I never leave the house without a perfume (occasionally without things like my wedding ring, my oyster card, and house keys though), and nine times out of ten, the perfume I carry with me throughout the day is in one of these glorious atomisers from Francis Kurkdjian. I apply whatever fragrance I’m wearing for the day in the morning before I leave the house, and if I think I need a top up before I head somewhere else in the evening, I spritz myself with whatever I have in one of these.
Heavyweight and beautifully crafted, these feel wonderful in the hand. The tops are magnetised so they won’t fall off in your bag – the magnets are incredibly strong, and you can have literally minutes of fun putting them on the wrong way round only to watch them spin and settle themselves correctly with a satisfying “clunk” when they land.
The atomisers take 11ml bottles of a wide range of Maison Frances Kurkdjian fragrances (which come in sets of 3 bottles and are available from £60 – bottles are usable without the atomiser too, which is really handy) mine are both currently filled with Aqua Universalis Forte, which is possibly the cleanest – and I really do mean that in a good way – fragrance ever. The refills are sold separately from the atomisers, but there are a wide range of fragrances to pick from.
My personal favourite is the zinc finish, as I love the textured effect, but the gold is really pretty too. The Zinc finish costs £85, and the gold finish is £95, and both are available from Selfridges.
They come complete with leather covers – matched to the colour of the EU passports! – to protect the atomisers in your bag. The zinc atomiser in the pictures here is a couple of years old now – and has been carried around with me almost every day in that time – and is still as good as new. A pricey investment, perhaps, but a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
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