Admission time! We have aptly named the website. I am a complete PERFUME JUNKIE! If it smells good to me I am happy like a kid. Very sad when I don’t like it and give a fragrance 4 goes before it’s put away. Be it Chanel, Aftelier, Lutens, Jessica Simpson, Guerlain, Tauer, Gorilla, Gwen Stefani, Boucheron or any other of the myriad perfume and fragrance producers worldwide. Slowly but surely I am making my way through them with new and exciting things arriving every week. This week there was a large, well taped box with picture stamps all over it.
Reading Perfume Posse recently there was an article about Swiss Arabian perfumes, apparently the Avon of the Arab world. I had seen them when I had stumbled on the Zahra’s Perfumes site (but been a little scared to purchase even though, or maybe because they are so reasonable) in my search for a now discontinued Hamil Al Musk oil called Musk Alwaz that a neighbour had brought back for me. After reading Musette’s story on Noora I was completely energised and went to with abandon. They had taken 6 weeks to arrive down here in Australia so they had left my memory banks and were a lovely surprise. These descriptions are edited from the site.
Rasheeqa Concentrated Perfume Oil (20ml) Alcohol Free $20
Rasheeqa, personifies gracefulness found in women of royal descent. A woman poised in her love, embellish with wholesomeness, splendour, and grace—taking us to the voyage of metapphorical grandeur, of Arabic past, present and future. She is an epitome of womanhood.
Heart: Water fruits, Maguet, Rose, Jasmine, Hyacinth
Base: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Orris, Musk, Amber
Noora : Concentrated Perfume Oil (20 ml) Alcohol Free $12
Noora, meaning `divine light; concentrated Mukhalat perfume from Al Arabiya Al Swissriya, shines in its brilliant illuminating design bottle with floral fruity neo oriental fragrance, bringing energy in our life. Oriental and rounded notes with profound modern harmonious theme.
Top: Orange, Tangerine, Ylang ylang, Plum, Honey
Heart: Ginger, Lily, Iris, Tuberose, Rose, Jasmine, Hyacinth, Saffron, Shamamatul Amber, Blackcurrant
Base: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk, Dehn el ood, Vanilla, Chocolate, Civet
Mukhalat Jumana Concentrated Perfume Oil (20ml) Alcohol Free $35
This perfume is a rich oriental Agarwood based Floral blend with a top note of pure Turkish Rose and a body of Indian & Combodian Agarwood.
Top: Freshness of Galbanum, Apple, Hycainth, Bergamot, Lemon & Spiced up cinnamon
Heart: Carnation, Hints of Clove, Rose, Jasmine & Violet Notes
Base: Delicate woody, Powdery note of Balsam, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Ood & Amber
I have been wearing this one to bed, its heavy narcotic intensity wafting over me as I drift off to sleep is soothing, and mesmeric, as I slow my breathing down. The Turkish Rose here is sweet enough to be Turkish Delight over the top of the ouds deeply resinous, animalic & fungal stench it makes an interesting dichotomy.
Mukhallat Al Walid Oudh Blend Oil 1 Tola $15
There is no write up or proper pictiure in the Zahra catalogue for this perfume oil. I bought it because it caught my eye. It is a 10ml-ish decant into a very interesting octagonal, gold floral printed glass bottle with a plastic dabber stick inside and a gold tone lid with a glass jewel on top.
Dark, deep, balmy, fecal sweet. This is extreme perfumery. Imagine Indiana Jones smelling like this towards the end of one of his adventures. Horse, dirt, shit, sweat, leather, blood and sex; it’s all deliciously here.
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