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La Fumée Arabie (2012)
by Miller Harris

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La Fumée Arabie information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

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HouseMiller Harris
PerfumerLyn Harris

About La Fumée Arabie

La Fumée Arabie is a shared / unisex perfume by Miller Harris. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Lyn Harris

La Fumée Arabie fragrance notes

Reviews of La Fumée Arabie

La Fumee with a twist...

This is a really great incense fragrance. Like La Fumee before this, it is an labdanum and incense combination which is a winner.

The fragrance itself is dry and full of depth. The cardamom and dry cedar, coriander and other "dry" ingredients really add to this composition. To put it this way, this perfume definitely has a "mood" about it. It is a concept perfume which is designed to transport you into a world. A world of candles and spices and woods and mystery. It is incredibly evocative. I do like it very much.

Sadly, the downside to this one is that it does smell quite similar to the original La Fumee. Because of that, if this one costs more (reportedly) then I would have to suggest buying the original. The only discernible difference here is that (to me) it is more woody. There is a heavier emphasis here on the dryness of the woods than anything else. If you want the original with more of a dry, woody vibe, this is for you. However the original, with it's sweet, dry ambery incense balance is still the original benchmark, and a "classic" in it's own right. Still, this just goes to show, Miller Harris rarely does a bad perfume. Extremely high quality stuff here. Perfume as artistic expression.
27th May, 2017
This is a good, dry incense scent. The oud is extremely restrained. A simple, dry spice profile. Wood and leather notes in the dry-down. Classy and elegant.
20th June, 2016
As a lover of La Fumee, I was very keen to try these flankers.

Arabie is pretty solid. It tones down the burning church aspect of the original and adds some extra spice. The opening is very reminiscent of Fueille de Tabac and I suspect this is nothing more than a slight fusion of the two (not a bad thing as they are my two most used Miller Harris scents.) It's a lovely scent but I find it doesn't stick about long. The base notes seem even weaker than the original.

Having tried four of the flankers, I'm left with the overall sensation that they're just a tad redundant. They don't really differ enough from the original to surprise and delight and I'm not sure they merit their hefty price tag. In fact, they don't, and this is only underscored by the fact that the original La Fumee has been put in the same gold topped/labelled bottle and a whopping £60 extra added to its price tag. Silly!

It's definitely different enough from the original to merit trying but if you own La Fumee and Feuille de Tabac already, it's probably not worthy of a purchase (unless you find it discounted.) If you don't own Le Fumee, go for the Intense version as it's the best of the flankers. The composition is a better, more rounded, sparkling, fizzing version of the original and lasts a hell of a lot longer on the skin.
18th May, 2016
Solid! This is the first thing that comes to mind when smelling La Fumee Arabie by Miller Harris.

There's a lot going on here, from the spicy opening in which the cardamom note borders in hologram territories to the endless ambery / vanillic drydown enriched by smooth and dark woody/oudy notes via the labdanum-driven middle phase in which a nice and slightly animalic leather keeps things quite interesting together with smoky incense. All is handled with a smart sense of restraint so that, given the nature of the fragrance, it never feels heavy or too sweet. Reasonable lasting power and moderate (yet remarkable) projection.

All in all a pretty valid option but I believe these kind of balmy concoctions tend to smell a bit all alike. There's probably a tad of personality missing here or, more simply, a little extra-dose of *balls* would have probably played in the fragrance favor. It smells good and it's a pleasure to wear but it could easily be whatever other balmy thing by, say, Lubin or Diptyque. Not a bad news per-se but if you're looking for something completely *unique*, you're probably not in the right place…

With that said, if you're up for something simply solid, this won't let you down.



08th November, 2014
La Fumée Arabie by Miller Harris is the first scent by this house which I truly enjoyed. Not that the others are rubbish, but all the ones I tried just lacked in “something”. While this instead “has it”. Fumée opens with a really pleasant, solid, vibrant resinous incense note with balsamic and fizzy nuances, spicy and warm, surrounded by smoky tobacco notes, a floral amber feel (labdanum) and a birch-oud accord which almost smells like leather on the base, together with a subtle animalic note. In the imaginative “center” of this composition, a compelling, powerful and faceted cedar note links all this together, with a bright and subtle head note of orange-citrus which provides a really pleasant, aromatic, sweet, somehow romantic and zesty nuance (I know it's not listed, but I think I smell it). In short, a really peculiar incense-woody-spicy scent with a warm, exotic vibe all over, vast yet consistent and harmonic, blending the smoky, mellow resinous note of labdanum with darker (birch, oud) and brighter (cedar) woods. All coloured in a sort of light synthetic feel providing the right amount of “contemporaneity” - but for once, it does not mean avoiding a certain amount of natural rawness (which in fact, there is, as this scent smells surprisingly deep and thick). On the drydown, it's all pretty much the same (which may turn into a flaw after a while), just with less brightness and more spicy darkness. Dense, discreet, sophisticated, distinctive and well-made: not enough to justify its crazy price, but worth a try for sure.

7,5-8/10
06th November, 2014
A gentle introduction to incense. Its very pleasant and warm and it has the characteristics of a incense scent ( think of the incense series by comme des garcons) but its not as harsh and unwearable.
19th March, 2013

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