New from La Via del Profumo - and your chance to win.

by Walker Minton, 21st January, 2010

A new Scent by La Via del Profumo, “Mecca Balsam” has been added to the “Scents Of The Soul” collection. As with all his products, perfumer Dominique Dubrana has composed this from 100% natural ingredients.

The inspiration for Mecca Balsam came from his own journey to Mecca. He composed it to encapsulate the olfactory signature of the Holy City itself and “the trail of a million scents in the wake of the pilgrims”.

At its centre lies Labdanum and it features also tonka, frankincense Indian tuberose, tobacco and damask Rose.

It is intended for men and women alike. It is available now from at 34 Euros for 16ml and 92 Euros for 50ml.

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    • hirch_duckfinder | 21st January 2010 12:53

      On the website it says it contains tobacco too. I don't know, these sloppy journalists..:thumbsup:

    • michailG | 21st January 2010 13:08

      I may be moving to a Muslim country for career purposes. Could Mecca Balsam make the transition easier? Help me in my socialisation there? Provide me with a scented background to mellow my sadness of what I leave behind and get isnpired for what lies ahead?

    • Grant | 21st January 2010 13:11

      tsk tsk.. I'll add it in the article... ;)

    • mediterranée | 21st January 2010 13:23

      Oh, that sounds delicious! Rose and frankincense... yum... :thumbsup:

    • petruccijc | 21st January 2010 13:24

      Some of my favorite notes - look forward to trying it.

    • 30 Roses | 21st January 2010 13:26

      I'm always up for trying a new rose fragrance. Sounds very smooth.

    • Heerst | 21st January 2010 13:36

      Sounds interesting. Never tried anything from this house.

    • Nostalgie | 21st January 2010 13:41

      Damask rose and frankincense? Labdanum and benzoin? Tobacco? I can't wait to try this one.

    • Aerandir4 | 21st January 2010 14:17

      alright this sounds fantastic, I haven't been for my Hajj pilgrimage yet but this scent could give an early indication of what to expect in terms of aromas.

    • the_good_life | 21st January 2010 14:25

      This sounds so very good. It may just make the whole Montale Oud line redundant :D

    • torooo | 21st January 2010 14:27

      Sounds interesting.

    • Giustino | 21st January 2010 14:41

      The "vintage" look on this bottle looks very promosing. Seems like a smokey woody perfume.. well.. they didn't name it mecca for nothing! Would've been a nice present for my birthday ^^

    • spircles | 21st January 2010 14:56

      Sounds beautiful! I would love to try it, although I haven't tried a fragrance with tobacco yet.... hehe. :o

    • robinia | 21st January 2010 15:16

      This sounds perfect. And the bottle is gorgeous.

    • chayaruchama | 21st January 2010 15:19

      How utterly seductive.

      Please enter me into the scented fray !

    • Ciprian | 21st January 2010 15:21

      It looks like a luxurious bottle of Cognac.:wink:

    • Sorcery of Scent | 21st January 2010 15:23

      This sounds beautiful... I am on a labdanum voyage of discovery these days. I will have to try this one! :smiley:

    • indyupstairs | 21st January 2010 15:31

      I like the name. Like the bottle. Love the ingredients. I cant seem to get enough of labdanum, incense, and tobacco rounded with flowers. Will have to put on my sample list.

    • WillC | 21st January 2010 15:44

      Sounds awesome. Looking forward to trying it.

    • cpk | 21st January 2010 15:47

      The bottle is equally inspiring as the notes themselves.

    • furrypine | 21st January 2010 15:48

      Finally a line of natural perfumes that I find interesting! I would love to try a sample. And if you don't win, check the website of, they have an excellent sample program.

    • Doc Elly | 21st January 2010 16:49

      This sounds like my kind of 'fume. I would go out and buy some and write a review, but that would defeat the purpose of entering the lottery to win a bottle, wouldn't it?

    • donna255 | 21st January 2010 17:16

      Honestly is sounds like oriental heaven.

    • conehead | 21st January 2010 17:21

      It sounds interesting.....and I like the calligraphy on the label! I gotta wonder what all the vapor trails on the way to Mecca actually smell like...then again, maybe not.

