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Wazamba (2009)
by Parfum d'Empire


Wazamba information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 110 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfum d'Empire
PerfumerMarc-Antoine Corticchiato

About Wazamba

Wazamba is a shared / unisex perfume by Parfum d'Empire. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato

Reviews of Wazamba

Wazamba is a nice incense fragrance, with fruits (plum and apples) and a lovely cypress note. Thankfully the fruitiness is very minimal, at least on my skin, whereas the cypress blends beautifully with the resins and incense, it is quite a bit balsamic and even somewhat sticky in the manner of several Serge Lutens fragrances (Fille en Aiguilles), but I love many of those so I am not complaining. It is substantial, fleshy and closer to Lutens or even Amouage (Jubilation XXV Man) in style rather than the ethereal incense style of Comme des Garçons. I also detect a lovely note of fir balsam in the mix. There are tons of incense/resin scents but Wazamba stands out for how it is interwoven with the green notes. Finally, unlike some other Parfum d'Empire scents, performance is quite adequate on my skin based on a modest application.

Wazamba is recommended to anyone looking for a green-resinous fragrance. This could have been stellar if the fruit-sweetness was toned down a notch together with a greater emphasis on the cypress-fir notes, but it is still very nice for what it is, great to wear on cool fall days. In fact, I'm having ideas about layering it (and I am someone who almost never layers ...) with some uncompromising green scent (how about the 'house green' Corsica Furiosa ...?).

23rd May, 2018
Love incense this fragrance...thick and rich, but dry at the same time...luxurious blend of resin/spice/wood with a nice pine flavoring...comforting and mystical...feels like wrapping yourself in your favorite blanky...only thing i would love to adjust is the throw...starts out like gangbusters with a powehouse opening but seems to get close to the skin real fast, although it does hang out for awhile...a must to sample for any incense afficiandos...
27th February, 2018
Simply great
Resins mixed with smoky incense and some woods attacking your nose.
It's dark, smoky and extremely heavy in resinous part.
The resinous smell is not like the resins on the body of the tree that smell smooth and slightly woody.

Initially a rush of smoky,incense commingling with the Christmas tree aroma of balsam fir. At once, one is immersed in the resinous warmth of a lively incense coupled with the somewhat minty The enhanced resins flow to the receptive base. A gentle sandalwood, with its buttery and softly sweet woodiness, lifts the resinous, incense concoction. A soothing cypress infuses its pine-like woodiness with an ambergris nuance.
The base is a musky woody smoky scent with some sweetness in the background and it's very smooth against the opening and mid.
Projection is good (above average) and longevity is around 6-8 hours on my skin.
A great fragrance from the brand.Nice winter scent with good longevity
13th July, 2016
An initial burst of a very strong and sharp fir balsam note mellows after five minutes, allowing a warm myrrh to emerge. The smoky incense notes hover in the background. In addition to the notes listed at the top of this page, there are apple, labdanum and the above-mentioned fir balsam in the composition.

This is not a scent for the faint of heart. Both Parfum d'Empire and Serge Lutens have in common not only one size/one concentration, they both are very generous with their oils, making their edps seem more like parfum extracts with their strength and depth.

If you love incense blends, do try this by all means. For me it is not something I could imagine actually wearing. Although the dry down is an impressive mix of opoponax and myrrh, I'd rather encounter it in a small monastic chapel than on my skin.
04th January, 2016
A peppery, cinnamic, resinous scent with a dominant myrrh note that creates the image of a somewhat exotic, desiccated landscape. The root beer stewed fruits from Aziyade make an appearance, spinning the scent down a weird fizzy incense avenue, but one that’s shaded by fir balsam. At its core, it’s a wood fragrance—sandalwood and cedar, I think—with a smooth, balsamic finish.

It’s an unusual smell, but it’s not challenging or even that surprising. I’d recommend putting it on the radar when shopping for myrrh scents as that’s what stands out the most. It feels hot to me in a spicy "Red Hots" candy kind of way, and that keeps it from being my thing (I’m not a cinnamon fan, although I suspect what I’m smelling is allspice). But as far as resinous scents go, at least it’s doing something to distinguish itself from the rest of what's on the incense shelf. Intriguing, but I’d rather wear Aziyade myself.
05th December, 2014
Genre: Woody Oriental

Wazamba is a spicy, fruity incense fragrance that smells like something Bertrand Duchaufour might have composed for the Comme des Garçons Incense Series. It opens with a rich, boozy accord of sweet dried fruit and dark, smoky spices that’s very soon overlaid by cool, camphoraceous conifer resin and astringent myrrh. The juxtaposition of warm, edible and cool, medicinal notes generates a compelling internal tension – a simultaneously disturbing and seductive olfactory dissonance that works on the nose the way the lush, exotic harmonies of late romantic composers like Mahler and Strauss work on the ear.

Having brought up Bertrand Duchaufour, I might mention that Wazamba's combination of fruit, spices, and incense bears some passing structural resemblance to Duchaufour’s Jubilation XXV for Amouage, though Wazamba’s chill fir resin note has no parallel in the Amouage. Wazamba is also more assertively sweet and fruity, and emphasizes myrrh where Jubilation XXV leans on frankincense. The combination of conifer resin and incense also allies Wazamba to some degree with Comme des Garçons’ Zagorsk, but Wazamba’s opoponax and conspicuous fruit notes render it much softer, warmer and sweeter than its gaunt and icy Russian-inspired counterpart.

Wazamba is reasonably potent, with moderate sillage. It lasts well on my skin, and I find the sweet, resinous oriental drydown of opoponax and labdanum extremely comforting. Wazamba is a vibrant scent that exhibits plenty depth and personality, and I’d encourage anyone who enjoys incense-based fragrances to give it a try.
09th July, 2014

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