Absolue Pour Le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2010


Post by Erica Golding


Hi! Today, I would like to share my love for an intensely sexy work of art that has been getting a lot of steady attention.

Absolue Pour Le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2010

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian lists the following accords on its website:
Benzoin from Siam, Bulgarian and Iranian rose, honey, incense absolute, ylang ylang, cumin, Atlas cedar and sandalwood

The first time I sniffed Absolue Pour Le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian (affectionately dubbed “MFK APLS” in fragrance circles), I was popping open a sample vial gifted to me from a precious new friend. She had tucked it into a packet labeled “Favorites,” and that was the only sales pitch I needed. However, when I opened the vial and sensed the first waft of fragrance, all I could think was that it was too much for me – too intense, too animalic, too concentrated. A few days later, upon reading glowing praise in a review, I decided to try the Cologne Pour Le Soir sample that she had also included in the same packet. The simpler composition and cologne dilution of this fragrance allowed me to experience the key notes without being overwhelmed, and unlocked my heart. Passionately, I enjoyed the cologne’s thickly rich dark honey, incense with musky resins, and amber’s benzoin woody-vanillic swirl. I thought to myself, if the cologne was so magical on my skin, then I should give the Absolue a chance.

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The next night, I graced my skin with one drop from the wand-capped vial of Absolue Pour Le Soir. It blossomed into an incredibly deep, powdery honey, a viscous scent with accents of warm precious woods and spices, and a haze of resinous incense drifting lazily. It’s the honey that made me purr, it’s truly sensual – erotic, honestly. There was a hint of rose in the opening that made me think of rose petals floating in a bathtub, a luxurious excess that yields simple, pure delight.

As I have been getting to know APLS more intimately and being more courageous with the volume I apply, I have fallen completely in love, sailing past infatuation and into blind devotion. It’s not for everyone, proceed with caution – the intensity and unrepentant sexuality of this perfume can be challenging, especially if you aren’t prepared for it or dive in too deep, too fast. However, for those of us who have synchronized our souls to this extraordinary aroma, it can bring us to tears.

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In my opinion, this is primarily an evening fragrance, although I’m sure true lovers rock this at any hour of the day. The fragrance is concentrated, and lasts a long time on the skin with impressive throw. A little goes a long way, no need to slather and Sex Panther everyone in your wake! Wear this when your focus of the night is romance, and wear it with pride and confidence.

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Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and Australian Perfume Junkies
LuckyScent has $185/70ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this perfume, as I am aware it can be a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance! Are you brave enough to try a drop on your skin?
Warmly fragrant hugs,

14 comments on “Absolue Pour Le Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2010

  1. Tina G says:

    Oh my… Wonderful review Erica! “Dark honey, incense with musky resins” with a hint of rose. My heartbeat quickened just thinking about it… On my must try list, immediately. Tina x

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Erica,
    APLS is on my radar. Chairman Meow spritzed me with it once and I was completely overcome by its magic.
    Honestly I’m not sure why I don’t have a bottle.
    Portia xx

  3. Tarleisio says:

    As a general rule, I can’t wear honey notes at all, unless they’re handled very, very carefully. Honey tends to grow like a monstrous, sentient beast that basically wants to swallow me alive! :-O But one definite exception is this magnificent (the only word that fits) perfume: It is hands down one of the sexiest, most smouldering, outrageously sensual perfumes I own – and that says a lot! I’m saving the little I have in the hopes of a future date night – or two! 😉
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  4. Jackie b says:

    I think both the Cologne and Absolue are lovely. I have the Cologne and find it soft and not threatening, in fact have been known to wear it to work. Making a dent in the huge bottle!
    Maybe the APLS is more sweaty with cumin, but I don’t feel skanky wearing it somehow.
    Or maybe that’s more a statement about me!!

  5. Elia says:

    LOVE it!!!

  6. Tora says:

    I love this review!! I love the way you tiptoed from the cologne to the absolue. There is really no perfume quite like it. I have to be in a very confident mood to wear it. It is so sexy and so empowering! Thanks, Erica!!!!

  7. FeralJasmine says:

    Glad to be reminded of this one, which somehow I have missed trying. Time to correct the oversight.

  8. Tara C says:

    I love this one, I even bought a backup bottle! It is so warm and sexy and comforting at the same time. Not skanky on me, the cumin note doesn’t come out too much – I wear it to work with no issues.

  9. Tena says:

    My FB arrived yesterday from Twisted Lily. Cheap and fast shipping to Canada, so we can slather on this goodness too. This scent is steamy sex in a bottle – I love it.

  10. Sun Mi says:

    this review makes this scent sound just so deliciously divine. it has been added to my samples-to-acquire list!
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  11. MikasMinion says:

    It’s great stuff, isn’t it? I can’t wear it often and have to be very careful not to OD when I do but it really is gorgeous. My internal skank meter is broken so I don’t really get the animalics, but the honey can get too cloying and sharp for me. I have to say that APLS is one of my husband’s favorites to smell on me and that is probably the main reason I occasionally indulge in a drop or two. I should probably try the cologne.

  12. Excellent read! I haven’t worn this in forever but your article has inspired my bedtime scent xoxo
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  13. Scar says:

    Unfortunately I cannot handle Absolue Pour le Sour: wayyyy too much cumin in there for me! Every now and again I’d catch hints of the other notes in beautiful construction, but then WHOMP the cumin hits again. Twice I have tried to ‘give it another chance’ which makes for three scrubbings total… a record for my testing!

  14. Trésor says:

    What an incredibly beautiful review, Erica! I’m blown away.

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