New house launched: The Fragrance Kitchen

furrypine

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From Fashion Insight:

A new perfume house has just launched – TFK, The Fragrance Kitchen by Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah.

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Based in Kuwait, this perfume house combines the tradition of Middle Eastern perfumery with the French expertise of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, where scents are analysed, executed and bottled.

Fragrance is very important in Kuwait with families closely guarding secret perfume recipes which have been passed down from generation to generation. In the UK we may have grandma’s secret recipe for a pie, jam or cake, but in Kuwait it is much more glamorous with grandma’s secret recipe being for a fragrance.

And Sheikh Majed’s grandma was no exception as she taught her grandson how to create scents by mixing oils bought at the souk markets with precious ingredients sourced from India. Discovering he had a ‘nose’ for perfume, he was able to take it out of grandma’s kitchen and in to his own ‘Fragrance Kitchen’.

Although the fragrances are all unisex, some are more feminine and others more masculine.

Signature Collection
Numbered rather than named, these 36 fragrances are meant for everyday use.

Exclusive Collection
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’.

Handmade Collection
This is a collaboration with designers so the fragrance and its flacon become a work of art.

53 fragrances are in the directory
 

Sugandaraja

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Aug 28, 2007
While I have similar doubts about quality for such an en masse release, I'm happy to see somewhat more whimsical creations coming out of the Arab world. Most of the Arabic lines I've seen take themselves dreadfully seriously.
 

furrypine

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While I have similar doubts about quality for such an en masse release, I'm happy to see somewhat more whimsical creations coming out of the Arab world. Most of the Arabic lines I've seen take themselves dreadfully seriously.

True that. And looking at the notes they seem to really try for a blend of Middle Eastern flavour and a more commercial taste. Now, who knows if they succeeded. Can a member in Kuwait stop by the shop and give them a sniff?
 
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Nikolas

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Sep 16, 2012
TFK is about to be opened next week in Milano at LaRinascente ground floor Piazza Duomo, so who's in Milano should go and get that snif at the shop. For those who do not know, Majed Al-Sabah was the creator of "Arabian Wood" Tom Ford Private Collection one of his best selling fragrances. TFK Concept is also to have every month a New Fragrance Launch of Exclusive Line that has a higher oil concentration, so we all know what it means. ;)
 

Trebor

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Apr 8, 2006
The website could be designed better. I mean, who's going to scroll through all 36 fragrances in the Signature Line? The bottles are practically the same, so why not list the notes in either a list or grid format?
 

Birdboy48

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Jul 10, 2011
When someone releases this many frags at once, I suppose there could be some good ones. Odds are that there are some, with that many to choose from.

But who's going to have the time, energy or opportunity to ferret them out ?

This type of strategy always seems misguided to me.
 

Trebor

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Apr 8, 2006
When someone releases this many frags at once, I suppose there could be some good ones. Odds are that there are some, with that many to choose from.

But who's going to have the time, energy or opportunity to ferret them out ?

This type of strategy always seems misguided to me.
Agreed!
 

Sugandaraja

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Aug 28, 2007
Yes, honestly even if I felt I had thirty-six great perfumes on my hands, I'd release at no more than two or three a year ( at the most ) to give them proper exposure.
 

tariq

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Nov 19, 2002
I did read an interview during London launch that they have the plan to launch a new fragrance every month & to do a re-packaging every year for the entire line !!!!
honestly I don't get ?!
& I don't get the 'TFK ambassadors' thing as well ?!


& By the way No.7 has been out of stock & it will be discontinued & re-formulated as 'No.7 Remix' !
 

Birdboy48

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Jul 10, 2011
& By the way No.7 has been out of stock & it will be discontinued & re-formulated as 'No.7 Remix' !

With 54 frags released in less than a year, one can imagine them saying "Does anyone remember where we put the formula for #7 ? "

I guess part of the issue for me is that when an outfit is churning out fragrances this rapidly, it makes it mentally difficult to conceive of any of them being particularly "special and precious".

Which is sort of how people like to think of such things, I believe.
 
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Healer

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Jul 15, 2004
This line has recently appeared as a "pop-up store" within Selfridges here in the UK. I had a look over their website to see which ones to try as there as so many and listed several down to try whilst I was in the Manchester store. I ended up trying No.36 from the Signature line:




SIGNATURE line - No.36 (EAU DE PARFUM)


Top Notes: Pink peppercorns, Bergamot, Grapefruit
Middle Notes: Rose, Elemi, Lavender
Base Notes: Patchouli, Virginia ceder, Benzoin

Wooded Spicy / An authentic woody and spicy fragrance mixing sensitivity and sensuality.



