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I know Valentine’s day passed last month but for me, I can wear floral scents especially the Queen of flowers – rose scents all year long depending on my mood. It is almost Spring and the excitement to wear the florals is more than any other time of the year. In this editorial, I am sharing my thoughts on À la rose Eau de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris which is inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love of roses and the painting Marie-Antoinette à la Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun in which she is holding a rose in her hands. The scent was launched in 2014.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

‘À la rose is an ode to femininity, a declaration of love translated into a fragrance. Two hundred and fifty freshly bloomed roses from Grasse offer their unequaled richness to every bottle.’ The olfactory description of the fragrance is below:

Damascena rose from Bulgaria 
Centifolia rose from Grasse
Bergamot from Calabria 
Orange from California 
Violet flower accord
Magnolia blossom 
Woody cedar musky accord

Two varieties of rose have bestowed the radiance and richness of their petals on this Eau de Parfum: two hundred and fifty Centifolia roses from Grasse (May Rose) in the form of an absolute produce a very floral base note with sweet honeyed and carnal accents. One hundred and fifty Damascena roses from Bulgaria in the form of an essential oil create a top note with a playful blend of pear and lychee.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

On me, the fragrance is a gentle, bright, soft, and airy rose with suble hints of orange fruity which becomes a little richer with time, keep in mind the word richer, it does not means stronger. With the high quality raw materials, the scent stands out in a positive way. To me it is more like a real, effortless, close to yourself rose scent which stays with you, reminds you of something very caressing and gentle. It reminds of the dewy rose on a morning. It does not gives the impressions of the hundreds of sweet rose fragrances in the market. I can imagine freshly plucked petals of the rose lightly crushed in the fingers. There is a slight whiff of woodiness that I can smell. The longevity on my skin is over 4-5 hours and after that it does not dissipates but becomes a skin scent for me, I can smell it when I have my wrist near my nose. With the discreetness and sheerness of this scent, it is perfect for everyday use, even at work – very elegant and classy.

À la rose Eau de Parfum - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com . 

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The new fragrance duo Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian depicts the creativity and height of innovation from the master himself. What I mean to say is the same 49 ingredients with six main notes used in various proportions to create two separate olfactory descriptions. This is something very new to me and I felt so intrigued to try the creativity where a slight variation of an ingredient totally changes what the end result smells like.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

‘Working the ingredient to express its full potential and meeting the challenge of composing two different Eaux de parfum with the same notes:

  • Juniper berries
  • Nutmeg
  • Coriander
  • Musks
  • Ambery woods
  • Vanilla

The Gentle Fluidity duo was born of the perfumer’s imagination to offer two distinct olfactory silhouettes, for her or for him. Neither feminine nor masculine nor unisex, Gentle Fluidity reflects a changing society where the expression of personality takes center stage.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

The two signatures differ in the unique balance of their formulations, as well as the colors and letters employed for their names.  “Gentle fluidity”, an aromatic woody fragrance, is in silver, with a capital G, while “gentle Fluidity”, an oriental musk interpretation, opts for gold and a capital F. ‘

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Gentle fluidity, Silver Edition – nutmeg, and ambery woods are dominant and release a vibrant, comfortable trail. As for juniper berry essence, it leads to an ascending, ultra-fresh, aromatic note, similar to a “gin frappé” effect, balanced by the dry, slightly balmy, spicy notes of nutmeg. The base notes reveal ambery wood facets ranging from sweet and enveloping to powerful and dry. On me, this fragrance feels relaxed, clean, and composed, the aromatic warmth makes it comfortable to wear. The longevity for this is really good on my, over 7 hours.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

gentle Fluidity, Gold Edition – generous, enveloping trail, we can find coriander seed essence and an overdose of musks and vanilla. The floral, spicy note of coriander seeds brings, just like musks, ethereal volume, and a lingering trail. In the base notes, the gourmand, reassuring notes of the vanilla accord enhanced by the ambery woods reveal a radiant, bright silhouette. It is a very nice – sweet, aromatic, and sensual scent on me – very well balanced. The longevity on my skin is good, stays for over 6-7 hours before I feel the need to reapply.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com . 

