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Byzantium Saffron

$4.00

It makes perfect sense that The Merchant of Venice perfume line launched in 2013 at the Museum Palazzo Mocenigo should name one of its fragrances from its Murano Collection ‘Byzantium Saffron”. There’s a bona fide connection between Byzantium and Venice. This is the scent that Gwen brought back for me, a golden gem in a gem of a bottle.
 
Byzantium Saffron smells exotic. The featured notes are saffron, indonesian patchouli leaf, crystal amber and white suede. The opening note of saffron in full glory with its leather and tobacco facets, rich and startling with its acrid bittersweet tones, almost knocks my head back. This is no country for the uninitiated perfume newbie.
 
As I expect, the strong contrasts soon begin to dissipate and I can smell a soft rosy-suede floral note begin to emerge from the leather, sweetly spiced and enchanting. As this dries down to reveal the heart notes, patchouli leaf offers a green herbal depth, bolstering the musty-dusty spice effect of the saffron, then amber moves into to sweeten and soften this mix in the base.
 
Byzantium Saffron becomes opulent and smooth as fine suede, rich and polished, exotic but familiar due to the roses, now in full bloom. After two hours, the scent on my arm is still aromatic and the amber is working its sweet-salty skin magic. The golden scent lingers for hours, and I’m amazed at the longevity of the star player, the saffron note, because the next morning, I still get hints of sueded amber on my skin. I sniff, then sniff again, then think that this would smell great on a man, too.
 
Byzantium Saffron smells exotic, and expensive. It’s a scent from another land and another era when spices were prized acquisitions to one’s household.  I sniff, then sniff again, then think that this would smell great on a man, too. 
 
Notes: saffron, indonesian patchouli leaf, crystal amber and white suede.
Typer: EdP
Parfumeur; Unknown
 
 

Price: $4.00
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