    • L'Aventurier | 21st January 2010 17:30

      Nice to see a new addition to the Scents of the Soul. Can't wait to try it! Anyone interested in's fragrances should definitely try Holy Water and Angelica Water - two truly tonic and crisp fragrances with seamless blending.

    • socalwoman | 21st January 2010 17:59

      The notes sound absolutely amazing. I hope samples become available through US-based retailers soon.

    • joelarner | 21st January 2010 18:17

      Like Dimitri, I am on a labdanum odyssey at the moment and those notes sound absolutely divine!

    • xtcied | 21st January 2010 18:46

      “The trail of a million scents in the wake of the pilgrims” Eager to embark on this journey.

    • Royal | 21st January 2010 19:46

      I love the bottle, although I think I'd be more apt to drink the contacts than spray them. :coolold:

    • pelle | 21st January 2010 19:57

      This I like! So far...:thumbsup:

    • robpmgc | 21st January 2010 20:12

      Incense and tobacco with labdanum is always worth a try, I can't wait to get my hands on some. Great bottle as well.

    • cvac | 21st January 2010 20:20

      Sounds interesting...US distribution might be nice.

    • fperdices | 21st January 2010 21:00

      I love Arabian scents. I hope this will be available in the US.

    • hirch_duckfinder | 21st January 2010 21:10

      Hmm, it is not entirely clear if the fragrance contains oud or not. It is mentioned in the inspirational smells but not the actual composition notes. We shall have to wait and find out.

      Either way around - I'm betting its a killer.

    • chezza | 21st January 2010 21:19

      Even if I don't win, I see a sample in my future.

    • dareka | 21st January 2010 21:34

      The fragrance sounds wonderful... but it also carries a distinct whiff of fatwa. I hope the makers don't get in trouble with the Islamic establishment!

    • Trufflehunter | 21st January 2010 22:00

      This sounds great. Amber, Frankincense, Rose and a great bottle, although the label looks a little cheapish.

    • Flora | 21st January 2010 22:01

      Oh, this is just exactly right for me! Tobacco, tuberose AND labdanum? Be still, oh my heart!:smiley:

    • wildcat | 21st January 2010 22:23

      Sounds Beautiful... Hope to try it!

    • Primrose | 21st January 2010 22:32

      Tobacco is one of favourite notes, along with leather and strong florals--rose and jasmine.

      I am wondering if this is considered a woody scent.

      Thank you for the article.

    • beau_mode_arome | 21st January 2010 23:03

      Like the fact they are making a 16ml size too - better than the 200ml some houses offer.... Looks interesting.

    • m.francisco | 21st January 2010 23:21

      Sounds pretty interesting, and that's quite the bottle.

    • mdtroyer | 22nd January 2010 00:02

      Sounds Very Interesting...Pretty New with fragrances...niche, that is.:thumbsup:

    • perfumista | 22nd January 2010 00:07

      It sounds deep and rich. The presentation is beautiful!:happy:

    • moss1310 | 22nd January 2010 00:37

      I am always in the mood for another scent based on labdanum. The other notes sound like they will blend very well.

    • Boster | 22nd January 2010 00:47

      I've been a huge fan of Dubrana's Grezzo d'Eeganza since reading about it in the Turin book. Just beautiful, and I'm planning to buy his sampler set. This bottle for Mecca looks like pure, old-world class.

    • rickbr | 22nd January 2010 00:58

      Loved the combination of notes. I imagine some thick, resinous, incensy, with velvet creamy floral undertones mixed with the spiciness and complex aroma of tobacc. I imagine a liturgical incense as the main theme, transported through the inspiration with the complex aroma of the fragrance of both men and women that go to the place. Very very interesting!

    • Redneck Perfumisto | 22nd January 2010 01:23

      Amazing bottle - simple and beautiful. The rustic quality of the label enhances it for me. Very nice. It smells good just looking at the juice. :coolold:

    • sker610 | 22nd January 2010 02:10

      I am intrigued.... Tobacco is a note that I love in theory, but nothing has captured my heart... This may change it!!

    • REM05 | 22nd January 2010 02:13

      Sounds very promising. And the bottle is gorgeous.