It smells good but unfortunately it smells very similar to Terre d'Hermes to my nose and I don't see why anybody would want to splash out £100 when they could get the Hermes for somewhat less.



Note: This post was imported from the Huddler forum software, and may have missing images or strange formatting. More info here.
 

NoseItAll

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Jan 4, 2015
They moved onto to launching exclusives for every country they're in. However they stopped selling many of the older scents to cut down from the collection. The number collection with glass bottles are still around including number 7 but not as widely available. The remixes are stronger concentrations of the original numbers.
 

NoseItAll

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Jan 4, 2015
I quite liked No 35 remix, Man from Ipanema and War of the Roses. There are some more obscure releases like Underwater and Luminous that are also nice but not as versatile. The neiman marcus exclusive in beverly hills, Palm Fiction is a nice summer scent. A lot of the other releases lean more feminine imho, including the Bergdorf exclusive A Rose with a View.
 

cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
I got this for an insane deal.



"Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani" by tfk (The Fragrance Kitchen), a Kuwaiti fragrance house. I stumbled into tfk back in late October during a visit to Bergdorf Goodman. They have an exclusive boutique there. I managed to try about 5 fragrances and got a few samples. I was impressed with their offerings, despite olfactory overload at that point, but... their prices are quite a bit higher than I normally tolerate. Anyway, I didn't buy anything then, but now I was familiar with the brand.

Local estate sales rarely interest me. I was looking for a used LCD TV and saw a sale that had one. Unfortunately, it was sold by the time I got there. So I browsed around... nice furniture. Styling was very Middle Eastern, and upscale. And many things were rather pricey. Except for one table that had a bunch of Middle Eastern knick-knacks, bottles with Arabic writing on them. There was a white plexiglass box featuring "tfk" on it in raised lettering, with "eau de parfum" in very small letters underneath. Quite heavy. How much did they want for it? Well, let's just say, it wasn't more than a 125ml bottle of vintage Davidoff Zino. Never opened it until I got it to my car. And yes... the fragrance bottle was inside. Completely full. Wow... The box is really beautifully done. Heavy white plexiglass with ornate raised ornamentation inside.








Here's what I found on-line:

Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani: In keeping with TFK’s philosophy of “East Meets West,” al-Sabah created an olfactory tribute to the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani. A limited-edition fragrance of 1,000 frosted, matte-white bottles (with 400 of them exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman), each vessel has been etched with al-Thani’s calligraphic monogram, which was created by an artist from Dubai.

The scent opens with an orange custard burst of ylang ylang and bergamot that floats into a heart of leather and rose on a bed of oud. In a nod to the ancient world, the fragrance rests on a heady base of musk, patchouli, cedarwood, and moss.


The fragrance is very elegant and seriously fine quality. Very potent, like a true EDP. Based on the quality and presentation, probably valued close to $800 retail. The owner must have gotten it very recently. I have to imagine it was a mistake to be included in the estate sale, but... not like I was going to go back and confess the real value. ;)
 

cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
Congratulations on your find, Cytherian! I'm entering it into the directory as once :thumbup:
It's no longer on Bergdorf's website, so whatever it cost it seems to have sold out already.
Thanks, furrypine! Great to know you've made a database entry for this one.
I don't know if it was ever featured on Bergdorf's site as it's rather exclusive. I have contact info for the tfk boutique there, so I'm going to inquire with them to understand about availability. Or... I may just bring it along to a personal visit with them, as ownership of this might encourage them to give me some free samples. ;)
 
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Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
I bought this earlier this month after trying it a few months ago and not being able to stop thinking about how good it is. It instantly jumped into my top 10.

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NoseItAll

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Jan 4, 2015
I got this for an insane deal.



"Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani" by tfk (The Fragrance Kitchen), a Kuwaiti fragrance house. I stumbled into tfk back in late October during a visit to Bergdorf Goodman. They have an exclusive boutique there. I managed to try about 5 fragrances and got a few samples. I was impressed with their offerings, despite olfactory overload at that point, but... their prices are quite a bit higher than I normally tolerate. Anyway, I didn't buy anything then, but now I was familiar with the brand.

