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The hunter's enthusiasm for Paföng
There are moments in the life of a perfume, you do not have to understand them. Whether it is the purchase of an unknown fragrance, the discovery of a new favourite scent or the inspiration of new scents. For some time now, I've had a certain trauma in terms of overly intense, even pompous rose notes. So many fragrances have not become as dear to me as I would like them to. Many Rose-Oud combinations fall out with it already, especially if you want to test yourself as a new perfume with certain Montale scents. Even such great fragrances like Alexandria II hurt at the thought of the missing nose feeling for just these perfumes.
So far only one person has dared to install Rose in such a way, so that it does not result in escape reflexes with me. This is Ambre Nuit, which should also contain rose, but I don't hear it.
Now I have found a new representative of the category after all, who has scented itself into my heart quite surprisingly and is not perceived as the typical Rose-Oud at all. Because many people don't even hear the delicate rose in this "Paföng". But I didn't miss it, because my nose already reacts very sensitively to rose.
There he is now Ombre Nomade, a fragrance for which the word durability was invented. Too often Tuscan Leather has been considered the inspiration for this fragrance, too often Ombre Nomade is referred to as a clone. This does not do justice to this wonderful fragrance in any way. For me, even a comparison of the two borders on blasphemy, because on my skin, the fragrances take a different path or focus on differentiated notes.
I soon hear the answers under the comments fly again, that others hear Ombre Nomade as a luxury clone and yet there are so many similarities to Tuscan Leather. But this is not the case with me, which I am quite happy about. The only test I have done with Tuscan Leather some time ago did not culminate in the fireworks on my skin that could convince me. Too leathery and with the raspberry note too sour. Also the Tuscan Leather Intense was a bit too leathery-dark for me. From the latter I also had some aftereffects, so that I said adios to the genre of leather scents for now.
How did I come to want to test this fragrance after all ?
On the one hand I had the pleasure to test two classics from the Louis Vuitton range some time ago. Because I liked Orage and Sur la Route in many ways I digressed a little and informed myself accordingly for this fragrance. The "Paföng lover" on YouTube was the deciding factor. Since then there seems to be a real storm on the scent, which I grant him. Especially the 100ml version was temporarily not available anymore.
So what does the fragrance want to tell us, what does it want to show ?
Quite a lot, because the fragrance is full of stories and pictures. For me, it also drifts a bit into the visual image that Stephane Humbert Lucas' Black Gemstone and Harrods created for me.
The fragrance is bursting with dark shadows and lovely emotional worlds.
In no way does the fragrance convey modernity, but rather something old-fashioned. I can imagine a hunter's dwelling in the Middle Ages. Not a lonely hut in the forest, which would rather smell like pine needles and resin. Rather a royal hunter who has set up his residence in the brick walls of a castle. The skulls of rare animals hang on the walls, a tapestry with the coat of arms of the empire crowns the room. In front of the bed there is a fur of the bear killed a few weeks ago, finest leather from self-killing deer are on the table. The only piece of furniture brought from the former hut is the bed made of dark wood, which gives the room a smoky tone and makes the master's work look evil. On his last outing he discovered a voluminous bush full of raspberries. He put some in his pocket and took them with him. When he arrived, he placed his fruit in the bowl by the window. He liked to look out and admire the view, because a rose bush climbed up the castle walls, which always sent the fine aromas of this plant into his room. So he looked out with pleasure, heard the scent of the roses and tasted his raspberries. He thought about his past.
But the hunter is one of the humorous and gentle kind. Hunting was shown to him since childhood by his father and he always applied his experience and skills whenever it was needed. He would never harm the animals just for fun. Everything should have a purpose, nothing should be wasted. Out of interest and as a kind of trophy, he always kept a piece of the leather that was extracted from the hides. He can differentiate all kinds and enjoys the different scents the leather gives off
This is roughly how you can imagine the fragrance. Too figurativeh ?
No problem, you can also hear the notes very well and especially for a very long time. The build-up developed relatively quickly on my skin, so I wouldn't make any distinctions now, which note was there first or when the next note was added.
Dark and woody, that would describe exactly the first impression. In the second one it would be already dark-friendly. Finally, the third impression would be dark-fruity light. Even if it sounds as if this should not fit together in any way, it's amazing how everything harmonizes.
Oud - dark, woody
Raspberry - fruity
Rose - light
Everything fits together perfectly, everything harmonizes so wonderfully and my hated rose is woven in and suppressed. Unlike some others, I do not feel any notes of animalism. Nothing that is untypical for Oud.
As mentioned above, Ombre Nomade is in a different league than many other fragrances when it comes to durability. Once sprayed, you can hardly get the stuff off. 12 hours + are not uncommon here, as you can even hear individual notes the following day.
Doesn't my enthusiasm show yet ?
I AM THRILLED !