Hey Posse Peeps, Not so long ago I bought a bottle of Lumière Noire home from Maison Francis Kurkdjian. With it came a carded 2ml spray sample of Baccarat Rouge 540. TBH I completely missed this fragrance even being launched. The other day though my mate Ainslie, who is up with EVERYTHING fragrant, told me that Baccarat Rouge 540 had become MFKs best selling scent. That’s a big deal. Considering how popular many of his fragrances are, how topical he is now the house has sold to LVMH and how respected he is as a perfumer I thought it high time I spent some real time with this new superstar on my skin.
Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2015
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Jasmine, saffron
Base: Fir resin, cedar
First created as a parfum to celebrate the 250th birthday of Baccarat Crystal in 2014. In 2015 the EdP was released into the MFK regular range.
How does it smell? The first thing that jumps out at me is the saffron and wood. Amber wood is a perfect description, it is both resinous with the lovely furriness that entails and woodsy. Now don’t go expecting a lumberjack fragrance, though it would be perfect on one. Here we have a smooth, slightly animalic, expensive smelling fragrance that creates an ambience around you like a 21st century movie star. This is so unusual yet seems as if I’ve known it all my life. A warm, comfortable and exciting scent that takes all the cynical, boorish niche malarky and dips in it rose gold then wraps it in velvet.
Underneath the beauty I smell blood, the sharp tang of metal and the last cold char of incense. Baccarat Rouge 540 makes me wonder if this how some healthy, wealthy, fur clad person would smell to a vampire.
I am now about to go buy myself a bottle. How in the holy heck did I miss the magic of Baccarat Rouge 540, it’s like I’ve been living under a rock..
Finally, have you spent any time time with this beauty on your person?
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