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  1. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue pour le Soir

    Genre: Oriental

    Absolue pour le Soir is a classical – even classicizing – amber oriental fragrance, distinguished by the balance of its sweet balsamic and smoky, animalic facets. It is cousin to scents like Ambre Russe, Ambre Précieux, Ambre Sultan, and L'Ombre Fauve, to name but a few genre contemporaries. It is less boozy than Ambre Russe and far more overtly animalic than Ambre Précieux, though to my nose rather less so than Ambre Sultan or L'Ombre Fauve. It is perhaps
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  2. Fragrance Review: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Genre: Oriental

    Another in the by now very long (and redundant?) line of Montale rose-and-oudh compositions. Regardless of quality, Montale’s release schedule and stylistic consistency beg the question: “How many of these do we actually need?”

    Nepal Aoud has none of the craggy barbarism that characterizes Black Aoud, nor has it the smoky mystery of Oud Cuir d’Arabie – my favorites to date in the Montale range. Rather, once past its short-lived saffron top
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  3. Fragrance Review: Divine L'Homme Infini

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    The first time I sampled L’Homme Infini I couldn’t even work up enough interest in it to write a review. It arrived amidst a slew of black pepper-spiked fragrances that emerged in the wake of Marc Jacobs’s Bang, and by the time I got to it I was bored with the whole idea. The black pepper tide has since receded, and I decided to revisit L’Homme Infini with a refreshed palette. I have to admit I like it better the second time around. In fact, it might
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  4. Fragrance Review: Aesop Marrakech

    Genre: Oriental

    No top notes to speak of here – Marrakech launches straight into its central accord of spices and resins, and that’s pretty much where it stays for as long as it lasts. Cardamom and clove are both prominent at Marrakech’s heart, and the tart, lemony aspect of the cardamom note is the only relief offered in what is otherwise a uniformly dense, opaque composition. The fragrance is potent, tenacious, and projects conspicuously, so you won’t need much of it
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  5. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme

    Genre: Woods

    Green citrus top notes establish a brisk, refreshing olfactory presence as they usher in a central movement of elemi, a polite oudh reconstruction, amber, and iris. The composition smells a good deal less syrupy and opaque than its masculine counterpart, its iris less powdery and dense. Indeed, with its crisp vetiver foundation, Amyris Femme is a much more “rugged” fragrance than Amyris Homme, which features borderline cloying gourmand cocoa and coffee notes.
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    Updated 16th July 2014 at 01:55 AM by Way Off Scenter

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