I am so excited to describe this marvelous piece of art, so let’s start the colorful journey of this scent. Arabi Cana is a perfume that should be taken into consideration by fragrance lovers, especially by those who like tobacco and leather fragrances. If you are fond of Black Afgano, Ferrari Leather, or Tuscan Leather, definitely you will relish it. This perfume perfectly unites sensuousness along with freshness. The smell is so refined and alluring that it appeals to modern users of any age.
Arabi Cana starts very woody and a little smoky. At the very beginning, it made me think of the nice woody smell you get from a freshly sharpened pencil, with just a hint of smoke. There is a strong blast of smoky and gritty leather, the kind you might smell upon entering a leather goods store. The leather is right up front, along with a sharp citrusy accord. It’s a new, raw leather, like those unfinished leather goods that start out a matte light tan and gradually weather to a shiny dark brown finish, darkening quicker in areas that get a lot of pressure. This initial stage releases an excellent aroma of burning tobacco, the fresh smoke is reminiscent of marijuana and cannabis. I would compare the smell of burning rubber or plastic, a little bit choking. To complete the leathery and smoky accord, a touch of whiskey or cognac adds such a boozy facet that completes the overture. With it, you get a bit of saffron tartness, which blends well with the swanky leather, though saffron could only be detected by experienced noses. The overall opening is intoxicating.
The top notes of this fragrance do project extremely well and they stay there for at least four hours, so those who are not a big fan of leather fragrances should stay away from this juice. Then after couple hours, saffron tends to die down and makes way for oud and cedar notes. Mind you, leather is still lurking behind in the background, but accompanied with the sublime resinous and woody mix of oud and cedar.
As the scent dries down, the leather is still there, but not nearly as prominent, since there’s an herbal-woody sillage that goes with it. There might even be a tiny hint of oud, but if so, it blends well and isn’t strong enough to be obnoxious. After a half hour or so the cedarwood becomes noticeable, and it is at this point that the perfume hits full bloom. After an hour or two, the leather goes away, leaving a woody and smoky scent that lingers all day.
I like this scent quite a bit, especially in the early phase, and would definitely wear it, not caring whether others perceive it as smoky as an ashtray. The scent remains dark and smoky overall, but the oud and cedar just beneath the surface keep the cologne from going too rough.
Sillage is strong but not cloying as people would notice you every time, and since you need so little, Arabi Cana is so well-blended, and the longevity is so superb. If you spray it on your clothes then a wash is the only way to get rid of this fragrance. From top to base notes everything feels very natural, refined and cultured. Very masculine, sensual, elegant. I like it straight up, but it also works exceptionally well in layering with other fragrances - it's strong enough to not get overpowered and lost, yet it's soft enough to blend well with florals, jasmine absolute for instance, etc. According to my nose, there are a few notes or accord, which complete this potion: cigar smoke, diesel fuel, car oil, sweaty jeans after a summers day in the grass, horses backs, wood shops and oh yeah well tanned, oiled and supple to touch, leather in all its glory.
This is definitely a late fall and all winter scent, ideal for cold weather and outside wear, recommended for late evening and night.