Christmas is over, for good! Depending on liking, habit and region, the tree still fell in the old year, in many cases until New Year's Eve, but at the latest then on 06.01. to "Epiphany". At home, like every year, we proceeded in stages. The fir tree is promptly located for firewood in the garden and the dismantling of our extensive decoration, including the many candle arches in the windows, follows little by little. The large, carved Greifenstein miner's pyramid and the Raachermannln from the Ore Mountains form the finale and are safely packed until 02.02. (Candlemas).
Last weekend was Candlemas and following the habit we went to store. It is common practice to open all used raaachermantles again and let their fine smell work close to the nose. For the different types of Raacherkerzle we also have different males. Of the several dozen candles burned over the Advent season, we prefer above all incense, sandalwood, spicy orient, forest honey, moss and black forest.
Vis-à-vis the opened Mannln on the table, an intense, smoky-spicy scent of smoked wood combined with a strong, caramel honey sweetness, deep, dark, delicious and inviting. A reddish-black layer of tar is already burned into the wood and one can easily distinguish between incense, sandalwood, honey and oriental traachermannl.
Next to it is an old, small GDR tin house, the smoking place for every day, while the wooden figures only come to the Eisatz on Advent or Christmas Eve. The Blechhäusel smokes more violently, faster and hotter, so that all kinds and much larger numbers of pieces may spread their flavours. The tar layer is thick, partly sticky, partly glassy hard. Her scent is a beautiful twin of Midnight Oud.
Meanwhile the noble, blue bottle of the perfume stands in the middle of the Erzgebirge Christmas incense and cuts an excellent figure. The direct comparison confirms the smells amazingly. Midnight Oud opens as a powerful, very multi-layered, complex, sweet-caramel incense wood scent with a very spicy, aromatic oriental and balsamic charm. The piquant, peppery incense, the creamy sweetness and the beguiling smoky wood dominate and remain dominant. The mysterious, soothing warmth increases slightly as the session progresses and accompanies us smoothly and velvety with a seductive effect until the end. This can easily take eight to ten hours, whereby the environment of the wearer is well involved, especially in the first third.
If an odour like the one representing the Midnight Oud is characteristic for good oud aroma, without any fecal note or suffocating smoke, I like to keep it as a reference. Especially because it gives me the possibility, similar to the ghost or djinn out of the lamp, to conjure up my Raachermanln all year round with their beguiling fragrance out of the bottle. For this reason Midnight Oud also receives the rating nine.
But to simply wear the perfume myself becomes a real problem for me. Except around the campfire, for a wonderful asado or for smoking fish and sausages, I can think of no other place that tolerates such a determining smoky wood aroma. What still remains is the previously hidden possibility of using the direct play of intimate togetherness. This is theoretically, because of the, in my opinion, extremely erotic effect of the fragrance, quite given. But practical? Honestly, who thinks about perfume when it comes to the point?!!
I hope you enjoyed my contribution and thank all readers for their time!