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Dhajala starts off dressed in gold and light and ends in a brown shade.
The opening is clear and appealing: fruity and nectarous, equal parts juicy pineapple and gum drop. The notes don’t really explain the sensation, except that one of the mystery base notes tonkiphora balsam turns out to be a co-distillation of benzoin and opoponax, and oppoponax often has a candied orange aspect – but I’m guessing. However, try to locate the jasmine, pink pepper or some of the other notes and you’ll probably need to imagine them – yep, this is thoroughly blended.
We are in a kind of Badgley Mischka ballpark in terms of genre – golden, dripping, juicy seductive fruitiness – even though Dhajala has no specific resemblance to the former.
The drydown has almondy hints of heliotropin and a seriously mellow amber; here the sensation is even more seriously blended, this is perfumery of the triple-milled variety. (One of the base notes is Myroswelia balsam – a lolly for anyone who can tell me what this creature is, the great god Google proclaims ignorance.) Much of the lusciousness that was so tempting is gone and Dhajala becomes quite sedate and disappointingly soft.
So, although a pleasing wear from start to finish, Dhajala lacks that something ravishing that would make me want to part with the cash required.
09 April, 2013