Last year, crystal manufacturer Baccarat celebrated its 250th anniversary with the launch of the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance as a high point of the festivities. Presented in a beautiful, precious handmade Baccarat crystal bottle, the scent was carefully created by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.
The company is renowned for its chandeliers and glassware with these red crystal embellishments – red being the signature colour of Baccarat since 1847 when its first red crystal was created. And it is this transubstantiation of heat and mineral, as well as the sublime craftsmanship required to create the red Baccarat crystal, that has inspired this perfume and which Kurkdjian has attempted to recreate in fragrance form.
Created for both men and women, the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance is the result of a partnership between the crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, an eau de parfum born from the encounter between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat, as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house.
The name of this very special anniversary limited edition was inspired by the bottle manufacturing process. Clear crystal mixed with 24-carat gold powder is gradually heated to a temperature of 540 degrees, metamorphosing it into a golden red color.
Not long after the introduction Maison Francis Kurkdjian announced that the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance will become part of its celebratory perfume collection, and will be packaged in the perfume house’s iconic bottle.
Floral notes may be very popular among the masses, but I believe I’m in the minority of those who just aren’t into them mostly. Though Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 has floral notes, it’s the mix of woods and amber that totally make it completely for me. It’s an amazing blend of floral and woody which is perfect for a life-long floral opponent quite like myself. I imagine Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty would love a fragrance like this.
At first Baccarat Rouge 540 gives a fizzy effervervent rush with a warm candy-flossy blur before drying down to a mysterious long-lasting intense woody and metallic scent. A very alluring seductive perfume. As Kurkdjian says, “fragrance needs mystery” and this modern subtle and sophisticated creation certainly gives the wearer this.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Luminous and sophisticated, Baccarat Rouge 540 lays on the skin like an amber floral and woody breeze. A poetic alchemy composed by Francis Kurkdjian, where the aerial notes of jasmine and the radiance of saffron carry mineral facets of ambergris and woody tones of a freshly cut cedar wood. A graphic and highly condensed signature.
Eau de parfum – Woody, amber, floral
- Breeze accord: Jasmine & saffron
- Heat accord: Cedar wood
- Mineral accord: Ambergris
I’m a bit of a beauty snob, but there is truly nothing like an amazing high end fragrance that speaks to you and your senses. Baccarat Rouge 540 ranks high among the fragrances I’ve tried and will be in heavy rotation through summer. As expected with a fragrance of this caliber, it will last throughout the entire day. A perfume that is luminous, dense and intense.