Asian Inspirations seems to fit me somehow. Because a few days ago I came back from an Asian trip, this time unfortunately a little disappointing in some places (.... don't ask me for the hotel, argh...! :D), and can possibly imagine what these inspirations could be. And no no, I'm not thinking of endlessly long glass or ribbon noodles that can be found in almost all dishes if you want to do without rice. Oooh, I could talk endlessly about the food, because it was simply super delicious, even in the furthest corners away from the tourist centres, which we, jokingly noted, have called "dirty corners", because the hygiene there looked doubtful. And where you could only hope in the small kitchens that the cutlery was reasonably clean :DD
The carafes full of water provided on the tables, however, we prefer not to have touched... once a food poisoning by contaminated water from a previous trip to Asia is enough and one immediately becomes more experienced and smarter about future such trips :D
No, at Asian Inspirations I think mainly of spices and herbs and other scents, which actually predominate everywhere there and which don't escape from these scents especially on the market places with their many cookshops :D But I don't mean that negatively, because something like that simply belongs to it and you bring these memories with you, which always remain, because the cultures there differ clearly from here. However, I could do without the scents of some insect repellents :D
Be that as it may, such a trip as for example to Thailand is worth it in any case, even if the flight and other travel time with over 16-17 hours should be quite exhausting. But enough talked, I now come to the fragrance, of which I expect a lot, because I find the brand The Merchant of Venice quite nice!
Ohoo... so really, either the whole thing is now really psychological, as I came back from Thailand a few days ago as I said, or the smell actually smells at the beginning with its herbs and spices almost exactly as if I had ordered a tasty vegetable soup there on holiday :D
Yes, I clearly smell cardamom with other, not exactly definable herbs, but sage will soon smell among them. A coriander-like scent also comes flying, albeit lightly, and that would be my only point of criticism, since I don't like coriander in scents, nor as an ingredient in dishes.
Soo, now, of course, you can't take this the wrong way. Even if I am comparing the fragrance with a delicious vegetable soup, the whole thing does not smell 100% like a liquid meal, but is of course much more "perfumed" and therefore smells like a spicy-herbal fragrance with oriental hints.
Soon nutmeg and pepper will be added, whereby the pepper has been well dosed and does not, for example, smell disturbingly pungent.
Oh, the coriander-like scent becomes much weaker later, but I still smell spices and herbs like cardamom and sage in the base, whereby saffron and nutmeg now also get through well or even better, just like the leather, which remains more in the background. The benzoin seems to lend the whole thing a soft powdery note, which simply makes the fragrance more pleasant and beautiful, especially in the later base, where the fragrance becomes more and more gentle.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is okay. This means that it has turned out above average, by which I mean that the fragrance is not necessarily only smellable from close up and that it retains this level for a few hours before it weakens again.
My shelf life was between eight and ten hours, which is very good.
Ah, I always like the bottles of Merchant of Venice so much. The bottles look like nice (designer) vases. This one has a green tint with reddish brown vertical stripes and looks a little bit like a watermelon :D
The neck is ring-shaped and gold-plated, and the brand name is engraved on it. In addition, a cord with a large tassel, all of which are golden, hangs from the neck. It is closed with a semi-transparent, white and semi-spherical lid. As said a beautiful bottle!
You know, as I said at the beginning, the scent actually reminded me of some delicious vegetable soups in Thailand, which were often eaten at lunchtime in small restaurants. It may sound paradoxical to slurp such hot soups on midsummer and sultry days at 30 degrees and more, which normally could belong more in autumn and winter, but these soups have done really good. Because especially because of the heat and sultriness one sweated there often more and washed out salts from the body, so that these soups did really well, because they had supplied the required electrolytes again, especially in combination with a delicious and cool Chang beer :)
I personally would not necessarily wear this fragrance now, but not because you would smell of soup now, but because such spicy fragrances are not always necessarily my thing. But if you like herby-spicy scents, you should have a look here, or better said put your nose in here :D
In my opinion it is best to use it in spring and autumn, because it is a bit too spicy for summer, but not intense enough for winter. Fits well during the day as a simple leisure fragrance