    • justaguy | 22nd January 2010 02:25

      I would love to have a bottle of that-- sounds spectacular!

    • anastasia | 22nd January 2010 02:26

      Scents for world peace, tobacco or no

    • rogalal | 22nd January 2010 03:48

      I'll bite... tobacco tuberose incense?? It's sure to be interesting!

    • From Smoke | 22nd January 2010 05:16

      “Mecca Balsam” “Scents Of The Soul”

      the scents of the pilgrims as through Mecca they stroll

      At its centre Labdanum and Tonka recline

      Frankincense, Indian Tuberose divine

      Tobacco fulfills it and lush Damask Rose

      all for the joy of th'appreciative nose.

      Intended for men and for women as well

      this holy of holies, this city of smell.

    • nucker | 22nd January 2010 07:23

      Shares a lot of common notes with Czech & Speake Cuba. It would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe if it's half as good.

    • DocmanCC | 22nd January 2010 07:57

      The inspiration behind this sounds wonderful.

      "The trail of a million scents in the wake of the pilgrims at Mecca raptures the nose of the visitor and make this travel an unforgettable experience..."

    • bonsai | 22nd January 2010 08:32

      Mmmm... I love labdanum and tonka. But I hate tuberose - I hope it is not dominant in this scent.

    • potiron | 22nd January 2010 09:02

      Sounds interesting and pretty potent. I've been on an incense trip for some time now and this sounds like a must-try.

    • blood-orange | 22nd January 2010 09:39

      Sounds beautiful! The notes sound really exotic. I'm a sucker for tuberose and tobacco, however I don't think I've ever tried a perfume with those two notes combined.

    • strifeknot | 22nd January 2010 10:24

      I'll have to order a sample if I don't win one. It sounds terrific.

    • illyria | 22nd January 2010 10:45

      That's a nice bottle, elegant but simple.

      And the notes sound rather good, too. I would definitely try this.

    • Trebor | 22nd January 2010 10:46

      Wow! The notes sound amazingly up my street.

      Me want to try! :happy:

    • serph | 22nd January 2010 11:13

      I often see perfumes made in Muslim countries advertised as not having any alcohol. If this one does, it may not be appropriate for socialization, but I suppose that there would be a great difference on this issue in a more liberal Pakistan than those countries that are more stringent in Quranic interpretation.

      Perhaps you have a co-worker who has been where you are going.

    • allabouteve | 22nd January 2010 11:16

      Sounds really great and the bottle looks cool! I'd love to try this one!

    • mgzz | 22nd January 2010 11:36

      definitely have to try that

    • abubakr_al-misky | 22nd January 2010 12:04

      Totally diggin the bottle, if I dont win one I will buy one.

    • chocolateguy | 22nd January 2010 12:56

      Interesting notes. And the bottle is beautiful, too.

    • decillisjl | 22nd January 2010 13:19

      I'm with dimi.... Labdanum ho! and the bottle is exquisite

    • ComDiva | 22nd January 2010 13:24

      Me too, me too! Really looking forward to this one.

    • WhosYerBob | 22nd January 2010 14:16

      Sounds intriguing - I'd be interested!

    • Renaissance_Man | 22nd January 2010 14:36

      Never tried anything from this house and this sounds sooo wonderful. Can't afford to buy for awhile... : (

    • machula | 22nd January 2010 15:09

      frankincense and tobacco! yay!!

    • pcrisp | 22nd January 2010 16:16

      Tonka and Tobacco :thumbup:

      $130 for 1.7oz :undecided:

      Hopefully I can win some because that's too much for me to do a blind buy.

    • scented-one | 22nd January 2010 16:21

      "...He composed it to encapsulate the olfactory signature of the Holy City itself and “the trail of a million scents in the wake of the pilgrims”.

      It will be interesting to see how this plays out. However, I love unique. Hoping the roses are subdued. Look forward to trying this one.

    • Guerlain-lover | 22nd January 2010 16:42

      It has some of my favorite notes, and sounds interesting. Looking forward to try :)

    • valentinamaltese | 22nd January 2010 17:26

      It sounds fascinating. It's a pity that Via del profumo is, as far as I know, distributed only via Internet and that the samples are rather expensive. I'd love to try it!

