i just could not believe something can be so floral , light and beautiful and longlasting at the same time from the opening to the end!! the most beautiful floral and female parfum of all times! it is gentle, soft, sweet, rounded, floral but warm! and my number one! EDIT: and now after i have worn it , i think i know where the beauty comes from: its jasmine, its indolic aspects dont jump out, but still give a lot of sensuality to this perfume, it allways smelled so fresh to me that when people mention, dirtiness, animalic, civet its like they speak of some different perfume not this one! :) i could not understand it! so it must be jasmine that gives animalic hints! (never smelled vintage that had civet note, so curious becasue this version now is too beautiful to be true and civet could only make it old fashined for me) jasmine is definitely not alone becasue its hardly recognizable, and notes just dont jump out!i imagine it must be some beautiful rose (not the raw bulgarian one)among others, slightly sweetend and balmy, creamy! huge floral scent but doesnt smell like classics,it is modern but has body! sensuality and juice :) so to speak,it is real like vintage Joy :), nothing in here smells synthetic!
Ubar Woman by Amouage, 1995
Rated #790 in Fragrances
Middle-eastern aesthetic and interesting name aside, Ubar is none other than a trashy-fruity floral. But where most other fragrances in this vein are done on the cheap, Ubar is of exceptional quality, suggesting that this dreaded genre can, in truth, be wonderful.
A beautiful blend of flowers, mostly white flowers. It starts a bit citrusy and with a whiff of civet. The white flowers constitutes a blend, though I feel that lily-of-the-valley is quite prominent. Old style, French style, yes, and thoroughly beautiful.
As a wise basenoter said; "Ooh..aah..Ubar..." Yes, this beautiful perfume really does evoke sighs of pleasure, & of longing for the exotic, lost world of perfume that it represents. The aldehydic opening with a hint of bergamot is quickly followed by a floral accord, which l find very difficult to deconstruct. lt is somehow fresh & yet dark at the same time, with a lovely lemony frankincense up top, & animalic civet beneath. lt both sparkles & smoulders, in a rich & opulent fashion, like diamonds teamed with furs. The civet grows stronger, & l could swear there's some orris in here, producing an old-fashioned cosmetic powder-like scent in the heart. The projection is very good, slowly fading over the course of seven hours or so, when l get a sudden sweetness from the vanilla & sandalwood base. Nine hours in it is still detectable on my skin. Classy, elegant & seductive, but also haunting & ethereal, this is gorgeous stuff. l definitely need a decant so l can get to know it even better.
Theres a lost horizon/ Waiting to be found went the song about Shangri-La. Well, Ive found it and its Ubar. A work of heart-piercing beauty, in which it seems a chorus of perfumerys lost greats sing out in unison. You will have encountered glimpses of Ubar in dozens of remembered perfumes that either no longer exist or have changed beyond recognition. And here it is, thrillingly new and yet ancient. This has to be the first intense floral that I felt like spraying to excess; I almost had to tie my hands down. Its like a rare, exceptional vintage, where the intoxication results from its divine flavour rather than the alcohol content. Ubar has natural florals in abundance, with indolic and animalic elements that would send the clean brigade running, and the most precious sandal in its base. But there also seems to be a constellation of other notes suspended in perfect harmony. Truly the music of the spheres.
Like Gold, this one opens with an intense floral blast and a touch of civet and frankincense. It is more bearable that the aforementioned Gold, but still very floral and feminine. It lacks the overall powdery notes I get with Gold. The florals remain throughout and in the base some vanilla and sandalwood come through. Still overly feminine for me, though unlike Gold this one is not unbearable.
This one opens up with a a very strong floral composition remembering the vintage climate present in Hermes Rouge Eau Delicate, but without the soapy smell attached to it. Throughout time, the floral notes settles down a little bit acquiring a hint of civet. But flowers still the main character on this one. Not for me.
I'm taking a detour from my sojourn into Italian fragrances by heading towards Oman with a few generous dabs of Amouage UBAR. Figuratively speaking of course, for in Ubar I found no reference to Middle Eastern styles of perfumery. Ubar is the 'lost' city after all. The construct leans towards the classical, borrowing more than a few leaves from perfumes of legend but the fragrance itself does not smell dated. Nor vintage. Better noses than mine have deconstructed the fragrance symphony so I shall not go there. In fact, I'm not sure if I could have done it had I tried. Ubar reached in deep into my core, moving me in ways very few fragrances could. Smelling it for the first time was, for lack of a better descriptive, heartbreaking. It made me realize why the disappearance or reformulation of vintage classics causes so much grief to perfume lovers. Ubar, as it is so aptly named, is a heartaching story of lost but never-to-be-forgotten splendor. If anyone is after an Amouage masterpiece, this is it.
this is about the new Ubar: The City of the Lost No history lesson here, anyone in need of remembering the story of the ancient city of Ubar can find it on Wikipedia, here. Amouage has a perfume wearing the name of this ancient city, in honour of the city, of Oman and of frankincense. I have read a few reviews of Ubar from Amouage before starting to write my own and now I sit here a bit worried. Almost all reviews were positive, very positive. And here I come, a nobody in the perfume world and I have the nerve not to like it. Do not misunderstand me, I can smell the quality in it, but it reminded me of my childhood and the heavy perfumes of my grandmother. I hated it then, it seems I did not get over it. For me it is like Shalimar, another masterpiece I hope only to see in perfume shops and never at home. Sorry folks, I do not like it. Oh, and a comment, if I may: Ubar, the city was wealthy, very wealthy because of the frankincense. I find it insulting not to put the stuff in the perfume. Stars on my smell-o-meter: two out of five
In answer to "Off Scenter" (great name, great reviews by the way) How often would I have occasion to wear Ubar? Hmmmm, only every day! I don't fall into the category of less is more, for me, more is MORE! And Ubar delivers. First sniff and I almost get teary eyed with nostalgia, it smells so much like a fragrance my mom wore. This is rich, rich, rich. Richer even than Gold in my opinion because it has a heavy, complex, almost gloomy heft and yet is simply magnificent. No holds were barred in this one and while Gold is akin to sweet, flowery angelic voices, Ubar is a gregorian chant to me. So far I haven't hit on a single note in this review, sorry, with this one I just can't break it down, I'll leave it to others. This is rich, complex, organic (as in I can detect nothing synthetic), aromatic, waxy, strong/soft and extremely long lasting. As in just reaching final drydown the next day. This is how fragrance used to be made. Thank God a few fine houses are still bringing us such magnificent creations. A thousand thumbs up!
Ubar Woman by Amouage, 1995
|Top Notes||tangerine, orange, litsea cubeba, violet leaf|
|Middle Notes||jasmine, orange blossom, ylang ylang, tuberose, freesia, lily of the valley, rose wood|
|Base Notes||sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, copahu balm, vanilla, animal amber|
|Bottle Designer||Pierre Dinand|
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