Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

by Paris B on · 22 comments

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2 weeks ago, I showed you something quite interesting – fragrance incense paper – a strip of paper you burn to release the scent into the air, which helps fragrance a small area like a small room. It was by Maison Francis Kurkdjian – a luxury perfume house that has just opened its proverbial doors on our shores exclusively only at Metrojaya stores at Midvalley Megamall and The Curve.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian is the home brand of award winning perfumier Mr. Francis Kurkdjian. He is the nose behind many celebrated perfumes from different brands, which he had created or helped create. I guess he felt that rather than only making perfumes for others, he wanted to make one of his own. A luxury brand of perfumes and fragrances that was his own take on luxury. News was that it put a few noses out of joint when word first got out, but Mr. Francis Kurkdjian opened Maison Francis Kurkdjian in 2009 and he went on to also create Elie Saab Le Parfum in 2011 so perhaps the noses weren’t THAT out of joint icon razz Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

It is quite interesting reading about the man who started out not as a perfume nose, but as a classical ballet dancer! An accident at 15 put paid to his dancing career and he decided to turn his artistic talents to designing perfume and getting himself into the ISIPCA, the international school for future perfumers. He made his name at 25 when he signed his first fragrance, Le Mâle for Jean Paul Gaultier. Some of his main creations can be seen here – familiar names most of them icon wink Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

For Monsieur Kurkdjian, fragrance isn’t something you just spritz on as you go out the door. It embodies the scents of a day from morning to evening. And his range of perfumes and products reflect that belief.

His popular perfume is Aqua Universalis – a fresh scent with a fresh citrus top note that dries down a little muskier. It is a scent for men and women and its very interesting and different. I like the light citrus notes and to my surprise, it does last quite a while before the woodsy scent emerges.

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The MFK perfumes come in heavy square bottles and the tarnished looking stoppers are actually made of zinc to represent the rooftops of Paris where Francis Kurkdjian lives. The heavy glass bottles are luxurious to feel and the heft reflects it.

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The other scents by Maison Francis Kurkdjian (RM490-RM770) are:-

  • Cologne Pour le Matin and Pour le Soir (fresh citrus cologne for the day and a heavier scent for night. Being a cologne it does not last very long but has just enough so you know you’re wearing a fragrance)
  • APOM for men and women (A Piece Of Me – a scent inspired by the Mediterranean. Spicy cedarwood with a sandalwood scent for women and a woodsy musky scent in the men’s)
  • Lumiere Noire (a femme fatale heavy evening fragrance with spicy rose and patchouli favoured by Catherine Deneuve – and incidentally, me!) This is my favourite of the lot, despite the heaviness of the scent.
  • Absolue Pour le Matin and Pour le Soir (stronger versions of the colognes)

We were led through each of the scents during the press launch and by the end of it, my nose was left reeling. I know I liked the smell of Lumiere Noire and I will save up for a bottle some day but at this point in time, I can’t tell you much about the others. Sorry! You’re going to have to go and smell it for yourself.

Other than perfumes, Maison Francis Kurkdjian carries, quite interestingly, household products like laundry detergents and fabric softener. The rationale behind this was that you don’t want your perfume clashing with the fragrance of your fabric softeners so MFK has them in the Aqua Universalis scent so you can envelop yourself in Aqua Universalis from the time you wake up and put on fresh clothes to the time you go to bed between your sheets. Personally I find this just a wee bit gimmicky but I have this crazy urge to give it a go. At RM145/1 litre its no laughing matter though icon razz Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

There are also conventional home items like home fragrances (RM210/70ml) in APOM and Lumiere Noire, candles (RM260) in all scents, and a perfumed leather bracelet (RM925) which was inspired by Marie Antoinette and the past when treated leather was fragranced with one’s favourite scent to mask the smell of urine that they use to treat leather. Erm. Ok.

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But I just have to show you my favourite item in the range, after the incense paper. Its perfumed bubbles called Agathe’s Bubbles (RM70/45ml) and comes in 4 scents – Poire (pear), Menthe Froide (cold mint), Herbe Coupee (cut grass) and Violette (violets). These perfumed bubbles were created for children and perfumed bubbles seem to feature a lot of Monsieur Francis Kurkdjian’s creations. He perfumed the Gardens of Versailles with orange blossom in 2006 and he has used his perfumed bubbles in numerous installations worldwide from the Shanghai Expo 2010 to filling the Grand Palais, Paris with scented bubbles for Noctambulles.

