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Maai (Bogue)
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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. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Antonio Gardoni

Fragrance Notes

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

Ratings

Scent

8.2 (52 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (44 Ratings)

Sillage

8.0 (43 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (41 Ratings)
Submitted by Colognissimo, last update on 08.01.2017
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Longevity 9.0/10
Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    4 Awards
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
Helpful Review    2 Awards
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
3 Awards
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
1 Award
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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Statements

Nugegeo 9 months ago
Maai woke up like this: flawless, but also ferociously animalic. It left me unable to wear anything but lavender for weeks.+2
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 10.0
Longevity 10.0
Scent 7.5
DorothyGrace 48 days 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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