Maai (2014)

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Maai is a popular perfume by Bogue for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is animal-chypre. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Antonio Gardoni

Fragrance Notes

Tuberose, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Civet, Castoreum, Hyraceum, Dried fruits, Sandalwood, Oakmoss



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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
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Greatly helpful Review    21
The stranger in my bed
MAAI robs me of sleep.
This would be a sufficient reason for me to write this commentary, since I like to fall asleep with a scent, sparingly spotted to the night auf´s wrist, preferably if it contains lavender. All fervent admirers of lavender scents may forgive me at this point, and no, I am of course not of the opinion that Caron p. u. H. et al. are sleeping pills, quite the contrary.
Scene change.
I had saved the test of MAAI especially für´s rare evening solitude, splendid isolation, splendid, the best moments to concentrate completely on a new fragrance. Knowing that a particularly intense fragrance experience might await me here. Which then had corresponding consequences. See above.
Surprisingly, there are only a few comments here about this fragrance, which may be due to its peculiarities and the small distribution among users on Parfumo, but these few comments speak volumes and suggest that no light food is served here.
The fragrance spreads an outrageous physical, radiant, almost sexual immediacy. Washing up was nevertheless on said evening in seclusion no option for me, demanding the scent, my curiosity and the hunting instinct of wanting to understand too strongly tickled to let it be. I tested it repeatedly afterwards, always very dosed, Sillage and durability are enormous, and slowly I got used to it, as long as you can get used to a wild ocelot marking its territory in the bedroom. The next morning it was still there, this presence of a strange corporeality, a hint of dirty sheets, luxury and vice. Lucky for me, I still had the morning to myself.
MAAI´s Zibet-imbued, at first somewhat exhausting urinary animalism is presented in a way that I imagine it to have been similar and present in echoes, for example, of the original version of some old Guerlain classics at the beginning of the last century. Only that in MAAI there is a modern heiress of thought who is fully conscious of the ancestors on whose shoulders she stands, yet infinitely self-confident, who no longer considers it necessary to cover her sex appeal with olfactory fig or lavender leaves, but is full of relish herself.
From the outset, the fragrance balances its animalism with a mossy, smoky earthiness through oakmoss and radiant, aldehyde-brightly polished, luxurious floral notes, first and foremost plump, sensual, fresh tuberose and glistening bright jasmine. Thus the Pipinote is not only protected from slipping in´s Unappetitliche, but Sophia Loren is loaded up with eroticism and bulging unsweet floral opulence. This strong presence is maintained over a long period of time, whoever does not know how to bear it should stay away from MAAI. Powerful, classically oriented, yet never vulgar, of course, despite all the brimming physicality, that's what you have to be able to portray first.
The base is wonderfully dry, warm, woody, mossy, the animalism sensual, clearly present, but domesticated and far away from the brunkness of a Kouros. If this fragrance were only his beautiful base, he would immediately make it into my collection, there wouldn't be his exorbitant price.
MAAI is an animalistic, radiant floral chypre in a style that immediately makes me think of big cats, pearl necklaces, naked skin from which a fur stole glides, luxurious, yet stylish viciousness. Strong in its expressiveness, of pronounced perfumeiness, a fragrance for modern female or male bombshells and divas committed to their classical ancestors. For me as an avowed chypre fan too feminine to consider him as a user and too exhausting in his animalism, but still wearable by men if they are duly eccentric and eccentric. But then MAAI might, correctly dosed, become a grandiose precision landing.
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Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
Mossy Animals
If you like animalics, if you like oakmoss, if you like the bevy of florals usually found in orientals, then Maai is for you. I expected it to leap from the bottle and it did a bit at first. Soon it settled into its glory like a potentate assuming a throne--no intimidation, just majestic. This is a faaaabulous scent. I love its restraint. Animalics fully present but not offending, like tigers on the leash. They purr as they wallow in the flower garden. Maai is either all natural or blended with the highest quality synthetics. My nose gobbles it up. I almost want to eat it. Irrationally I want to shower again then pour it all over me. It's exquisite, a real achievement. Straightforward in its appeal, yet somehow also complex. Where does it rank in comparison to others? Who cares? Come to momma, you lovely thing.
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Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
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Maai by Bogue Profumo
I got my hands on a sample of “Maai” by Bogue Profumo in the middle of last summer’s heatwave, so although I felt the urge to satisfy my curiosity right away, I concluded I needed to wait for the colder months in order to do this perfume justice.

