Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait (2017)
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian


Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 56 votes)

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HouseMaison Francis Kurkdjian

About Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait is a shared / unisex perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The scent was launched in 2017

Reviews of Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait

When most people say something is a clone of Baccarat Rouge 540 (2014), they mean this extrait version and not the original. Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait by Maison Francis Kurkdjian (2017) is an ultra-deluxe heavier recipe of the scent originally made by the perfumer for the glassmaker Baccarat back in 2014, then became a surprise hit after he was allowed to release it himself the following year. Not a ton has changed with the formula besides a few tweaking of the knobs and a substitution of notes here or there, but it is enough to make something that a half dozen other niche houses seemingly want to duplicate with subtle variations on the theme, all to relatively great success unless you're the house of Amouroud (who vibed off the original BR540 several times instead). I think this extrait version is marginally nicer than the original disappearing act of a scent, if only because I can actually smell it for more than 30 minutes, but I think better things have been built on the skeleton of this pricey beast since it was hatched.

The opening of Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait is identical to the original scent, so expect sweet semi-candied floral arrangements that lead into saffron and jasmine indole. The key difference here is the introduction of bitter almond to the scent, which moves BR540 Extrait into a direction similar to Parfums de Marly Pegasus (2011), minus the heavy lavender (although there is some lavender here). The rest goes on as expected, with a jumble of synthetics resulting in a smooth musky woody accord that has cashmeran, Iso E Super, and a gabagool of things, but with one key change. This change is the big thing that makes BR540 Extrait its own creature, and it is the inclusion of an "amberwood" molecule. Detectable sillage is a day's worth and projection is also good, but you're getting a day of scratchy amberwood and peppery almond after the rest is gone like the original, almost as if these two additional notes exist outside the rest of the fragrance to bear witness of its brief passing on skin. So weird. I'm a fan of MFK but this one despite the "upgrade" is not really better, just stronger.

Romantic in intent, but built to leave an ostentatious trail, BR 540 Extrait "fixes" what is "wrong" with the original Baccarat Rouge 540, but it'll set you back $450 dollars for it. I saw the original as overpriced hype sauce and this is no better, especially when Initio Oud for Greatness (2018) tossed in more lavender, a bit of medicinal oud, and better complexity for 100ml of fragrance at the same price (but still too much). Parfums de Marly Kalan (2019) mixes pepper, lavender, and vetiver to the formula for a piquant mineralic experience that is actually cheaper (and cheaper yet if discounted), offering similarly more complexity and value. I get the "OG Hype Beast" cred, but if only I cared about hubris like that I might act on it and splurge for a bottle, and since I don't, this is just extra window dressing on an expensive oceanfront house with a shakey foundation. People seem to like smelling this on others, but that's still not enough for me, especially at the price per mililiter. At least the red glass bottle with gold cap and nameplate are a nice ritzy touch. Sample before buying. Neutral.
14th July, 2020
Basically smells the same to most people. Its a bid woodier. More rounded, and just better in my opinion. I've worn both, and had my wife wear both. We both prefer the extrait on each other and on ourselves. Thumbs up here.
23rd May, 2020
Better than the original? Yes. It's denser and better rounded out. More syrupy, less sugary wispy air. Still plastic-y.

I'm not a fan of the original though, and this is only so much better really. I thought the original was overpriced, this is just kinda silly.
16th October, 2019
what a lovey master piece. a truly unique and beautiful mix you can feel the power of the oil in it as I believe it it is 40% concentration. you can tell that the materials used in this one is high quality
25th August, 2019
I agree with the other reviews. Have a bottle of this, and a 2ml sample of the EDP. Extrait is more 'syrup-y', thicker, sweeter, but not too overpowering. EDP is more airy and light, more of an 'aura' than a fragrance, if that makes sense. Extrait opens with a sweet saffron, almond, and dries down to the sexy ambergris/ambroxan musk. Ridiculous performance also.
04th May, 2019
When I bought it, I planned to use it only for special occasions. But then I'm addicted. This fragrance is too enchanting not to wear everyday. It is really a mood booster! I am not a kind of people who wear a fragrance to please anybody; but with this perfume, my self-centric choice is applauded by many. "A combination of fun and elegance – what are you using now?" is a common reaction, for which my egoism could only answer, "I don't even remember I wear anything."

Comparison with the EDP? Better longevity. Besides that, I just like both.
23rd December, 2018

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