Tarifa by Keiko Mecheri
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Tarifa is a perfume by Keiko Mecheri for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

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Tunisian orange blossom, Petitgrain, Calabrian bergamot, Spices, Amber



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let's go: only 14 km to North Africa!
Tarifa: this Spanish city is located at the narrowest point of the Strait of Gibraltar. Only 14 kilometres separate Europe from North Africa. So it's just a step from Spain to Morocco As in the whole of Andalusia, the rule of the Moors also left its traces here; thus an extraordinary cultural melange was created, which is also reflected in the fragrance.

So "Tarifa" is also a mixture of Orient and Occident; this eau de parfum carries the special charm of North Africa in itself; but it stands with both feet firmly in Europe's south.
Already in the first encounter with the delicate aroma of orange blossoms I feel a hint of the slightly nutty and spicy argan oil.
The heart-warming effect of the waxy white orange blossoms is accompanied by a fine spice; warm and pliant, a southern fragrance develops here.
The addition of petitgrain gives this airy scent a little bit of astringency and thus also stability; the delicate breath of the so light orange blossom does not blow away so quickly.
Bergamot adds the well-known freshness; it cannot and must not be missing in this fragrance creation.
Were it not for this impression of argan oil, "Tarifa" could be considered a well-composed fresh scent from the Mediterranean, of which there are many.
But Africa greets you with the same friendly greeting and a handful of spices, which the sailors already brought back from their long journeys at their weddings, creates a pleasant, somewhat heavier fragrance.
A little clove, a little bit of nutmeg and a touch of mystery reveal themselves as beautiful "nasal flatterers".
Thus the way is paved for golden amber splendour; this slightly spicy and aromatic perfumed orange lemonade, reminiscent of the "Tarifa" up to here, is refined with it.
A racy, albeit refreshing southerner emerges and dances in the shimmering of the southern sunlight!

Here I encounter a summer scent, which carries a short trip south in itself.
I do not need any luggage or sun protection for this; a few splashes of "Tarifa" are enough to start this trip.
It's a short trip: a few hours of sunshine will make this airy scented ghost appear.
However, it is not worthwhile to plan a full-day program. Unless:
Spray on! Diligent re-spraying helps!
So, my fragrant friends: I'll be off and wave over to North Africa!
Sunny greetings from "Tarifa"!
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A Feminine Orange Blossom
I agree with another reviewer (at another site) that Keiko Mecheri TARIFA smells very familiar. I, too, cannot put my finger on which perfume(s) this is reminding me of, especially in the opening. Perhaps something by The Pink Room? Or am I thinking of Linari ELEGANZA LUMINOSA? Not sure. In any case, this creation opens with a nice blend of smooth resinousness with spices and of course some greenish citrus.

I do not think that TARIFA is distinctive or appealing enough to warrant a full bottle for myself, but I'm sure that some people will fall head over heels for this sort of perfume. To my nose, TARIFA is very feminine and not at all like a typical citrus cologne. I'd describe the overall effect as similar to Vivienne Westwood perfumes. It's definitely more of a "boudoir"-type scent.

In fact, the only member of this limited edition series which I really found to be a citrus cologne was LES NUITS D'IZU. They are good perfumes though. It will all come down to personal taste, in the end, so these should all be tested before purchasing. This particular composition has a fairly dominant orange blossom scent in the drydown, which will be appealing to some but not to others...

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