A sleek and sensual oriental fragrance with haute couture style, Ciel de Gum Maison Francis Kurkdjian eau de parfum honors the 120-year old luxury shopping arcade in Moscow’s Red Square, whose image decorates the perfume bottle. Its trail is made of oriental amber, pink peppercorn, white jasmine, and a vanilla infusion for an olfactory journey that rekindles the memory of Russia’s splendor in the 19th century. Ciel de Gum Maison Francis Kurkdjian eau de parfum is sold exclusively in our boutiques and in the GUM department store in Moscow.
Jasmine from Egypt
Known by its Latin name as jasminum grandiflorum, the jasmine used in perfumery is surprisingly potent and multi-faceted, ranging from orangey-floral, solar, fruity (banana, strawberry, apricot), to animalic and spicy. Jasmine has an astonishingly complex structure for such a fragile flower that needs to be harvested very early in the morning before the sun spoils its fragrance. Its scent can only be extracted with volatile solvents and is very expensive due to its low yield of essential oil. Its kaleidoscope of nuances blends perfectly with other flowers as well as woods or oriental accords.
Vanilla Amber Accord
The amber used in perfumery has nothing to do with the yellow amber stone, which is ornamental but has no smell, nor with ambergris, which refers to an animal extract from the sperm whale. The amber accord inspired a series of successful perfumes launched at the beginning of the last century. It included two flagship ingredients, cistus labdanum, with its warm, resinous, animal facets, and vanillin, a new, sweet aromatic compound, which is the primary component of vanilla. Since then, the combination of these two warm and persistent notes has been considered to form the amber accord, generally enriched with tonka bean, coumarin and resins such as benzoin or incense, which are all base notes.
It is often called pink pepper and yet its tree, native to South America, does not belong to the pepper family. The very pungent tasting berries of the Schinus terebinthifolius, commonly known as Brazilain peppertree, make it a popular spice. In perfumery we use either the pink pepper oil, obtained by distillation, or the CO2 extract: when subjected to very high pressure, this gas turns liquid and transports the fragrant principles without heating the ingredient, which preserves the sharpness of these fresh spices. The spicy, slightly sweet and floral pink peppercorns are used as top and heart notes. They brighten up citrus fruits and add vibrancy to heady flowers.
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