Les Echappées - Shams Oud Shams 2011

Les Echappées - Shams Oud / Shams by Memo Paris
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Les Echappées - Shams Oud is a popular perfume by Memo Paris for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is smoky-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Pepper, Rose, Ginger, Saffron, Cypriol, Cashmeran, Tonka bean, Tolu balm absolute, Styrax absolute, Labdanum absolute, Oud

Ratings

Scent

7.8 | 110 Ratings

Longevity

8.3 | 85 Ratings

Sillage

7.7 | 92 Ratings

Bottle

7.9 | 92 Ratings
Submitted by TrueBlood, last update on 07.01.2021.
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Scent
ScentedSalon

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ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
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Barnyard
Strong barnyard oud bordering on medicinal. Reminds me a lot of the horrible Dorin Oud. The other notes really do not make an entrance. They are very much in the background. Sillage and lasting power are soft.
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Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Dolby

68 Reviews
Dolby
Dolby
Helpful Review    6  
Drumroll ... Just for once, it's good to be a Shams.
Shams is the Arabic word for “Sun”.
I guess it makes perfect sense since this fragrance is all about hot and spicy ingredients, mingling together to form a rather attractive masculine.
My friend K had been insisting so much that I test it that I decided to keep it for last.
Not in any way to be awkward, but simply because I was having such an underwhelming experience with the house's offerings that I chanced on the opportunity to perhaps keep the best for last.
Sorry about the wait K xx

The first thing to hit is an energising burst of black pepper nicely supported in its piquancy by a touch of ginger.
It soon goes away and is seamlessly replaced by a complex and wet woody aroma, reminiscent of the cool and pungent undergrowth of a forest during its autumnal phase.

What I specifically enjoy is the unusual choice of incense note here, namely Russian Paper (and not papyrus).
I suspect (and hope I’m not wrong) that it is another name for Papier d’Armenie, a very traditional air purifying method born in the late 19th century whereby a piece of paper soaked in styrax and benzoin and left to dry would be set alight and left to burn out.
Oddly enough, the resulting odour would be a strange mix of charred smoky paper and dusty incense.

Shams could have quickly descended into a potentially problematic stuffy and linear vibe caused by a measurable dose of the above, but thankfully, it is alleviated by the grounding multi-facetted addition of Oud.

Probably wouldn’t wear it, but certainly interesting and I can imagine, rather lush on the right man.

One word to you Memo: Alleluia!
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