The Nose Knows – Neiman Marcus hosts Joan Tanis, National Training Director for Masion Francis Kurkdjian

The Nose Knows – Neiman Marcus hosts Joan Tanis, National Training Director for Masion Francis Kurkdjian

By  Robere Lett, Publisher

Attending the recent lecture and sampling of perfumes for the celebrated perfumer Francis Kurkdjian of Masion Francis Kurkdjian was a sheer olfactory delight. Meeting expert Joan Tanis, National Training Director for the brand, provided an amazing opportunity for patrons to get an up-close and detailed exposé of the array of scents offered by the house.

Susan, NM-MFK Specialist and Joan Tanis, National Training Director for MFK


Through video and sample cards we experienced each scent with great attention to the highs and lows, top notes, middle notes and base notes – along with intricate bouquets embodied within. Scents such as AMYRIS for men and women consists of top notes lemon leaf and orange leaf; middle notes  amyris and iris; and base notes vetiver and agarwood, for her. For him, top notes consists of rosemary and mandarin orange; middle notes amyris, coconut, coffee, iris and milk chocolate; and base notes  tonka bean and agarwood.


APOM for men and women incorporates orange blossom, cedar and ylang-ylang for her; while APOM pour Homme introduces orange blossom, cedar and amber for him. OUD is inspired by the orient, enriched with woody and spicy notes of cedar, patchouli and saffron for both sexes. BACCARAT ROUGE 540 for men and women, is aptly named after the temperature celsius and describes the level of heat required to achieve Baccarat’s signature ruby red color. It’s top notes are jasmine and saffron; middle note amber wood; and base notes are fir resin and cedar.




The full collection offered by Masion Francis Kurkdjian


Taracida Dixon brought her brother Curtis Ellison along to introduce him to the great men’s scents, she enjoys Amyris Femme


Laurie Lefebvre and Rhea de Verteuil


Derrick B. Bonner Sr. and son Derrick B. Bonner Jr. both enjoyed the wonderful scents


Belinda Bates enjoyed the presentation

Kurkdjian’s incredible reputation and ability to create the perfect scent started with his first creation “Le Male” for designer Jean Paul Gautier, which was a huge success and has extended to him the invitation to create scents for several top-tier designers and houses – everyone from Burberry (My Burberry) to Yves Saint-Laurent’s Kouros Cologne Sport. For over two decades, Kurkdjian has continued his assent with more than forty creations for designers and houses. In 2009, he introduced his own fragrance house Maison Francis Kurkdjian, creating thirty-three scents for his personal collections. Along the way, Kurkdjian won such notable accolades as the François Coty perfumer (Oct 2001), Cosmetique Magazine’s best perfumer of-the-year (2008), Chevalier of Arts and Letters (July 2008), and Cosmetique Lagazine’s best niche mixte perfume for Aqua Universalis (June 2010), to name a few. Kurkdjian has now added a line of bath and body products to the mix. Check out the wonderful and refreshing scents on your next visit to Neiman Marcus and tell them Haute is… Magazine sent you!



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