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    BR 540 EDP
    Pluriel Masculin
    Gentle Fluidity Silver
    APOM
    Amyris Homme

    In that order.

  2. #92

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    Personally,

    Gentle Fluidity Silver
    APOM
    Aqua Forte
    Amyris Homme
    Oud Silk Mood

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    After having gone through the discovery set of 8 samples the bottles i ended up with are aqua celestia, masculin pluriel and br540. Perhaps br540 was out of fomo as i barely use it... too sweet and too synthetic. The ones that gets the most use is masculin pluriel.

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    I've tried all the line, and the only full bottle worthy to my nose are

    Lumiere Noire PH
    APOM
    Oud (extrait, not EDP)
    Absolue Pour Le Matin
    I would also add a travel spray of Petit Matin, and Acqua Vitae Forte but not a full bottle

    Oud (EDP) is nice, but a woody saffron combo seen many times before. Same for all the rose/oud series (Satin, Silk &co.).
    Grand Soir is good to great, but also not really original and has performance issues, unacceptable at that price point.


    The 3 most popular are BR540, Masculin Pluriel and Absolue Pour Le Soir:

    BR540 is very sweet (EDP or extrait), and will please the young crowds. To my nose, it's a synthetic mess, but some like it apparently.
    Masculin Pluriel has sharp edges, at some point that I thought it was a blue frag with ambrox. Honestly, a great designer frag in that category, but not a niche frag that justifies the price point. Way better lavender frags around imo.
    Absolue Pour Le Soir is a honey centered frag, described as "challenging/animalic" by some. No challenge to my nose, and no more animalics than the facet that honey usually delivers. Uninteresting to my nose, but may fully bloom on a woman with strong presence.

    The rest is not even worth citing. Hope ti helps!

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    APOM
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    Petit Matin

  6. #96

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    Has Kurkdjian done any other musky masculine in the vein as what he did for Narciso Rodriguez? Any MFK with that vibe? (Not Masculine Pluriel)

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    Versatility?

    Amyris Homme
    Gentle Fluidity Silver
    masculin Pluriel
    Petit Matin
    APOM pour Homme
    Lumière Noire pour Homme
    Gentle Fluidity Gold
    Grand Soir

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    Lumière Noire pour Homme
    APOM pour Homme
    Grand Soir
    masculin Pluriel
    Petit Matin
    Gentle Fluidity Silver
    Gentle Fluidity Gold
    Amyris Homme
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  8. #98

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    10. Absolu Pour Le Soir
    9. Gentle Fluidity Silver
    8. Lumiere Noire
    7. Grand Soir
    6. Ciel de Gum
    5. Aqua Universalis
    4. Amyris Homme
    3. Petit Matin
    2. Masculin Pluriel
    1. Baccarat Rouge EDP

    #1 to #5 are fragrances I would consider owning, #6 to 10 are okay, but not FBW to me.

    I don’t like Oud fragrances very much, so objectively speaking, my list probably lacks some of his best work. I might raise APLS to #7.
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    Lumiere Noire
    Grand Soir
    BR 540
    Aqua Universalis
    Masculine Pluriel
    APOM
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    Absolue Pour Le Soir
    Oud Satin Mood Extrait
    Amyris Homme Extrait

    Oud
    Aqua Celestia
    Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait
    Grand Soir
    The rest of the oud variants followed by the rest…
    Heavily invested in this house. Really none that I don’t like so far.
    Still need to sample Ciel de Gum. Probably be a blind buy one day.
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    Default Re: Rank the best Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    10. Absolu Pour Le Soir
    9. Gentle Fluidity Silver
    8. Lumiere Noire
    7. Grand Soir
    6. Ciel de Gum
    5. Aqua Universalis
    4. Amyris Homme
    3. Petit Matin
    2. Masculin Pluriel
    1. Baccarat Rouge EDP

    #1 to #5 are fragrances I would consider owning, #6 to 10 are okay, but not FBW to me.

    I don’t like Oud fragrances very much, so objectively speaking, my list probably lacks some of his best work. I might raise APLS to #7.
    After what I tried, this is basically my top 5 too, with 2-4 being variable until I explore them more

  12. #102

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    My top.5

    1. Oud satin Mood edp
    2. Grand Soir
    3. BR540 edp
    4. Oud
    5. Lumiere Noire homme
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  13. #103

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    For MFK
    1. Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait
    2. MFK Oud, or Oud Extrait de parfum
    3. Lumière Pour Homme
    4. Petit Matin
    5. Oud Satin Mood extrait
    6. Absolute Pour le Soir
    7. Grand Soir
    8. Aqua Celestia
    9. Aqua Universalis Forte
    10.Oud Silk Mood

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    1. Armani Mania
    2. Le Male, and Ultra Male
    3. Kouros Cologne Sport
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    Default Re: Rank the best Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances

    I only know three so far:

    1. Aqua Universalis Forte (nice!)
    2. Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait (good to ok)
    3. Grand Soir (not for me)

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    APLS (for the composition and performance)
    Grand Soir
    Oud Extrait / Oud Satin Mood Extrait/EDP
    Amyris Homme Extrait

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Yes, but doesn't carry "Forte" in its name. Appears to no longer be available.
    It is still available in the boutique, no idea why it’s no longer available on the site.
    It is a wonderful scent.
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    Ok, once again I am late to the party but instead of opening a new thread I’d rather continue here.

