Meet Maison Francis Kurkdjian + My Favorite Winter Discoveries from the Line

Above: Some favorites from Maison Francis Kurdjian.

I first met Francis Kurkdjian earlier this year at a Neiman Marcus event as was instantly intrigued by his mysterious energy.  Reserved and soft spoken, he is endlessly polite.  Do not, however, assume this interpersonal subtlety is any indication of his passion for fragrance!  Highly lauded and significantly accomplished, Kurkdjian has accolades not only for his eponymous line, but also for over two decades’ worth of collaborations with fashion houses including Burberry, Jean Paul Gaultier and Narcisco Rodriguez.  Today’s post is dedicated to some of my favorite winter discoveries from Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

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Above: With Francis Kurkdjian earlier this year.

Fragrance is a tricky entity…just when you settle into a daily routine with a go-to scent (for much of the summer and early fall, mine was a tradeoff between Byredo Gypsy Water reviewed HERE and Byredo x Oliver Peoples reviewed HERE), the weather changes and so does one’s olfactory interests.  As the temperatures continue to drop, I find myself drawn to deeper, warmer scents that act as a direct counter to the briskness of the outdoors.  

Above: OUD Silk Mood.

Currently, I’ve been entranced by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris OUD Silk Mood.  Housed in a gorgeous smoky glass and gold flacon, this unisex fragrance embodies the musky warmth of resin, coupled with the freshness of Bulgarian rose and chamomile tea for an unexpected take on a traditional skin scent.  The lasting power is exceptional and it balances the elements of woodsy and sweet florals effortlessly. Luxurious on every level, I have been grabbing for it constantly as of late. 

Above: The Mon beau Sapin Candle

When I get home from a long day of lecturing, there is nothing that makes me feel more at home (save, for kicking off my heels, of course) than lighting a fragrant candle.  The Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon beau Sapin Candle expressly delivers the holiday season to my living room in less than10 seconds.   A melange of frosty pines and sweet woodlands, this candle would make a perfect hostess gift…but buy one for yourself first…you won’t regret it!

Above: I’ve been burning this candle constantly…it is aflame as I type this!

At Beauty Professor, I am constantly grateful to have the opportunity to test an array of unique products; that being said, the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d’Agathe (otherwise known as scented bubbles) are unlike anything I’ve encountered in four years of beauty writing.  Darling as a stocking stuffer or present topper, these diminutive and candy-colored vials come in violet, pear and mint scents for a collision of sensory enjoyment.  

Above: A charming fusion of fragrance and playtime. 
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this official introduction to the Maison Francis Kurkdjian line and would love to hear what you love from MMK…do share!

Good things ahead, including a travel beauty and skincare breakdown, a Cyber Monday shopping guide, an overview of some fresh beauty releases and a comprehensive holiday gift guide!


—The Beauty Professor

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Comments (2)

  • Unknown Reply

    What would we do without fragrance and candles? Both can boost your day or evening. Love the adorable pic at the end!

    December 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Agreed, Debi!! They are such a mood lifter! Thanks for the sweet words.


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 27, 2015 at 1:56 am

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