Oliban by Keiko Mecheri 2004

Heya Sniffy Sniffers,

Recently we had a bit of a Launch down at Myer Sydney City of the new niche fragrance counter. It was sniff sniff sniff and of course I got to show everyone that while I adore fragrance my nose is only very average at parsing the contents. Oh well, can’t be perfect at EVERYTHING!!! So I have tried this baby before but on the night I was showing it to everyone and since then I have been COMPLETELY obsessing. Today I had to drop some stuff into Libertine Parfumerie and while there I grabbed myself a bottle of…

Oliban by Keiko Mecheri 2004

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Virginia cedar, incense, olibanum, (blonde) tobacco, (Damascene) rose, palisander rosewood, tonka bean, ambergris

I reviewed Oliban not too long ago so if you want to know about notes and progression go check it out there. What I do want you to know about Oliban is that I love it right through its lovely jammy rose, woods and resinous life. It’s a lovely warm, feel good, great big happy hug in a wooden retreat with someone you love, and it’s reciprocated.

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Unusual, interesting, old and new, Oliban is gorgeous. Great in our lovely warm spring and just as gorgeous in the middle of winter.

Further reading: Katie Puckrik Smells and I Smell Therefore I Am
Libertine Parfumerie has $195/75ml including FREE Australian postage
First In Fragrance has €145/75ml and €5/4ml Samples

So to share my good choice today I though we could do a giveaway.

Portia xx


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Oliban by Keiko Mecheri GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 2 Winners who will each get:
1 x 5ml Oliban by Keiko Mecheri decant
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Go to Libertine Parfumerie and tell me any fragrance they sell online and a note that it contains. NO DOUBLE UPS!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: http://wp.me/p3PURw-3eU  Oliban by   


Entries Close Sunday 5th October 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Thursday 9th October 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


75 comments on “Oliban by Keiko Mecheri 2004

  1. Jaybee says:

    Mark Buxton’s Sleeping with Ghosts (cool name), vanilla. I follow by email. 🙂

  2. MsKerriB says:

    You were great at the Myer sniff Portia! The Oliban is delightful. I follow by email 🙂

  3. fanny says:

    Oliban sounds mesmerizing!

    L’Artisan Parfumeur: Nuit de Tubéreuse. Note: cistus labdanum (rock rose). I love this scent.

    Following by email.
    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway =)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Mesmerising is a great word of Oliban. You have picked one of my favourite L’Artisans.
      Portia xx

  4. Tara says:

    I remember being fascinated by your review of this one, Portia. I guess this line is available somewhere in the UK but I don’t know where.

    So please enter me in your generous givewway. I follow by email.

    The perfume I found was Nuit de Tubereuse by L’Artisan which features mango (as well as tuberose!). Off to tweet…

    • Tara says:

      Oh no! While I was writing my comment someone else got the L’Artisan so I’ll say Ombre Indigo by Olfactive Studio featuring papyrus.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Thank you for being part of the APJ family Tara. I love seeing your icon pop up. It looks like a Lempicka painting and it reminds me of my first time in Paris, where I bought a Lempicka poster book, and of spending the day with you in London sniffing stuff, eating and ending up in Hermes.
        Always a happy smile.
        Portia xxx

      • Tara says:

        That’s really lovely to hear, thank-you Portia.

        It is “The Sleeper” by Lempicka! I love her work and this one appropriately enough is on my bedroom wall.

  5. Patty Pong says:

    EUGENIE by Rance …melon 🙂

  6. Elia says:

    Ineke, After my Own Heart – with Lilac
    I follow by email

  7. Jackie b says:

    I wore Seville a L’Aube today, so that is my choice with its note of orange blossom.
    I follow by email

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I have been rediscovering Seville a l’Aube myself recently. What a wonderful fragrance.
      Portia xx

  8. cristi andreea says:

    HONOUR WOMAN,follow by email

  9. Scar says:

    I choose Tokyomilk’s No. 45 Bulletproof (and the note cedar) because it’s a fragrance that I fell in love with in-store but at home on my skin I just couldn’t handle it! So sad.
    I follow by email. 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      LOVE Tokyo Milk Bubble Bath. So good Scar. Sad face about your buy, have you tried spritzing it on knees and your lower back?
      Portia xx

      • Scar says:

        Unfortunately I think it is the scent itself and not the strength of it that is not working – perhaps my nose was fatigued when I first smelled it, or possibly the tester bottle was aged? I am not sure. I have chalked it up to ‘one of those things’ and I will bring it to trade at the next perfume meet. C’est la vie!

  10. Donna says:

    Olibanum sounds very nice! Would love to be a winner. I follow APJ via mail and am in the US. I settled on Keiko Mecheri’s Paradise Lost on the Libertine site. Note found Bergamot as a top note. Thank you!!!

  11. Amanda Gorton says:

    Following via email and twitter

    Fate Woman By Amouage – a Woody Oriental scent with base notes including Vanilla, Patchouli, Leather

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thanks Amanda,
      Fate Woman is interesting, on my skin I can’t smell it at all but it gets me loads of compliments.
      Portia xx

  12. Damir says:

    It seems that Oliban is a perfume I have to try one way or another. I like its description in the review. I’m choosing Robert Piguet’s Bandit with a note of galbanum.
    Following as usual: RSS, mail, WordPress, FB, twitter.
    Have a lovely day, APJ!

  13. hotlanta linda says:

    Rose, Jasmine, and orange Blossom in Helene from Rance – another brand, like Mercheri, that I read, swoon, and need to try everything so I can swoon MORE 🙂 🙂 We follow a la FB, blog, and e-mail.

