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Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:22 pm
by Maya
gypsyjolie wrote:This is beautiful.

It's a bit sharp wet and in the bottle. When I first put it on my skin, the oude ramps up in a way that is a bit nauseating... but in a few minutes, 15 max, this blooms into a really gorgeous scent. It is a bit exotic. The oudes work as sort of a pseudo-leather ish rounding scent. The copal comes through with a lovely sweetish resiny orange scent. Myrrh, which often ruins things for me, stays mostly subdued... lending just a hint of a metallic edge to the scent (and may be the sharpness I get at first). This scent is warm, rich, and welcoming, and definitely could be worn by either gender. I like the twist in that it is an incense scent, but the copal is not burning so no smoke, which make the incense not your usual incense - more like an amber scent. This is not a dry scent, it's emollient - probably the oiliness of the myrrh. The sandalwood's roughness adds to the "leather" in my mind.

Without scent notes, I'd have guessed that this is a worn leather, amber, orange zest, and musk scent. It's warm and round and comforting, but not foody. Like a sundrenched cabin with quilts on the couches and the faint remains of a fire in the fireplace, and the warm skin of your lover sleeping next to you... in a cologne, as this is definitely a perfumey take on things, with a slightly high-pitched note.
I SO wish it had done this on me. I am going to let mine rest a bit more and try it again because I had such high hopes for it.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:33 pm
by Boudicca
Smoke and fabric today? :huh:
Don't get me wrong, I like it. But right now, if you asked me what notes I am getting that would be answer.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:56 pm
by Floria
Decidedly sweet, but in a resinous way, not a foody way, with the toastiness of oude. Compared to GC scents, I'd say it's probably richer and sweeter than Gimme That Oude Time Religion, but not as thick and spicy as Over-The-Rhine (although I haven't worn either in a while).

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:32 pm
by funkmoppet2
I want to love this, but I think it's going to be unrequited. There's a rose note that's really strong in this for me. Take that note out, and it's a lovely "walking into a middle-eastern knick-knack shop" incense blend, which frankly I love to smell like. Except in Sweet Arabia, that rose note is keeping it in potpourri territory, and potpourri is something I do not love to smell like. Much sadness as I go to scrub this one off.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:41 pm
by sillageslut
Sweet Arabia is very similar to Shah Jahan & The 13th Love Note. They seem to have the nag champa type base and red musk but each has a different floral arrangement. Shah Jahan has zdravetz (geranium), 13th Love Note has shamama (?floral) and Sweet Arabia has rose. I previously hated rose but I have really been enjoying Fabienne's sweet creamy rose blends but I agree with Funkmoppet that the rose goes more potpourri which I can't abide. Of the three blends, Shah Jahan is my first choice then The 13th Love note with it's rampant red musk (yum yum). I'm sure the rose lovers out there will love Sweet Arabia though. The sillage is stunning and it lasts forever.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:59 am
by woodenmango
Hmm this one is a tough one for me.

In the vial it is sharp and spicey with resinous sweetness. On initial wet application it's about the same with that spicey sort of smell amping a little then suddenly it goes back to resinous and actually a little...burnt? Like the sticky residue left on an incense burner. And it is just so strong! I actually do like it but I am not sure I would wear it. It just doesn't feel like me.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:37 pm
by woodenmango
Oh I am happy I gave this another go. See, I rewore the sweater I had intially had on when I tried it the first tiem and oh my was it nice. So I gave this another try, using only the faintest dab and kept with it for several hours. So lovely! To me it is very incense-y which I love. I also think this might layer very nicely with a citrus or spicey scent. I got this as a freebie with my order. Nice choice Fabienne! :D

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:06 pm
by Minh Scent
I love this and have smelled something similar before...perhaps high quality Indian sandal incense. Nothing insect repellent at all in my nose, but rather woody. Full bottle candidate, for sure!

I spend a lot of money trying to find good wood scents from both mainstream and indie companies and am tickled I can get something so beautiful at this price!

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:12 pm
by sakecat22
The combination of notes on my skin (after an initial phase of "serious rose! With incense! And oud!!!!!") reminded me of a creamy version of one of Montale's rose/oud fragrances. As it dries down, it morphs into a labdanum/musk. It takes a couple of hours to get to that dry down. I like all the stages, I just have to remember to let this sit on my skin for a few hours before venturing into scent-sensitive environments. Those first couple of phases can be strong.