These bubbles are beautiful stuff. Pretty much soap bubbles, when the bubbles pop, they release the scent of whatever they are scented with into the air in a heady sort of way. I absolutely loved it! There was a demonstration of the Poire (Pear) scent on press day and I swear everyone just turned into 7 year olds for a few minutes.

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I got a bubble on the tip of my nose and when it popped, my nose was filled with the smell of sweet pears. I could almost imagine myself biting into a soft sweet pear, its juice dripping down my fingers. Beautiful! And So. Much. Fun! I was so tempted to buy a bottle just to be frivolous. I just might some day.

Price wise, expect to pay luxury prices. But at least you don’t have to smell the same scent on everyone else around you icon smile Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

Have you come across Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfumes before? From the last feature I did, a couple of you mentioned that you were familiar with this range of fragrances. Do you have a favourite? Don’t you just love the idea of scented bubbles? icon biggrin Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris : Luxury Perfume House with a touch of fun difference

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The full range of Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfumes and related items are available at Metrojaya MidValley Megamall and The Curve. Prices are as in the post above. Learn more about the brand here

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rinnah
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October 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

The price point of this perfume house had me going o.0

But otherwise, I was very intrigued with the fragranced laundry detergent and softener – just think, if I washed all of my clothes with that, no need to spritz on perfume after and it would be my signature scent! LOL.

And those bubbles are just calling out to the child in me…
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ParisB
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October 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Yeah, luxury doesn’t come cheap unfortunately. I’m terribly taken in by the laundry detergent too. The idea is as you have pointed out. Wearing your fragrance! :D

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Celeste
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October 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

Perfumed bubbles? More and more bizarre things are coming out in the market these days… but the idea intrigued me, I must admit!

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ParisB
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October 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

It is so much fun! I mean kids would love it but so would adults LOL! If you can view any videos of the perfumed bubbles installations done by Mr. Kurkdjian, do view them. They are lovely!

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peach_ October 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

“For children?” I’m amused! :D Some like to “spray and walk” to apply perfumes, and this would be a fun way to do that! (Though “blow and walk” just doesn’t sound quite right…)
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ParisB
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October 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Oh dear, that does sound a bit wrong hmm… :P Yes the bubbles are children friendly but give them to any adult and watch them turn into kids :D

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Ling
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October 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

Scented bubbles?!!! AWESOME
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ParisB
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October 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Indubitably! I loved the bubbles!

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Lily
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October 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

Scented bubbles! Love the idea, curious enough to go have a look but not generous enough to fork out the price. Hehehe… Thanks for the post Paris! Informative and interesting as usual.

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ParisB
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October 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Your girls will love them, but your wallet won’t :)

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alene October 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm

i am gonna get one of my guy friends to buy me the pear bubble. i want!

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ParisB
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October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Haha! The pear bubbles are amazing. Seriously, it makes you want to eat pears! :D

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Lisa October 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

You’ve gotten me intrigued enough to actually want to plan a trip down to check out the fragrances. The bottles are so simple and rustic. I love the bottles and the bubbles. Such fun! I’m recently in a fragrance phrase. Very bad for my pocket. Worst than being a makeup addict coz generally niche fragrances are so much more costly. Checked out Chanel’s Jersey today and I’m in love. But at over $400 for a 200 ml bottle, I’m holding back for now.

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ParisB
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October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

LOL! Come come! hehe… The scents are special, that much I will admit and you will smell unique back in Singapore :D

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Saphy
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October 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere ~ ! I would totally get that bottle of bubbly fun if I had the moolah XD

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ParisB
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October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Sigh don’t we all want that? :D

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beetrice
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October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

dang..those bubbles look like a lot of fun! :D I’d love to try that sometime though…time to save up!

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ParisB
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October 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Yes! The bubbles are tres fun – and the fragrances aren’t bad either. Different :)

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Rahee November 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

How much is the scented bracelet? Range of price

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ParisB
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November 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

The price is as stated above – RM925

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adib June 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

killed my pocket for a set of acqua universalis EDT 70ml and a 150ml shower gel at an offered price of rm499 for both n i got myself a a violet bubble as GWP! what a steal! d real price wud have reached around rm900+. got them from isetan klcc. they’re holding this sale until 16th of june! go grab them!

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sheue hong June 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

price for amyris femme?

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