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Launched in 2013 by Italian niche house Sigilli, Bayan Mulak was inspired by an area in northern Mongolia, between the taiga and tundra called Bayan Mulak by the local people. The press release says:

“This name means "Rich sources"

A wonderful landscape, rich in conifers, alternating with large meadows, where there are springs that feed the lakes and rivers where the horses drink from.

The smell of the wind that caresses this whole range of green notes and slightly floral is cold and firm, clean and woody with slight animal notes.”

So, I decided to do some research on the area and after reading about steppes (grasslands), taiga (boreal forest) and tundra (permanently frozen) – flora, fauna, minerals and average temperatures and rainfall, I lost all interest in the place. I realized that research is dry and dreary and that when I wear Bayan Mulak the place I want to visit is the one Buccella created, not the real northern Mongolia.

Bayan Mulak opens with a clean, citrusy lemon note that leads to the smell of cut grass, beautifully herbaceous, green and just a little sweet. There is the lovely scent of wildflowers weaving through the grass note that softens the greenness with a gentle floralcy. As it warms on the skin, the smell of pine needles, resinous and woody, comes forward and leads to a woody heart of pine-scented softwoods. Bliss. The base is animalic and smooth from musk.

The drydown is the clear, soft skin scent of an expansive landscape, quietly rich and serene. It wears beautifully on my skin.

My research tells me that the area in Northern Mongolia that inspired Bayan Mulak was once full of life.  Accounts of travelers to the area in the eighteenth century tell of the remarkable animals they saw – elk, wild boar, musk deer, wild horses and birds too - swans, cranes, pelicans and more. Two hundred years later, they aren’t to be found.

As I write this, it occurs to me that in order to experience the inspiration behind Bayan Mulak you just have to wear it.

Notes: lemon, cut grass, wildflowers, pine needles, softwood, musk and animalic notes

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Enrico Buccella

Price: $5.00