The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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A Hound CaFleureBon Post: New Perfume Review – Maison Francis Kurkdjian masculin Pluriel and féminin Pluriel + Un Homme et Un Femme Draw

MFK PlurielThere is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as my last. There’s only us, there’s only this; forget regret, or life is yours to miss, no other road, no other way, no day but today.  – Lyric from Another Day (Rent)

Master and prolific perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has launched his latest creations as part of the new Pluriel collection in the Maison Francis Kurkdjian line.   Comprised of two fragrances, masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel.  Kurkdjian’s inspiration for the genesis of this new line was his quest to create eternal femininity  and masculinity in fragrance unbound from convention.  These two new unique fragrances are designed to evoke freedom and sensuality while harnessing a timelessness required for the creation of two classic perfumes with modern sensibilities.

masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel are sublime in their masterful interpretation of their individuality.  Together, masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel create a mirror image of equaled masculinity and femininity and an understanding that the blending of those distinct traits makes for the perfect pairing.

To read the full review on CaFleureBon and to enter in a draw to win a sample of each, click here.


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APOM Pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

APOM, which stands for A Part of Me, is one of those “I just got out of the shower” scents. To me, it reminds me of the freshness associated with bathing and the wonderfully clean feeling that you have afterwards.  So given that, what exactly does APOM smell like?  The listed ingredients are simple, orange flower, amber and cedar wood.  This to me is a pretty linear scent; it doesn’t change much and the orange flower is the dominating note.  The amber does warm the scent and tone down the orange flower a bit, but it ultimately remains in the background.  This to me is a safe fragrance;  clean and fresh, but not very interesting.  For those of you who like fresh; this would be a great fragrance.  Me, I like it a little dirty and will stick with my Absolue Pour le Soir.

From the Maison Francis Kurkdjian website:

APOM (A Part Of Me), a bit of oneself that one leaves on others. A relationship inspired from the beauty of the Orient: movement of people, flavors, colors and scents rediscovered from Lebanon. A combination of softness and strength.

APOM Notes:  orange flower, cedar wood, amber

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: For men, but leans unisex
  • Expense: From $155 for 75ml, EDT


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Lumiere Noire by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Winter has come back with a vengeance today.  The sun shines for a few minutes, then the sky returns to gray and the snow swirls through the heavy winds that are blowing.  As it’s still February I guess this kind of weather is to be expected.  But we have been spoiled by a lovely winter thus far.  After reading the newspaper, feeding the cats and going for a winter walk, I put on my Saturday comfy clothes to go run my weekend errands.  I thought I would check out a sample of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Lumiere Noire pour homme that has been sitting on my shelf for a while.  When first applied, I found this to be a little spicy (most likely the cumin and cinnamon), but surprisingly green at the same time.  OK, I typically love heavy scents and my husband loves the lighter green scents; so I’m thinking this is nice, but not really my cup of tea.  So I go to my husband and ask him what he thinks. No surprise, he loved it.  So we head out of the house, run to the stores, and I could not help finding that this scent, in a lovely dry down, wafted and swirled up and around me through the wind.  Lumiere Noire is a rose scent, but it is so faintly so that you don’t immediately think “roses.”  Although this is for men, I do believe this easily fits into a unisex category.  This is a lovely scent that I found to be clean and fresh.  I would also say that this is a safe scent; you won’t offend others or yourself when you wear this.  Lumiere Noire worked perfectly for a gloomy errand running winter day, so much so that I can’t wait to see what it can do for a beautiful and warm spring day.   Simply lovely.

From the Maison Francis Kurkdjian website:

Olfactory family: Rose – Cumin – Cinnamon – Patchouli – Wormwood

Play of opposites for both agreements as two extremes which meet. An eau de toilette fragrance mysterious that draws up cause the abandonment of self.

  • Bone Rating:   4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Classification:  Masculine or Unisex
  • Expense:   Moderately Expensive – $155 for 70ml EDT