- Launched: 2013
- Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
- Availability: In Production
- Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
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Ashoka Fragrance notes
Fig leaf, Mimosa, Fig Milk, Cassis, Osmanthus, Leather
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A great leather/sandalwood floral combination.
Another wonderful fragrance from this brand which grants a privilege to a sumptuous and vaguely old school type of rich and classic sophistication. Another mature and luxurious feminine creation with the sublime Duchaufour's touch. The aroma is realistic, deeply floral, finally kind of powdery/leathery/lactonic and less elevated in comparison with other juices from Neela Vermeire Creations (probably more modern, with a sublime sort of cosmetic vibe and less retracing the glorious classic chypre footsteps). The beginning is dominated by a sort of lacteous figgy welcome soon followed by an indolic articulated floral presence (the osmanthus in particular is well combined with watery flowers, with the milky fig and a touch of musk). There is something rooty in the background (that i feel for a while under the nose probably aroused by rose's stem and vetiver) flanked by a sort of realistic powdery muskiness that is really smooth and floral with an incense/styrax/leather effect that is the master perfumer's touch of class. I can perceive the sandalwood along the trip but just in the background. In this phase you feel also a sort of contrast between the aquatic flowers vibe and the dusty/powdery/leathery richness. The leather (together with the woodsy resins) is the key note of the dry down with its typical smoothness well combined with musk, floral nuances and hints of balsams. I see just vaguely the resemblance with Premier Figuier as Ashoka is clearly less figgy/lacteous/coconutty but more sophisticated, structured and leathery than the L'Artisan Parfumeur's one (while the sandalwood is more prominent as well as i detect a Santal 33 Le Labo's effect due to a sheer sandalwood/resins/leather/floral powder/balsams effect). Over a couple of hours the dry down is all floral notes, leather, aromatic resins and slightly powdery sandalwood under my nose but the aroma is destined to a sort of "cosmetic type" (resins/fig milk/rose's balsam) of sophisticated amalgam so subtle, white (rosey) and modern. Good longevity and medium sillage.
Pros: A concert of balanced combinations.
27 October, 2013 (Last Edited: 12 February, 2014)
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Ashoka opens with a an aromatic green fig leaf supported by hyacinth florals before transitioning quickly to its coconut milk-like fig tree driven heart accord. Joining the fig tree in the heart phase are the remnants of the fig leaf and hyacinth from the open, now joined by ylang-ylang, sweet sandalwood and coniferous green fir balsam rising from the base. During the late dry-down the composition turns highly coniferous, somewhat dark and less sweet as the green fir balsam takes over with the green aspects of the fig tree remaining in support and styrax adding an underlying leathery touch. Projection is average and longevity excellent at well over 12 hours on skin.
Ashoka on first glance is a composition where different aspects of fig are front and center, but it is so much more than that. The open immediately grabs you with its aromatic fig leaf, but it is the slightly aqueous hyacinth supporting floral that gives a perfect watery balance to the aromatics. Quickly thereafter, the fig milk heart accord supported by what appears to be real sandalwood sweetens the fragrance and adds overall depth while fir balsam from the base provides a fine green backbone. The biggest surprise was the late dry-down as the fir balsam really takes over and dominates with just a touch of dry leather for extra depth. There are a lot of hidden complexities within the composition that on each wear reveal a bit more of its secrets; even now they are still revealing themselves. The bottom line is at $260 per 60ml gorgeous bottle Ashoka is far from a "value play," but this stellar Duchaufour composition delivers the goods quality and fragrance-wise earning an outstanding 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5 rating and a very strong recommendation.
Pros: Superb mixture of various aspects of fig, supporting florals over a fir balsam base.
Cons: The price to acquire a bottle is quite dear.
19 October, 2013 (Last Edited: 13 December, 2013)
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Fig in a Floral Forest
An opening that will puzzle many. Sometimes I smell leather and sometimes I don"t and I cannot tell how influenced my nose is by the back story.
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Pros: Fig in 2 or 3 forms
Cons: The mystery of the opening notes"
15 September, 2013
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