Francis Kurkdjian: Haute Couture perfumer

An icon of French savoir-faire, perfumer Francis Kurkdjian worked for the biggest brands before creating his own perfume house in 2009: Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
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Hello Francis, could you describe us your career in a few words?

My encounter with the world of perfume was through an article published in the VSD magazine in the mid-80s. It was a revelation. I have never questioned this choice. I was 13 years old and drew the contours of my life, without imagining that I would come to create my own perfume House…



How did you discover Joëlle Ciocco?

Joëlle and I have a lot of friends in common. I’m thinking of Christophe Robin, Lili Barbery or Sati Spivakova to name a few. They spoke to me about her very often. Joelle here, Joelle by that. I had heard of her, and of course read, without knowing her, or even having tried her cosmetics. And then I learned via Instagram that Joëlle had discovered the House at one of our suppliers, and the perfume “Lumière Noire” in particular. I found this “pretext” to establish the link between us. I wrote her a letter and sent her the perfume she had mentioned. That’s how the contact was made, and the connections came naturally. Friends of my friends… somehow!

What was the first Joëlle Ciocco Paris cosmetic you got and what is your favorite one?

The ones I use daily are the All-in-one Cleanser and the Blossom Cerate… A facial cleanser and a cerate for the face and the neck! I am addict. They suit me perfectly and I love their smell more… They replaced the two products that I used previously and that I used for more than 15 years… It is to say that I am convinced!

Why are you trusting her?

Joëlle explains her philosophy without emphasis, without pretense and with good sense. She does not try to sell you her method or her cosmetics. You adopt them because they are effective. It is the proof by the use of her cosmetics and not by the speech. I like this approach. I have a Cartesian spirit.

© Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Speaking about cosmetics, what do you prefer?

Efficiency, simplicity and rapidity are my watchwords. I travel very often and need a quick and convenient routine. I never spend more than 10 minutes in a bathroom. I am very pragmatic so it has to follow.

What is the best advice Joëlle gave you?

Not to neglect my neck… we often talk about the face, but not enough about the neck.

Joëlle loves quotes! Do you have one to share with her?

Me too that’s good! Here is mine… “Dreams must be answered to make space for new ones…”

Thank you so much for these few words Francis!

Shop Francis Kurkdjian beauty routine

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Cher.e ami.e,

C’est avec une immense gratitude que je m’adresse à vous.
Votre confiance et votre patience durant cette période ont été le phare qui a guidé notre équipe à travers ce moment de renaissance.
Votre soutien indéfectible m'a insufflée courage et force dans ce défi de réouverture.

Maintenant, vous pouvez retrouver 13 de nos produits ici-même ou au centre de soins Joëlle Ciocco Paris.

Nous sommes à l'œuvre, avec passion et l’honneur d'être à votre service, pour vous présenter dans les mois à venir, notre gamme complète de soins. Chaque formule a été réalisée avec une attention méticuleuse pour assurer vos attentes, tout en respectant notre engagement envers l’excellence et la qualité.

Nous vous invitons à (re)découvrir nos classiques et à rester connecté pour les lancements à venir.

Merci encore, du fond du cœur,

Joëlle Ciocco



Dear friend,

It is with immense gratitude that I address you.
Your trust and patience during this period have been the beacon that guided our team through this moment of rebirth.
Your unwavering support has given me courage and strength in the challenge of reopening.
Now, you can find 13 of our products here or at the Joëlle Ciocco Paris care center.

We are at work, with passion and the honor of serving you, to present you in the coming months, our complete range of care. Each formula has been made with meticulous attention to ensure your expectations are met while respecting our commitment to excellence and quality.

We invite you to (re)discover our classics and to stay connected for upcoming launches.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart,

Joëlle Ciocco