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    Diamondflame's avatar

    Singapore Singapore

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    Tcharas by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

    After the somewhat surprising cool patchouli opening, the next few minutes reveal a dry yet bracing accord of what smells a lot like a blend of frankincense and rock rose. Salaam mentioned the use of 'flowery essences' but other than the patchouli which does have floral nuances these other 'florals' probably exist in trace amounts.

    Similarly for the listed civet and castoreum, they are never given starring roles, employed as they are in the service of the composition by adding depth and texture, barely noticeable except late in the drydown for that lived-in vibe. I found nothing remotely 'barnyard'. If there are indeed any animals in this barn, I'm guessing they comprise of a cat, a dog, some mice and perhaps an owl.

    On my skin TCHARAS is nothing more than a soft incense-patchouli fragrance. Nice but certainly nothing groundbreaking. If only the composer had taken a little more risk and push the boundaries of 'wearability' a little further...he'd probably end up with... Hindu Kush!

    27 July, 2011