The Colors of Freshness: New Cologne Forte Collection (2021) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Mens sana in corpore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body. For Francis Kurkdjian, this quote describes in a few words the benefits attributed to the eau de Cologne which could also be ingested until the mid-19th century. Thus, it had a double effect: it smelled good while making you feel good. 

A staunch defender of the heritage of perfumery, Francis Kurkdjian is first and foremost a free-spirited creative mind and a pioneer in many ways. Through his creations, he conveys his contemporary vision of the perfumer’s profession and its interpretation in utterly modern fragrances. Thus, since the creation of the Maison in 2009 with Marc Chaya, co-founder and CEO, he revived the spirit of the eau de Cologne and reinterpreted it in his own way with Aqua Universalis, a fresh eau for everyone and everything. Since then, the tradition lives on and has been enriched with two additional olfactory silhouettes, Aqua Vitae and Aqua Celestia.

“Freshness is to perfume what water is to life on earth: essential.”

Francis Kurkdjian

Today, Francis Kurkdjian continues the saga, by unveiling three new variations of his Aqua fragrances within the Cologne forte collection. Three windows open on landscapes beckoning to evasion, three invitations to travel towards a destination steeped in light, colors and, of course, freshness. Mostly provided by the bergamot – the fundamental ingredient of the traditional eau de Cologne – which different ingredients and accords modulate without distorting the original inspiration, freshness plays the leading role in these new creations of the Maison’s olfactory wardrobe.

“The Cologne forte collection is a palette of emotions induced by light. ” 

Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian believes that the main idea behind the Cologne forte fragrances is to convey freshness through the sensations induced by light. Aqua Universalis Cologne forte is the notion of whiteness pushed to the extreme, a pure breath of fresh air, the feeling, not the smell, of cleanliness. Aqua Vitae Cologne forte symbolizes the sun at its peak with a floral blaze crossed by a surge of hot air. Aqua Celestia Cologne forte is the encounter between the blue hues of the sea and the sky, a horizon beckoning you to evasion.

Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte

Mandarin from Italy gives bright freshness to the bergamot, leading to a luminous citrusy and sunny floral scent. Vibrating in unison in a halo of warm light, Aqua Vitae Cologne forte is a pampering eau de parfum whose trail is saturated with sun and sensual musks boosted by sandalwood from India.

Olfactory family: citrusy, floral 

Ingredients: essence of bergamot from Italy, essence of mandarin from Italy, sunny floral accord, sensual musk accord 

Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte

Bergamot from Calabria and the sweetness of a white musk accord are intertwined with an effervescent surge of diaphanous white flowers, such as mock orange and sweet pea. Aqua Universalis Cologne forte embodies the joy of whiteness, radiance, the purity of a breath of fresh, enveloping air. 

Olfactory family: musky, citrusy 

Ingredients: essence of bergamot from Italy, essence of rose from Bulgaria, white floral accord (mock orange, sweet peas), white musk accord 

Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte   

The bergamot becomes tinged with the fruity notes of blackcurrant, mimosa (with its raspberry and blackberry facets), and jasmine (strawberry, apricot and peach accents), before gradually melting into the mellowness of a fruity musky accord. Aqua Celestia Cologne forte releases a bright, crystal-clear aura and offers a flight towards the horizon. 

Olfactory family: citrusy, fruity 

Ingredients: bergamot from Calabria accord, blackcurrant bud absolute, jasmine from Egypt absolute, mimosa from France absolute, fruity musky accord

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