Heaven scent: tips from a cult luxury fragrance creator


Heaven scent: tips from a cult luxury fragrance creator

Renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian can create a bespoke scent for you. We sat down with him

Nokubonga Thusi

You created cult scents like Le Male and Baccarat Rouge 540, but you also make bespoke fragrances. What should our readers know before they ring you up to commission one?

A custom scent is a celebration: It could be a birthday celebration, the birth of a child, or even an anniversary. It’s like a bottle of champagne – some people open one to celebrate and sometimes people open them just to drink every day.

Have a minimum of €30,000 in the bank: There is an entry point price [for a custom-made fragrance]. The reason it’s so high is because it takes a lot of time. People think that creating a fragrance is easy, but it requires many hours to listen to people, just to create a scent and come up with something new...

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