Acqua di Parma Note di Colonia IV

Acqua di Parma Note di Colonia IV

Acqua di Parma launches a new perfume for both men and women Note di Colonia IV. After Note di Colonia I, II, and III, the new perfume, Acqua di Parma Note di Colonia IV is described as an oriental/floral fragrance with a sensual, elegant and classic aroma.

Acqua di Parma pays homage to ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Giacomo Puccini with a fragrance that celebrates the strength of love and passion. Like a stolen glance that stirs the emotions, the sparkling and bright notes of green mandarin and bergamot are the spark that ignite this elegant bouquet with energy and enthusiasm.

The harmony continues to intoxicate through the deep and intense heart of the sensual floral notes of orange blossom, pampered by the honeyed notes of the Turkish Rose. Love is firmly sealed in mystery by an enveloping base composed of Opoponax, Patchouli and Cistus Labdanum.

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Note di Colonia goes back to Acqua di Parma’s origins, even in its choice of the original Colonia bottle, offering a lavish and spectacular rendering of it which is rare and precious. The stopper, bottle and presentation box are the flawless result of the most genuine Italian craftsmanship. A Collection which plays with different elements, as in a musical score, to create perfect harmony overall. Velvet, satin, crystal. Noble materials chosen with great care and considerable attention to detail for the packaging as precious as a treasure chest and for the bottle.

Every detail, every element of workmanship, every finishing touch is made by hand through patient and precise actions. The allure of the fragrances and their perfect blending find their natural stage in the refinement of the packaging.

Acqua di Parma Note di Colonia IV is available in 150 ml Eau de Cologne.

 

 

 

Acqua di Parma Colonia Ebano

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Ebano is a new fragrance that takes a wearer to the new destination in order to discover the most exciting and rare ingredients in the world like ebony note. Colonia Ebano describes the Italian craftsmanship and its masterpieces with exquisite notes and a long-lasting intense smell.

A sophisticated, original fragrance created using an unusual accord of two olfactory themes, both full of character – the citrus notes of Colonia blended with the woody, spicy accents of ebony. The composition opens with fresh top notes of petit grain and bergamot. These develop into an intense heart, with the creamy, warm scents of ebony and elemi oil accentuated by accents of spicy pink pepper. In the base, woody, aromatic notes of vetiver and patchouli blend with warm hints of honey revealing the uniquely modern personality of this new eau de cologne concentrée.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Ebano is available in 100ml and 180ml spray bottle Eau de Cologne Concentrée.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Ebano bottle and box

Acqua di Parma fifth men’s fragrance

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Acqua di Parma adds new scent – Colonia Club – to its men’s cologne collection. Making it the fifth in the men’s series of fragrances. The refined cologne is set to make a low key debut this week with a limited preview at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship in Manhattan and in Canada’s Holt Renfrew, before becoming available at other international retail outlets in November.

“These are luxury products, they are not commercial fragrances, they are not mass products, so we remain tied to our [standard] distribution strategy,” said Paola Paganini, group product manager at Acqua di Parma, speaking about the retrained release of Colonia Club.

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Packaged in a rounded glass bottle in a deep emerald-green, the fragrance hits note of lemon, petitgrain, bergamot, mandarin, mint and neroli. The heart of the juice contains lavender, galbanol and geranium, and the drydown is composed of Haitian vetiver, musk and an ambergris accord.

Developed by, François Demachy, LVMH artistic director for olfactory development at LVMH Fragrance Brands, the concept of the scent is inspired by the idea of an active and athletic young man who enjoys equestrian pursuits and frequents a private club.

Acqua di Parma Colonia x Damiani

Acqua di Parma’s story began in 1916 where the brand released the now iconic Colonia, a product representative of Italy at the time, essentially capturing the smell of ‘luxury’ in a way that many have stuggled to replicate ever since. Essentially a fresh and elegant melange of citrus notes, the Colonia opens with a Lemon and Sicillian orange, before delivering the unmistakable woody base notes of Patchouli, Sandelwood and noble Vetiver.

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Celebrating a century of success, Acqua di Parma have collaborated with Italian jewellery brand Damiani to release a special edition collection. Turn back the clocks 100 years and find yourself amongst a pivotal time in art, music, pop culture and of course the beginning of luxury fragrance brand Acqua di Parma.

