Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir was launched in 2016, created by Francis Kurkdjian and inspired by the City of Paris at night. Notes of amber, benzoin, vanilla, tonka, labdanum, lavender.
From the brand - "Dress in your finest attire and polish your look. Wander in a never-ending night and enjoy the daring radiance of a magnificent Parisian evening, over and over again. Bridges and monuments shine like a thousand stars, standing majestic in a twilit sky carried away by the soft vanilla warmth of benzoin from Siam and a tonka bean from Brazil that has been jostled by the deep darkness of cistus labdanum from Spain. Warm and charming, yet lithe and sophisticated, Grand Soir is a thrilling night out in the City of Lights."
Fragrantica - "I feel that this has single handedly ruined my entire collection with its almost omnipotent existence. This is exquisite, it's not super complex, but that's what is good about it. Its linear, it's strong, it's decadent. This is high quality, perfectly blended french perfumery."
Fragrantica - "Creamy, syrupy amber and benzoin with vanilla, tempered by labdanum, with a touch of tonka powder, done in a very refined way. This isn't a babyish sugar overdose vanilla-y fragrance. (Those have their place too, but this is for those looking for a more sophisticated vanilla!) Very unisex."
Fragrantica - "I’m in love. It surprisingly had fresh notes at first. Or rather, fresh notes in the composition. Then, it turns into the warm amber, benzoin and tonka bean mix everyone adores. It was much more resinous for me during the first two hours and dried to an amber-vanilla. Towards the very tail end, I get marshmallow-y vanilla. Much love for grand soir."
Fragrantica - "Vanilla and amber with a particular focus on resinous materials. The balance between the labdanum and the benzoin is perfect, with just enough coumarin to give it a characteristic smoothness but not dry it out."
Fragrantica - "My interest in Grand Soir was initially triggered by the hype it has received from the online fragrance community. I usually take the opinions of all those 'influencers' with a grain of salt, but with Grand Soir I can say the hype is REAL. I never expected a perfume with just two main accords to be so captivating, but here I am, falling in love with this amber-vanilla bomb. Grand Soir does not evolve much after you spray it on, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Some perfumes are brilliant because of their simplicity. GS just exudes warmth, coziness and a slight smokiness for 8 hours straight (on my skin), which makes it perfect for the colder days (and nights). It is perfectly unisex as welI. I would love to smell this on any men or woman. Very sexy. Thank you, Mr. Kurkdjian for this masterpiece. You have gained yourself a (not so secret) admirer."