Please don't take offense to this short prose, it's my very first review. Thank you. Alons-y...
Baccarat Rouge, a myth, a name associated with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. A real pound. And, what is behind it? Quite simply, this fragrance is a breath of love, of beauty, grace and a little bit of voluptuousness.
More elaborately, Baccarat Rouge 540 smells like a lot of things, and yet I can't put my finger on the individual notes. Of course, I'm neither a self-proclaimed scent expert nor a less murderous Jean-Babtiste Grenouille, but I do usually manage scattered analyses of individual components. Not so with this breathed climax of all sensual impressions. So if you're looking for real details or impactful verbiage, please read elsewhere. Otherwise:
What I want to tell you is that this fragrance smells simply heavenly. He is m.E. absolutely unisex suitable, but unfolds its true soul most likely to an expressive, self-confident woman (woman, not girl. Sic!). From a man's point of view, of course, a man who would like to completely lick his fiancée at any time and on the spot, if she wears this, his favorite scent. Others may like to see that differently, they can't get to her anyway. I just love the way she smells when she wears Baccarat Rouge. I love that I can still smell her scent in the bathroom many hours later, and I love being able to smell her even before I see her. Of course, this is primarily love per se, and not Monsieur Kurkdjian, but let me assure you, after 15 years of marriage, an olfactory emotion booster is a plus not unwelcome and not to be underestimated!
Durability? Projection? You want numbers? A million, Satisfied? Not? Well then, the extrait de parfum lasts forever. On the skin, at least on her skin, it lasts easily 10 hours, and on clothes, it feels indefinite. I have yet to smell a more potent perfume. The progression is rather linear, you don't experience a scent journey, no surprises, what's the point? I want to smell exactly what I get to smell, and that's fine. The Eau de Parfum seems to me, pardon the pun, a touch stronger to project, but less long lasting.
The variants and the price
The Eau de Parfum is already great, but the Extrait is even better. Finer, even more durable, maybe a little less sillage, but it's still loosely enough to, depending on the wind and weather, stand out in a meter or two around you, to conquer hearts or to cause nasal displeasure, depending on your concerns. The price is steep, admittedly, but a Naxos or a Carlisle also cost a lot of money, and yet are unquestionably worth it. If the price is too high for you, it is highly recommended to buy some bottlings here in the souk. There are really many great people here on board, who will gladly sell you the pure love filled in atomizers at moderate prices. Among other things.
Because that's what Baccarat Rouge is to me: love. Sure, grace, gracefulness, beauty, ... all true, all applicable, and yet all these words are just stirrup holders for the truly great, just: Love. If love could be preserved in oil and alcohol, bottled and applied as needed, Baccarat Rouge, Extrait de Parfum would probably be on the label. Is it synthetic, sweet yet floral, an expensive hype juice, blah blah blah... yes, it is all that, or at least it may be to some. I couldn't care less though. Love it of hate it, fair enough, but if you're more inclined to love it, get a sample, a bottling, a duplicate if need be, but get your own impression. Please!
On that note, enough flattery. Have a good time and always smell good,