Top: Sicilian bergamot and lemon, lime, junper, pink pepper
Mid: Myrtle, cypress, lavender, geranium, jasmine, cassia, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper
Base: Benzoin, labdanum frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver, birch tar, cedar, guaiacwood, accord of honey, tobacco and vanilla
This is a truly excellent scent, a woody oriental that I can whole-heartedly endorse. It is a very dry scent with pepper-spice, incense, and old stones/mineral notes.
The citrus notes of the opening are good, but predictably brief. Myrtle and cypress give green, coniferous notes. So far, it is light and refreshing, but then it develops some really interesting spicy-earthy elements. The sandalwood is well done, quite authentic. The birch tar is smoky and tangy, and cedar and guaiac are good and woody. The hints of tobacco and vanilla are not problematic for me. They are not sweet nor heavy. They give an earthy tang which, combined with the spices, creates an old-stones note that I find pleasant. Romantically, it suggests the atmosphere of an old pyramid tomb. The scent here is like Eau D’Italie, but with less citrus and more stony character. It is most intriguing, and I like it very much.
12th May, 2009 (last edited: 23rd October, 2014)