In honour of the early 19 century tradition which saw gentleman store their favourite fragrances in cases made of silver-which would then be passed down as family heirlooms- Acqua di Parma have teamed up with Italian jewellery specialists Damiani, to create a sterling silver piece worthy of the time.

Noting the importance of the renown Acqua di Parma Colonia design, Damiani have created a unique 925 sterling silver case which ensures the glass bottle can be seen through the delicate interwoven metal swirl embellishments.

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Sterling silver 925 (containing 92.5% pure silver) was the material of choice chosen by esteemed Italian goldsmith Damiani, the pestigious jewellery brand charged with encapsulating the Art Deco Colonia bottle, representative of 100 years of Acque di Parma history. The Acqua di Parma shield is delicately engraved onto the centre of the piece along with a number further enhancing its exclusiveness as one of only one hundred.

Entitled the Acqua di Parma Colonia Damiani Centenary Edition, the design is inspired by the decor of the Teatro Regio in Parma; and by the noble history of luxury perfumery  in general. In the 1920’s it was customary, for aristocrates to display their favourite fragrances in ostentatious bottle holders made of silver and other precious metals, crafted by Italian master jewellers. There were concidered objects d’art , to be handed down through the generations, much like real precious Jewels.

Limited to 100 pieces, each Acqua di Parma Damiani Centenary Edition bottle features an engraved number wich – like the sterling silver hallmark – acts as a symbol of authenticity. The unique case encompasses the classic Acqua di Parma Colonia -a fresh scent which hosts a blend of citrus, floral and woody notes to create a fresh bold fragrance.

  • Top: Lemon, Sicillian orange, Calabrian bergamot
  • Heart: Lavender, Damask rose, Verbena rosemary
  • Base: Vetiver, Sandelwood, Patchouli

The Acqua di Parma Colonia Damiani Centenary Edition is priced at 750 pounds and will be availble exclusively in Harrods from October and from selected retailers.

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Discover Acqua di Parma’s Peonia Nobile collection

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Italian aristocratic gardens are renowned for their exquisitely symmetrical design. The unique blend of art, nature, beauty and elegance of this garden style provides inspiration for Acqua di Parma’s  Le Nobili collection, feminine fragrances dedicated to precious flowers: iris, magnolia, jasmine and rose. Today, the collection is enriched by peony, a sumptuous fragrance with an alluring, instantly captivating power. Large, magnificent blossoms, each individually different, rich with ruffles of silky petals overlapping in an endless dance of transparencies, peonies are truly opulent flowers. Among the thousand nuances of this unique flower, Acqua di Parma chooses a most entrancing which sparkles like a ruby: Peonia Nobile.

Each year, in spring, a spectacular carpet of peonies brightens up the landscape with wonderful hues. Suddenly, in April and May, the gardens of noble Italian villas are magically transformed into a feast of colours. The undulating hills of northern Lazio, in the heart of central Italy, are home to Europe’s largest collection of peonies: a natural treasure that includes about 600 varieties among the rarest and most sought after kinds. Over 200,000 flowers bloom simultaneously, creating a majestic garden of endless nuances as far as the eye can see.

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Around the region’s capital city, in ancient Tuscia, a land of art and nature nestled between the sea and the regions of Umbria and Lazio, noble Italian villas stand surrounded by the silence of splendid gardens. Here and in all Italian aristocratic gardens, peonies are among the best loved flowers since their introduction centuries ago from the Far East, where they adorned imperial gardens and were considered a precious addition to the dowry of young brides. The blooming of this dazzling flower adds charm and delight to the season.

A fragrance that reveals itself like the long-awaited bloom of a peony blossom, with a blend of delicate and lively notes, instantly enticing, suggesting the self-repeating miracle of nature. The fragrance, like the flower, is a unique blending of delicate, sensual and refined notes. Multifaceted, ever-changing emotions overlap like countless petals.

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Complete in a beautifully crafted bottle, the Peonia Nobile Eau de Parfum sees a combination of floral, yet fruity notes, think black pepper, raspberry, Turkish rose, amber, patchouli, musk and enriched peony. While the Luxurious Body Cream is injected with nourishing formulas including almond oil, Omega 6, Omega 9, antioxidant properties of peony extracts and pearl powder for the most beautiful ‘invisible’ natural glow.

