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Arabie is a spicy Oriental – pure and simple - done as a hyperbolic  capital “O” Oriental, and it was inspired by  Serge Lutens’ memories of travelling through the Middle East. He wanted the scent to capture the smell of the markets, the food, the landscape, the culture - to make it alive and enveloping  - and Arabie does this to perfection. It’s a place in a bottle.

The notes literally fly out of this magic bottle in the listed order – a rush of sunny notes first, pungent orange peel mixed with cedar and creamy sandalwood, layered on top of the dried dark fruits, which almost immediately start to become boozy. Then the spices tumble out like proverbial Whirling Dervishes – clove, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin – stomping and flattening the figs and dates, swirling and swooping with the orange and woods and fruits, creating a dense heady aromatic cloud. When the dusty Tonka bean, benzoin and sweet myrhh arrive, I’m ready for a more sedate Act ll. In the heart, the fruit and spice start to blend into a smooth, rich, exquisitely warm, expansive, opulent scent, which washes over me in waves into the dry-down. This smells sooo good!
In the dry-down the fruit and spice combo is softened more by the woods, and is made slightly complex and a little mysterious with hints of leather (labdanum), tobacco notes  and soft musk – snippets of animalics. Through the next few hours, Arabie performs another magic act and reveals itself to be an engagingly beautiful and generous perfume, not overly sweet or foody , but aromatic and lightly woody which lasts and lasts on my skin.

Notes: cedar shavings and sandalwood resins, dried mandarin peel, figs, and dates, cumin, bay leaf, Ceylon cardamom, clove and nutmeg, freshly grated, balsamic resins, Tonka bean, Siamese benzoin, myrhh, labdanum (rockrose), aged tobacco, musk
Type: EdP
Parfumeurs: Serge Lutens and Christopher Sheldrake

Price: $7.00