Very good description of a very nice scent.
I have had a full bottle of this delivered today as I was impressed with LNPH another MFK creation and it is every bit as gorgeous.
This one is all about orange blossom,amber and cedar though they are blended together seamlessly. I sprayed a shot to my chest and both wrists and have been enveloped in a halo of warm orange blossom amber.
It is warm and slightly sweet and powdery and has the same ethereal nature as LNPH but this projects more and I have gotten about nine hours plus and it's still going.
This scent really is heavenly and it seems to blossom on the skin. It gives you a rich seductive glow and the woods seem to make the scent more masculine by deepening the feeling of the amber/orange blossom.
Anyone who loves Aqua Di Palma, Neroli and barbershop type scents should check this one out as it is gorgeous. This would make a great Spring/Summer fragrance for that out of the shower into the Summer Sun feeling.
Very good description of a very nice scent.
I'm glad you're enjoying it, I recently got a decant and have been wearing it pretty often. My favorite part is the drydown, which smells like musk, honey and a touch of vanilla. The most amazing thing about APOM though, is how Francis Kurdkjian managed to keep the orange blossom note going all the way until the end! Unbelievable.
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Great description and nice to hear that you like APOM Pour Homme too. It really projects on beautifully way and keep the same sunny feeling all the time, just like you said. Sillage and longevity is really good at least on my skin. Luckily, I do still have some left of my APOM sample.
Have you tried Cologne Pour Le Soir? It also have very nice and seductive drydown with honey, benzoin and incense, but it is much dryer than APOM PH, though. Still very enjoyable IMO.
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I wrote it off as Le Male lite, been awhile since I tried it though.
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APOM has a musk that doesn't agree with me 100%. It's my only problem with it...
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
I found the citrus/cedar/musk reminiscent of Lalique White, but not as dry.
The only other fragrance I have like this is Penhaligons Castile and APOM blows that one out of the water. This is though a orange blossom fantasy (lol) where the amber,musk and woods deepens the OB and makes it more masculine. Thats what I like about it and this lasts and projects really well.
I just received my samples of the most of this line, and my impressions are the same This one and LN are the stand outs. I have yet to make my first MFK purchase but LN will be it. I really enjoyed APOMM today as it was my SOTD, However, the entire time i was sniffing it i knew it reminded me of something and i could not pinpoint exactly what it was and then it hit me...Amouage Reflection man. I know they are not identical, but there is a very similiar vibe, which will probably make it difficult to justify a bottle of this stuff, but i will continue testing it out. Amazing house and can't beleive it took me this long to discover them
APOM is all about orange blossom and amber, maybe you are picking up a neroli note within Reflection Man as they cannot be more different.lol
What did you think of Absolue Pour le Matin? It was the only one I did not gel with, the opening fizzy lemon accord that stayed around for ages was off putting for me. Agree though MFK is a fantastic house and all his scents are quality.
As far as APLM, I am right there with you, that fizzy lemon accord was not my cup of tea and boy did that note stick around for hours! lol APLS was another that is a intersteing scent but just not for me, especailly in the climate i lieve in i don't see myself waering it at all...i rarely wear MR, so i don't see this one getting much play either. Dry down is nice though.
Any other houses or scents that you have grabbed you're attention recently, i'd like to try another house that is of this type of quality.
I am glad I discovered the small house of Maison Francis Kurkdjian as well and I cannot remember when I have purchased two scents from one house in quick succession. I do not know of any small diamond in the rough fragrance houses like MFK but I will be on the lookout.
Good luck with your future purchase of Lumière Noire Ph it wows me every time I wear it.
The only fragrance now from MFK after having tried most of them is Acqua Universalis Forte though I read it was a bit feminine, will have to get a sample and try it.
I don't really agree with the 'dirty musk' comment. I've been wearing APOM since the end of February each and every day in cold freeze and in hot summer, sweating like dog while running: never dirty for a second.
Some weeks ago I already commented the Reflection comparison. The woman version might be similiar to an extent, probably because of the ylang-ylang, but APOM Homme is by no way similar to Reflection.
I don't know JH, APLS is really growing on me, at first i thoguht it was a bit too "dirty" but i can't stop sniffing my hand, 2nd night in a row i've tested this. I think it would take a little courage for me to wear this out, since i'm not sure how well received it may be by others, but i'm really loving how exotic and different it is compared to anything else i've sniffed or currently own. My bottle of LNPH should be in tomorrow which i cannot wait! The next MFK fragrance is still undecided at this point.
I'm wearing this today and I've got to say so far its my favourite MFK by quite a large margin, Still have Absolue pour le Matin and Aqua Universalis Forte to go.
1.APOM Pour Homme
2.Absolue Pour Le Soir
3.Lumiere Noire Pour Homme
4.Aqua Universalis (concentrated headache in a bottle, not good)
Kron I will be interested on your take of Aqua Universalis Forte when you test it as it's one I have not tried.
APOM Pour Homme is surprisingly one of the nearest to what I would call my holy grail so far. Surprisingly because I usually like spicier, heavier scents. I don't find it dirty in the least, on the contrary, it is bright, warm and awe-inducing as the most golden dusk I have ever seen.
