The new opus in Francis Kurkdjian’s fragrance wardrobe – Pluriel Collection was created to achieve the ultimate fragrance for men and women
Francis Kurkdjian is a French-Armenian contemporary perfumer and winner of the Prix François Coty in 2001 for his lifetime achievements. His new collection of perfumes is a result of his quest to find the ultimate perfume for both men and women. The fragrances are a beautiful creation composed of multitude of facets, designed to evolve with freedom and sensuality, unbound from fleeting trends. A challenge to time and a search for timelessness which is the recognizable quality of major classics is bottled into this perfume.
Although definitely a floral, Pluriel Feminin opens with an intensely juicy note. Unashamedly and unapologetically feminine, the fragrance seems timeless with its ambiguity. The Rose in the scent isn’t the heady kind and it also doesn’t feature any dusky blooms with thick velvety petals. The Jasmine is barely there, hints of it filling the blanks that the freshness of flowers like Florentine Iris, Violet and Lily-of-the-valley accommodates before settling down to a soft white-musky Orange Blossom. The base is gently sexy, a chalky smudged warm sunset glow of happiness upheld by the simplicity of Chypre accents blending a Vetiver note with Indonesian Patchouli.
The men’s version of Pluriel is a very different beast, as you may well expect. This is a tailor-made suit of a fragrance that is understated but with a powerful presence. This is a Fougère for the modern man with an eye for the classics. Opening with a cool luscious Lavender Absolute from Provence, the Leather as a backdrop is bone dry built on an architecture of Eastern red Cedar. The woodiness is a shady stroll through a slightly damp and steaming forest after a heavy summer downpour, the earthiness coming through but never smelling muddy thanks to Indonesian Patchouli and Haitian Vetiver.