Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2016

tulip in snow

I am vocal about disliking spring. Where I live, there are always a few days in late February that feel like an elaborate set-up from Punk’d. Like newborn babes, they come: the office mates, friendly neighbors, the recently retired. They peer up into the warming blue and wonder aloud, trying to remember which way a hapless groundhog waddled weeks ago. Please don’t take spring’s bait. This year it snowed in April in the colder areas of Europe and North America and fans and news writers seemed to blame poor departed Prince. Let’s face it, in Minneapolis anyway, it usually snows in April. And snow can be the least of our worries. I am a fan of heterogeneity — I like mixed drinks and mixed company, for example — but few phrases freeze the heart faster than that euphemism “mixed precipitation”. Spring also brings wind, rain, seasonal allergies and skies the color of dead fish. Yes, the vernal months provoke a rare ire in me.

And yet, looking over my April 2011 Top 10 and Robin’s post from last year on pretty spring florals, I’ve realized I have little cause to be so sour while wearing some of my favorite fragrances. Clutching roots and branches may grow from stony rubbish, as Eliot wrote, but I have hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, violets and iris to console me until mid-May…

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 ~ fragrance review

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Hey big spender, how about a bottle of Baccarat Rouge 540 for 3,000 euros? I didn’t think so. It’s a gorgeous bottle, quilted with light-shifting facets, something that would be right at home on Rita Hayworth’s dressing table. But, good grief. For that kind of money, I’d expect it to get up and shake martinis.

Okay, how about this? Swap out the bottle and put the perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, on the label, and it’s a mere $300 for 70 ml. Now we’re talking.

Baccarat Rouge 540 was first released last year as a Baccarat exclusive, then offered this year as part of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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A curtain of scented mist

Videos (scent-free, sorry!) from recent scent installations created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian of Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The first was for a retrospective of the work of French painter Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun at the Grand Palais, Paris. “This new installation, which [Kurkdjian] created with scenographer Séverine Baehrel, is inspired from floral ornament, a recurring pattern in the Vigée Le Brun work. It is magnified with a poetic rose scent that adds a sensory element to the exhibition and echoes ‘A la rose‘, a fragrance from the Maison Francis Kurkdjian collection. More below the jump…

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