Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

(2014)
Perfume Calligraphy Saffron by Aramis
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Perfume Calligraphy Saffron (Aramis)
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Perfume Calligraphy Saffron is a popular perfume by Aramis for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is spicy-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesTagetes, Bergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesTurkish rose absolute, Lavender, Saffron
Base Notes Base NotesStyrax, Vetiver, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (105 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (73 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (84 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (88 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 11.01.2017
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1 Award
Incredibly Golden!
My personal favourite among the Calligraphy line. I really liked Calligraphy Rose, but this is something else! Pure Gold. Extremely pleasant soft ambery-floral, with a warm pollen-esque feel throughout. Pointless for me to review it in detail - Colin Maillard has done a wonderful job of that, as always.

Calligraphy Rose was beautiful and rich, but a little on the louder side for me. But here the whole thing is very restrained, while still being as rich and incredibly golden. Just a well-mannered sibling of the same blue-blooded lineage . It's a very personal perfume - as others have mentioned, something for close encounters. Hats off to Estee Lauder for releasing something this "niche" at a really honest (designer) price. (People need some perspective.)

Anyways, now that this line has been discontinued, grab these if you get a chance before they disappear for good.

9/10
Greatly helpful Review    4 Awards
Soothing gold!
Quite another winner, to say the least, among this limited (and discontinued already?) line by Aramis. My favourite still remains Calligraphy Rose, but this Saffron sibling comes right after that. First of all I must point out that honestly, I would have called this “Calligraphy Chamomile & Tagetes”, because that’s precisely what I get out of this for the first couple of hours. An extremely pleasant, bracing and calming blend of resinous, honeyed floral notes with a peculiar sort of warm, “edible”, gently balsamic pollen-infused earthy-herbal feel with a slight sort of waxy-citric aftertaste – which is more or less what I refer to as “chamomile” (say, a steamy cup of honeyed, bergamot/rose-infused chamomile). There is saffron, too, but to me it acts more as a subtle enhancement of the spicier, more aromatic side of the blend. It’s surely not the most prominent note for me, but it’s there.

The color of the juice and the label reflect the smell quite well: all that gold, yellow and ochre – that’s how Calligraphy Saffron smells, in “synesthetic” terms. It’s exotic, elegant, soothing and almost “meditative” with its sense of golden, peaceful floral-resinous warmth, just with the right balance of thickness and dryness – the dryness mostly coming from a discreet, austere and kind of smoky accord of light leather and vetiver providing a thin, yet quite perceivable and perfectly fit “dark” and dry base tinged with a whiff of rose powder. All works just perfect: a simple composition, rich in depth more than notes, with seemingly great quality and a really desirable presence on skin – it’s long-lasting, not overly sweet (actually, considering the notes, it’s barely sweet), pleasantly linear with a slow transition towards a drier, smokier, unexpectedly more balsamic woody-resinous-leathery scent, with the right projection (more on the discreet side). If I had to mention a flaw, it would be a slightly excessive sense of restraint; personally, I would have wished something a bit more “opulent”. It’s a rich scent, but a bit too tamed down to express its richness at its best. But however, it’s great. I didn’t try the black-label “original” Calligraphy scent, but both Rose and Saffron are definitely two really great pieces of Oriental perfumery which I wouldn’t have expected from Aramis. Totally worthy the price.

8/10
Bottle 10.0/10
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    4 Awards
Honeyed Saffron...
Perfume Calligraphy Saffron goes on with a thick, near-resinous floral marigold with supporting slightly powdery rose and traces of leathery saffron spice. As the composition moves to its early heart the marigold vacates as the saffron builds intensity adding in a moderately sweet supporting honey accord, with the fine powdery rose growing into co-star with the saffron. Moving through the heart phase, an underlying modestly smoky woody vetiver joins the primary honeyed saffron and rose accord, adding a bit of dryness. During the late dry-down the composition turns relatively dry, losing its honeyed sweetness as remnants of the saffron and rose now join leathery styrax through the finish. Projection is very good to excellent and longevity very good at 10-11 hours on skin.

Perfume Calligraphy Saffron immediately impresses with its excellent early use of marigold. The marigold is difficult to describe, but it has a thick, slightly boozy floral aspect to it that is a perfect match for the saffron. Speaking of the saffron, it is paired with a honey-like accord that never gets too sweet, but adds a bit of an unexpected spin to the presentation one might not expect, countering the saffron's slightly dry leathery nature. The rose used primarily in the mid-section of the composition is almost as prominent as the saffron, showing off its relatively airy, powdery facets. All-in-all the saffron, honey and rose combination surprisingly works very well, leading to the relatively stark dry-down. After having been previously impressed with the Perfume Calligraphy Rose flanker, this Saffron flanker offering near-equally impresses. The bottom line is Perfume Calligraphy Saffron continues to prove that while rare, some flankers can smell better than the compositions they were based off of, earning a "very good" to "Excellent" 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation.

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