Perfume Reviews

Reviews of Gentle Fluidity (Silver Edition) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Total Reviews: 7
The "Gentle Fluidity" concept by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is rather novel: take the same ingredients and adjust the levels to create two separate perfumes of a pair, but leave them without gender designation so people can decide for themselves which is which. For my part the concept works, and while I have difficulty pegging which one should be masculine or feminine, I do find Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition] (2019) to be the more office-safe, casual, and warm weather-friendly of the two. Gentle Fluidity [Gold Edition] (2019) is far warmer, sweeter, and much better for romantic evenings, formal use, or cold weather. There are no sharp edges, no herbal bitterness, no stoic professionalism on display with the gold iteration like there is with the silver version, meaning the gold version doesn't feel "masculine" in the traditional sense like the silver, and therefore might be pegged feminine by some. Of course, following this interpretation sort of goes against the point of expanding mental horizons with the intentionally-undefined line itself, but such as it is with people needing hard-cut gender boundaries in their fragrance selections, and no interpretation is really a wrong one anyway. Additionally, the Gentle Fluidity line itself is not your usual MFK fare, and doesn't rely on white florals or evident citrus notes to really push off like you might expect, but it does contain the same filigreed blending and synthetic sheen that Francis Kurkdjian favors.

The opening of Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition] is very sharp and almost harsh. You have powerful juniper presented in almost a gin-like way with dusty nutmeg backing it up, smelling like a bottle of Bombay Sapphire at first before taking on a softer glow with a heart of coriander and ambroxan. Once Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition] settles, it enters a groove similar to Creed Aventus (2010) or Montblanc Explorer (2019), but without all the fruity sweetness of the former or sage of the latter. Without any real discernible citrus note, this may be the driest take on the mega-popular masculine accord yet, with musk ambrette, vanilla, and norlimbanol creating the "ambery woods" effect of the base. There is less vanilla here than in Aventus, but the musk ambrette adds a bit more body in a different sense, even if the display of norlimbanol is scratchier than either Aventus or Explorer. The real star of the show here is that "gin accord" created by the juniper surrounded by whatever synthetics are in the top, so fans of that kind of smell should love Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition]. Wear time is about 8 hours, and sillage is strong even if projection is not into the stratosphere, which is par for the course. People looking for a clean generalist will be bound to like the silver version of this over the gold, and I'm a gin fan so this ranks slightly higher in my book, although that isn't to say this scent is particularly boozy either, at least not according to what I consider boozy. There is no noticeable alcohol/cocktail vibe past the initial five minutes.

People who love Roja Parfums Elysium Pour Homme Cologne (2017) but wish it had more juniper in place of all the usual Roja Dove complexity will find this to be a better and slightly-cheaper alternative, even if neither of them are anything close to being a bargain. Naturally, having any similarity at all to Creed Aventus is an automatic cause for alarm among the sycophant armies that worship the scent as their personal liquid messiah and scrutinize every batch like they're looking for the Golden Ratio in every drop., but if you can ignore that highly-vocal and irrational minority of the fragrance community, you should find Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition] to be just the kind of "everyday clean and mass-appealing" scent that Maison Francis Kurkdjian needed. Sure, the various colognes and Aqua lines could all arguably be called generalist and clean too, but they're too specific with their presentation of neroli or other citrus facets to be universal in appeal, plus don't have the versatility they need to deliver what this does. Gentle Fluidity [Silver Edition] is not your usual MFK, but also more familiar than you think, and very clever on the part of Francis Kurkdjian. Of course, people who need "for him" or "for her" won't find either Gentle Fluidity release very clever, but there are enough other MFK releases to satisfy them. Thumbs up.
02nd December, 2019
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Silver is one that I smelled along with Gold some months ago when they were on the verge of being released in the US, and while I was certainly much more moved the sweet Gold, I was interested in trying Silver so I made it one of my two samples to be included with my APLS order.

To Goldís sweetness, Silver is a sharp, metallic, herbal offering that, while surely unisex, reminds me of a menís signature scent of some kind. It starts out borderline unappealing, very much the sharp and metallic side, but dries down into a more pleasant, harmonious blend. Its pungent, almost heady, spicy vibes come from a healthy dose of juniper, but also coriander as supporting act, and an assortment of nutmeg, woods, musks, and vanilla. But really, the juniper (first) and the coriander (second,) are the standouts.

The very opening can be a bit much but overall, Gentle Fluidity Silver is a nice, year-round-friendly, versatile offering and it actually might be more noteworthy than Gold for that reason, despite Gold being a bit easier for me to love. Silver performs pretty well, being of reasonable density for hours and having good longevity. The retail of $225 for 70ml in the US is about on par with what Iíve come to expect from MFK but itís still a lot to ask if you donít love it.

Overall, Iíve become a fan despite finding it a little tricky on paper to start.

7 out of 10
18th November, 2019
The most boring fragrance that I ever tried. It literally evokes nothingness to my nose. I smell it, but it leaves me blank and bored.
20th August, 2019
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A soft, warm aromatic juniper fragrance with a sweet pine-sap aroma and some spiciness via (most notably) nutmeg. Juniper has that sweet, fresh-piney green sap smell and here itís the main accord driving the fragrance. If youíve ever smelled the sugary sap note in CH Men or Bentley Momentum Intense, theyíre a good reference point to get a handle on the dominating smell in Gentle Fluidity Silver, though the fragrances themselves are different enough so as to not require any further comparison. Fluidity has a smooth, blended, modern feel and stays close to the skin. Itís clean without relying on any white florals, musks, or lavender, and itís one of MFKís most easy, laid-back releases. At the same time, simultaneous releases (in this case Gentle Fluidity Gold and GF Silver) can often leave both feeling a little unfinished and incomplete. I canít help but find myself wishing there was a little more here, something to make me raise my eyebrows or something to really sink my teeth into. Itís a nice enough fragrance (itís very pleasant) but I donít think Iím being unfair when I say that something is lacking. And it could just be performance. Silver is indeed gentle fluid, projecting no further than six inches off the skin and lasting about 5 hours. Iím not the kind of guy who typically complains about projection and longevity either, but Iíd be doing you all a disservice if I didnít mention Gentle Fluidityís lackluster performance here. And while in some ways I enjoy a reserved scent, this one feels like it wouldnít hurt to crank it up a couple notches and maybe add another dimension to it in terms of complexity. Final rating, 7/10

I'm giving this one a neutral, just short of a thumbs up. But it really feels like something is missing here, and without it, I can't give it a thumbs up.

Side note: Kurkdjianís taken a departure here from his usual use of opulent floral notes and super-clean white musks, orange blossoms, and neroli. This is a fragrance that finally feels relaxedóstill clean and composedóbut completely at ease. Itís a smooth wear and itís soft on the senses as well. Also, the aromatic warmth is good here, it adds to the relaxed nature of the fragrance and makes it even more comfortable to wear. Put Gentle Fluidity next to Amyris Homme in terms of its laid-back feel and simple, but enjoyable smell.
12th August, 2019
Mmm. Gin, tonic, vanilla pod, ambroxan. A very gentle fragrance that will offend nobody and most users will approve. A subtle Kurkdjian unisex creation that descends from the family line that produced APOM and Aqua Universalis. It is a pleasant fragrance, but I look at new scents from MFK with a skeptical eye after he sold the business last year to the big corporate players. Is it really good? Is it?
02nd August, 2019
The most beautiful fragrance I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. It literally makes love to my nose.
17th July, 2019
The most horrible fragrance I have ever had the displeasure of smelling. It literally burns my nose.
21st June, 2019