Eliza -- Just noticed that I had this message in my inbox!
By this time, you must have received your blind-buy of Marocain. I hope you're enjoying it thoroughly. It took me four separate attempts to wrap my brain around it, but the fourth time was the charm! I now have my own bottle and wear it regularly -- and with great pleasure.
Eliza, I got your message about the perfume oil your husband sent you from Kuwait. I think what you have is an oil copy of a fragrance. You said that it was supposed to be Fendi, and I would guess that it is a copy of that. It is common to find these sorts of copies here in the Middle East. Some are even sold by well known companies such as Ajmal, who offer a number of oils that are copies of other popular fragrances. As far as the writing goes, I don't know for sure. It looks more like numbers than letters, probably a product code or something like that. They could be Hindi or Urdu numbers, which are slightly different (Urdu) or quite different (Hindi) than the Arabic numbers used in the Gulf region. Since many workers in this area come from India and Pakistan, that would make sense.
Yes, City Mouse & Country Mouse. I love that story too!
Hi Eliza, I got your message. I'd suggest Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan for a lovely warm winter fragrance along similar lines to Black Cashmere. Also, if you don't mind smoky fragrances, Fumerie Turque is another good one (that one doesn't work for me, but it's distinctive, to say the least!).