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 available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Tunisian orange blossomTunisian orange blossom
PetitgrainPetitgrain
Calabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot
SpicesSpices
AmberAmber

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Scent

7.3102 Ratings

Longevity

6.375 Ratings

Sillage

5.371 Ratings

Bottle

8.167 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 02.07.2021.
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Pollita
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Top Review    46  
Spring at the Atlantic
I have only been to Tarifa once in my life. In 2005, we had a short holiday in Algeciras and drove around the whole area in our rental car as usual. It was early in the year, April or early May if I remember correctly. The weather was sunny but mostly stormy and there were hardly any tourists in this corner of Andalusia. The only people on the beaches - especially on Sundays - were the locals with their folding chairs and umbrellas. The scarce week we had, we could enjoy all the more without all the hustle and bustle.

I remember our car was tiny and not exactly the latest model, but at least the radio had a CD slot. In a department store we had quickly found the right music for this short trip. The heavy metal band Tierra Santa was especially popular with my metal lover Mr. Polly, which is why it was playing up and down in the car during the vacation days. We didn't know a word of Spanish at the time, but it was enough to sing along to a few lines of lyrics. The windows were rolled down and we bawled around the bet: Nací siendo libre, Y hoy quiero mi libertad.....

If Tarifa by Keiko Mecheri had been around back then, I'm sure it would have been a wonderful holiday companion for me. The enchanting orange blossoms and in addition the refreshing bergamots make me immediately think of holidays on the Atlantic coast. Amber notes in the base soften it and give it some sweetness along the way, but despite its floral richness and some warmth, this fragrance never gets too sultry for a spring vacation in Spain. Yes, this would have been a really good fit at the time. Overall, maybe a little tad too floral for me, but I like to make an exception for beautiful orange blossoms.

I wonder why I have not tested Tarifa earlier. I still remember the now discontinued Taormine from the 2010 summer series, which, however, left me rather cold. Tarifa I left on the other hand, no idea why.

Great innovations should not expect here, of course, but if someone should be looking for a nice spring or early summer fragrance that combines citrus notes and fine florals elegantly and brings a bit of sweetness into play, I think Tarifa fits quite great. The sillage is moderate and it actually lasts quite well on me. In not so hot temperatures, as we have them right now, maybe even a little longer. But, I like the and invites to repeat the holiday on the Atlantic coast perhaps one day.

Dear thanks to MadameLegras for the testing opportunity.
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Serenissima
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Top Review    12  
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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Sherapop

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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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