400 roses in a bottle? That’ll be Francis Kurkdjian’s new A la rose

The lusciousness of this visual for Francis Kurkdjian‘s newest (just-in-time-for-Valentine’s) launch. It’s roses, roses all the way – ‘the Queen of flowers’, as Francis puts it – and every bottle contains 250 Centifolia (May) roses from Grasse, together with 160 Damascena roses from Bulgaria.

It’s airily beautiful – Francis, as his fans know, has a wonderfully light touch, and this floral-woody creation is a gauzy, ‘see-through’ rose with a soft sensuality. Opening with bright Calabrian bergamot and Californian orange, pear and lychee add playful touches. In the heart, the rose garlands violet and magnolia blossoms, drizzled with honeyed sweetness, radiating absolute femininity.

Of course it doesn’t end there: musk and cedarwood blend with the Centifolia roses. It’s sexy, yes – but not overpowering (and airy enough to wear to the office, we’d say.

It may be winter outside, but it has us dreaming of summer, rose gardens and warm (but hot water bottle-free) nights.

Francis Kurkdjian From £145 for 70ml eau de parfum

Launching imminently at Liberty and Les Senteurs and available online now at

Written by Jo Fairley

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