Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 6

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with more travel sizes and coffrets. Two more posts to go: budget and luxury.

Hermès Tailor-Made Nomad

From Hermès, the Tailor-Made Nomad set: $118 for the four 15 ml perfumes of your choice. The selection in France is a bit better than the selection in the US at the moment, but hopefully we’ll get more choices eventually. At Hermès, where they also have the similar Hermessence quartet for $156. At Nordstrom, you can find a miniatures set with 7.5 ml bottles of Jour d’Hermès Absolu, Eau des Merveilles, Voyage d’Hermès and Un Jardin sur le Nil for $60…

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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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