    • b3t0_1972 | 22nd January 2010 17:38

      bottle looks nice and I'd love to try it.

    • odysseusm | 22nd January 2010 18:40

      Definitely would be interested in trying this. The concept of this fragrance appeals to me.

    • schumaster | 22nd January 2010 18:55

      oohhh rose and tobacco...interesting combo!!!!!

    • Zerby | 22nd January 2010 19:29

      You won't find this at the Mall. I would love to own a bottle. The bottle is a Big Winner!!! I need to smell it. Would I like to win it? A big Yes!!!!!

    • Formosus | 22nd January 2010 19:51

      I'm certainly up for receiving an expensive, rare bottle of fragrance for free!

    • TricsMan | 22nd January 2010 21:21

      I hope those who are selected will review it for the community. I'd like to hear some of our more experienced reviewers' take on this one. (You know who you are.)

    • colago | 22nd January 2010 21:23

      Looks terribly expensive. Perhaps it's the bottle that's so costly.

    • Sandy | 22nd January 2010 21:35

      It seems to be mystical, deep, thought-provoking. The bottle is gorgeous, so is the colour of the juice. I'm eager to try it.

    • phibess | 22nd January 2010 21:51

      Hmm, this could be the one I've been waiting for a million years. The notes look very promising and there's no danger of Iso E Super or other nasties in Profumo scents. I just hope the tuberose isn't the leading note in this composition.

    • patmilkovich | 22nd January 2010 22:03

      Roses are red,

      tobacco you chew,

      consider this random comment

      and I'll provide an unbiased view.

    • mjr17 | 22nd January 2010 23:08

      This sounds terrific. Love the bottle, too. I can't wait to try this!

    • schell | 22nd January 2010 23:15

      The thought of frankincense, rose, and tobacco together sounds beautiful to me...especially in a totally natural formulation. I'm checking this website immediately!

    • asingleman | 22nd January 2010 23:15

      why doesn't luckyscent carry this line?

    • Ms Rochambeau | 23rd January 2010 01:23

      Ohmygod! labdanum and tobacco, natural ingredients...looks like I'm going to be eating Oodles of Noodles for a month to have this one!:embarassed:

    • FragrantCloud | 23rd January 2010 02:30

      "trail of a million scents in the wake of the pilgrims" = rightfully so.

      The pilgrims who arrive to Mecca come from various walks of life. And this scent exemplifies the wide gamut of traditions and culture they bring with them to the journey.

      Would love to try this - the notes mentioned in this seems to have a sense of tranquility and subtleness in them.

    • lautreamont | 23rd January 2010 04:15

      The notes evoke faraway places and peace. I would love to try this.

    • Vardaman | 23rd January 2010 05:54

      Goodnes me, this does sound wonderful! It does also look beautiful, as other commenters have said. I'm definitely putting my comment here!

    • Nicolas V | 23rd January 2010 06:23

      Sounds wonderful. I haven't been to Mecca since Hajj in 2006. Beautiful memories, yet there are many I can't recall.

      Perhaps this one will bring them back?

    • innana88 | 23rd January 2010 06:34

      This sounds right up my alley. I wish I could smell samples through the beans at my side. One day. :)

    • arwen_elf | 23rd January 2010 06:39

      I already enjoy many of La Via del Profumo's perfumes. I am looking forward to trying this one. I love labdanum and frankincense and would love to add this to my collection.

    • ScentSurge | 23rd January 2010 06:42

      Can't wait to stick my nose in this

    • Vshar840 | 23rd January 2010 08:41

      Sounds Amazing!

    • Mikael | 23rd January 2010 09:16

      Sounds fantastic, can't wait to try it!

    • Critic | 23rd January 2010 19:06

      I need to sample this very soon!

    • chrimcyn | 23rd January 2010 19:21

      Quite an exotic blend...very sensual. Tonka is a magikal herb,it can bring back your mojo!! Can't wait to have the experience!:coolold:

    • thumbelina | 23rd January 2010 21:08

      I like the idea of scents reaching for something other than lust, like geographic references and cultural textures. When they can do that, and still smell good, that makes me very happy.

