The Sands of Aqaba (2006)
by Miriam Mirani - Aqaba


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Year of Launch2006
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The Sands of Aqaba is a feminine perfume by Miriam Mirani - Aqaba. The scent was launched in 2006

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Strikingly odd and just right. The Sands of Aqaba is profoundly medicinal with a bittersweet heart – but it is also medicinal in a healing sense and I cannot get enough of it. The soothing, calming qualities of chamomile are the unusual main event here – chamomile is used so infrequently as a lead note in perfumery. The Sands of Aqaba shows us what we’ve been missing. Here the vegetal custard aura of this blossom is expertly supported by a lipsticky iris – one of those combinations that just works don’t ask why (like fried eggs with marmalade – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!).
And underneath is a core of something chewy, bittersweet, now coming across as a strange red wine, and then again as some balmy kind of medicine, with the lightest accents of salty spice. Again it is just right.
The Sands of Aqaba is a polished creation; it feels fresh through most of the wear (the late drydown is powder compact territory) and is never overbearing. A class apart.

Top: Iris, Camomile, Geranium
Heart: Coriander, Cardamom
Base: Vetiver, Frankincense, Tuberose

18th March, 2016
Tovah Show all reviews
United States
Whew! The notes and description of Sands of Aqaba made me imagine it as a very different scent. I was expecting a dry, vetiver-green, floriental (probably because the name called to mind "Dior Dune"). I wanted it to solve the mysteries hidden in the deserts of the Holy Land. Instead, Sands of Aqaba is a heavy, strong, powdery floral that, oddly, reminds me of that old drugstore favorite, Jontue. I don't mean this as a put-down; every once in awhile I used to wear Jontue in high school, (it was a gift), and I have very happy memories of it. I haven't smelled it in over 20 years, though, so don't think Sands of Aqaba smells like Jontue, based on my shaky memory. Every once in awhile a hint of Sands reminds me of Chanel No. 19 (the original masterpiece), as well. (If it happened more often, I'd probably have to purchase this.) Sands of Aqaba is a beautifully crafted perfume of obvious high quality and the finest ingredients. I was hoping it would be more exotic, and, frankly, sexier. Heavier on incense. This is a very formal fragrance, that I cannot associate with any romance, let alone an ancient secret romance. I think I dislike Sands on myself because I'm not a fan of iris, (now I'm dodging bullets!). Some notes of Sands are Florentine Iris, Vetiver, and Tuberose. I was hoping for lots of Tuberose, noticeable Vetiver, and a mere hint of Iris. Alas, that's just not how this works on my skin. Even though I won't be pining for Sands of Aqaba, I recognize that it's a very fine fragrance.
09th June, 2008

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