Local estate sales rarely interest me. I was looking for a used LCD TV and saw a sale that had one. Unfortunately, it was sold by the time I got there. So I browsed around... nice furniture. Styling was very Middle Eastern, and upscale. And many things were rather pricey. Except for one table that had a bunch of Middle Eastern knick-knacks, bottles with Arabic writing on them. There was a white plexiglass box featuring "tfk" on it in raised lettering, with "eau de parfum" in very small letters underneath. Quite heavy. How much did they want for it? Well, let's just say, it wasn't more than a 125ml bottle of vintage Davidoff Zino. Never opened it until I got it to my car. And yes... the fragrance bottle was inside. Completely full. Wow... The box is really beautifully done. Heavy white plexiglass with ornate raised ornamentation inside.








Here's what I found on-line:

Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani: In keeping with TFK’s philosophy of “East Meets West,” al-Sabah created an olfactory tribute to the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani. A limited-edition fragrance of 1,000 frosted, matte-white bottles (with 400 of them exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman), each vessel has been etched with al-Thani’s calligraphic monogram, which was created by an artist from Dubai.

I believe your bottle was given out at an event in Japan organized by the person the fragrance is named after, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani. He is a friend of Sheikh Majed and a cousin of the current Emir. The perfume was named after him and Sheikh Majed got his permission to sell the scent at Bergdorf Goodman. However, I believe the packaging of yours was for the event in Japan where guests received this scent as a gift.
 

Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
I quite like it also, there aren't many other scents out there like it.

It's unlike anything I've ever owned or tried, so clean but not in the typical way you expect clean...it has an elegance about it. I'm by no means a fragrance snob but I feel like I'm wearing something of really high quality, I feel clean and rich wearing it haha
 

cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
I believe your bottle was given out at an event in Japan organized by the person the fragrance is named after, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani. He is a friend of Sheikh Majed and a cousin of the current Emir. The perfume was named after him and Sheikh Majed got his permission to sell the scent at Bergdorf Goodman. However, I believe the packaging of yours was for the event in Japan where guests received this scent as a gift.
Thank you! Interesting to know this. So that special packaging was never commercially released. That makes it even more special! :)
 
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Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
Does anyone know of a site that will ship these to Australia?

I'm in love with Arab Spring and I feel like I need to try more from this house. I should have tried them when I had the chance in my travels but I was saving my nose for others since these are all over $300/bottle

I've messaged them on Facebook and through their website but no answer, ideally I'm looking for somewhere that I could order samples and then a bottle if I want one.
 

Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
Bumping to see if anyone knows a site that does samples for this house?

I love my bottle of Arab Spring and feel like there must be some hidden gems somewhere in this line but can't find samples anywhere
 

epapsiou

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Sep 28, 2015
Sorry mate. The only place I saw it was Bergdorf. Call them and see what they can do. Maybe buying one bottle may get you tons of sample. Their war of roses and rose with a view are universally pleasing and you can probably buy blind.
 

NoseItAll

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Jan 4, 2015
Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges and Avery Perfume Gallery would probably send samples with your order if you buy a bottle and they agree to ship. I agree about War of The Roses, A rose with a view is exclusive to bergdorf's and Palm fiction is another one that's quite nice which is exclusive to Neimans.
 

Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
Sorry mate. The only place I saw it was Bergdorf. Call them and see what they can do. Maybe buying one bottle may get you tons of sample. Their war of roses and rose with a view are universally pleasing and you can probably buy blind.

Unfortunately they don't ship to Australia, their prices are so good too compared to the other places I've seen stocking it. I paid $400 AUD for my bottle of Arab Spring from Selfridges when I was in London but I talked the SA to give me no joke around 30 samples, including some Fredric Malles (which I hate) that I ended up selling for $60 to get some of my cost back

I'm not a Rose fan in general so wouldn't risk blind buying those, I wish I'd tried the others when I had a chance. Doesn't matter I'll try them again in December when I travel again

Thanks anyway
 

Mr Envy

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Nov 25, 2012
Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges and Avery Perfume Gallery would probably send samples with your order if you buy a bottle and they agree to ship. I agree about War of The Roses, A rose with a view is exclusive to bergdorf's and Palm fiction is another one that's quite nice which is exclusive to Neimans.

Sadly none ship to Australia, I don't know why since Fragrancex and Fragrancenet and other US sellers can ship here. It's a shame, because it lets you get through most of the checkout process, even let me enter an Australian billing address but not shipping address
 

epapsiou

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Sep 28, 2015
Online order?
I would not do that. I would call her (tfk sa) , describe your situation to her and then give her the credit card info. With these things best to do it via SA.
This is a luxury store. This is what they do for the ridiculous prices they charge :).
Also at Bergdorf SA can cross ring ( tfk can sell you Tom Ford and get commission for it) so develop a relationship.
 
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