Maison Francis Kurkdjian A la Rose ~ fragrance review

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Roses, roses all the way! It’s the annual spring rush of my favorite flower in fragrance. I’ve recently reviewed L’Artisan Parfumeur Rose Privée and Aerin Rose de Grasse, and today I’m taking a close sniff of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s À la Rose. Yes, it’s another “ode to femininity,” another homage to the rose fields of Grasse, another pink juice…but I’m still not tired of roses, so onwards we go.

In À la Rose, “an eau de parfum that evokes the crisp tenderness of rose petals and a radiant aura” as well as “a free-spirited elegance,” Francis Kurkdjian has brought together notes of Damascena rose, Centifolia rose, bergamot, orange, violet, magnolia blossom, cedar wood and musk. (As Robin earlier noted, the fragrance was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love of roses and the painting Marie-Antoinette à la Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun…)

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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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