    • Bobby Rod | 23rd January 2010 21:42

      This sounds fantastic,I can't wait to try this one.

    • judithl | 23rd January 2010 22:28

      LOVE tuberose, tonka and frankincense. Mecca Balsam sounds perfect.:thumbsup:

    • funky lion | 24th January 2010 01:10

      Oh tobacco and rose! Looking forward to trying this scent. Have never tried anything from this house but I feel this may be just the time to do so.

    • Sugandaraja | 24th January 2010 06:01

      I love the thought of tobacco and florals. This sounds delightful.

    • Ramabdel12 | 24th January 2010 10:10

      This really seems amazing! I heard the smell in Mecca is just truly amazing from everyone that goes, ranging from flowerly tobacco to musk and roses! I cant wait to try this out!

    • iez | 24th January 2010 11:34

      It really sounds intriguing, containing some true favourite notes of mine. I'm very curious about this house, never tried any of his stuff.

    • alethiometre | 24th January 2010 11:39

      I've never tried any scent by La Via del Profumo, but I'm willing to. I love tuberose and incense. I can't wait to know what 'the trail of pilgrims' smells like.

    • zenpang | 24th January 2010 12:19

      Really interested in the artists interpretation of what Mecca smells like!

    • presch1 | 24th January 2010 15:58

      I hope it's not too late to get into the draw. This combo is a who's who of some of my favorite notes.

    • DollyDagger64 | 24th January 2010 16:05

      Elegant bottle, pretty juice and love the ingredients. I'm interested in trying it.

    • genieg | 24th January 2010 16:54

      Oooooh, once my other half gets a job I might be able to afford this. I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS!

      I currently have Samurai by which is gorgeous and very well made.

      It's no secret to those that know me, that I *prefer* Italian made perfumes because *I* think they are made better, last longer, and I also think they take more pride in what they create.

      The notes in this are right up my alley. I usually shy away from rose notes because they can be quite dominant. Rose is a beautiful and *almost* necessary ingredient in many fragrances but I tend to prefer a fragrance that blends rose so well that the rose is not all I smell all day long.

    • cchappie | 24th January 2010 21:08

      Reading articles in right now - what a great site, thanks for the info.

    • birdwingwhir | 24th January 2010 21:32

      I want to try this one, for sure. I love Persona, another scent by La Via Del Profumo. And also the Oakmoss scent--heaven!

    • Arnold1981 | 24th January 2010 21:55

      It seems like it has a very '19th century' feeling to it; travelling the world for knowledge and enlightenment. Wondering if the scent does the same? ;)

    • Bappho | 24th January 2010 22:36

      I love the bottle. The square shape and the gold. It looks old and vintage. Curious. Would like to smell the substance ;)

    • PigeonMurderer | 24th January 2010 23:13

      Because I made this post, I could be one of those who gets that sample.

    • fazilicious | 25th January 2010 04:21

      from the notes, it is a pretty well composed fragrance..probably similar to traditional arab perfume oils called 'atr' may have some resemblance to chanel anataeus as i imagine this scent

    • Sergio | 25th January 2010 06:19

      Maybe it will reveal the mistery and it will be kept by the petal of the soul. the presence of Angels!!!!

    • flannelman | 25th January 2010 11:01

      The bottle looks great and the notes are amongst my favourites. Definitely hoping to be able to try it...

    • Fellswoop | 25th January 2010 14:58

      Looking forward to good smellies from this intriguing combination of ingredients!

    • Doctor Mod | 25th January 2010 15:21

      I think a line of fragrances called "Scents of the Soul" is a wonderful idea. In antiquity, perfumes had a spiritual significance and function that has long been forgotten in a puritanical world that sees only their physical, carnal purpose. I have long thought that the finest perfumes are able to transcend the artificial dichotomies between the spiritual and the physical, the sacred and the profane.

      Everything about Balsamo della Mecca sounds, looks, and, one would imagine, smells beautiful. I'm hope to be able to experience it in the not-too-distant future.

    • Acarpous | 25th January 2010 18:34

      Damask rose and tobacco, yum!

