Azemour Les Orangers (2011)

Azemour Les Orangers by Parfum d'Empire
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Azemour Les Orangers is a perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is citrusy-green. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesClementine, Galbanum, Grapefruit, Coriander, Cumin, Mandarin, Orange, Pink pepper, Blackcurrant, Black pepper, Citron
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Neroli, Orange blossom, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesHenna ink, Hay, Moss, Salt

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Scent

7.4 (60 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (50 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (45 Ratings)

Bottle

6.9 (40 Ratings)
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Yatagan

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Yatagan
Yatagan
Greatly helpful Review    44
Oriental Orange Grove
The orange trees of Azemour (Azemmour), so the translation of the name, refers, so the perfumer, to an orange grove in the city of Azemmour on the Moroccan coast, not too far from Casablanca.
The fragrance is complex and easy to equal. Simple because at first it reminds me strongly of the smell of orange peel (not juice); complex because after a short time the fragrance shows a development that does not go through too many impressive twists, but nevertheless reveals a noticeable change from fruity freshness with spicy accents to denser, dark spicy tones with the smell of dried fruits. Everything remains related, but transforms into elegant noblesse. All the facets of citrus fruit are combined with green notes, floral tones and spices that fit well into the time of Advent. This is a bit reminiscent of candied orange peel and candied lemon peel in Christmas cookies.
Among the spices, cumin is of course particularly striking, although it is sometimes associated with a sweaty note, but is less present here than in Déclaration, a formerly popular and widespread men's fragrance from Cartier (s.d.). However, certain parallels cannot be dismissed. It is also the cumin that gives the fragrance an oriental touch, which remains discreet and thus obviously knows how to combine the best of Orient and Occident.

The fragrance was chosen by Luca Turin as one of the best in his new perfume guide ("Perfumes. The Guide. 2018"). It seems to me that this high rating is justified. Azemour is a small, almost inconspicuous masterpiece.

I imagine he'd be a good choice for Christmas.
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Karenin

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Karenin
Karenin
Helpful Review    2
Azemour Les Orangers
Marc-Antoine Corticchiato has managed to convince me on several occasions he's a wizard at composing perfumes. I don't consider it to be an overblown statement, taking into account Mr Corticchiato's impressive body of work, notably fragrances like “Cuir Ottoman”, “Ambre Russe”, “Eau de Gloire”, ”Aziyadé”, “Fougere Bengale”, or “Wazamba”, to name just a few. His are complex, well-thought-out perfumes that take their wearer on an olfactory as well as emotional journey. Some journeys resemble a smooth ride while others a dizzying rollercoaster. If I were to make a “best-of” list of Corticchiato´s fragrances, “Azemour Les Orangers” would undoubtedly feature near the very top of such a list.

“Azemour Les Orangers” is an olfactory poem, a poignant tribute to orange groves in the Kingdom of Morocco, where Marc-Antoine Corticchiato was born and grew up. The top of the fragrance is pleasantly citrusy. Instead of being sour, the citrus opening exudes a hint of sweetness, courtesy of an orange-tangerine combination. In the heart, an orange blossom note helps to preserve the delicate sweetness of the scent. Simultaneously, a pinch of salt is added to the composition, thus evoking the aroma of an orange grove by the sea. In the drydown, oak moss emerges and the chypre character of the fragrance becomes unmistakeable.

In this reviewer's opinion, “Azemour Les Orangers” is the ultimate daydreamers' delight. This fragrance makes you want to set out on a journey and experience a crisp spring morning in a Moroccan orange grove for yourself. However, I suspect Mr Corticchiato's perfume is a lot better than the real McCoy. Enjoy the ride!
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Drseid

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A Modern Day Chypre Done Right...
Azemour opens with juicy orange citrus over traces of underlying cumin spice. As the composition moves to its early heart the initial juicy orange morphs to sharp relatively dry, slightly bitter, fresh green grapefruit-infused neroli as the underlying cumin spice grows slightly in its intensity. As the composition makes its way through its middle the cumin dissipates as the composition turns more green through the infusion of a mossy accord rising from the base that couples with orange flower and the green neroli, resulting in a slightly dirty bitter-green orange accord. During the late dry-down the cumin spice completely vacates the composition leaving remnants of the green moss to add additional support to the starring slightly sharp woods and supporting coumarin derived hay base notes. Projection is minimal with the composition just a little more than a skin scent and longevity average at about 7-9 hours on skin.

Azemour les Orangers is a very different composition than I expected. Yes, the orange fruit is definitely there early-on in particular, but the composition is much more about the fresh green neroli aspect of the orange tree, incorporating even aspects of the tree itself late. The presentation is quite a welcome departure from the usual "orange". Something *not* as welcome is the subtle to moderate use of dirty cumin spice through the early heart of the composition. The cumin is never intrusive, thankfully, but it does seem unnecessary and the composition shines brightest when it is unnoticeable. The late dry-down is quite different than the rest of the composition, with the moss and coumarin in the base completing the chypre structure but its focus turns quite woody with almost a sharp vetiver-like bent, and an extremely slight saltiness noticeable only if one pays close attention. Save for the unnecessary cumin the whole thing is quite well put together and exudes some of the spirit of the great Monsieur de Givenchy at times (without the orange, of course). The bottom line is the $145 per 100ml bottle Azemour could have been truly excellent had it not marred its presentation slightly with its relatively minor use of dirty cumin, but even "as is" the end result still merits a "very good" to "excellent" 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation to all.
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Greysolon

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Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    7
A Study in Orange
Imagine holding an orange in your fingertips and turning it round and round to examine all its facets: the variation of color and character as light reflects off the peel, the stippling and dimpling of the skin, the green pip that caps the fruit like a crown...

This is similar to the experience of wearing Azemour Les Oranger. By creating a fragrance with a shifting, wheeling development, nose Marc-Antoine Corticchiato treats us to a theme and variations of all things orange. At times there’s a mouth watering, juicy sourness that will have you jonesing for a real clementine. When the neroli and orange blossoms unfurl it’s as though you’re wearing a beautiful soliflore. A hint of salinity will transport you to a seaside citrus grove which finally melds into a savory orange accord when black pepper and spices join the scent.

The one constant in this ode to the orange is the light scent of green leaves that provides a subtle contrast to all the beautiful citrus.

I don’t think I’ve ever worn a citrus fragrance that has such excellent projection and longevity. Those may not be qualities you'd associate with the genre but Azemour holds up well, even in the dead of winter. And while it is suitable to be worn year round, I actually prefer wearing Azemour as a way to brighten the darkest, cloudiest, most closed in of winter days.
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OPomone 4 years ago
Mr Corticchiato is a magician and my friend the neroli told me so this morning.
Those who dislike Azemour have something against their childlike part.+3
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