Flower by Kenzo Red

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Flower by Kenzo Red is a flanker to the original perfume Kenzo Flower, launched in 2000, and since then it has been updated with much more pure and aromatic notes. Kenzo Flower is an aromatic and intense fragrance. The new edition promises a lighter version, yet strong and quite intense.

Top notes: Mandarin, Citrus
Heart notes: Jasmine, Roses Frangipani
Base notes: White musk, wood notes

The red color always symbolizes romance, hot aroma, and pure love. The new perfume is like a sun kissing you on your forehead – it warms you and your feelings from the start of your day. It opens with fresh citrusy and mandarin notes along with floral accords of frangipani, roses, and jasmine calmed on a woody layer made of wood and white musk.

 

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Flower by Kenzo Red preserves the same curved shape as if inspiring a growing flower, sealed in a transparent red color bottle. 

Flower by Kenzo Red is available as 50ml Eau de Toilette. 

 

 

 

 

The new fragrance duo from Kenzo – Aqua Kenzo

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Fashion house Kenzo has become a turning point in the artistic inspiration of the company’s acquisition by two new directors. This is how Kenzo World appeared, a fragrance with a new outlook on the world. However, today Kenzo decided to honor him who is close to him: water. Indeed, in 1996, Mark has already developed a fragrance called L’Eau from Kenzo. Today it comes back and gives us a new watery taste. Let’s focus on new perfumes: Aqua Kenzo.

Water does not have colors, so I wanted water in color, fruit, flowers, freshness and happiness, but it seems that this again inspired the creation of Aqua Kenzo, based on our source of life and wealth of the planet’s first treasure, Kenzo made the essence synonymous with poetry, this smell pays homage to nature and brings a touch of charm and sweetness to our urban universe. Also, the Aqua Kenzo seems to be a bubble filled with colors and freshness. The fragrance combines delicacy, emotion and sensuality, fresh, brings an indisputable vitality to the one who wears it, and moreover, his slogan can not be clearer.

When Kenzo developed L’Eau by Kenzo in 1996, his idea was to give this fragrance-free product a more innovative color and richness. This perfume designed ‘Only for those addicted to water’, I understand ‘For Water Addicts Only’

Aqua Kenzo pour Homme

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Aqua Kenzo for Him, this aquatic fragrance opens with a refreshing rush of ocean mist. Spicy and fresh notes to create a masculine scent that is both fresh and sensual.

Top notes: Apple, Pink pepper
Heart notes: Hazelnut leaf, Sesame, Aquatic notes
Base notes: Sandalwood, Tonka, Cedar, Musk, Amber

Created by perfumers duo Ane Ayo and Philippe Romano, Aqua Kenzo pour Homme is a fresh/spicy with woody elements in the end. It opens with fresh apple note along with spice pink pepper next to freshly accords of sea water, sweet hazelnut and sesame. The base calms with woody elements of sandalwood, Tonka bean, cedar, amber, and musk.

 

Aqua Kenzo Pour Femme

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In fact, if this perfume exudes an extreme sense of freshness, it is not really aquatic. Designed by Louise Turner, Aqua Kenzo Pour Femme focuses much more on the scent of flowers and fruits. It combines the dynamism of plants with the romanticism of plants.

Top notes: Mandarin, Raspberry leaf
Heart notes: Magnolia, Rose, Jasmine
Base notes: Patchouli, Vetiver

It flies firstly on a juicy and tangy combination of mandarin and raspberry leaves. His heart, meanwhile, brings together three emblematic plants of perfumery for women: jasmine, rose and magnolia. Finally, Aqua Kenzo Pour Elle wins in depth and tenacity in its wake. It is wrapped with patchouli and vetiver

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Finally, the appearance of the Aqua Kenzo bottle is very inspired by the figure of its predecessor, whose bottle was reinterpreted in 2003. Here we have a bottle with waving glass, as directly carved by the waves. This container offers us a unique tactile and sensory experience. The transparency of the glass allows to express the delicacy of the shade of turquoise blue. However, matt glass gives it a more austere and modern side.

Ideal for daily use, Aqua Kenzo for Him and Aqua Kenzo for Women are both available as 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette.

 

 

 

 

Kenzo World Eau de Toilette

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After the Original Kenzo World from 2016 and Kenzo World Intense from 2017, fashion designer Kenzo launches a new freshly version of its popular World perfume with a fruity/floral aroma, Kenzo World Eau de Toilette.

Top notes: Pear
Heart notes: Peony, Almond blossom
Base notes: Orris root

Kenzo World Eau de Toilette, the sparkling fragrance for a woman who does not take herself too seriously. This lingering fragrant trail led like a burst of laughter by the perfumer duo, Francis Kurkdjian and Maïa Lernout, offers an amazing fruity floral accord between sparkling pear, luminous peony and almond blossom, and feminine orris.

 

 

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A definitely feminine bouquet smiling at life. Kenzo World Eau de Toilette, the fragrance for a joyful and mischievous woman. American actress Margaret Qualley is the face of the new perfume that is described as elegant and feminine with an air of romance.

