Etro Shaal Nur
(1997) Woody Oriental------------------
Top Note : Lemon, Coriander, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Rosewood
Middle Note : Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary, Karo Karoundé, Rose, Petitgrain
Base Note : Nutmeg, Amber, Labdanum, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar, Opopanax, Incense, Musc
Citrus-herbal with woody oriental notes of depth and character. Etro has done a very good job on this one. The base notes really work well together, and are responsible for giving this a slightly smoky, mysterious vibe. I think this could work as a daytime scent in cool weather, and as an elegant fragrance for evening dates, especially ones where one wishes to project an air of urbane savoir-faire and coax one's companion to explore an enticing invitation to get to know each other better. The heart note contains karo-karoundé, an "exotic and carnal flower" (osmoz.com) from Africa that figures in a few other scents and lends a real air of mystery, beauty, and sensuality. The incense, opopanax, cedar, patchouli, labdanum, and amber in the base also contribute to making this deliciously deep and rich. Too bad Etro is getting harder to find...