Easily my favorite jasmine scent, Tawaf just might be my favorite floral fragrance. Super rich, complex, indolic, natural jasmine essence is dominant, with a very realistic rose note in a supporting role. The oppoponax is almost not there--just barely enough to anchor the composition, and not a drop more.
No laundry list of lab made molecules here, Tawaf features just a few carefully chosen naturals, blended with an artist's touch. Wow! Outstanding.
Pros: best jasmine out there
Cons: short lived (3-4 hours for me)
The Tawaf's hyper realistic golden jasmine/rose combo is by soon as much pure (such like inhaling real vegetal pollen-nectar) to appear somewhat honeyed, romantically indolent, languid, soapy and Victorian. One of the veritable dreamy and romantically indolent fragrances of the worldwide market. Enjoying La Via del Profumo Tawaf is like walking along the tracks of an english nobiliar garden with on the side a white laced clothed cultured young mademoiselle under a celestial soporific afternoon sky. Pink roses and brilliant (lacteous) sambac jasmines shine under sun and your heart beets of innocent joy for an upcoming new summery love. The floral "miasm" is typically (but barely) dirty in undertone as normal for purely natural floral absolutes but the remote fecal (stale flowerpot water-like) spark disappears by soon in order to leave the stage to a marvellously honeyed floral concert. Rattles and hums resound around in the "populated" afternoon celestial air. The powerfully odorous narcissus contributes to enhance the stunning (and incessant) floral valzer while soft balsams, waxy honey, light myrrh and faint musk soothen the indolic aroma leading it down the way of a pure rosey lacteous silkiness. The note of myrrh is not deeply resinous or heady but just accessorial to Queen sambac jasmine and gently soapy as perfectly joined with the general softly "chyprey" soapy/powdery radiant dry down. The aroma lingers as an obsessive ghost over your "shade" despite you can't detect it anymore after a while. Don't worry, people around you will detect this "aereal/molecular" holy potion unfolding incessantly its melody by your skin.
I didn't get this fragrance until I read its description on the AbdesSalaam website: "Tawaf is the spiritual rite of seven circumambulations around the Ka'abah, the stone building in the court of the Mosque at Mecca. A bath of purification and lavish use of perfume begins the rite. Tawaf brings together the trails of Jasmine pilgrims wear, the rose water poured from buckets to wash the marble floor and the oppoponax attar spread by the handful over the corners of the Ka’abah. It is a spiritual fragrance."
Tawaf is a potent jasmine-soaked fragrance, strong from beginning to end, opaque in its denseness. Its passionate insistent jasmine, rose and opopanax drone is a little intoxicating, sort of mesmerizing one into a spiritual space. It represents the passion of devotion. It might be the fragrance I would bring on a spiritual pilgrimage, but I'm not sure it's widely wearable. But... a fragrance for passion in one's life, by all means.
05th December, 2013 (last edited: 21st January, 2014)
This is masculine jasmine, made of relatively 2 simple accords: jasmine and opoponax
It opens up very potent, with the blast of the 2 accords in their full strength, smells rich, voluptuous, but unusual, jasmine changed the gender and colour, its brownish here, indolic parts of jasmine sambac are underpinned by animalic sweet opoponax, but overal feeling is like oily sticky , rich
The lasting power is 2 hours on me, i don't mind since this combo although beautiful but not most original how i initially thought, cant be my genuine love. I like jasmine to sing high C notes, ingredients are all natural . earthy,floral, muddy ,indolic, masculine jasmine, without animalic notes, compares to Chaldee, where opoponax accord smells more animalic, thiner and powdery!
If not for poor longevity would be thumbs up
Extreme jasmine; green, sharp, metallic, loud & high-pitched. lndolic in the "magic marker" sense, rather than dirty or animalic. l get just a hint of narcissus, & then a couple of hours in, it smells to me like a deadringer for Jardenia, with its green, lightly peppery vibe. From here it doesn't develop to my nose, but simply fades, & five hours in there's still no sign of any opoponax.
l don't get any of the "mud" note that l've read about, but l confess to being rather disappointed with this one. l so wanted to love it, but it doesn't have the dirty jasmine or the warm opoponax l was expecting. l will revisit it when the weather turns warmer though, in the hope that it'll bloom for me then.