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Francis who…? If you are not already one of Francis Kurkdjian’s legion of devoted fans (they include those of us at Beauty Bible), this is a wonderful introduction.
Francis is one of the most talented ‘noses’ on the planet, and the man responsible for blockbusters like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Elie Saab – one of 2011′s most-praised, gong-winning fragrances.
But alongside creating bestsellers for big names, Francis has for the past three years also been adding to his own signature line: the fragrances he always wanted to create himself. One or two new fragrances are added each year (and they are worth setting aside an hour or two to explore, somewhere – like Les Senteurs – which carries the full range).
Until now, though, there’s not been much for ‘layering’ – though actually, these exceptional fragranced body treats go on wafting for hours even if you don’t add a spritz of sunny, airy, zested-up white floral Aqua Universalis, over the top. The shower gel is divine (and non-skin-stripping), but it’s the Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream which we’re especially addicted to: though rich and nourishing, it absorbs beautifully and smells heavenly: a bit like burying your nose in a mountain of white linen that’s been sun-dried on the line. (Think: notes of Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, mock orange and jasmine.)
With Christmas coming, these belong on any fragrance-lover’s ‘Dear Santa’ list, because this is a scent that – as its ‘Universalis’ name implies – everyone will fall for.
Santa, they’re certainly top of ours.
UK readers find Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Scented Shower Cream/£35 for 150 ml and Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream/£45 for 150 ml exclusively at Liberty and at www.selfridges.com – buy here