing I have noticed is that on my skin, it seems to last longer before transitioning to the next note which is floral. The floral is beautiful too in a different way, not a common floral but a slight twist which is still keeping me thinking what exactly On my skin, it lasted for over a day, I mean I could smell this even in the morning on my wrists when sniffed closely. This is a perfect scent for any time of the day. I am really into good floral musks and what could be better than a hint of citrus for the summer.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte is available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

*Press samples


When it comes to fragrances and home fragrances, everyone wants to have something that is near to them and their heart or something that reminds them of that near thing or near one. Fragrances can be very personal, moody and on the other hand, home fragrances need to be something that makes you feel like home at any place, which is comfortable, which has love, and foremost which has feelings. When it comes to the holiday season or Christmas season and those holiday vibes, they cannot be complete without the reference to the Balsam Fir and the smell of it, in a moment, takes you to that beautiful moment and feeling when you are with loved ones and celebrating togetherness.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

Mon Beau Sapin is the Emblematic Holiday Candle by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris, whose scent evokes the most traditional holiday trees, the Balsam Fir. The candle features snowy mountains inhabited by chamois, marmots, and wolves. A starry sky and winterscape adorn this candle whose warm aroma evokes the traditional balsam fir. The scent of this candle infuses the living space with a sweet and woody fragrance. The candle is housed in an embossed gold vessel that can be used as a festive ornament after burning.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

This candle has been my companion since so many evenings and this scent is already so close to my heart, perfect holiday scent. I would highly recommend you to check this candle out for yourself and It will also make a great gift.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris scents have already been one of my favorites, I have my recent review of their new scent here if you are interested. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle(190g) is available at Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris online shop, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Regal, Elegant, Luxurious… full stop. Even with these three words, I think I am not doing justification with the fragrance I am writing about in this post. I will try to explain it as much as I can what this fragrance is and what it has done to me. The collaboration between Baccarat and Maison Francis Kurkdjian came into existence for the first time in 2014 when Baccarat, the most prestigious crystal works in the world, celebrated the 250th anniversary of their founding in a limited number of bottles, 250 to be precise. And that started what is now an icon in itself, called Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris. The partnership was extended, which gave birth to Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum and this year, Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum.

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum

Basically, Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum is called a new form of Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum, intensifying the power and radiance of the three breaths that compose Eau de Parfum keeping the original inspiration. To deepen the intensity to the Extrait, the bottle is designed and manufactured as such, for the first time, that it dons a dazzling red garment echoing the iconic Baccarat red.

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum

The family and notes are described below:

Olfactory family: woody-amber-floral

Top Note: Jasmine Grandiflorum from Egypt and Saffron

Middle Note: Bitter Almond from Morrocco and Cedar Wood

Base Note: Woody Musk Accord and Ambergris

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum

This fragrance for me opens up as a warm spicy saffron which is rich and thick. Then I smell floral with masculine notes. It is smooth, creamy, woody with a soft undertone of bitter almond coming up. The ambergris in the base note provides a light breeze of mineral aquatic air to the fragrance. The projection is great, and the lasting power is incredible, it lasts for almost 18+ hours on me until I slept and then in the morning, I could still smell it when I had my wrist close to my nose. It is gender neutral fragrance and depends on how it works with the chemistry of your skin. I do smell the masculine notes but not very strong and is as per my liking. Every time I wear this fragrance, it shines on my skin, like literally, I could see the essential oils or the Extrait shining on the area where I sprayed it. This is perfect for all the occasions, where you want to feel the best, it does make you feel an amazing luxurious sophisticated regality. I do not go beyond two sprays and I am sorted for all day and even next day, it just makes the aura around you so beautiful and glorious.

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum

All in all, this is a brilliant fragrance and will be on my Top 5 list of favorite fragrances. I would highly recommend you to try this out on the below-mentioned stores or sample through the official website of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris which I will link below.

Last but not the least, Maison Francis Kurkdjian – I am a Fan! I reviewed Aqua Celestia from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris here if you are interested to read.

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris is available at Neiman Marcus stores and online, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and official online boutique at www.franciskurkdjian.com

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.



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