When I first read the name of the fragrance, Koh-i-noor, a few of my synapses fired with images from my childhood. This name was always emblazoned on a small metal box with pins of my grandma. Made in Czechoslovakia. It is obvious that Nikhil, alias Perfume Guru, probably didn't refer to these pins when he found the name. The legendary Koh-i-noor diamond gave the name to the diamond. Translated, the Mountain of Light. The epitome of worldly power, which many rulers of the past liked to claim as ornamental to their heads, just as they sometimes even lost their lives for it. Its eventful history has been well documented since 1300 and ends in the Tower of London, where who is exhibited as part of the Crown Jewels. Just a copy, of course.
A unique specimen and absolutely no copy, is the jewel of the same name of Areej le Doré. Planned Floraler Orientale to represent the roots of the diamond, Koh-i-Noor turns out to be Chypre. For the further consideration, simply forget the pyramid please.
The start with the warm opulence of musk and the incredibly realistic lemon is in itself a poem. Very quickly, perfectly coordinated floral components are added, which interlock so finely that it is difficult to work out one of the players at all. At this moment, however, very strongly pictures of one of my current favorites impose themselves on me. Haute Luxe by Roja. Although Roja is a little more flowery and lacks the complexity of musk in an understandable way, the two are still close in their ideas.
Koh-i-noor manages to present not only a reference to a (at least) 800-year-old diamond myth, but also an almost classic fragrance. I would even go so far as to take a look into the past (but also the present) of perfume art because of the low-scale perfumery. Thus all fragrances were composed in Grasse times or in the Orient. Made from natural ingredients. Far away from restrictions and species protection, which above all had to confront the mass market.
If this fragrance was more of a question mark for me, he picked me up completely. I can fully recommend it to anyone who likes floral chypre. But he's not really oriental. Which makes me very happy. :)