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Perfume Calligraphy Saffron (2013)
by Aramis

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Perfume Calligraphy Saffron information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

People and companies

HouseAramis
PerfumerClement Gavarry
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is a shared / unisex perfume by Aramis. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Clement Gavarry

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

TLDR: Excellent (4.2/5). Slightly sweet, slightly white floral, slightly citrus, but mostly a warm saffron scent with a touch of leathery rose/oud.

East meets West in Calligraphy Saffron from Aramis. The saffron note here is frequently included in heavier Middle-Eastern focused oud scents like Montale Aoud Saffran or Arabian Oud Asalat Al Sharq. Here, saffron is presented on center stage in a rather western type composition--warm and smooth with less sharp spiciness than is typical in Eastern perfumery and some supporting floral notes, particularly marigold.

Many Eastern scents have floral notes that read "feminine" to western noses. As a decidedly non-metro, CisHet male, this floral scent doesn't trouble me even a little bit. It gives the saffron some traces of sweetness and makes this fragrance easy to wear and something of a surprising compliment-getter.

While projection here is moderate, particularly in the cooler season for which this fragrance is best suited, the fragrance has major longevity. In the later stages of its all-day progression, this fragrance has a slightly sweet rose and oud note. The oud here is clean and westernized. It combines with the other scent notes to produce an inviting leathery scent throughout the drydown.

All together, this scent is warm and inviting. It is very easy to like Calligraphy Saffron. It is an intriguing Oriental fragrance with just enough of an Eastern vibe to be different.

Unhyped as this fragrance is, it is available for reasonable money from time to time at the discounters. It is certainly worth a try for folks who like oud, saffron, or leather scents.

Also, the presentation is high quality, as is the atomizer. The golden Arabic script on the bottle looks cool and suggests the fact that this Aramis Calligraphy line was originally principally marketed in the Gulf.

I really enjoy this stuff. Recommended if you can find it at a decent price (that is, around the original MSRP of $125 or less).
06th April, 2021
From the finest and the precious saffron ever,it invites you to live in a magical world of happiness comfort.The saffron is subtle and warming.a great fragrance, and a perfect signature for those who love unique scents.I imagine a richly dressed, strong-minded,generous person in it.I see a window in an oriental palace,dark room on a sunny day and this person looking through on his/her land.

This is a very exotic,oriental and beautiful perfume with a spicy and prominent saffron and marigold ,a rose that lends its magnetic aroma subtly,tonka bean that adds creaminess and bergamot keeping a fine balance between sweet,spicy,woody and prevent the concoction from becoming too sweet.The spice here is gentle, aromatic and sultry,the sturax and vetiver seductive enough but never repulsive,nothing harsh or astringent,pure bliss and an almost erotic caress of the olfactory senses.

The dry down is lolling around in bed after an afternoon of hanky-panky with Mr Oud.she is spent, indolent,entirely relaxed in herself.Are you curious about a perfume with dominant note of safron and not too sweet,you really really have to give this a try.

Sillage?Very Good.

Longevity?Great on my skin.

7/10
21st November, 2020
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United Kingdom
The opening is a mix of bergamot in the background and saffron in the foreground. It is a rich and voluptuous saffron, and not the dry saffron I get in Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Sultan Safran for instance. A nice dyad of top notes, with the bergamot adding brightness.

The drydown sees the development of a lavender and, more predominantly, that if a rose impression. The rose is quite rich, fairly dark and is imbued with a raisinous styrax undertone. The base adds a somewhat restrained tonka, but overall the sweetness expressed in the creation is quite balanced and never richly sweet, intrusive or cloying.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and ten hours of longevity on my skin.

This scent for cooler spring evenings is quite original in its concept, and whilst clearly dominated by synthetic ingredients is never too overtly annoyingly artificial. The saffron nites is well done. 3.25/5.
28th August, 2019

Really wonderful stuff, but discontinued. It used to be a staple on all of the discounters sites, at quite reasonable prices, but when I checked recently, none of them had it in stock anymore, so the supply may be drying up.

Just one release of this, so no worries about reformulation.

