Fragrance Of The Month: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte

This month? We try out Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte EDP

Nose Francis Kurkdjian knows what it takes to create a great scent. After all, he has mix-mastered more than 50 fragrances under his eponymous brand for the past 12 years and is the man behind Jean Paul Gautier’s sailor bottled scent Le Male Edition Collector, which has been on the world’s top 10 bestsellers list since its debut in 2014.

His latest creation, Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte is, simply put, citrus-based proof of his talent.

Stronger than a typical cologne yet more translucent than a parfum, Aqua Celestia first captures the senses with its fresh squeeze of tart Calabrian bergamot and juicy black currant. A sparkling and heady blend of mimosa and jasmine soon rush forward before being enveloped in a pool of cool and sensual musk. The overall effect is brisk and radiant with a feeling of calm serenity.

Carefree and breezy, this scent and its two counterparts Aqua Universalis and Aqua Vitae embrace the warmth and light of summer. As gender neutral in its composition as it is in its solid, square-shaped bottle, don’t be surprised if Aqua Celestia equally appeals to your partner. That was the French perfumer’s intention.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte, $290.00 for 70 ml, available online at and at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and, Flare and, Huffington Post Canada, National Post,,, and She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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