This Eau de Parfum reveals sophisticated femininity abounding in unexpected nuances. Absolutely loved it!

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The Noses: Francis Kurkdjian

Our regular reader, has heard the name ‘Francis Kurkdjian’ sevaral times on Yakymour. He is not only the man behind Elie Saab’s exclusive fragances, but worked also for some prestiges houses like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Carven, Acqua di Parma and Guerlain. But he also opend his own Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

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The vèry sympathic Francis Kurkdjian in his Maison Francis Kurkdjian (Click photo to enlarge).

Francis Nourhan Kurkdjian was born in Paris, France, in (14 May 1969) to Armenian parents. The Kurkdjian family had at once fled the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genoicide and had settled in France after being deported and relocated to Aleppo, Syria. Having been exposed to music and dancing at a young age, Francis Kurkdjian wanted to be a ballet dancer during his youth. However, he failed passing the competition to study at the Paris Opera School of Dance in 1983. Kurkdjian, who already had an interest in perfume making since he was thirteen years old, decided in 1985 to become a perfumer. In 1990, Kurkdjian entered the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum, de la Cosmétique et de l’Aromatique Alimentaire (ISIPCA), a perfume school located in Versailles, France.He graduated from ISIPCA in 1993 and joined Quest International in Paris the same year. Kurkdjian continued his studies and obtained a masters degree from the Paris Institute of Luxury Marketing.

Francis Kurkdjian is one of the most prolific, and acclaimed perfumers of our time. At just 25 years old, Francis created Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Mâle, which remains a global timeless bestseller today; others include Iris Nobile for Acqua di Parma, Lanvin Rumeur, multi-award-winning Elie Saab Le Parfum, and recently, a duo of fragrances for the newly-revived Carven perfume house. Since he first began as a perfumer Francis has been taking risks, delighting our senses, and winning awards, too.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5 rue d’Alger, Paris (Click phototo enlarge)

The ‘day job’ of creating some of the world’s best-known fragrances, however, has enabled French-Armenian Francis to fulfil his dream, building one of the most interesting perfume houses around: his signature Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Under his own label, Francis has had absolute freedom to express his boundless creativity through a portfolio of fragrances that range from the most luminous and airy, Cologne Pour Le Matin, with its Sicilian bergamot and lemon, Moroccan thyme and Tunisian orange flower, through to an exploration of oudh’s moods:
OUD Silk Mood (Bulgarian rose, papyrus, chamomile), OUD Cashmere Mood (labdanum, benzoin, vanilla) and OUD Velvet Mood, spiced with cinnamon, saffron and copahu balm, and each tethered by a base of the highest-quality Laotian oudh. Today, there are more than a dozen fragrances in the collection.

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The nose: Francis Kurkdjian

But Francis Kurkdjian‘s artistry goes beyond what’s simply in a bottle. He has worked on many artistic projects.  With Sophie Calle, he created ‘the scent of money’ (2003), that of a dollar bill that’s been handled, thumbed, and passed from hand to hand, for one of her exhibitions. He also created fragrance-focused installations for the Foundation Cartier and at Versailles, transforming the fountain in the Orangerie with wafts of orange flower, propelled into the air by jets of water. For the Lille Europe Pavilion party at Shanghai Expo 2010, Francis created bubbles scented with violet, released against the backdrop of a Taoist temple in the very centre of the city. (He is surely the only perfumer to offer scented bubbles in his collection!).

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His Parisian flagship store, one of his most famous clients, Catherine Deneuve though Maison Francis Kurkdjian can be found in many of the world’s leading perfumeries… (Click photo to enlarge).

Francis also set about making scented candles for an exhibition of paintings by Jacques Émile-Blanche, a turn-of-the-century French painter, using only the ingredients available at that time, rather than the synthetics that Francis so loves to blend with naturals, a challenge he found pretty fiendish. ‘Synthetic notes are the backbone of a structure, the longer-lasting notes or the steel beams, if you like, in the building you’re making. If you use only natural products, in two hours they will die on your skin and you will have no aura, no power. The chemical acts as a foundation, but you should use the natural notes to wrap around it, making the end result look and smell completely natural, even though it’s not.’ In 2009, as a recognition for his artistry, Francis was awarded one of France’s highest honours ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture.

