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Truly the most beautiful presentation of the rose that I have encountered. Usually I find rose fragrances to be too abundant and opulent to be tolerated in a fragrance, but the Damascus rose note in Aoud Damascus is rendered with incredible genius. The deep sumptuous rose accord is kept from getting too lascivious by being touched with a perfect green; the etherealness of incense is kept at an elegant minimum, the airy depth of aoud is held in abeyance (after its opening blast) to provide an impeccable background. And yet with all this control, these powerful notes are kept whole and pure. This fragrance is a model of the ingenious artistry in transforming the potency of nature to a human reach—presenting that power with sensitivity, delicacy, and awe-inspiring creativity. Opulence and luxuriousness transformed into rich elegance and refinement.
04 December, 2006