I've just one word to sum up this fragrance: Divine!
Earlier today I was trying out sample of fragrances which were sent to my son some time ago from luckyscents and they're meant to be 13 'Masculine' scents in little bottles about 1.5 mls. Well, there were a couple of scents which I really liked, and so I decided to write a review for them beginning with this fragrance because it's most definitely my absolute favourite.
Immediately upon opening, the scents bring to mind a traveller moving slowly through the Middle East, likely the Arabian Peninsula, and having stopped at a bazaar which is filled with not only people selling and buying items but there are numerous hessian sacks full to the brim and spilling over with spices and various herbs, namely of coriander and cloves. These two spices are smoothly blended together to make the top note of this beautiful and unique fragrance designed for both women and men. And whilst I had reservations about how this would fair on my skin, as a woman, this fragrance actually smelled divine and the mix of Jasmine, one of the top notes, along with the Vetiver, one of the middle notes, give this fragrance it's ability to work on female bodies and not be overpowering nor too spicy or darkly resinous.
As soon as you have sprayed this fragrance onto your skin a few times - it has a moderate sillage, projecting and is still noticeable 24 hours after the initial sprays - you instantly receive a delicious burst of citrusy freshness, reminiscent of the sparkling lemon soft drink called "Solo" and of the "4711" Eau De Cologne. This is due, I believe, to the top notes of Coriander, a herbaceous plant whose use in perfumery dates back to Ancient Egypt and also Greece where it was cultivated for the manufacture of perfumes with its seeds became the spice for fragrances - and the leaves used for culinary purposes. Coriander seeds are described as warm, nutty, spicy, and orange-flavoured whilst the leaves have a refreshing and lemony or lime-like flavour. Coriander, therefore, provides a fresh and citrusy aroma and it is this top note which you definitely scent as soon as the fragrance is sprayed on your skin. Cumin is another top note which literally gives spice to the fresh green herbaceous aroma at this fragrance's opening. There is also the scent of Cloves which whilst is not listed in the ingredients is strong enough or m to believe that Clove is one of the spices in this perfume.
Petitgrain, another of the top notes, adds to the flush of citrus, providing the scent of slightly bitter oranges to the fresh burst of citrus at opening.The citrusy-spicy aroma is then followed up with smooth waves of fragrance consisting of a smooth and syrupy Amber and Cedar, giving the Cedar, Spices and Fresh bursts of Citrus a new accent of resinous wood.
Then, about 40 minutes in, the Labdanum (from the middle note of "rock rose") and Cistus, a resin extracted fro the "rock rose" flowers, create a scent which is a mix of incense, smoke, woody resin, balsamic, and smoky tobacco. This creates an entire new dimension to the fragrance, giving it subtle depths and light and shade which blends in perfectly both for lover f Amber and with the Amber note itself.
There's then a fresh note of Vetiver which gives the Amber-Spicy-Fresh Citrusy fragrance and its incense-smoke-tobacco-resinous-balsamic depths a heavier, earthy aroma which is similar to Patchouli with a touch of Lemon. Indeed, here the actual base note of Patchouli becomes noticeable and blends in well with the Vetiver, creating a pungent earthy scent and Labdanum, one of the base notes, wafts up in sweet, leathery dry Musk scents and gives the wearer a touch of Ambergris and continues the Woody notes from the initial opening.Ambergris is actually one of the base notes and so the Vetiver with its scent like Ambergris blends so perfectly into the Ambergris base note.
The drydown continues the heavenly blend of Amber and Ambergris with the Labdanum giving a mix of Leather and Musk accents along with Spices. Patchouli remains as a mild scent underlying the perfume. And then imagine you are bathing in a hot bath full of suds from Cashmere Soap, Jasmine petals, and Vanilla. These uplifting scents are joined by Lavender, Birch, and a hint of herbaceous green freshness again but instead of the initial Citrusy top notes it's from a mix of Birch and Oakmoss. The base note of Geranium provides a lemony green scent which is also a little peppery, mixing with the remain of the Spices that run throughout this fragrance from its opening to the drydown.
This fragrance, L'Air du Desert Marocain, is not only a divine Spicy Oriental perfume but it evokes images of travelling throughout the Middle East's Arabia Peninsula and its bazaars full of resinous spices and herbaceous Citrus spilling out of hessian sacks whilst the air is redolent wit the warming aromas of Incense being burnt on braziers, Ambergris and Amber mixing on charcoal briquettes to provide beautiful resinous balsamic and spicy aromas which now and again are accented by the scents of sweet florals like Jasmine and lemony green Citruses worn as essential oils on the skin of the many women moving through the bazaar.
This perfume evokes not only the image of a Morrocan desert on a hot evening but travelling along the Silk Road with the famous explorer, Marco Polo. Once you delight in the initial opening of Fresh, Greens, Citruses, Amber and Ambergris notes, you are vividly recalled to the spice markets and bazaars which Marco Polo, trained as a merchant as well as embarking on numerous diplomatic missions, not only wrote about but stopped at and explored. This fragrance brings to mind Marco Polo exploring these bazaars and spice markets, the resins and herbs, the beautiful jewellery and the plush multi-coloured rugs that decorated thew walls and floors of the bedouins such as those in Morocco which this perfume's name indicates.
This fragrance has been written about as "one of the most popular in the line" of Perfumerer Andy Tauer's fragrant creations, and this is stated with good reason. Composed f Spicy Oriental notes and inspired by Saharan deserts in the moonlight and evenings in Morocco, the perfume is suited to both women and men and its mix of Woody, Aromatic Amber and Balsamic, Soft and Fresh Spicy accords with its perfect blending of the various notes so they blend seamlessly into this absolutely divine fragrance more than justify its expense. It is ideal to wear for any occasion but it seems particularly suited to warm evenings and winter nights by a crackling bonfire, and to being worn to special occasions because it is, after all, a unique fragrance and so suits unique and special occasions, such as celebrations (from birthdays to anniversaries and Weddings) and to make an impression at a job interview, to wear to the office, occasionally, and on a night out whilst dressed both warmly yet elegantly, in a little black dress if one is a woman or a business suit if one's a man. This fragrance is beautiful, sophisticated, classy, elegant and unique and suits women and men who are intelligent, mature, creative and imaginative and know where they're heading in their lives and careers. It's not for the indecisive, the immature, nor for those who are afraid of challenge or change. This perfume is for the creative, confident and classy.