Grand Soir by Francis Kurkdjian for Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2016




Hey Hey Lovers Of NEW!

So many people with noses that I revere are raving about Grand Soir. I tried it a couple of times while out shopping and it left me bored to tears and cold. By the note list I should be madly in love with Grand Soir. All those fabulous resins, tonka and amber? I’m not quite sure why it didn’t grab me by the scruff of the neck, shake me around and throw me to the ground with my eyes rolling into my head, panting and palpitating.  Pretty sure that it’s not the fragrances fault so I’m going to give it a home along wearing. I ordered 3ml from Surrender To Chance and I’m ready to go.

Grand Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2016

Grand Soir by Francis Kurkdjian


Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Spanish labdanum
Heart:Siamese benzoin
Base: Brazilian tonka bean, Amber, Vanilla

So, in the comfort of my home with no other fragrant distractions grand Soir is a beautiful resinous amber. Softly comforting, tree sap sweet and cuddly. Actually the light touch here reminds me of Pierre Guillaume’s work. Toffee, maple syrup, salted caramel icing and peanut brittle are the images and tastes created in my mind & mouth.

Imagine if you took Absolue Pour Le Soir and dialled the animal back from 20 to one. Grand Soir has the same furry yet porcelain smooth feeling. Through the heart the sweetness lessens and Grand Soir becomes drier, more sweet warm summer evening winds.


My thoughts are that Francis Kurkdjian is a bit like Serge Lutens, he makes a rare few challenging and outrageous fragrances and a bunch of more accessible ones. These accessible ones are the bread and butter of his business, have a wide department store appeal but with the niche cachet. It’s a clever business model and it has worked for him, bringing MFK the brand to a place where it’s become one of LVMHs new acquisitions.

So Grand Soir is a beautifully blended amber/resinous scent. Easy to wear, lasts well and smells good. If I didn’t already have a dozen ambers in my collection or if I was newer to the perfumista life I would definitely put down my dollars for a bottle.


Further reading: BLeauG
LuckyScent has $215/70ml
Surrender To Chance have samples from $4.50/0.5ml

Does Grand Soir appeal to you?
Portia x

13 thoughts on “Grand Soir by Francis Kurkdjian for Maison Francis Kurkdjian 2016

  1. I also ordered a sample based on the notes. I should love it, and love Cologne pour le Soir, with resinous notes. But when it dries down on my skin it gets shrill and I feel self conscious wearing it. Like it tries too hard or something. North Shore Matron?


    • HA HA HA! You’re hilarious JackieB.
      North Shore Matron that grew up elsewhere perhaps?
      Portia xx


    • HA! What’s an N S Madame?
      I really like it now. Grand Soir is on the list.
      Portia xx


  2. I think it’s a nice solid oriental fragrance, but nothing original or unique about it. Pleasant and easy to wear.


  3. I am like you, Portia. I need to take scents home to try them. Trying things in a shopping centre is a disaster. Sensory overload.

    As for the whole MFK series, none have struck me at all. I do need to sample them fully, though, to get a better feel. But the notes for Grand Soir don’t grab me. Then again, I NEVER imagined I’d fall for anything in the gourmand range, and here I am craving Mon Guerlain, Angel Muse and Coco Mdsle.


    • Hi Kate,
      Yes, that seems a regular perfumista story. We hate it then suddenly we crave it.
      Do try the range, it is not all groundbreaking but he uses lovely ingredients and who knows what LVMH will do with the brand.
      Portia xx


  4. I thought it was top loaded. First few minutes were like – wow. Once the party trick was out of the way I needed Ajax. Like sooooo much new stuff. Horrible. But what do I know?


    • HA! You didn’t get the soft focus, sweet, furry dry down?
      Maybe I’m lucky.
      Portia xx


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