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    Private Collection - Querelle by Parfumerie Generale

    The ambergris note in the base qualifies this to be called an oriental, along with the myrrh and incense notes. Woods, in the form of vetiver, share the space with the deeper notes. There is a hint of a chypre about it as well, because the citrus and oakmoss make a reference that is not totally subordinated to the dominant oriental theme. Black caraway and cinnamon provide a spicy vibe, and the complete absence of floral notes marks this as a definite "masculine" in terms of traditional gender classifications of scents. The associations with Jean Genęt's novel of murder and raunchy whorehouse sex belie the beauty of this scent — unless you consider, as Genęt did, that murder and raunchy sex can be beautiful...

    11th February, 2011