    Just ordered and tested 8 samples since I really wanted to get to know this house a bit more.

    Oud is nice. It’s my style of Oud, very Western and tame. So is Grand Soir. It reminds me of Speakeasy by Frapin or Jazz Club by Maison Margiela, but much higher quality.

    Petit Matin, much raved about on here, is nice, but in my opinion you can buy Dove soap and save a few hundred .

    From the Aquas (Celestia, Universalis, Vitae) in their forte version, I absolutely fell in love with Celestia forte. That’s gonna be my first buy.

    Question to the initiated: worth sampling the “normal” Celestia or the new Cologne or just go with the forte if I like it that much?

    I was a bit disappointed by Universalis Forte (I liked the regular Universalis when I tried it on another occasion) and the Vitae Forte and regular.

    But the absolute winner and my other bottle I am going to purchase is one entirely unexpected: Gentle Fluidity Silver. Spicy Gin Tonic anyone? I love juniper berries and I have AdP Ginepro di Sardegna which I like a lot. But Gentle Fluidity Silver is quite the discovery. I read a lot about “synthetic” notes and I generally don’t find that much love for it, but I am hooked.

    So there we go. My wallet hates me now and my collection grows again despite my supposed bottle limit.


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  18. #108

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    Petit Matin

    Celestia Forte




    the others

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    I'm not exactly a fan of the line but I've tried just about all of them now.

    The only one I bought was Petit Matin. It does have the ambrox designer aroma chemical smell in the dry down that turns me off most of the line, but somehow it works with this one. It creates such a long lasting sparkling solar neroli white musk cloud that I really enjoy. But I've always been a fan of this genre, I also love Cologne Indelible and Le Labo Neroli, both of which are unabashedly synthetic neroli/citrus scents.

    The original Oud is also nice and the most unique thing in the collection IMO. The other ouds and Grand Soir and Baccarat Rouge I find way too syrupy and cloying, they wear out their welcome long before the scent fades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugufish View Post
    Question to the initiated: worth sampling the “normal” Celestia or the new Cologne or just go with the forte if I like it that much?
    Imagine Aqua Celestia Forte with the citrus dialed back a bit and the mimosa a bit more prominent, and also with the whole scent being less strong (but still quite long lasting) and perhaps a bit more playful. That's Aqua Celestia. I haven't tried the new Cologne.

    In other words, if you feel like Aqua Celestia Forte is too in your face, you might prefer the original. I own the original and it's great... but if I didn't, I'd probably buy the Forte instead. But they're both great.
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    Amyris Homme

    His others have too much white musk in the base for me.

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    I’m pretty sure I’m anosmic to a lot of synthetic “laundry” musks, because most of his clean fragrances do very little for me.

    His ouds and ambers are definitely nice and refined... but not groundbreaking. My favourites from him are still Absolue Pour Le Soir and Cologne Pour Le Soir as they bring something different to the table with their prominent animalic facets without actual musk.
    Oriental and rose addict...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltasun View Post
    Lumiere Noire
    Grand Soir
    BR 540
    Aqua Universalis
    Masculine Pluriel
    APOM
    My list is still accurate from a year ago, but I did recently add Ciel de Gum. I would place it 2nd.
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    Grand Soir remains my favorite in 2021

    Oud Silk Milk and Oud Satin Mood are other choices that stand out.
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    1. Absolue pour le soir
    2. Lumiere Noire pour homme
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    Welp, that's about it.
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    A bit off topic, but even though MFK lowered its prices a couple weeks ago, it now seems they increased them anywhere from €5-20 per bottle or set. Just thought I'd post it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    For MFK
    For other houses by Francis Kurkdjian:
    1. Armani Mania
    2. Le Male, and Ultra Male
    3. Kouros Cologne Sport
    4. Dior Eau Noire
    That's a bloody solid list right there!!!
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    I used to like this house a lot more than I do now. Lumiere Noire is my current favorite. I wouldn't mind picking up a bottle of APLS again.

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    Default Re: Rank the best Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances

    It's been a while since I commented in this thread and as my tastes have changed since then, my list now goes something like this:

    1. Amyris Homme EdT (close enough to being a signature scent for me now)
    2. Amyris Homme Extrait
    3. Petit Matin
    4. Lumière Pour Homme

    It's a shame Lumiere has gone as it was quite a staple cold weather scent for me that lasted through an entire 24 hours with very few sprays.




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