Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'll skip morning and proceed straight to the evening

It is a very delicate thing, trying a scent by a house you never before tried. I don't think it's possible for anyone to like all the fragrances made by a particular house, so when approaching a new one, you should take care to try something that might appeal to you. Or, you order a Luckyscent sample bag and take your chance. :)

I've heard a lot of good things about the Maison Francis Kurkdjian (actually read, I don't think many people I know would recognize the name). So, it was with optimism that I tried the Absolues from the Luckyscent pack. Well, the optimism was half valid. I'll stick with the Absolue pour le Soir for the whole day and simply skip the Matin one.

I mean, ok, yes, people emerge fresh in the morning from their homes, but I still don't want to smell sweetly soapy floral like. Exactly like the washing product I use? OK, I don't use products that smell like that because I really don't like that smell, but I can see the appeal for other people.

Notes: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, Moroccan white thyme, lavender, Tunisian neroli, woody iris accord, dry amber accord, violet accord

The citruses in the beginning could have fooled me. I didn't get them but it seems that in this scent, the longer you wear it, more citruses appear along the way. In the end (drydown) I kept thinking it smelled like a summer cologne. But in the beginning, all I could think was oh no, the violet accord is there putting the soapiness into this (and I have no idea why I think violets smell soapy but they do to me). I think it sounds bad now but it's not if you're into that kind of stuff. And I loved the fact that I could smell thyme but that's the best thing I can say about it. I do imagine though this will sell wonderfully.

You know, it's becoming more and more apparent that I'm more of an evening person. Not night, but evening. My best hours in the day are between 5 and 10 P.M. (which doesn't sound real good for my work efficiency).
Anyway, I wouldn't mind smelling like Absolue pour le Matin all day long, although people might wonder where did I spend the night. Which brings me back, I think I will have to upgrade my own estimate of my perfume tolerance on Flittersniffer's scale.
I can definitely see why this would be named an evening scent. First of all, it smells like you've already been naughty with someone. Yeah, cumin is in there. :) You're smelling sweet and floral but oh boy, are you a naughty girl under there.
And I still can't believe I wrote that. Because when I started this perfume journey, I kept thinking when seeing stuff like that on other blogs, What in the world are they smelling?! I never smell stuff like that.
Well, now I do. And more importantly, I like it! :) Yep, definitely an upgrade on my own estimated place on that scale...

Here are the notes: Infusion of benzoin from Siam, cumin, ylang-ylang, Bulgarian and Iranian rose honey, incense absolute, Atlas cedarwood and sandalwood

Before anyone starts thinking that it's a bit too much, the cumin wears off eventually and incense kicks in more seriously (it's there but it gets amplified as the time passes). I'm not always tolerant of incense but here I'm fine with it. although, I would catch a whiff of APLM and think, oh great, another one that reminds me of Caravelle Epicee and then the next moment, incense would make it go away. That is also why I though that there must be some spices in the opening but I didn't see them listed. Of course, it could be just a combination of cumin and wood but I really thought some clove or cinammon (or even something more peppery) found its way in.
So the incense note gets stronger before it subsides draping itself with benzoin and sandalwood. I am just very satisfied with the way this one turned out.

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  1. I haven't tried either of the Absolues, just the regular Colognes pour le Matin and Soir. The former was too clean and soapy and the latter...well, just strange. Not too intense as such (which you know I tend to steer away from : - ) ), just odd. Not like Nuit de Tubereuse, but equally odd. Does that have cumin? Maybe my nose reads cumin as odd...

  2. I think the de Soir sounds lovely. I might try that one and just skip the morning as well. Which is typical of me, I as I sit here at noon, thinking about going out for breakfast :)

  3. I have Cologne Pour Le Soir on my wish-list. The absolue sounds like a real kicker, and I don't know if I'm ready for that!

  4. FS, I think Absolue could be called strange. My kind of strange. :) The more I think of it and the way it smells, the more I like it. I can't say if there's cumin in Nuit de T because I haven't tried it yet. BUt I can tell you that cumin in Absolue reminds me more of civet than cumin. I would really like to be around when you try it- just to see how intense or not you would find it. ;)

  5. Kjanicki, that is an absolutely normal way of spending a Saturday. I should know, I tend to skip breakfast and go straight for lunch due to the lateness of getting up.
    Honetly, I feel bad now for writing this, but APLM is just un-necessary in any regard for me. Why in the world make a shower gel into a perfume?!

  6. JOanElaine, I don't know where is your place on Flittersniffer's scale (which I find very appropriate for perfume lovers) but I'd rate this one at least an 8 where 10 is the most strange perfume to love.
    But as I'm going to use up my sample for wearing, I think in my mind it fall lower on the scale.

  7. I'm not sure about these yet- I tried them but all at once in a shop which isn't very clever is it? so I need to go back there. Lovely packaging and everything but so far I'm not wowed

  8. Rose, these are the only two MFK scents I tried even though I'd like to try more. But I know what's it like trying many at the same time - although I always hope that will make the one that is truly remarkable stnad out.