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Sweet Arabia

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:27 pm
by Boudicca
Possets description: During the Victorian times, Eastern trade routes flourished. With the advent of faster and more reliable ships things like oude and patchouli, resins and attars could be brought from places like India, China and the Middle East. Having precious raw materials woven into fabulous deep scents is a specialty of Arabian lands and so I am offering you a gem of a perfume which illustrates this grand art lusciously.

A typically Arabian blend with three oudes, "white" sandalwood, a hint of charcoal burning (yes, it does have its own very appealing scent), golden copal, and myrrh tears. Strong and long lasting, endowed with a bit of labdanum. This is a woody hypnotic type of fragrance, very deep and about as far away as you can get from goody. At the risk of sounding obscure (though some will know exactly what I mean) it's a very fabric-like scent (though not like silk). Almost tarry in its dark resinous heart. The best quality ingredients give Sweet Arabia a sparkling polish.

The name comes from a line in Macbeth,"...all the perfumes of sweet Arabia..."

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:02 pm
by Boudicca
Strong. Lots of oude and labdanum on me. I totally get that fabric vibe and I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet.
Petticoats, I'm pretty sure that there is white oude here.
The fabric thing is for some reason making it not quite what I expected, so I'm confused, though I am liking it.
I will have to give this one a little more time.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:18 pm
by Maya
I had hopes for this one. It started to settle, then veered straight into mosquito repellent territory and is hanging out there. Booooooo! I will update again after longer wearing.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:02 pm
by stellamaris
this smells very "Possets " to me, it's soft and sweet but at the same time lush and dense. Love it.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:35 pm
by hill78
Would anyone be able to compare this one to Gimme That Oude Time Religion? Are they at all similar?

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:48 pm
by Boudicca
I'm wearing this again today and really enjoying it. It's a little sharp in the bottle, but much better on the skin. I've had it on maybe 2 1/2 hours now and it's just lovely and resinous.

@hill78, I'll check when I get home tonight. I suck at doing comparisons by memory. Though if I had to, hmm... I don't think they are too similar in the bottle but maybe in the drydown? Like I said, I can't really say without doing the old side by side.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:48 pm
by Maya
hill78 wrote:Would anyone be able to compare this one to Gimme That Oude Time Religion? Are they at all similar?
For me they are not similar at all. Oude Time Religion has a sweeter tone to me. This one is sharper and with different notes. But then, this one went bug spray on me and Oude Time Religion doesn't.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:29 am
by Boudicca
I'll stick (mostly) with what I said before, and agree (mostly!) with Maya.
In bottle and wet on skin, no.
After drying down a good four hours or so, you could see that they might be cousins. Second cousins? Same family somehow but not that close. Like if they showed up at the same reunion they might have a little problem remembering the other's name.
Oude Time Religion is sweeter though. Just in comparison. Like, if you were *just describing OTR, "sweet" would probably not be the first adjective to come to mind.
Also, they don't share the fabric note. And, to me there is something that makes me think of red musk. Like this one shares a combo of notes (or one unusual note) with a different perfume which contains red musk. I don't know what it is or what gives me this impression.
At any rate, I think it... just might get a vote from me.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:36 am
by sertso
For me, this is the essence of "exotic." When I put it on, my mind goes back to when I was a kid and wanted to be a gypsy (after seeing a fantastic performance of Carmen by the Met). It's everything I expected NOT to be and has images of swirling color and the occult.

Well, I turned out a little less "normal" than one would expect from a kid growing up in Des Moines, and have become even more eccentric over the ages. Now the perfume brings to mind the glorious color of native Peruvian dress, worn by wonderful women I love from the villages around Cusco. I suspect they'd think it's about right for the "vieja loca en 'sneakers' maron" who became their friend. (English: crazy old woman in purple sneakers, which the young women really liked)

This is the perfect perfume when I think of people I know all over the world--sweet but not syrupy, lots of scents I can't quite peg but really like, and very definitely not polyester Midwest.

I invite you to travel too! And not just with this perfume and the other wonders Fabienne creates--travel, if you can, and meet wonderful people from all over.

Re: Sweet Arabia

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:15 am
by gypsyjolie
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.