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Mandodari is already a special Prin fragrance. Purely from the notes, Mandodari did not appeal to me at least not compelling. Tuberose gladly, caraway always depends on it, other notes were rather not my topic. Lately, however, I felt smoky floral fragrances as increasingly exciting, because these two for me diametrically opposed impressions can be interwoven partly quite wonderful.
So then also here. For me, Mandodari opens like an old aldehyde oak moss scent. Relatively quickly, however, it becomes exotically floral, while also smoky. Notice how the tuberose is there, absolutely not feminine and lush but barren of any impression in that direction. Rather sober, masculine, I like that very much. Then the smoky element takes over, the floral components become more borderline, more exotic; almost as if these two notes were dueling. This Sturm und Drang phase dominates the opening.
What creates this smoke now, one can probably only speculate. The pepper certainly contributes to it, the wooden ingredient represents the foundation; old, worn wood. The tobacco lies open on the table and creates its own olfactory contribution. Strong and now it is slowly but surely becoming too expressive. Suddenly a soapy hint comes up, the scent settles.
But does it stay like that? Of course not, after an hour I notice clearly the caraway and yes, that is racy including the leg note feared by many. Since I find caraway in the fragrance quite good, however, this causes me no annoyance. It's not just the cumin either. Even before that, there was the civet which forms the framework of Mandodari. A basic leatheriness paired with a touch of animalic on oakmoss is clearly present. Prin can do that easily. I had to think at first of Animalik in the bog but no bog at night.
Chapeau for this successful creation, this is not an extreme Prin although he clearly shows in which direction Prin Lomros goes with his fragrances. In this respect, it is perhaps not a bad entry into the Prin world. At the same time, Mandodari is very wearable, so I would like to make a recommendation.