  14. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail and I choose Gin Fizz by Lubin that has notes of Bergamot and Lemon

  15. Mohammad says:

    I choose Pardon and the note is Vanilla
    I folloe by email

  16. Mohammad says:

    Sorry the note is Woody Accord.

  17. Robert H. says:

    As always, your emails are a joy to read! On Libertine I looked at the new Robert Piguet Gardenia, which has Lily and Ylang. Many Thanks!

  18. Bradley Woolslayer says:

    I follow by email.I love aquatics, and would love to check out Creed Erolfa. It contains lemon.

  19. Julie F says:

    I follow by email. I choose Keiko Mecheri’s Cuir Cordoba, with it’s benzoin note in the base. I haven’t tried Oliban yet. Thanks for the draw.

  20. Lean S says:

    Aaah this is soo exciting! I swear this site is like something out of a dream! Thank you for all of the opportunities you give us readers! I follow via email, of course, and a fragrance I found on Libertine is Osmanthus Interdite by Parfum d’Empire with a note of apricot.

  21. Marion says:

    Ooo I’ll play! Andrea Maack’ s Coven rings my bell! Green on top over earthy dark woods….I’ve been nearly back to my old naughty blind buy days over the descriptions and reviews I’ve read on this one!!
    I’m an email follower and every morning wth my cuppa and often at other times I love reading!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Get you a sample. Blind buys are often Bad Buys. Money is too hard to make to throw it away.
      Portia xx

  22. greennote2 says:

    Miller et Bertaux Spiritus / land #2 with rose in the middle notes – what a complete surprise, I haven’t been conscious of the rose at all. I follow by email and RSS. It’s great to hear your adventures out and about enjoying perfume. Did you ever think you’d be doing this 5 years ago?

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      It’s probably only 5 years ago I discovered the online world of perfumistas, maybe a smidge more, after being a solo hoarder of fragrance. So the answer is decidedly no, but when I get bitten by a bug it bites hard and the online world frag is amazing. We are all really lucky to live in a time where it’s possible to communicate your freak with others in the world, I like having a scented world family.
      Portia xx

  23. Bud says:

    Eau de Parfum By Grandflora
    Note: Magnolia

    Great post! I follow you with bloglovin 🙂 x

  24. Nemo says:

    I follow by email! L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine with guaiac wood 🙂

  25. Undina says:

    Follow by e-mail.

    Graniflora MICHEL (magnolia)

    Undina recently posted…Entertaining Statistics: September 2014My Profile

  26. Lindaloo says:

    I follow by email.
    How about Parfum D’Empire’s Osmanthus Interdite with its note of (wait for it) osmanthus 🙂 And, they still have the 50ml bottle of this.
    Love playing around on the Libertine site with Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Finder.

  27. Sammy says:

    I follow by email! And I love the “immortal flower” notes in Citizen Queen by Juliette has a Gun! 😀

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I smelled something yesterday full of Immortelle, I think it may have been a Papillon fragrance, it was lovely.
      Portia xx

  28. Sherry says:

    Seriously Tokyo Milk in La Vie Le Mort with notes of Tuberose and Rose. Bookmarked and MUST get my hands on this!!!!!!!

  29. einsof says:

    Olibanum is my preferred name for frankincense. removes the religious overtones and gives an air of middle eastern mystery & sophistication. (plus, i just like to watch people go, “huh?”)

    quite the haul Libertine has! Robert Piguet’s Rose Perfection has notes of rose & Ambroxan.

    i follow by email.


    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Einsof,
      Nice one Olibanum is a good name but I like Frankincense too. Love that we are wearing the same stuff as in the religious stories.
      Portia xx

  30. Laurels says:

    I’ll choose Ineke Chemical Bonding, which has a forbidding name but smells to me like a quiet, grassy green, and its base note of vetiver. I follow with Bloglovin.

    I blame my poor performance at sniffing out notes on my sensitive nose. Sometimes a loud top note just drowns out the rest of the fragrance for me at first sniff. It’s why I always try things several times before purchasing–those “that’s new” moments. xxx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Totally LaurelS,
      that’s a super sensible plan and I bet it saves you from loads of unwanted purchases.
      Portia xx

  31. Katherine Mittas says:

    So Nude eau de parfum by Costume National .
    Top notes of cardamon LMR, cumin, neroli.
    Am so getting this when I get a job ! present for myself.
    Oh yer….

    I follow in so many ways .. Facebook, newsletter. Love your work .

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  33. Fruitful says:

    Portia, who cares about the notes? You slayed me with this: “I love it right through its lovely jammy rose, woods and resinous life. It’s a lovely warm, feel good, great big happy hug in a wooden retreat with someone you love, and it’s reciprocated.” *happy sigh*

  34. Rhiannon says:

    Hi Portia – yay, first comment of mine on your blog! 🙂

    It sounds like I would LOVE Oliban so I would like to enter the give-away please. I follow via email (rhiannon dot bassett at hotmail dot co dot nz) AND via RSS.

    I really like Libertine Perfumeire, thanks for introducing it to me – I’ll probs buy stuff from them. One of the perfumes they stock is called Sympathy for the Sun by Dear Rose which doesn’t have any Rose in it but does have Salt Crystal listed as a base note.

  35. Cynthia Mc says:

    I follow by email. What an interesting selection of brands they carry at Libertine. I see two people have already chosen Parfum D’Empire’s Osmanthus Interdite so I’ll go with Carthusia’s Corallium. (Which is based on the legend of Medusa. Love it.) Top note of mandarin. I have a sample but haven’t gotten to try it yet.

  36. Allie says:

    A follower via email, a Libertine stocked perfume I would love to try is Parfum d’Empire’s Wazumba which has incense.

    (They used to have Ambre Russe and I’ve waiting for it to appear again . . .)

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