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As Sawira (2014)
by Penhaligon's


As Sawira information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 35 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerChristian Provenzano
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About As Sawira

Originally part of the DFS Masters of Fragrance event in Abu Dhabi; now part of Penhaligon's Trade Routes Collection.

As Sawira fragrance notes

Reviews of As Sawira

Another rose-oud-saffron combo that so many niche houses are doing now, but this one isn't as harsh or medicinal as many of those and the drydown has a decent dry-woody scent. That said, the rose-oud-saffron never lets up and dominates throughout the life of the scent.

Projection is good during the first 3-4 hours and the scent stays on skin all day.
15th April, 2019
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
I have the EdP and got a great deal on a bottle. I'm glad to have it, but I do have a lot of similar fragrances that didn't cost much. What's nice about this one is how it's never harsh or one-dimensional (though I do try to avoid most of the top notes), and the balance is excellent. The drydown seems to be dominated by an ambery/oud quality. The oud isn't the cheapest type I've experienced, but it's not up there with what was supposedly better quality or real (that I've tried). The projection isn't massive, but the longevity is very good. I look forward to wearing it again (I usually discover new facets on the second or third wearing). If you can't get a good deal on a bottle or if you already have several others and it sounds like this would be similar (or dislike these kinds of scents, of course), I think a blind buy is a bad idea.
12th September, 2018
I have no idea what is going on with this one?? Too many notes!! It comes across as if a handful of ingredients have been chucked in a pot and then hope for the best. Poor projection and longevity. Not for me!!
19th October, 2017
I smell saffron in the opening, mixed with florals and a whole lot more boiling under the surface. Yes, it is sweet, yes, it is exotic smelling, and it does have a sandalwood note in the dry down along with patchouli. I like the dry down better than the opening to be honest. But, it starts to dissipate and the dry down didn't last quite long enough on me to appreciate it fully. I need to wear it again and spend more time with this one, then finish reviewing.
28th August, 2017
As Sawira is as complex as the length of the reviews you may see if you scroll down. A perfectly blended woody, animalic, floral fragrance with a strong composition and low sillage.

The low sillage, at least for me, works in it's advantage, and that's what makes the modern outtake of it. Otherwise this EDT would be unbearable. It's both strong and quiet and that's the beauty of this fragrance.

The very first high note is Absinthe, and that, combined with the woods, gives a very alcoholic pleasant first impression. As if one would smell an oaky whiskey. Quite elegant and mature.

The packaging and the bottle look exactly as the way this juice smells. Big thumbs up.
21st May, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening consists of a mildly boozy saffron that is freshened up a bit by a bergamot side-kick. The drydown introduces a floral bouquet, with jasmine and carnation joined in the foreground on my skin by a lovely, quite bright rose; the latter has depth but is not if the dark and brooding variety in my skin. Soon a pleasant oud appears that is very well executed; whilst being typical and convincing Itnis not one of the heavy ouds; being very balanced it blends in well with the floral notes.

The base is a fairly standard vanilla with wood-amber-musk mix, but it is nicely done and the oud gives it an added ounce of character and variety. The performance is very good with moderate sillage, good projection nine hours of longevity on my skin.

In an age of a deluge of oud scents, some obvious aromachemical copycats attempt to cash in on this trend, in this case the oud is of a decent quality and intelligently incorporated into the whole. It is great for autumn, a rich scent with depth but less voluptuous than Halfeti for instance. 3.5/5.
04th October, 2015

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