Maison Francis Kurkdijan: elegance reinvented for $11,000.

Using the purest and rarest essential oils, fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian are sophisticated to say the least. At first whiff, it’ll be something completely unfamiliar. The packaging is understated. With no flashy design or garish colours. Just simple, undeniable quality in a bottle. Perfume is not just perfume for Francis Kurkdjian. It is invisible art.

Kurkdjian first made a name for himself working as a perfumer to some of fashion’s biggest houses like Dior, Gaultier, and Kenzo. If you’ve ever spent time sampling fragrances in a department store, then it’s likely you’ve smelt something he created. Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Le Male’ is his. So is Acqua di Parma’s ‘Iris Nobile’. As is the famous musky Narciso Rodriguez For Her. It’s no wonder then that he won the Oscar of the perfume world the ‘Prix Francois Coty’ in 2001 or that he went on to launch his own perfume maison in 2009.

OUD is one of his recent fragrances that got my attention for it’s olfactory rarity.  Combining saffron, Oud from Laos, Elemi gum, cedar wood, and Indonesian patchouli, it’s not something I’d typically like. It’s description, according to MFK website is ‘pure mystery, bewitching, narcotic, magnificent’. Perhaps it’s the fact that Francis Kurkdjian studied ballet and played piano, or that he was an artist before he was a perfumer is what makes him so clever at telling stories through scents. At more than $300 per bottle, it’s luxurious and it ain’t cheap, but gosh it’s good.

The French-Armenian has just created a fragrance to celebrate the 10 year Anniversary since opening his workshop for custom fragrances. The Saint-Louis crystal bottles are exclusive with only 20 bottles made, and available to reserve for around $11,000!!! The liquid gold is a bouquet of Egyptian jasmine, Damascus Rose, South African marigold, Yemeni frankincense and Malaysian gurjun balsam (an essential oil taken from the Gurjun tree).
Selected Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances are available locally at

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