Maharanih (2006)
    by Parfums de Nicolaï

    Maharanih Fragrance notes

    Bitter Orange, Geranium, Lavender, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Amber

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    gimmegreen's avatar
    Netherlands Netherlands

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    Maharanih is a museum piece – its opulence and density are from a bygone age; the first inhale provokes a gasp at its richness. But like those elaborate jewelled headdresses and encrusted and embroidered robes of Indian royalty, this is a bit of a pain to wear, one sags under its weight.
    The orange opening is symphonic – bitter, candied, yet touched by something green, while underneath spices and the powdery penetration of a certain kind of sandalwood note provide further volume. It spun me enough to buy a bottle of the stuff. Unfortunately, on my skin a piercing cumin emerges from this cluster of notes and caterwauls its way to prominence. This Maharanih has spent a busy day supervising the royal kitchens.
    A few hours in, all the elements settle and a hymn to the perfumer's craft goes up – mild citruses, the powders of a dozen Guerlains, the spice demure – but for me that's too long to wait. It's one of those fragrances I'll try to get friends to wear so that I can enjoy it from a distance. It lasts and lasts.
    On the other hand, counterintuitively trying this on during warmer weather worked much better – the cumin registered much less and was gone sooner. And then I remembered, I had tested and bought this one in summer time…

    08 June, 2012

    Bigsly's avatar
    United States United States

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    Wow, look at the negative and mediocre reviews, yet Ungaro II is so popular in the BN world! Basically, this is a simpler version of Ungaro II, and it seems more "natural" smelling to me. Every time I wear that Ungaro there is something about it that bothers me, that doesn't feel right. Maharanih, on the other hand, feels just right. If you don't like civet stay away, but if you like "old school" orientals and want a more focused one, this may be one to sample.

    20th April, 2012

    jtd's avatar
    United States United States

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    The basic sketch of this perfume (orange, lavender, and amber) could be steered in a number of directions. Those elements would suggest harmony to me. But then again I'm not Patricia de Nicolai. Maharanih is all about angles and contrasts. It's loud and actually rather rough. The contrasts are not so much intriguing as unresolved. The notes struggle against one another and never enhance each other.

    The ongoing conflict means there's not a lot of development over the course of Maharanih. Loud and constant. Unfortunately, this gives Maharanih more the feel of a parfum d'ambiance than something you'd want to wear.

    I find there's something similar both in tone and in composition between Maharanih and de Nocolai's Patchouli Homme. Their effect is that they sit on you, not that you wear them. I've never quite been able to wear them comfortably, though I've worn each a good number of times.

    30th August, 2011 (Last Edited: 08 September, 2011)

    cheryl's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    This one is odd marriage of cologne top notes on an oriental mid-structure. It opens with the fresh orange burst and then flattens to what I interpret as neroli/petitgrain, but I guess is not in fact if those aren't the listed notes. Then there is a blurry indistinct sweetish vanilla holding it up. The effect makes me queasy. My neutral rating is for the perceived quality of the components. They are not cheap or chemical.

    31st January, 2011

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    Doctor Mod
    United States United States

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    Strange, very strange. If judged by name only, Parfums de Nicolaï's fragrances Maharadjah and Maharanih would seem to be a gender-specific pair of "coupled scents." Don't let the masculine and feminine forms of the terms for a type of Indian ruler fool you--Maharadjah is a promising if ultimately boring oriental fragrance, while Maharanih comes on like a bomb and dries down to a swaggering and dirty orange odor.

    I have been searching for the perfect spicy orange oriental, so far unsuccessfully. I'd hoped that Maharanih might be the one. It's orange, alright--a very bitter, edgy orange that is redolent of Aranciata. Some note or combination thereof, however, turns the fragrance absolutely vulgar and dirty in the drydown, to the point that I could swear that I'd been splattered with an orange laced with cumin. Eventually, the unwashed body smell took over.

    Maharanih has long-lasting endurance. I'm just grateful it's sillage isn't the strongest, because everytime I move a catch a gust of something that makes me check (time and time again) to make sure I'm wearing deodorant.

    05 June, 2010

    tamashek's avatar
    United States United States

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    Kinda meh for me at first application. But give it a few minutes and it warms up. I can definitely smell the orange and zest then while the immediate opening seems to be all flowers. Carnation fleets by too. Alas, it doesn't stay as interesting since it seems to be mainly oranges and I find myself wanting a little spice to well, spice it up. Soft sandalwood more evident in the drydown. Average staying power.

    23 April, 2010

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