Maison Francis Kurkdjian Discovery Set / Fragrance Wardrobe for Her


My love for this perfume house started years ago when I was able to try the range at Mecca Cosmetica’s Sydney CBD counter at Myer. Few years forward, I finally got my hands on APOM (A piece of me) which I’ve previously reviewed. It’s still one a favourite but I get bored easily.

Some of you might know that Francis Kurkdjian’s perfumes are actually pretty expensive 😦 so I’ve never really been able to buy Lumière Noire or Aqua Universalis which has always been on my wishlist.

A recent trip to Malaysia and an unplanned stop to the perfume’s counter in Pavilion KL saw me come home with this beautiful set which I think is such good value if you have too many perfumes like me and can’t seem to stop buying more. It was RM550. I was told that this was a limited edition release for Christmas and I never saw it make an appearance at Mecca here in Australia. You get 8 x 11ml spray bottles which is so handy for travelling too!

I’m also going to say thanks here to the two SAs who served me on the day who were so friendly and non pushy :).

This is the best way to try their most popular (and almost all) of their female releases. I’ve got Aqua Universalis on today, it’s a cool 23 degrees and I’m so surprised that it’s still going strong for an Eau de Toilette. I’m pretty sure it won’t fare as well if the weather were anymore hotter / humid.

From their official website (which you can shop from too)

An invitation to discover the expressive world of Maison Francis Kurkdjian through eight fragrances which dress an exceptional fragrance wardrobe for her. A selection created with the utmost sophistication for wearing divine fragrances both night and day.

A collection to wear, to take away or to offer as a gift.
Aqua Universalis, Aqua Universalis forte, Aqua Vitae, OUD, APOM, Lumière Noire, Amyris, féminin Pluriel.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian – APOM pour femme

Took me 2 yrs before I got a bottle and another 6 months before I used it.

I was sure I loved it yet was worried I’d regret it as soon as I got my own bottle.

Now that I’ve taken the first spray I am still in love. You won’t have longevity issues with this. It’s warm, prominent orange flower note almost crossing into soapy territory but fortunately not yet. I worry this would be a bit much for the humid weather in Malaysia and actually prefer this as a winter scent but we’ll see.

I bought mine in Paris thinking I got a much better deal. In fact, that’s not the case they must’ve reduced the price in Malaysia as i was told during a recent visit to their Isetan KLCC counter that its now RM510 (for pour femme) which makes it close to the euro115 price for a 75ml EDP bottle. I was also fortunate enough to receive a 5ml spray of Amyris pour femme as a gift with purchase. I find that staff at the Isetan counter have been really friendly so far, so if I ever had the chance I would try and get a bottle from them next time.


Edited to include correct price


A gift from Maison Francis Kurkdjian

This had been on my wish list for close to 3 years now and although I recently had a chance to get a bottle from Mecca Cosmetica using some Myer gift cards to offset the cost, I didn’t take the plunge. Do I regret making that decision not to? Yes and no. Yes because this gift reminds me how much I love ‘APOM pour femme’. No because it’s not easy when I don’t make a lot in Malaysia and I need to first get that bottle of Fleur D’oranger 2007 sitting in Tangs calling out my name.

The folks at Maison Francis Kurkdjian have no idea how much having this gift means to me 🙂