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I am a Huge fan of Francis Kurkdjian‘s irreverence; who else would offer bottles of scented laundry detergent (albeit a rarefied version, scented with sparkling Sicilian lemon) alongside a limited edition exquisite handmade Louis Crystal bottles to celebrate 10 years of custom-made perfumes: 20 numbered and decorated bottles, capped with platinum or gold? (They’ll set you back $11,000, though just $2,200 for a refill, and are unnamed:  each purchaser can choose the name, which will be engraved upon their bottle…) And yes: if money’s no object (or you can get your hands on at least 15,000 euros), or the Limited Edition (only 5 made) and bottled in a 24k Gold Crystal Flacon by Maison Saint Louis ‘Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance’. Francis Kurkdjian creates bespoke fragrances, too.

Limited Edition Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance by Francis Kurkdjian and Bottled in a 24k Gold Cristal Flacon by Maison Saint LouisFrancis Kurkdjian Saint Louis ‘Queen Marie Antoinette Fragrance’

Last year Francis Kurkdjian brought Versailles to the Grand Palais, at the Biennale Des Antiquaires. For those who have visited the Grand Palais, it seemed as though the scents of Versailles had drifted all the way to Paris, but how?

To unravel the mystery, begin by approaching the fountain beneath the glass dome. Somehow, the water gives off the olfactory impression of walks through castle gardens and the Grand Trianon. Now consider the fact that scenting an indoor fountain is a worldwide first, and you might guess (correctly) that the man responsible is master perfumer Francis Kudrkjian. For the 27th edition of the Biennale des Antiquarires, interior designer Jacques Grange paid homage to French gardens, filling the space with flowerbeds and foliage. He left it up to Kurkdjian to translate sight into scent.

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The 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais, Paris (Photo courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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I do know this, however: if you venture out to Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s 5 rue d’Alger boutique in the 1st arrondissement, you can pick up a box of his dinner candles and take that same scent to-go. The limited edition Côté Jardin tapers come three to a set for €28, and if the design on the box looks familiar, you’re likely recalling the patterned flowerbeds that André Le Nôtré created for King Louis XIV.

As for the scent: gorgeous! A single candle fills the surrounding air with visions of hornbeam hedges and ancient statues, conjuring up the grandeur of Versailles wherever you choose to light it. Perhaps a simple creation compared to the Grand Palais’ impressive fountain, but one you could enjoy long after the Biennale.

As Francis himself greets visitors to his website, ‘Welcome to a world of refinement and sensuality. Maison Francis Kurkdjian houses a unique collection, with a rarely matched quest for sophistication and elegance. Our luxury is a commitment to quality and authentic know-how, from the selection of the purest and rarest essential oils, to the infinite attention to every detail.’

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The limited edition Côté jardin candles, €28 (available exclusively at the 5 rue d’Alger Maison Francis Kurkdjian boutique)

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And we’ll leave (almost) the last word to Francis, too. He explains: ‘Maison Francis Kurkdjian is my way to express what I think about the world of fragrances, it is my take on luxury. It is nurtured from my background as a perfumer and a composer, my artistic sensibility and sensitivity.’

List of creations:

