Lumiere Noire Pour Homme by Francis Kurkdjian for Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2009


Post by Portia


Hello Niche Nerds,

Few perfume creators get as much respect and adoration as Francis Kurkdjian. From his early Le Male for JPG and Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea, through Elie Saab Le Parfum and Narciso Rodriguez For Her to his own eponymous line we have watched and smelled a man in love with orange blossom create some of the most memorable scents of his time, and some dross but let’s ignore that today. I thought that with LVMH circling to buy the brand that I might look at the few MFK fragrances I have in my collection over the next few weeks. I was happily surprised for Francis Kurkdjian to read that the business is generating 25 million euros per annum, that’s quite a slug of money for what my mind had pegged as a small niche house. I hope LVMH pays through the nose but my advice is to buy what you love ASAP because LVMH is a monster and the whole line will be castrated beyond recognition.

Lumiere Noire Pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2009

Lumiere Noire Pour Homme by Francis Kurkdjian


Maison Francis Kurkdjian gives these featured accords:
Spiced Rose, cumin, cinnamon, patchouli, mugwort herb

My Lumiere Noire Pour Homme is from a decant I bought in a split a year or so ago. Of the 10ml I have used about 2ml in the intervening time, which is pretty normal for something that I really liked but did not go DooLally over. If I had less fragrance choice there would be much more of it gone. Now I think part of the reason that I didn’t go especially crazy over Lumiere Noire Pour Homme is because I don’t seem to get the same ride as everyone else in the blogs professes to have had. My skin throws such a different set of scents that I was wrong footed by the unexpected. So let’s look at how my skin and nose read it and later in the comments you can tell me how it smells for you.


Roses? Chance would be a fine thing. I hardly get any bloody roses. My skin throws radiant patchouli, lightly herbaceous greenery, soft focus clean cumin and resins, balmy smooth, cool and comforting resins that smell like they have a hint of fluffy, old fashioned musks running through them. Maybe even a whisper of white flower washing everything clean. It smells great in an elegant, understated way and lasts forever on my skin but all the dark roses completely pass me by.

Lumiere Noire Pour Homme does smell expensive and though I’m fully fragrant it manages to feel under the radar and I would really like to spray it on one of my friends after a workout to see how it smells on muscleman.


Further reading: Fragrance Daily and Memory of Scent
LuckyScent has $195/75ml
Surrender To Chance has samples from $4/ml

So, have you tried Lumiere Noire Pour Homme? How did it smell for you?
Portia xx



4 thoughts on “Lumiere Noire Pour Homme by Francis Kurkdjian for Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2009

    • Hey Memory of Scent,
      Yes, I get the balmy, sheer but hefty, radiant style but it just doesn’t smell rosy to me. I just respritzed it to make sure I wasn’t tripping the last few time I wore it.
      I may have been tripping but still no rosy roses.
      Portia xx


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