Scotty and I tend to gravitate towards the same scents so I always ask him to show me anything new that he loves. He wears a lot of niche fragrances and introduced me to Maison Francis Kurkdjian which has come to be one of my favourite brands.
What I love about MFK is that I never pick anything up and feel that it reminds me of anything else. Even their rosiest fragrance (which I will come onto in a moment) seems somehow different to the masses of others in the beauty hall. The whole brand embodies a fusion of many artistic influences; here’s how they describe themselves:
“Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a house of fragrance, but also a house of creation. It surrounds itself with the talent of designers, craftsmen, photographers, musicians and set designers. Exceptional know-how come together and echo off each other. They are fundamental to the House and are gradually writing a number of exceptional human adventures, in which perfume is, naturally, the hero.”
Here are two of my favourites for him and for her.
A very clean, subtle fragrance, this is sophisticated and elegant without being too overpowering.
The key notes are Jamaican Amyris and Florentine Iris, weaving in Sicilian Mandarin, Moroccan Rosemary and a hint of Brazilian Tonka Bean.
Anyone who tends to like citrus fragrance will enjoy this, I’m sure. Amyris comes in a variation for men and women but personally I tend to prefer the Amyris for him, even on myself.
A rich take on rose, this is feminine without being too sickly sweet. There is something quite sexy about it which isn’t what I would normally associate with such a clean, powdery flower.
Top notes: Bulgarian Damascena Rose, Calabrian Bergamot, Californian Orange
Heart notes: Violet accord, Magnolia Blossom
Base notes: woody Cedar, Musk, Centifolia Rose from Grasse
Maison Francis Kurkdjian is available at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Liberty of London. With Christmas around the corner keep them in mind as a gift idea for the person who has everything and wants something a little different.