My Date with Versailles

22 July 2010

I first spotted hot under-the-radar fragrance line, Francis Kurkdjian late last year on a trip to Paris. In case you’re not familiar with Kurkdjian’s work, he’s the nose behind lust-inducing juices like Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male, among many others.
When he finally emerged as a stand alone perfumer in his own right - with a chic boutique in Paris aptly named, Maison Kurkdjian - perfumistas rejoiced at his clever, quirky fragrance inventions which include leather-scented bracelets, children’s blowing bubbles and laundry detergent. As well as a collection of to-die-for perfumes.

So when I was invited to Versailles (where Francis scented the fountains at his first launch) to trial his latest creations Pour Le Matin ('for the morning'); Absolue, and Pour Le Soir ('for the evening') I jumped at the chance.
The perfumes, by the way, are delicate, quiet and luxurious. Le Matin is meant to represent the sweet pleasure of lying-in at the weekend. The scent is soft, fresh and creamy and is officially my new everyday scent.  Le Soir, on the other hand, is the perfume equivalent of staying up all night with the man of your dreams. Needless to say, it’s heady, sexy, intoxicating.

Look, here I am at the Palace Versailles soaking up the sun….it’s a tough life.
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