Men's Biz Fragrance Sample Pack: Souks and Spice Temples, 8 x 1ml


Men's Biz Fragrance Sample Pack: Souks and Spice Temples, 8 x 1ml

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Little wonder why souks are a source of great and greedy inspiration for perfumers: one cannot think of spice markets without that characteristic invasion of the senses, and no less the sense of smell, where exotica fills the nose with the wonderfully overwhelming smell of sweet and rare spices, deep and dark resins, and purifying incense.

Andy Tauer has continually played with this theme.The highly praised L'Air du Desert Marocain sketches a picture of the Maghreb desert: infinite planes of sand, a vast cloudless blue sky, and spice markets in the distance. Move towards the centre and find Au Coeur du Desert, the same desert but up close, with a heart of leather and patchouli. Move to Egypt (Eight and Bob), and find yourself located in a barbershop, with classical fougere accords enlivened with beguiling notes of amber, nutmeg, and cinnamon, like a refined and balanced Egyption sweet; or a platter of golden-sweet nectarous fruits in Naomi Goodsir's Or du Serail, engulfed in the tempting sweetness of hookah pipe smoke.

For a real bounty, consider Jubilation XXV from Amouage - utter luxury, it's like uncovering the treasures of Alladin's cave, where the very best Omani Silver Frankincense melds with tart blackberry and addictive oud. Or perhaps sample Epic Man (Amouage), generating a photorealistic picture of the Silk Road, where cultures once fused and spices were king - as rare oud mingles with a bold blend of mace, saffron, leather, and castoreum. Etat Libre d'Orange's Spice Must Flow champions cinnamon - that blunt blushing spice, and puts it in tension with the cooling green spice of cardamom, all at the behest of a magnificent Turkish rose note. For a good dose of saffron, try 500 Years (Etat Libre d'Orange) which rests this note on oud and rolls it in cocoa powder.

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