“Maai” is a thoroughbred animalic chypre, no doubt about that. It begins with an aldehydic blast of massive proportions. I can well imagine some people wrinkling their noses or gasping for a lungful of fresh air following the perfume’s rough opening. Fear not, my dear perfumistas, for this pungent aldehydic overture only lasts for a tick and soon a tuberose note emerges. Now I’ve tested several tuberose-centred fragrances (e.g. Histoires de Parfums’ “Tuberose 3: Animale“, Masque Milano’s “Luci ed Ombre” or Anatole Lebreton’s “L’Eau Scandaleuse”), but Antonio Gardoni’s rendition of the flower resembles nothing I’ve experienced before. Forget your typical seductive, playfully naughty, creamy tuberose; what you get in “Maai” is an odour of a green and white, freshly crushed tuberose flower. The two notes complement each other perfectly and create a lovely blend of the synthetic and the natural. Finally, the animalic notes of musk and civet enter the scene. There is no need to panic, however, as they are treated light-handedly, with the effect of enveloping the wearer in the most sensual aroma.

A few reviewers have already noted that “Maai” can hardly be described as earthshattering. Perhaps that was not the purpose of its creation. Perhaps the perfumer’s intention was to demonstrate that today’s perfumery is far from dead, and that beautiful fragrances, be it those resolutely modern ones or those paying tribute to the classics, are still produced. From this point of view, I consider “Maai” to be quite an achievement.
Scent 10.0/10
What to say about this one? It's intriguingly familiar and at the same time it's quite unique. Is the son of a relationship between Vero Profumo Rubj EDP and Kouros? Or Maybe his father is Santa Maria Novella Potpourri? Or Maybe both? Kouros is the first fragrance that comes to my mind, a descendant of its fougere structure with hints to its animal nuances but without the powdery aura. But soon the clove and resins stands out and i start to see the angular bones of potpourri too. And then, his mother Onda EDP sweet tuberose and orange flower pops up in a way that i almost start imagine a passionfruit aroma on this too (which i know it doesn't exhist). And then, all the familiar resemblances goes away and what is left is an spetacular old fashion resin floral base which is made modern for my by its very direct approach - this doesn't have any flourish aromas that don't make a good contribution to the structure. Very good indeed.
Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    3
A marvellous 'classic' chypre of an animal
Warm, spicy and delightful. I feel I have entered a huge fertile, floral, mossy forest, liberally possessed by an enormous, king of a furry animal. Herbal cypress is the first identifiable note, supported from behind by a huge back warmth. Big and soft. Huge and fat. Enveloping. This reminds me of an old fashioned chypre base but with some interesting incense notes I am unfamiliar with. Sweeter incense rather than dark sorts. No one identifiable incense but a melee of many intermingled. Not at all churchy. There is a floral presence of huge fat florals like jasmine, ylang or roses of the Damascene sorts. These are fat, green edged and not flowery as such. More like a floral environment hanging heavily within the hugeness of this forest. After a while a strange sour note develops like a rotting tuberose. This decay is not a bad thing within this perfume. More like the natural decay of a forest floor supporting all the other growth. It feels quite right to be in here. There is a huge animalic presence in this perfume as if a large cat has announced his presence everywhere. Urinous and furry ainimalic notes marking the softer sandalwood and making this whole perfume really soft and enormous.

Another really superb perfume from this perfumer and proving that the 'one to watch' prediction was entirely correct. If these are his first few attempts then I cannot wait for the best yet to come. Marvellous to see him unravelling his talents.
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DorothyGrace 2 years ago
Aldehydic citrus, sour Friar's Balsam, musks, lasts, not much trail = can't get into this one at all, whole load of nothingness on my skin.+1
Bottle 6.0
Sillage 4.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 0.0

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