  • 1995, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Le Mâle,
  • 1999, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fragile,
  • 1999, Elizabeth Arden: Green Tea,
  • 2000, Escada: Lily Chic, lim. edition summer edition
  • 2001, Lancôme: Miracle Homme,
  • 2002, Giorgio Armani: Armani Mania,
  • 2002, Kenzo: KenzoKi Lotus blanc,
  • 2002, Yves Saint Laurent: Kouros Eau d’été,
  • 2002, Versace: Versus Time for pleasures,
  • 2003, Versace: Jeans couture Glam,
  • 2003, Lancome: Miracle Homme l’Aquatonic,
  • 2003, Narciso Rodriguez: For Her (co-signed with Christine Nagel),
  • 2004, Paris Garnier Opera: Pas de deux, eau de parfum, Perfume created for an evening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “Entente Cordiale” at the Palais Garnier in September 2004. This perfume of rose, iris and orange blossom, in a limited edition of 1000, was offered to the evening’s guests
  • 2004, Joop!: Muse,
  • 2004, Lancaster: Aquazur,
  • 2004, Acqua di Parma: Iris Nobile (co-signed with Françoise Caron),
  • 2004, Emanuel Ungaro: Apparition (co-signed with Françoise Caron),
  • 2004, Van Cleef & Arpel: Summer and Autumn,
  • 2004, Yves Saint Laurent: Kouros Cologne Sport,
  • 2005, Christian Dior: Cologne Blanche
  • 2005, Christian Dior: Eau Noire,
  • 2005, Davidoff: Silver Shadow,
  • 2005, Guerlain: Rose Barbare,
  • 2005, Lancaster: Aquasun,
  • 2005, Jean-Paul Gaultier Gaultier Puissance2,
  • 2006, Ferragamo: F by Ferragamo,
  • 2006, Lanvin: Rumeur,
  • 2006, Chateau de Versailles, Re-creation of the scent of Queen Marie Antoinette,
  • 2007, Christian Lacroix: C’est la fête (co-signed with Jean Jacques),
  • 2007, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fleur du Mâle,
  • 2007, Narciso Rodriguez: For Him,
  • 2007, Indult: Isvaraya,
  • 2007, Indult: Manakara,
  • 2007Indult: Thiota,
  • 2007, Juliette Has a Gun: Miss Charming,
  • 2007, Juliette Has a Gun: Lady Vengeance,
  • 2007, Emanuel Ungaro: Le Parfum,
  • 2007, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fleur du Mâle,
  • 2008, Indult: pour Colette C16,
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Eau d’Amour,
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: Ligne de beauté Monsieur (co-signed with Nathalie Le Cann),
  • 2008, Jean-Paul Gaultier: MaDame,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Universalis,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: APOM femme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: APOM homme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Cologne pour le matin,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Cologne pour le soir,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Lumière Noire femme,
  • 2009, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Lumière Noire homme,
  • 2010, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Absolue pour le matin,
  • 2010, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Absolue pour le soir,
  • 2011, Elie Saab: Le Parfum,
  • 2011, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Universalis forte,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Amyris femme,
  • 2012, Elie Saab: Le Parfum, Eau de Toilette,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Amyris homme,
  • 2012, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: 754 for Bergdorf Goodman
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD cashmere mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD silk mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: OUD velvet mood,
  • 2013, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Aqua Vitae,
  • 2013, Carven: Le Parfum,
  • 2015, Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Satin Mood,

 

We will hear a lot more of him in the future! I promess you! And I promess you also that I will follow this guy…

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5 rue d’Alger, Paris, France

Website and webshop: http://www.franciskardjian.com

gr.Jean Amr

A piece of history: Perfume Houses

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We all have favourite perfume houses, do you? Brands, designers, independent and artisans. But whether you want to dig more deeply into the heritage and stories behind a name that you love, or simply to explore the universe of perfume houses (historic and contemporary) this is where you start.  Discover these fascinating stories through archive material and photography, historic advertising or today’s videos, and bring perfume alive…

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What is your favorite perfume? (Click photo to enlarge).

Do you all want to know about perfume house: Guerlain, Acqua di Parma, Caron, or Annick Goutal?

Or would you like to know more background from your favorite designer: Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Patou, Pierre Balmain, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf, Michael Kors or Calvin Klein ….

Or would you like to go more Italian style like: Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Trussardi, Gian Franco Ferré, Moschino, Valentino, Cerruti 1881, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi or Gucci……

Or more interested in the background of your jewelers perfume like: Cartier, Boucheron, Chaumet, Mauboussin, Poiray, Bvlgari,or Van Cleef & Arpels

Or would you like to know everything about the artists who created this beautiful scents?

The houses you will find under there Tags: ‘A Piece of History’, ‘Fragrances & Perfumes’, or look for a specific name…  about the artist, you will find under: ‘The Noses’

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Do you prefer a new or a classic perfume (Click photo to enlarge).

Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Patou Joy Forever, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Roja

‘Everything you wanted to know about fragrances, their creaters, rhe brands…
…………but where afraid to ask’.

Here on Yakymour! Hope you will enjoy!

by Jean Amr