The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

A Perfume Made for Valentine’s Day: Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian



WHAT I SMELL:  Baccarat Rouge 540 opens with a striking warm and luxurious jasmine that feels soaked and saturated with saffron.  It’s heady, exotic, spicy and mysterious.  It’s also incredibly sexy and erotic.  There’s a very slight incense and smoke that feels like an extinguished candle that moves off the skin.  And the perfume itself seems to live a couple of inches off of the body.  After some time, a woody base which was there all along, comes more to the forefront, with the radiant jasmine and saffron still pulsating.  As the perfume continues to develop, the perfume becomes more of an ambered spice.  In the end, the fragrance evens itself out and your left with a nicely spiced and lightly sweetened cedar and amber perfume that lingers with the memory of the passionate flame that burned when the perfume first hit the skin.

From the Maison Francis Kurkdjian website:

Luminous and sophisticated, Baccarat Rouge 540 lays on the skin like an amber, floral and woody breeze. A poetic alchemy. A graphic and highly condensed signature.

Notes:  Jasmine, Saffron, Cedar wood, Ambergris


Marilyn Red Velvet, 1949

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A sexy and erotic boudoir scent.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BACCARAT ROUGE 540:  No reviews to be found outside comments on Fragrantica.

BOTTOM LINE:  Baccarat Rouge 540 is a collaboration between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house.  As such, I was expecting a big, bold and proper perfume.  Instead, I found the perfume to be highly sensual, and erotic…which makes this the perfect perfume to tempt your Valentine with.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Nose: Francis Kurkdjian
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $300 for 70 ml Eau de Parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

8 thoughts on “A Perfume Made for Valentine’s Day: Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

  1. Jasmine, saffron and woods, this sounds divine!! I hope one of the sampling services will have some soon. This is a must try for me! Thanks for an enticing review.


  2. I got a deluxe sized sample of this from MFK Paris for buying 2 bottles of Ciel de GUM. I haven’t snuck a sniff as yet but now I think I will!


  3. I’m curious about this perfume though at this price I almost wish I won’t like it 🙂


    • I really like the perfume…but whenever you start getting into the over $300 territory, it better be something that I can’t live without. I’m not sure if it reaches that mark for me. In the meantime however, I can relish in the sample 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s