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Since the time I planned my vacation last month, the thing I was constantly thinking about was how will I take my favorite fragrances with me during the trip while making sure I do not break the bottles or do not lose them or even how to have them handy all the time. Yes, I am referring to my favorites from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Collection, Aqua Celestia Forte (reviewed here) and Aqua Celestia (reviewed here). I was so happy to find the discovery set composed of six fragrance refills of Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe along with the travel spray case in zinc edition of Globe Trotter.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe is a collection of six fragrances (6 x 0.37 oz./ 11 mL) inspired by the tradition of eau de Cologne, Francis Kurkdjian dreamed up as many stories about water as there are possible silhouettes of freshness. Aqua Universalis captures the sensation of an airy and luminous floral freshness, while Aqua Vitae embodies an enveloping and sensual woody freshness, and Aqua Celestia evokes the allure of a soft and radiant musky freshness. For the first time, all the fragrances of our Aqua collection are presented together in a Fragrance Wardrobe. On a short escapade or a longer journey, bring along your favorite Aqua, designed for women or men.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Eaux de Toilette: Aqua Universalis, Aqua Vitae, and Aqua Celestia

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Aqua Universalis is a fragrance that is quite simply luminous, to be used by everyone, everywhere and at all times. An exquisite sense of freshness in an all-purpose Eau de toilette. The Olfactory description of Aqua Universalis is Bergamot from Calabria, Citron from Sicily, White flower bouquet (lily of the valley and sweet mock orange), Light and musky woods.

Aqua Vitae is the delicious whisper of Aqua Vitae triggers an irresistible craving for tender kisses on the neck. This eau de toilette awakens the senses, tickled by lemon from Calabria, mandarin from Sicily, hedione, vanilla absolute, tonka bean and guaiac wood. The Olfactory description of Aqua Vitae is Lemon from Calabria, Mandarin from Sicily, Hedione, Guaiac wood, Vanilla, Tonka bean from Brazil

Aqua Celestia forms a seamless bond between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea, forging a path toward absolute serenity. A heavenly freshness tinted with lime, cool mint and blackcurrant, softened by the generous fullness of mimosa blossoms from Provence. A celestial, musk-scented escape. The Olfactory description of Aqua Celestia is Lime from Mexico, Cool mint (Mitcham), Blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy, Mimosa absolute from Provence, Musk accord.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Eaux de Parfum: Aqua Universalis forte, Aqua Vitae forte and Aqua Celestia forte

Aqua Universalis forte is The more pronounced version of Aqua Universalis enhances the charm of this sunny freshness. The fragrance’s afterglow, sparkle and intensity are heightened by green bergamot from Calabria, jasmine and rose absolutes from Egypt and Morocco and light woods underscored by potent musk. The Olfactory description of Aqua Universalis forte is Bergamot from Calabria, Citron from Sicily, White flower bouquet, Absolute of rose from Morocco, Absolute of jasmine from Egypt, Light, and musky wood.

Aqua Vitae forte is Bursting with light and heat, Aqua Vitae forte embodies the power of life. This Eau de parfum forges the invisible bond between the freshness of the nights to come and the heat of days gone by.
Its top notes radiate a sensation of freshness while a bright, floral and woody breeze floats indulgently throughout this scented dream. The Olfactory description of Aqua Vitae forte is Bergamot and lemon from Calabria, Mandarin from Sicily, Ylang-ylang
Orange blossom, Tiare flower, Pink pepper, Cardamom from Guatemala, Cinnamon from Ceylon, Sandalwood from India, Benzoin from Siam, Guaiac wood.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Aqua Celestia forte is described as 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. Aqua Celestia forte embodies the radiance of a fresh, citrusy fragrance. The Olfactory description of Aqua Celestia forte is Lime from Mexico, Cool Mint (Mitcham), Petitgrain Bigarade from Italy, Blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy, Mimosa absolute from Provence, Jasmine absolute from Egypt, Musk accord.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

To have my favorite fragrances travel with me, I have the Globe Trotter Zinc Edition Travel Spray Case from the house Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris. Globe Trotter is a metal case with a magnetized cap designed in sculptural and uncluttered shapes. It is created to naturally fit in the hand, it shelters the 0.37 fl.oz. perfume refills from the House’s fragrance collection.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

I am so obsessed with the Globe Trotter and having my favorite fragrance refills into it depending upon my mood. It was with me during my vacation last month and also perfect to have in my bag at work and travel during the day. The case fits perfectly in the hand and even in the smallest of the travel case. And the size is perfect to keep in the carry on baggage in the plane. It looks so classic, like a sturdy traditional ornament with the logo of the house on the top of the cap. The refills of the fragrance are easy to pop in or pop out. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe and Globe Trotter Zinc Edition Travel Spray Case are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com

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