I picked up a back-up, just in case.
24th March, 2019 (last edited: 22nd January, 2021)
Aramis Perfume Calligraphy (2012) was an earnest attempt by Estée Lauder to break into the Middle East perfume market, which until recent years was served only indirectly by Western perfume houses, and they did so by making a Western perfume with Middle Eastern rose/oud/amber/saffron inflections. The first entry was originally composed by Clement Gavarry (son of Max Gavarry) for Estée Lauder and quizzically released under the Aramis line despite being a unisex launch. The Middle East and Europe got that one in a limited edition woodcap bottle, while the US saw distribution exclusively through Neiman Marcus in a bottle that matched the Gentleman's Collection set, marketed to men exclusively. Apparently the stuff, which has seen mixed reactions from perfumistas and colognoisseurs, was a success and spawned two limited flankers the following year: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013), which was composed by Trudi Loren and took focus on the rose element of the original, and Perfume Calligraphy Saffron (2013), which saw Clement Gavarry return to focus on saffron. Rose and oud are still small parts of Perfume Calligraphy Saffron, as it doesn't go full-tilt amber rose like Perfume Calligraphy Rose did, but neither does it go full-tilt saffron as the title might suggest. Fans of Chanel Égoïste (1990) should take note of Perfume Calligraphy Saffron, as it has a similar sweet rose heart sandwiched between aromatic elements, but presented in a smoother, more spicy way.

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron feels the most Western of the three Calligraphy perfumes, and also the most masculine, but more on that a little further down. The scent opens with pasty marigold and honeyed bergamot, sweet, ochre-like, and very reminiscent of honeyed floral openings such as Boss/Boss Number One by Hugo Boss (1985) and Balenciaga Ho Hang Club/Le Club de Balenciaga (1987), particularly when the rose heart emerges to interact with the honey. Lavender also joins the rose in the middle, creating another link in my mind to Caron Number 3/The Third Man (1985), especially when the tonka appears to give Perfume Calligraphy Saffron a fougère-like quality. Make no mistake, this is still an oriental, with the namesake saffron note and oud seeing to that, but the base is remarkably Western in flavor, particularly with the animalic leather and styrax playing with tonka and grassy vetiver. The total aura with leather included is very much French, almost a French Morocco of old in a roundabout way, not that Clement Gavarry was making a perfume ode to colonialism. Sillage is tight but longevity is really good at 10+ hours of total wear time before its a memory, just like the previous two Calligraphy perfumes, and I could see this being a good fall/winter evening choice for casual or romantic use, but definitely not office-friendly. I'd also say this is sweet enough to serve under makeshift clubbing duty as well. Fans of the original Perfume Calligraphy will have more to gravitate towards in the saffron flanker than the rose, mainly because they have more in common, which may have to do with them both being made by the same perfumer.

Overall, I dearly love all three Calligraphy scents to pieces but if I had to give an objective "Best of Series" award to any of them, it would be this one, since it doesn't feel conflicted and compromised like the original Perfume Calligraphy, nor like an altogether unrelated Middle Eastern rose perfume like the Perfume Calligraphy Rose flanker. Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is the entry most likely to find appeal with vintage male fragrance hobbyists because of the leather, animalics, and similarity to so many masculine classics, but the marigold top might be a bit off-putting to CISHET guys since that flower is rarely seen in "sporty" modern men's compositions. Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is a smooth honeyed rose, oud and leather oriental surprise from Aramis, and one which probably connects least to a Western audience as it contains animalic elements that haven't been popular in over thirty plus years, which makes it all the more endearing in my eyes. Like with Perfume Calligraphy Rose, this only comes in the limited woodcap bottle and never saw an official US release, but Neiman Marcus imported some briefly, plus you'll find it all over the internet at prices much lower than its original $120 MSRP. Perfume Calligraphy Saffron also seems to be the least talked-about of the three in this series, so eBay gougers aren't likely to try monopolizing stock due to lack of sufficient interest from crazed collectors. Thumbs up!
19th November, 2018 (last edited: 20th November, 2018)
Strong dislike. All I could smell were the very, very bitter and herbal marigolds. No saffron, nothing warm, nothing nice at all. It was horrible. I sold my bottle on eBay for a loss. Happy enough that it's gone!
07th October, 2017

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