Armani Privé - Rose d'Arabie (2010)

Armani Privé - Rose d'Arabie by Giorgio Armani
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Armani Privé - Rose d'Arabie is a popular perfume by Giorgio Armani for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSaffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesDark woods, Patchouli, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber



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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
Very helpful Review    8
Rose, Oud, Patchouli... And Norlimbanol?...
Rose d'Arabie opens with a rubbery Oud and slightly jammy rose duo supported by underlying saffron spice. As the composition moves to its early heart the rose grows in strength as the Oud slowly recedes, gradually replaced by relatively sanitized patchouli and a vague synthetic burnt woody accord. During the late dry-down the rose finally dissipates to a whisper as the burnt woods smooth out, tamed by soft powdery violet and vanilla through the finish. Projection is excellent and longevity outstanding at well over 12 hours on skin.

Rose d'Arabie is yet another rose, Oud and patchouli composition. It seems like these are popping up everywhere nowadays and perfumers are looking for new ways to distinguish their compositions from the pack. Unfortunately in this case, the key distinguishing factor lies in the crucial mid-section, with the "tool" used to accomplish the objective being norlimbanol. It must be extremely difficult to control how the norlimbanol derived synthetic smelling burnt woody accord interacts with other ingredients used in compositions because in nearly every instance where the stuff is detected it overpowers everything else in its path. In all fairness to Rose d'Arabie, the faux burnt woods do not come on quite as strongly as they do in many other guilty culprits, but once they arrive it is "game over" as far as I'm concerned. If one can get past the mid phase, the late dry-down is quite pleasant as violet meshes with slightly sweet vanilla to create a gentle powdery, slightly sweet finish with the remnants of the rose now adding subtle support. The bottom line is the $285 per 100ml bottle Rose d'Arabie is not just your average rose, Oud and patchouli composition, but the synthetic woods in the heart ruin what would otherwise be a winning concoction, barely earning it a "good" rating of 3 stars out of 5. With the hefty competition in the rose, Oud and patchouli space like Ex Idolo's Thirty-Three it is hard to recommend this relatively expensive offering by Armani.
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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Very helpful Review    10
Magic Carpet Ride.....
I am astounded at the beauty of this fragrance! I received a small sample of this wonderful scent, and didn't bother to try it for a long time. I don't own any Armani scents, so wasn't anxious to try this, as wasn't familiar with the Prive collection. I was blown away with this fragrance! Rich...that isn't even the word..more like deep, and haunting. A magic carpet ride..intriguing, and long lasting. Longevity is incredible, as very few fragrances will last on my skin, but, this is like a wonderful song, it has it's high notes, and mellow notes, but plays loud, and clear! What a rose! A leading lady, supported by Oud, Patchouli, and vanilla. All the notes are there, the opening is a cologne. Interesting, but beckoning you to wait. Then, the beginning of the song starts..a slow melody of violet, saffron, with a twinge of rose. Then, a burst of notes! It evens out to something really special..The rose seems to float in between the gorgeous patchouli and Oud. I have never had a fragrance that is soft one moment, then strong the next moment, and this is after wearing it for 8 hours and more! I'm in love...this is my Magic Carpet Ride Fragrance!
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Scent 4.0/10
The dark roses of the East
This was a blind mystery sniff given by a fellow perfumista. I'm giving you this straight off the notepad as it was smelled with no prior knowledge at the time of its origins, title, make, perfumer or price range.

On skin, initially quite a mysterious, chemical composition, a dark powdery gourmand, vanillin, a sharpish herbal spike like a thyme or oregano, tonka type sweet, cashmeran musty, rich and fruity like plum, iris type deep floral, clean. Drying down to patchouli-esque amber. A touch of something naughty in here, like old sex or mucky animal, civet-like. A second wearing found more woods, a transparent quality like dry paper, like the norimbanol note. The unidentifiable flower came over as more towards a hyacinth/chemical muguet the second time with a tonka feel, like a touch of the classic Guerlain spicy sweet powdery accord.

On paper, less shouty, less sweet and more floral, like a narcissus influenced very rich lily/rose, possibly orange side of citrus, fruity, sweet fruity orrissy powdery, possibly violetty/irissy. Cleaner fresh but interesting darker note like stones. Definitely a patchouli in here. Second trying detected a boozy quality, and the flower was hard to identify blind. It didn't jump out as a straighforward flower, it seemed darker, spicier and more mysterious than any I could identify.

The rose/saffron/oud became obvious on the reveal of course. Some of the perfumes guessed, just to position this scent and not for direct comparison, were, Dry wood by Ramon Monegal, Timbuktu by L'Artisan, Opus V by Amouage, Arabian nights by Jesus del Ponto, Oud Shamash by the Different Company, Midnight Oud by Juliette has a gun, Harrods Bond No 9 Oud Patchouli or New York Oud.

It took me a long time to guess this one. Dark, fairly harsh initially, and very mysterious. It gets softer as it dries down with the dry woody papery note remaining.


MRoth 8 days ago
Yet another rose/oud/patchouli/saffron combination. It's pleasant, but lost among the crowd of similar fragrances.+2
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 8.0

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