A lot of neroli/orange blossom scents tend to be restrained or have a citrus aromatic feel to them but seem to be thin on the "star of the show" notes. Not here though you get the orange blossom in all its glory.
I really enjoy this one as well, however, owning Reflection Man makes me feel the need to not purchase this. Yes, i know they are not the same, but something similiar and i prefer Reflection. Probably main reason is i'm trying to limit my wardrobe and if anyting have been selling things off lately. Down to 20 bottles now. But APOM is great, i'm going to continue going through mys amples, i have a good 6ml of this stuff, maybe things will change after some more wearings.
Exactly! No citric sharpness, only creamy smoothness.
WoW! I love this fragrance......the best of LMFK for ME
I always jus got "nothing" from APOM Pour Homme. When sampling I would just scratch my head and ask why?
Absolue pour le soir is sole king in this line. The others are just variations of Aqua Universalis and Gendarme. Yuck!
Just ordered a sample set from MFK yesterday. I'm really looking forwards to trying it out, along with the others from the line.
I love it, But I love Neroli36 more.
I plan to purchase a sample tommorow. We'll see if it's worth the hype.
I just ordered samples of APOM and Lumiere Noir pour Homme... I ordered from the perfumed court which as we all know can be a roll of the dice. I might see these samples by Friday or by DEC 21, 2012!
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APOM PH is a fantastic fragrance.
Sensual like no other. Intoxicating.
It is quite unisex though.
Almost made me wonder if they filled my decant with the "pour femme" version...
I blind bought a bottle of this. When I first sniffed it, I was pretty disappointed. There was this weird plastic note that stuck out and ruined APOM PH for me. My brother tested it and got the same thing. It reminded us of some toy from our youth.
I gave it a few more wearings the last few weeks. I don't know if it's just because APOM is really suited for the spring, or if repeat wearings have adjusted my nose for this scent, but I've done a 180 on APOM PH - it strikes me as a perfect spring fragrance. I don't really get the plastic association anymore, I just smell this beautiful golden glow. I'm really enjoying this one now, strange how impressions can change so much.
Like this one too.
Wear a white buttoned down shirt after a shower. Very clean feeling to it.
The amber embraces you like a hug.
I'm battling if this is better or my Carnal Flower.
Almost nothing to add to Jack Hunter's initial description. :-) I like it very much, too.
I have not been able to make my mind up on this one yet. I'm going to wait until the weather is a bit warmer here and will try then.
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Do love this gem. I got the trio of LNPH, APOM and AplS and this get's by far the most wearings.
Is anyone having quality issues over time with this fragrance?
I just retested my official sample (I keep all my stuff cool and in the dark) and it's dull and a bit rancid, very far from what I remember. I should add that Absolue pour le Matin and Lumiere Noire smell as always...
Silly update: No idea what happened back in January, but the other day I tested it again and it smelled fine and better than APLM
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APOM PH is fantastic. Sometimes I just do one spray to the upper chest, and get wafts of that beautiful scent throughout the day. Has good sillage that I've found 2 sprays to be too much on some days.
OMG I just tried this at Neiman Marcus today. I am absolutely blown away! It's been a while since a fragrance has given me such a reaction. I think Jack perfectly described it. APOM gives you a beautiful glowing sensation. It just radiates warmth and a soft and sensual orange blossom. Absolutely beautiful. I wasn't very impressed with his other lines at first sniff but this one definitely pulled me in. If anyone doesn't want their bottle, I'll buy it from them haha
I'm wearing this today from a sample I've had for a bit. I agree it's well composed, but I'm not sure what I think of orange blossom as a note. It's odd, really; I understand why some folks get a laundry or dryer sheet effect (surely the fault of industrial fragrance using orange blossom), but even more so I get the "corn tortilla" effect I also get from Reflection Man. I assume it's the orange blossom in both cases. Why does orange blossom smell a bit of corn tortilla? So odd.
It is a very nice fragrance although, there's a musk note that ruins it for me. Kobe is similar and longer lasting (and unfortunately for expensive) and I prefer it overall.
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I've done a 180 on this one. I'm so glad I was still trying to finish my decant before buying a bottle. For some reason I finally noticed that musky note in the base. Now I can't unsmell it. Damn shame, I really liked this one too
APOM is pretty good....I too sometimes get that one note that I kinda have a problem with. It almost has a "spit" smell to it, if you know what I mean....But as with most fragrances, you try them on and at that time and moment you don't particularly care for it, but after a few other wearings, I've actually grown quite fond of it...
My faves though are Still Oud, Amyris, and Pluriel at the moment...
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I'm not a huge fan of orange blossom, tried and didn't like kobe, sweet redemption etc..but mfk apom is extremely pleasant and on my to buy list
I get a lot of positive feedback on my sample of this one, but to my nose, Lumiere Noire Pour Homme is a much more elegant fragrance (and happens to be my favorite from the house, along with Aqua Universalis Forte).