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A few years ago, when I was not yet interested in fragrances, I would have imagined a prototype perfume: engaging, delicious, a little seductive. An accessory that has two main goals - to attract attention (positively). Then, at some point, my fragrance journey began, and in the meantime I don't see it that closely anymore. Nevertheless, when (re)wearing the Casablanca I had to think of this clarity of my naïve years, when perfume was still "functional" for me in a non-negative sense.
Casablanca awakens western-filtered fantasies of an "oriental" city full of scents, 1001 nights, hustle and bustle, colourful historical buildings, embraced by the desert, kissed by the sun. This smoothed image is likely to relate to the reality of life in Casablanca, a metropolis of 3.36 million inhabitants, like an Instagram self-portrait of real people. It is not a look (want) at reality, but a staging. More Casablanca film than "Sky over the desert".
Casablanca opens with a soft, (not pointed) sour sweetness, which is why "apple" and "grape" are good associations. The fragrance itself seems to me to be relatively linear, but over time a little dry woodiness in the background of the soft opulence of this delicately sweet fragrance creates a bed to rest on. "Caramel" could indicate that we are dealing with a caries scent - but that's not the case; the sweetness doesn't kill (me). In my opinion, what distinguishes it is that, despite all the "humming around", it still allows air to breathe. A warm (because it has a balsamic touch), slightly fruity, delicious fragrance, which in my opinion suits ladies better than gentlemen. But perhaps it is also just unisex. Although Casablanca seems to be made for the cold season, it also wears well in midsummer - tested last year at 30 degrees at a company party. But you have to like this sweet genre. That's why I rarely wear it, even if I have to say subjectively-objectively: It's really a good thing when: you don't expect art; no complexity; no "niche" experiments. Because it is very smooth and uncomplicated in its design. But I like it
Shelf life and Sillage: each really good, but not yet in the "premium segment".
Flacon: slim and slender glass with rounded edges. A little wobbly on its legs. The plastic cap does not sit very firmly on the bottle. Overall okay for the price (25-30,-/100ml, that's really fair).