L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh is unlike anything else in the L’Artisan line. It’s filthy. It’s dirty and it doesn’t fit with those “usual” Giacobetti blends in the line.
The first time I wore Al Oudh, I expected some rose-oud thing that we’re all used to. I applied it, went out and felt embarrassed I got very self-conscious, fearing that I smelled like a sweaty groin. I’d get this whiff of well, body parts that haven’t been showered during the middle of a heatwave… Continue reading | 1 Comment
I’ve been very happy with the Annick Goutal Les Orientalistes Collection. The collection is fairly simple, in fact, the house recommends layering them. I haven’t done that. I’m a layering wuss (but I’m recovering). I have found each fragrance very easy to wear and versatile; I don’t feel the need to layer. Ambre Fetiche is a warm, resinous fragrance with Russian leather. It’s a no-fuss oriental.
Ambre Fetiche opens up almost like window cleaner mixed with incense powder. It’s a chemical incense. This chemical burn settles and I’m left with… Continue reading | 9 Comments
I was plesantly surprised to find a sample of DSH Perfumes Parfum des Beaux Arts Oude Arabique. I didn’t know I had it! Organizing my samples paid off. Oude Arabique is described as “Rare. Mystical. Sacred.” I agree. It’s an ancient smelling Arabic oud blend: rich, exotic, and woodsy.
Oude Arabique opens up as gummy, ambergris, and a bitter elemi. I can best describe this bitterness as the strange tartness associated with incense that often resembles lemon and pine. With this “feel” it goes from murky, gummy… Continue reading | 13 Comments
We Three Kings Blogging Project: Myrrh
When asked to participate in We Three Kings, I automatically knew that I wanted to write about my myrrh of choice, Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente (Passionate Myrrh) from the Les Orientalistes Collection. I like Myrrhe Ardente because it is a comforting scent, verging on gourmand because of the sweet notes of tonka and steamy beeswax. Myrrhe Ardente is passionate. It’s voluptuous. The Goutal Sisters were inspired by 19th century Orientalist paintings of romanticized “exotic”, voluptuous bathing beauties (I’m thinking something… Continue reading | 20 Comments
I had to try By Kilian Rose Oud because I am an oud fan. Plus, I like roses. And I like luxury. Kilian Rose Oud EDP is a nice fragrance but it is much heavier on the rose than it is the oud. This scent comes across as a gourmand oud rose scent. But, somehow I love it and I’m trying to talk myself out of the love because of the price-point!
By Kilian Rose Oud is in The Arabian Nights Collection. It’s one of five fragrances inspired by Arabia and… Continue reading | 15 Comments