“This is a fruity, floral, vibrant flight of fancy to which pear brings lightness and enticement”, states perfumers Francis Kurkjian & Maïa Lernout.

Kenzo World Eau de Toilette Flacon BoxKenzo World Eau de Toilette comes in the same bottle shape as other World perfume editions – the bottle symbolizing an eye colored in a beautiful pale pink color. It is available in 30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Toilette.

 

 

 

 

Kenzo World Intense

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Fashion house Kenzo is launching a new perfume for women, World Intense – flanker to last year’s Kenzo World, which came out as the first fragrance led by the new creative directors of this fashion house, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Humberto Leon described the new edition as a gourmand floral explosion in a strong bottle, expressing the duality of a Kenzo woman.

Top notes: Black plum
Heart: Peony, Jasmine
Base: Vanilla

Created Maïa lernout as a sweet, rich, and gourmand perfume, Kenzo World Intense opens with plum notes along with floral accords of peony and jasmine calmed on a sweet vanilla base.

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Kenzo World Intense is described as a gourmand floral perfume with an elegant femininity that ideally portrays the real Kenzo woman. The bottle is in a darker turquoise shade, with details of black rubber and rose-gold colored metal. The gommato stopper is inspired by the design of the Kenzo Kalifornia bags, while the whole design evokes the ‘The Eye’ jewelry collection.

Kenzo World Intense is available as 30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Parfum Intense.

 

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Avon Life by Avon & Kenzo Takada

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A unique, vibrant and refreshing pair of long-lasting scents created in collaboration with renowned fashion designer Kenzo Takada, one of my favourite brand in fashion world and fragrance scent choices too.

My greatest joy is drawing inspiration from the beauty of the world around me, and turning it into an entirely new reality. My experience with the Avon team has allowed me to do that, working with some of the most incredible perfumers to create a fragrance line that reflects our shared passion to live life beautifully. The fragrances convey beauty and positivity and are brimming with the splendour of the natural world.

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Avon Life is a new fragrance designed by Mr. Kenzo Takada to reflect the creator’s philosophy to Live Life Beautifully. The fragrance’s star ingredient, violet, captures a sense of unwavering positivity, which lies at the heart of Kenzo Takada’s designs and personality.

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The use of violet gives the fragrance a sweet freshness. Cultivated in the fields of Egypt and Grasse, France, the coveted blossom is prized for its leaves, which are distilled into a sophisticated fragrance oil. The scent for women also features an energetic citrus top note of white tea and a timeless warm, floral base note of iris flower. The scent for men features a heady spice top note of black pepper and a warm, woody base not of Virginia cedarwood.

Kenzo Takada has brought such characteristic passion, vibrancy and vision to this project. Kenzo Takada’s personal mantra of beauty and positivity resonates deeply with Avon’s belief in beauty, optimism and the power of women.

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Recognised as a leading designer across the globe, Kenzo Takada founded his eponymous luxury fashion house in Paris in 1970, becoming the first Japanese luxury brand based in the city. The designer is known for creating innovative styles that bring together the best elements from both the East and the West.

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Bright and energentic, this feminine fragrance layers delicate floral notes with the essence of white tea for a scent that’s both fresh and light.

Top notes: Waterlily, White tea, Red apple
Heart: Violet, White peony, Sakura essence
Base: Iris, Ambrette seeds, Patchouli

The star ingrediënt is stunning violet, wich lends elegance and clarity to the fragrance. Balanced with subtle notes of waterlilly and sakura essence, the fragrance captures a warm and sensual finish and adds an undeniable allure that lasts all day.

Avon Life for Men

This modern yet distinctly masculine fragrance features a refined blend of spices and aromatics.

Top notes: Black pepper, Juniper berries, Crips cypress
Heart: Violet leaves, Geranium, Star anise
Base: Virginia Cedarwood, Musk, Orris root

The structured scent opens with bold top notes of black pepper and juniper, before revealing a warm heart of violet, geranium and star anise. Rich Virginia cedarwood provides the base, creating a polished, lasting finish for an all-day impact.

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Avon Life for Him and Her are available as 100ml Eau de Toilette

Avon Life for Him and Her, to purchase this lovely fragrances with shining, stunning packaging and refreshing scents that managed to envelope me into romanticism for hours long, you can contact your Avon Dealer or visit any Avon Beauty Boutiques. For inquiries, you can call the AVON Toll-Free Line at 1-800-22-AVON (2866) or log on to http://www.my.avon.com 

 

 

 

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

Couleur Kenzo Violet

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As part of his Couleur Collection, fashion designer Kenzo will launch a new fragrance. Couleur Kenzo Violet is the new perfume for women that will show up early this spring composed of fresh fruity/flowery notes. The new perfume will bring a pure softness and will fill the disposition with a revitalizing fresh smell.

Couleur Kenzo Violet is a sweet and juice perfume composed of purple and violet notes along with blueberry ingredients. The base is made of frozen black currant notes mixed with violet notes.

 

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Couleur Kenzo Violet comes in a transparent bottle adorned with a stopper in the form of flower, as well as shadowed with a pale violet color and will be available as 50ml Eau de Parfum.