Out of all the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Mood perfumes, Oud Silk Mood is my favorite. This shouldn’t surprise you at all because the one heaviest on the rose out of the collection. Rose and oud, is not an innovative combination in perfumery, but it’s a classic that works.
Kurkdjian has already created some excellent rose perfumes like Guerlain Rose Barbare and Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance. But, this one has his name all over it, so you know it’s going to be… Continue reading
She wore Oud Velvet….
Oud Velvet Mood is one of the ouds by Maison Francis Kurkdjian that is meant to represent “textures”. Now this line is rather pricey, but I do think they are well done. They do display the “textures” of oud. And they’re weird but so is fungal infected wood.
Oud Velvet Mood opens with a cool sharpness that reminds me of varnish. In the fragrance world, this is what we’d call “medicinal”. It reminds me of a mix… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Ciel de Gum was created as an exclusive for GUM Moscow. This explains the rather odd English word “gum” used in a perfume name.
Ciel de Gum opens as something that is distinctively Kurkdjian-y. It’s that lemon custard with indolic white florals (something I now associate with him). There’s a voluptuous jasmine and a grape-jelly orange blossom. The rose in this is fresh and velvety. This man knows how to treat a rose. The heart blossoms on the skin. The dry-down is… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Over the years, I’ve went through many perfume phases. I won’t get into this during this review; it should be a separate post. During my current phase, I’m finding myself attracted to Francis Kurkdjian’s style. His compositions are typically “safe” with fresh, clean prettier-than-reality notes but then he’ll surprise you with an “odd” beauty (Absolue Pour le Soir and Dior Eau Noire). He’s one of the few people that can make something that smells like laundry detergent and make me want to… Continue reading
OK, perfume people, I can practically see your eyes rolling but oud as a “trend” is not gone. In fact, it’s most likely going to be around for a few more years. And I’m fine with that. It’s not oud’s fault. Beautiful materials will always be around.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian has launched a few Ouds this year and I’m finally getting around to trying them. Cashmere Mood is meant to be like a “second skin” oud. But, I found myself halfway through wear trying to… Continue reading | 4 Comments