ANKH by Scents of Time (2008)

  1. odysseusm
    Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Juniper, Lime, Pink Pepper
    Middle: Myrtle, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Cassia, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Pepper
    Base: Benzoin, Labdanum, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Birch Tar, Cedar, Guaiac, Honey, Tobacco, Vanilla

    This is a truly excellent scent, a woody oriental that I can whole-heartedly endorse. It is a very dry scent with pepper-spice, incense, and old stones/mineral notes.
    The citrus notes of the opening are good, but predictably brief. Myrtle and cypress give green, coniferous notes. So far, it is light and refreshing, but then it develops some really interesting spicy-earthy elements. The sandalwood is well done, quite authentic. The birch tar is smoky and tangy, and cedar and guaiac are good and woody. The hints of tobacco and vanilla are not problematic for me. They are not sweet nor heavy. They give an earthy tang which, combined with the spices, creates an old-stones note that I find pleasant. Romantically, it suggests the atmosphere of an old pyramid tomb. The scent here is like Eau D’Italie, but with less citrus, more spice and more stony character. It is most intriguing, and I like it very much.

    Meant to recreate the atmosphere in Tutanhkamen's tomb...
    It is the only unisex-designated scent in the SOT line.
  2. odysseusm
    Dry-down update.
    The birch tar is apparent... very carefully modulated, not excessive, but detectable. Some shun this note -- so be warned.
  3. MonkeyBars
    Thanks Ody! I indeed "shun" it . . .
  4. odysseusm
    I think that the "Scents of Time" line was the initiative of a UK Dragon's Den pitch. The company was not successful in the long run, so its scents will be hard to find now.

    Phase 1: coniferous, very resinous, smoky, woody. Hints of spice, well blended.
    Phase 2: very smoky birch tar: leathery, substantial.
    The two phases don't clash, and everything settles down into a nice blend. This is exotic in a low-key way. I like it, but one has to tolerate birch tar to appreciate it.
  5. odysseusm
    Fun fact about this scent -- I got it in the British Museum! Beautiful packaging and the decal of an ankh on the bottle. "Tutanhkaman's Aroma of Intrigue." The scent is complex and well blended. It is difficult to pick out all the notes. I get a soapy, slightly spicy and leathery chord. Hints of incense with a bit of honey. I applied it lightly and the birch tar is not a problem. It is quite attractive. The secret is to not overapply. I did this in the past, because the initial stages of the scent are so intriguing. But then the birch tar / leather note kept developing and getting stronger. With one spritz, everything stays more or less in balance.
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