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Ubar enters with a hint of citrus-tinted freshness and coolly floral top notes that belie the nocturnal character of the fragrance. Soon, it blooms; jasmine, rose, civet, powdery iris and ashen incense take hold. Soft and sensuous, it's an accord where each note murmurs quietly to create a rich and expansive whole, slowly fading to a floriental rift of ash and powder.
The complexity is managed with poise and a light touch. The incense is never a bonfire, the powder is never cloying, and the animal undertone doesn't sweat or bite. Everything that could be hard-edged in this fragrance has been woven into a dusky, silken veil of scent.
Despite the Arabic house and name, Ubar is amazingly redolent of the past greats of French perfumery. The ghosts of old Carons haunt this fragrance, and those seeking a modern-day "vintage" feminine need look no further - classical French perfumery is alive, well, and living in Oman.
25 April, 2010