Narkiss by Ayala Moriel (2014)

  1. odysseusm
    The fragrance notes according to Ayala are as follows:
    Top - Szechuan pepper, bergamot, iris
    Mid - Narcissus, coffee flower, orange blossom
    Base - Pinewood, liatrix, ambreine, musk

    Ayala also says that "Narkiss" means narcissus in the Hebrew language.

    This is a big-hearted, green, aromatic scent. Dusky, earthy, exotic, unusual. It brings to mind some other of AM's green scents, such as Rainforest.
    There is a spicy note, somewhat like cinnamon. A petrochor note from the so-called "stone tincture" (fossilized scat). A sort of wild mint/camphor and hay note from the liatrix (which is a source of coumarin). And something like tobacco leaf in the dry-down.

    I know that AM makes a lot of her own tinctures, and this is an unconventional and intriguing brew. Those who appreciate Slumberhouse, OLO and O'Driu will like this.

    Not sweet, and not floral. At times, it seems like a rich masculine fougere of the 80's. At other times, it seems utterly new and almost indescribable.

    Hint of animalic twang from the stone tincture in the dry-down.

    Definitely worth a look-see for those who like something off the beaten track.
  2. odysseusm
    Definitely time to re-visit this quirky artisan scent. Notes according to latest Ayala site:
    Top notes: Bergamot, Szechuan Pepper
    Heart notes: Narcissus Absolute, Coffee Flower Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Orris CO2, Styrax
    Base notes: Vegetal Musk, Liatrix Absolute, Ambreine, Africa Stone, Pinewood
  3. odysseusm
    Dark green and powerful. Hypnotic, mysterious. Very earthy, with hints of a lovely floral note. Mellow. Superb, really. Woody bark, hay-like coumarin. Rich and heady. Short longevity but that is to be expected with an all-natural scent. Quite special.
  4. MonkeyBars
    Orris is very earthy. Moriel's scents are lovely.
  5. odysseusm
    This is hauntingly beautiful. I recommend it highly. Earthy notes mixed with coumarin. A rich, pipe-tobacco vibe here, with a bit of peppery spice and some minty-leafy notes. Masculine and elegant.
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