Thin & clean
Anbar opens with a zesty-sour lemon accord on a subtle floral-camphoraceous accord (which will eventually emerge better later on), with an overall quite bold feel of insecticide - that type of anti-mosquitos citronellol-based products. On the very base I also detect something slightly musky, almost urinous, but more on the “ammonia” side. As minutes pass the floral note becomes more crisp and bold, also fresh and bright at first, really natural and “botanical”, a fresh carnation-neroli accord with tart lemon drops. Once the fresh head notes vanish the scent becomes then increasingly drier, darker, more “adult” somehow, with the floral-spices accord (cloves are quite easy to spot) taking the stage. During this phase, which is basically the drydown already, it’s quite all about neroli, carnation and lavender, supported by a subtle dusty-warm feel (I guess it’s amber). Bright yet powerful and quite simple, with in my opinion a remarkable “chemical” feel that makes it sadly not that pleasant to wear after a while – that initial “insecticide” feel won’t really go away, despite the evolution. The drydown is fairly nice, as it’s mostly a floral-soapy-ambery gentle smell, but nothing special really, and again smelling a bit cheap to me. The price is fair enough, though, and the persistence is surprisingly long.