The Art Of Perfume

It never crossed my mind that perfume could be considered a form of art , until I attended a Master class with renowned perfume designer, Francis Kirkdjian. He is no stranger to the industry, and has worked for, and collaborated with many well known designers and fragrance houses. He is extremely passionate about what he does, and that is very evident in each one of his scents.  He believes one should have a perfume that fits each moment of their lives, from casual to couture. For Francis, creating a scent is just as personal as choosing one, and that is why he doesn't believe that a person has to have a "signature scent" (thank goodness, because I have about 10 signature scents!)

Francis gets his inspiration from the people he meets and the cultures he is exposed to as he travels.
He starts with a general idea and once he thinks of the name, he begins to think about how the scent relates to him personally. For example: Aqua Universalis, one of his scents, reminds him of laying in the sun, and the smells in that moment (fig trees, water). He experiments with his raw materials until he comes up with what is in his head.

In the Master class, he broke down the notes in a women's(féminin Pluriel) and men's fragrance,(masculine Pluriel) and had us experience each scent on it's own, and then the combined notes in the final fragrance, and voilá! a masterpiece is born!

He compared spraying his fragrances to starting a race. Some notes are faster than others. The first to appear, are the top notes( first 5 min.), then the mid notes(mid-day), and then the trail note (the trail that you leave in the air, that Francis says,  is like "the melody of a song that you can't get out of your head." I love that! Why wouldn't we want to leave a trail of loveliness behind us as we move through through our busy lives? You can experience Francis's full line of fragrances at Neiman Marcus stores or on his website.  I can't get enough of the Aqua Vitae, and I know you are going to fall in love with his fragrances. Enjoy!

**Disclosure: The opinions expressed herein are those of Fabreview and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Maison Francis Kurkdjian brand.

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