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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel Masculin ~ fragrance review

Most fougère fragrances are overtly manly and smell old fashioned to contemporary “noses.” When I smell a classic fougère, I think of a well-off/well-fed, outdoorsy, conservatively dressed and groomed man of a certain age, who, when not traipsing through wet woods hunting or hiking, holds court in a plaid-rich den (in a log cabin if resources allow) with one hand clutching a whiskey and the other resting on the forehead of a happy Labrador retriever. Let’s call this guy Traditional. The only fougère perfume I truly loved is extinct: Houbigant Fougère Royale (I don’t much care for the reissue) — it conjured the outdoors, but was dry and buoyant, not soggy.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian just released a new fougère fragrance, Pluriel Masculin: a man can be “one and many things at the same time” sayeth Kurkdjian…

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel Feminin ~ perfume review

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel féminin, brand image

Francis Kurkdjian is arguably the first perfumer to come out of the traditional fragrance & flavor company “system” and make a real success of a brand under his own name.1 Maison Francis Kurkdjian debuted in 2009, and it’s far from an obscure niche brand — I can find the fragrances at my local mall, in Neiman Marcus, where they currently occupy prime real estate on the fragrance counter (and I am told they are big sellers).

Pluriel is the latest duo. The women’s, Pluriel Féminin, is styled as a “grand, modern floral bouquet”,2 and I’d say it lives up to its billing…

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Up for grabs: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel Feminin


What is it: a 70 ml bottle of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel Féminin. I’ve used the bottle for testing, but it’s at least 95% full.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me that you live in the US. Then tell me either a) your favorite fragrance from perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, or b) your favorite floral fragrance or c) something else you’ve been dying to post in a comment.

Be sure to use the “Post a comment” box; do not reply to another comment…

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