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Perfume Calligraphy Saffron (2013)
by Aramis


Perfume Calligraphy Saffron information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 27 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerClement Gavarry
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is a shared / unisex perfume by Aramis. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Clement Gavarry

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron fragrance notes

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  3. Base notes

Reviews of Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

Strong dislike. All I could smell were the very, very bitter and herbal marigolds. No saffron, nothing warm, nothing nice at all. It was horrible. I sold my bottle on eBay for a loss. Happy enough that it's gone!
07th October, 2017
Spiced floral-infused cookies without excessive sweetness. A recipe a wood nymph would hold secret. Indian summer in a bottle. An uncommon amalgamation of ingredients. I tend to seek out odd combinations, for my collection of scents. I chose wisely, here.

Oriental. Spicy. Comforting.

24th May, 2017
Quite another winner, to say the least, among this limited (and discontinued already?) line by Aramis. My favourite still remains Calligraphy Rose, but this Saffron sibling comes right after that. First of all I must point out that honestly, I would have called this “Calligraphy Chamomile & Tagetes”, because that’s precisely what I get out of this for the first couple of hours. An extremely pleasant, bracing and calming blend of resinous, honeyed floral notes with a peculiar sort of warm, “edible”, gently balsamic pollen-infused earthy-herbal feel with a slight sort of waxy-citric aftertaste – which is more or less what I refer to as “chamomile” (say, a steamy cup of honeyed, bergamot/rose-infused chamomile). There is saffron, too, but to me it acts more as a subtle enhancement of the spicier, more aromatic side of the blend. It’s surely not the most prominent note for me, but it’s there.

The color of the juice and the label reflect the smell quite well: all that gold, yellow and ochre – that’s how Calligraphy Saffron smells, in “synesthetic” terms. It’s exotic, elegant, soothing and almost “meditative” with its sense of golden, peaceful floral-resinous warmth, just with the right balance of thickness and dryness – the dryness mostly coming from a discreet, austere and kind of smoky accord of light leather and vetiver providing a thin, yet quite perceivable and perfectly fit “dark” and dry base tinged with a whiff of rose powder. All works just perfect: a simple composition, rich in depth more than notes, with seemingly great quality and a really desirable presence on skin – it’s long-lasting, not overly sweet (actually, considering the notes, it’s barely sweet), pleasantly linear with a slow transition towards a drier, smokier, unexpectedly more balsamic woody-resinous-leathery scent, with the right projection (more on the discreet side). If I had to mention a flaw, it would be a slightly excessive sense of restraint; personally, I would have wished something a bit more “opulent”. It’s a rich scent, but a bit too tamed down to express its richness at its best. But however, it’s great. I didn’t try the black-label “original” Calligraphy scent, but both Rose and Saffron are definitely two really great pieces of Oriental perfumery which I wouldn’t have expected from Aramis. Totally worthy the price.

18th September, 2015
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United States
Perfume Calligraphy Saffron goes on with a thick, near-resinous floral marigold with supporting slightly powdery rose and traces of leathery saffron spice. As the composition moves to its early heart the marigold vacates as the saffron builds intensity adding in a moderately sweet supporting honey accord, with the fine powdery rose growing into co-star with the saffron. Moving through the heart phase, an underlying modestly smoky woody vetiver joins the primary honeyed saffron and rose accord, adding a bit of dryness. During the late dry-down the composition turns relatively dry, losing its honeyed sweetness as remnants of the saffron and rose now join leathery styrax through the finish. Projection is very good to excellent and longevity very good at 10-11 hours on skin.

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron immediately impresses with its excellent early use of marigold. The marigold is difficult to describe, but it has a thick, slightly boozy floral aspect to it that is a perfect match for the saffron. Speaking of the saffron, it is paired with a honey-like accord that never gets too sweet, but adds a bit of an unexpected spin to the presentation one might not expect, countering the saffron's slightly dry leathery nature. The rose used primarily in the mid-section of the composition is almost as prominent as the saffron, showing off its relatively airy, powdery facets. All-in-all the saffron, honey and rose combination surprisingly works very well, leading to the relatively stark dry-down. After having been previously impressed with the Perfume Calligraphy Rose flanker, this Saffron flanker offering near-equally impresses. The bottom line is Perfume Calligraphy Saffron continues to prove that while rare, some flankers can smell better than the compositions they were based off of, earning a "very good" to "Excellent" 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation.
18th February, 2015
Really like this one. The initial spray gave me a saffron and tonka bean with rose explosion. The bergamot calmed the three down in about 5 minutes. This may sound strange, it smells a lot like Egoiste. Projection and longevity are average and I might be getting a bottle of this in the near future. 8/10
13th December, 2014
Here's an oriental I can appreciate! I often find them too sweet and heavy for my taste, however worthy they may be. This is a good oud - saffron - rose blend, a truly classic combination. Dusky from the saffron, floral from the rose, bright from the oud. Well constructed: the scent has a translucent quality. The notes are substantial but not cloying, and the scent is not sweet. Classy, in my opinion. Hints of leather and smoke, often found in oud, along with that compellingly-distinctive rubber note. Quite intriguing overall, and a good introduction to oud for those unfamiliar to it.
03rd September, 2014

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