The famous perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, responsible for some of the classics from the last years (1995’s Le Male, 2003’s Narciso Rodriguez for Her, 2005’s Gaultier2, 2007’s Narciso Rodriguez for Him, 2007’s Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vangeance and 2008’s Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame) has decided in 2009 that is was the time to launch his own line. Called Maison Maison Francis Kurkdjian, this debuted with the introduction of 5 fragrances, all having powerful symbols: Aqua Universalis, APOM (A Piece of Me), Lumière Noire, Cologne Pour le Matin and Cologne Pour le Soir.
Available from April 2012, Oud belongs to the oriental woody olfactory group and is a unisex fragrance developed (obviously!) by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. Because I loved every single one of the perfumes listed above and I enjoyed the idea of a fragrance based on oud (agarwood), which is different from this newest trend in perfumery, in which everyone needs to have a scent that starts from the most expensive wood in the world, I sampled Oud with enthusiasm.
This was not actually the first time that I sniffed one of this house’s products, due to the fact that I had previously a brief encounter with Aqua Universalis. Fortunately, Oud is a very pleasant fragrance, quite different from the exquisite Chic Shaik No. 70, but still one of the oud references in an industry dominated by common places.
As reported, Francis Kurkdjian employed oud from Laos in order to achieve the interesting structure showcased with Oud. The other listed ingredients include: saffron, elemi gum, cedar and patchouli. Sprayed on my skin, the fragrance translated into a gentle opening, followed by an impetuous mid development and a matching dry down that turned Oud into simply irresistible. If in the first 20 minutes I was questioning any trace of innovation, after more than 6 hours I finished by declaring this perfume as ideal for this unpredictable summer. Moreover, the flask that holds Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud has the classic signature shape introduced with the 2009’s collection and is made from an enchanting dark-blue colored glass.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Perfume Details
- Oud by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is available in 70 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Francis Kurkdjian
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual