A new perfume house has just launched – TFK, The Fragrance Kitchen by Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah.
this perfume house combines the tradition of Middle Eastern perfumery with the French
expertise of ,
the perfume capital of the world, where scents are analysed, executed and
Fragrance is very important in
Although the fragrances are all unisex, some are more feminine and others more masculine.
There are 3 fragrance collections: Signature; Exclusive and the Limited Edition Handmade line.
Numbered rather than named, these 36 fragrances are meant for everyday use. The bottles are of simple design. Approx €100
This line features more opulent scents which are narrative driven. Sheikh Majed explains that it isn’t just a fragrance but more of a story or diary evoking memories, journeys and personal experiences.
The names vary from the straightforward ‘Kuwait’ and ‘Arabia’ to the tongue in cheek such as ‘Gone with the Smell’, ‘At Your Own Risk’ and Musky Ever After’.
My favourite in both scent and name is ‘War of the Roses’. I love the floral heart note and the musky dry down. Plus the name is quite apt for a
Another one that caught my eye was ‘Mister Danger’. The name intrigued me, especially when I was actually introduced to Mr Danger himself at the press event! Yes that is his real name. Romain Danger works behind the scenes designing the bottles and graphic patterns.
The scents in this collection are stronger and more for evening use. This year the design of the flacon is black with white graphic patterns but this will change as the idea is to update it yearly, although the fragrance will remain the same. At the moment there are 10 fragrances and more to come as Sheikh Majed has plenty of grandma’s secret recipes. Approx €150
This is a collaboration with designers so the fragrance and its flacon become a work of art. Dutch ceramicist Kiki van Eijik has designed the first of the line which will be changed every season. Her inspiration for the bottle was a spice bag. She wanted to keep the Eastern romanticism. The fragrance was then blended and once she knew the ingredients used, she designed a pattern for the packaging which included them. Approx €1,000
We can thank Tom Ford for inspiring Sheikh Majed to open his own perfume house. In 2009, Tom wanted an exclusive scent for his new
boutique and who better to
ask than someone who already custom blended his own perfumes? The scent was
called Arabian Wood and is now part of the exclusive Tom Ford Private Blend
Collection. So thank you Tom for opening
up the fragrance box that otherwise may have been kept just for family and
friends to enjoy. Kuwait
All the perfumes can be bought from their boutique in the exclusive Al Hamra Luxury Centre,
But if that’s a bit too far, there is always their website www.thefragrancekitchen.com Kuwait City
By Karen Grace
Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for Frumpy to Funky http://www.frumpytofunky.com