Still Orange Flowers (Perfume Thoughts, APOM Pour Homme, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris)

375x500.6806I was interested in trying Francis Kurkdjian’s APOM Pour Homme because from what I have been reading, it is very similar to Kurkdjian’s Fleur de Male, which I think is his masterpiece. I love orange flower as a note, so it has to be a win-win situation whether it is or not. And when I spritzed this, that very familiar orange flower note welcomes – it really is his signature note, isn’t it?

The blast is pretty strong, and it is mixed with some woods (I am being told it is cedar) and then, on my skin, it just stays that way. On this warm day, it really does not turn powdery. On me, it is quite linear. I mean, it’s beautiful. but it really does not do anything else. Perhaps it is the heat and humidity that is making it act this way. Yes, I do like it, but with Maison Francis Kurkdjian price points, is it asking too much for it to do more?

Grand Golden Amber (Grand Soir, Maison Francis Kurkdjian)

375x500.40816I’ve had the sample of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Grand Soir burning in my pile for so long that I told myself, just do it, just spritz. Don’t even think about it, just do it. I knew it was going to be amber, one of my most favorite notes of all time, and I also know it’s Kurkdjian, and I can just imagine what he can do with it.

If Grand Soir was a color, it would be gold. And this is the gold of all golds, the amber of all ambers. Dare I say? This is probably the best amber fragrance right now, and I want it last week.  This definitely has just risen to the very top of my to-buy list. This amber is juicy, it is opulent, it is maybe too much, but oh just very right for me. It smolders in your skin, it eats your skin. Combined with labdanum and tonka bean, it has a hint of sweetness that’s not saccharine, and I see brown things in there – some wood, some oud, but they are all perfectly rounding the rich rich goldness in the scent. And I swear I get a hint of orange blossom here, it is a Kurkdjian after allI can’t remember loving something so much right away, my heart is beating fast right now. I’m getting nauseous now, I need so stop typing.

An Evening Bouquet (Perfume Thoughts: Pluriel Feminin, Maison Francis Kurkdjian)

o-26253These days off from work gave me a time to organize some of my samples, and actually try them. Today I tried Pluriel Feminin from Maison Francis Kurkdjian.  I remember trying this at Neiman Marcus, and loving it, so the sales associate gave me – actually made me – a generous sample. I am wearing it this evening and falling in love with it again. I always say that if I had all the money in the world, I would buy all of Tom Ford’s Private Collection releases, and add all of Maison Francis Kurkdjian releases to that purchase.  I have yet to sniff something from the house I dislike, although some of them I think may not be worth his price points.

Pluriel Femminin is a big floral bouquet, and that is the reason why I love it immensely.  Older age has made me really love flowers. I try to always have fresh ones in the house, and I feel like on special occasions, I always reach for floral fragrances. I would certainly reach for Pluriel Femminin if I had this on my wardrobe. (This would be perfect if I were attending a wedding, for example) This is a rich floral piece – the notes indicate Florentine Iris, Rose, Jasmine, Muguet, and Orange Flower. (Of course, there’s orange flower there, it’s Kurkdjian’s signature note)  It’s blended perfectly yet you at different points of your sniffing, you will smell every single flower in that line-up, and not watered down versions either, but full blooms of each of those flowers. It instantly smells vintage, but without the mustiness. I wish it had better sillage – it is pretty quiet though you always feel its presence.  Do I think it’s worth its price? My answer would change by the day. Do I want it? Of course, but it won’t be at the top of my list. But if I do win the lottery, it will be on my first batch of purchase.