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Tawaf opens with an extremely strong jasmine that smells quite dirty with a claylike undertone that comes off as almost animallic. The dirty jasmine remains in the heart where it is joined by a very natural dark rose that emerges briefly but never quite can keep up with the jasmine onslaught, quickly succumbing and disappearing entirely. All this leads to an oppoponax infused short-lived dry-down with the dirty jasmine finally receding to a now supporting role. Projection is average and longevity is below average.
I know this one is getting a lot of fanfare on Basenotes, but I just did not like Tawaf at all. The jasmine might be quite realistic, but maybe I prefer mine a bit toned down than the stuff here. The clay-like near animallic undertone was extremely off-putting and it really drew my concentration and enjoyment from the rest of the notes in the composition. The rose, while certainly nicely done was way too short-lived and was completely dominated by the jasmine, never allowing it to temper the dirtiness the jasmine presented. Finally, the much lauded oppoponax quite frankly was an additional disappointment due to the jasmine completely overpowering it like everything else. The bottom line is Tawaf may be an accurate presentation of dirty jasmine, but is that really something one wants to wear? In the case of this reviewer, if it smells like the stuff in Tawaf the answer is a resounding "No". Tawaf is not a terrible scent, but this minimalist composition disappointment earns a below average rating of 2 stars out of 5 and an "avoid" recommendation from me.
12th November, 2012