Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

I am sat here drooling over Baccarat Rouge 540. It’s a gorgeous blend of warmer and slightly black-treacle gourmand notes and then complementary florals. Baccarat Rouge 540 is the result of a partnering of Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Maison Baccarat in celebration of the 250th anniversary of this iconic crystal house.Baccarat-Rouge-540-Perfume-By-Maison-Francis-Kurkdjian

The name is in reference to the creation of crystals and gold powder that when fused at 540 degrees, turns into beautiful scarlet jewels. As a little touch, there’s a red crystal chandelier behind the front label.

If you ignore the cheesy voice-over, this is a video from a US science channel filmed in a Baccarat workshop (the logo is on all their t-shirts) showing you how they make their incredible chandeliers. Seriously hypnotic.

The actual notes are a top of jasmine and saffron; a heart of ambergris accord and finally a base of cedar accord and fir balsam. This is definitely one of those fragrances that takes differently to different skins. After spraying this on my OH, it was almost like another scent to how it sits on me; woodier on him and sweeter on me – but both delicious and meaning we can both go out in the same scent!

This is easily now one of my favourite MFK fragrances and stands up there with Pour Le Soir and Aqua Universales. Baccarat Rouge 540 is available here from John Lewis at £195.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:12 April 22, 2016

Great review Thom. Just had to go and squoosh my sample. It’s quite unlike anything I own. Have to hope I don’t end up loving it at that price!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 10:38 April 23, 2016
    Thom Watson

    It’s so dangerous isn’t it? MFK has ruined most of my other fragrances for me. It’s a dangerous thing to get into haha! x

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