    • rebella | 25th January 2010 18:38

      Sounds so beautiful. Please enter me in the draw. :)

    • jlentz | 25th January 2010 19:51

      From the information on their site, this seems to be a wonderful fragrance. Please enter me also!


    • Kristen | 26th January 2010 10:44

      Sounds divine, I am going through a tobacco phase right now (smelling, not smoking) - this is definitely going on my test list. I would love to test from a full bottle though...keeping my fingers crossed that I might be one of the lucky recipients of your giveaway!

    • amere | 26th January 2010 21:06

      I so want to smell this - the combination sounds amazing :smiley:

    • ivona | 26th January 2010 21:32

      That sounds delicious!

    • telleron | 26th January 2010 22:30

      Hmm I would love to try it!!

    • SurfFisherman | 27th January 2010 04:11

      This fragrance sounds truly amazing! I hope I get a chance to try it. :-)

    • paulik | 27th January 2010 07:01

      Labdanum, frankincense, tobacco, tonka & rose... I must admit I am a sucker for all of these :rolleyesold:

      As it happens, yesterday I have just discovered the website and had it bookmarked for further "exploring" (via Nathan Branch's blog).

    • rickie | 27th January 2010 12:28

      Well..the bottle is vintage looking and beautiful. I would love to try this, I bet it is really interesting. It sounds like the aroma of this would take you to another place.....hmm

    • Omer | 27th January 2010 13:27

      I headed over to the site to see if they offer samples, as many houses do not seem to these days; they do - in nice-looking bottles, also throwing in a box if you order 6.

      Prices are a bit high if you just wish to sample the scent, where a simple 2ml bottle usually will do.

    • mr. reasonable | 27th January 2010 13:30

      Very interested in this one - intriguing combination. I would recommend anyone interested in really exploring what's out there to try M. Dubrana's work.

    • mudz | 28th January 2010 05:52

      sounds intriguing & delicious definitely a must try :)

    • alprazolam | 29th January 2010 17:04

      pity it wont be available in poland:(

    • abutariq79 | 30th January 2010 13:20

      Profumo is a skilled perfume composer...i am sure this one will be excellent

    • malabah | 30th January 2010 19:48

      Rather pretty bottle!! <3

    • Serenity* | 30th January 2010 21:14

      Very nice "vintage" looking bottle...the notes also sound promising. Would definitely love to try it!

    • LimeHat | 30th January 2010 21:35

      Hmm. On the bottle - 55ml, on the site - 50ml :)

    • Philly-fumes | 31st January 2010 02:01

      It fits the description of the perfect Sunday scent -- Spiritually revitalizing and consoling notes.

    • Eliza | 31st January 2010 02:38

      I'm interested in this one. The only thing I got from that website was the ambergris a year ago and why in the world did I get that one? There are so many other intriguing ones to try from there.

    • hawk | 31st January 2010 07:31

      I am so interested in getting this one! it's on my list with oakmoss and hindu kush... I need to go find other fragrances with labdanum in them, I hope it is what I think it is!

    • BodeLeeHarm | 31st January 2010 08:46

      This one sounds amazing - would love to try a fragrance composed without any synthetic ingredients.

    • timaru | 31st January 2010 10:10

      Sounds very, very interesting indeed.

      Would love to try it!

    • AnitaC | 31st January 2010 16:47

      Wow, now this sounds interesting! Looking forward to trying!

    • ppf | 31st January 2010 18:07

      Love the sound of it can't wait to smell the fragrance

    • AromaX | 1st February 2010 19:51

      Sounds delicious. Love to try.

    • Kelly9 | 7th February 2010 03:43

      I am hoping to sample this soon. It sounds beautiful!

    • LeBeau | 7th February 2010 21:33

      This sounds like an interesting combination, I like the sound of it...I hope to try it!

    • champy | 9th February 2010 22:43

      Yum! I have recently become interested in scents with rose ...especially if there are darker spicy accords. So this sounds like something I'd like to try. I also like that this is made from 100% natural ingredients.

    • Sandy | 10th February 2010 15:40

      Has anyone been informed of being a winner?

    • jlentz | 25th February 2010 19:10

      Yes, what ever became of this?

    • flemishpainter | 27th February 2010 08:46

      Well, if this is really still open and undecided, please enter me too!