Hmm.. what this brings to mind is a situation of standing in a queue at Dubai Airport, in front of me a group of working class arab men, by this I mean physically working class arab men, dressed in their typical robes, very likely un-showered, most certainly un-deodoranted, some of them wearing rose perfume, possibly oud.. thats about it. I dont hate the scent-impression at all, actually its quite interesting, just cant see myself wearing it and to feel comfortable with it. It reminds me a bit of the L'Artisan Al Oudh scent, but this in a more feminine rendition.
Can't add much to other reviews, except to say this is a magnificent scent. Normally do not like predominant rose scents...but the other accords made this one so unique, and, dare I say, sexy, I have no regrets about buying a full bottle. Kurkdjian creates magic....although I love this one, my absolute favorite is the Aqua Universalis Forte.
This is old-school. A potent, complex spicy-floral-incense with the slightest hint of cuminy skank (but not too much). Amazing sillage and unheard-of lasting power. Drydown is balsamic, comforting and faintly sweet. If you like strong ambery-orientals like Lutens' Fumerie Turque and Parfum d'Empire's Ambre Russe, get your hands on a sample pronto. Be sure to apply with discretion because it is *quite* strong and could potentially alienate those in your immediate vicinity if oversprayed. Luckyscent places it more toward the "masculine" end of its masculine/feminine scale, which is incomprehensible to me: besides Fracas, I find it hard to think of a more bombshell-ish femme fatale fragrance than AplS. Love love love.
I wasn't a huge fan of Cologne Pour le Soir, so I didn't have high hopes for this one. The first time I sampled the Absolue version, it was awful -- a cuminy, skanky mess that I couldn't imagine wearing in the company of another person. I'm not sure why (I would usually toss something that I disliked so much), but I gave it one more chance a few weeks later, and I'm glad that I did. There was still a reasonable amount of skank, but it blended with smoke and honey and other notes to create a very intriguing fragrance. I don't need a bottle because I couldn't see myself reaching for it often, but it's one of the more interesting fragrances I've smelled in a while.
A gorgeous incensey smokey rose scent with the warmest most delicious honey base. The dirty underwear note disappears immediately on my skin and leaves this very smoothly rich scent. Absolutely and completely bottle-worthy.
Rose? Benzoin? Honey, all I see is the full moon, a bit of leather and civet gone wild. This smells like an unneutered male cat after some fun times with a female in heat would smell.
I agree with the reviewer who stated on 1000fragrances.blogspot.com that this fragrance is not one to spray on your pillow before going to sleep, it is a beast. The first time I tried it, I literally thought this beast, some sort of creeping chupacabra had nonchalantly come up to me in a metro station, lifted his hind leg and sprayed a little scent and urine on my leg before scampering away.
It is blended so beautifully, and this is the art of the fragrance, that keeps me coming back to it, that despite this total absence of pretense, it is so charmingly suave and refined, rich, even sunny, warm and deep. (Throated?)
This beast, once sprayed on the skin, immediately thrusts his sweaty scrotum in your face from the start. I want to say oh yeah, that's fine, whatever, but it is a little hard to ignore. If you're in the mood for deeply dirty where nothing else will suffice-- look no further! The honey warms the animal secretions in a way that actually makes it even more dirty, as if it's a honeyed warm tea someone's expecting you to drink!! What is this, some new form of Chinese medicine?
Despite myself, I love it.
It has a load of cumin, so I'm getting the 'exotic' vibe, but either I'm very sensitive to the civetone or my skin chemistry plays that up, but I'm getting a warm, aroused buttered, honeyed b_ttcrack basking in the sun.
Is that a good thing?
My brain is going with yes.
I looooove the smokey sexiness of Absolue Pour le Soir. It makes me feel like a glam, trenchcoat-wearing, cigarette-smoking 40s noir film star--the kind whose movies don't have happy endings...but whose middles are pretty damn intriguing. The perfume has excellent lasting power and subtle but head-turning sillage. The bottle is beautifully and simply designed, packaging quality is first-class. I am soooo glad I bought this!
What a flawless masterpiece!!!! MFK takes the major players of the cologne, rose, honey, and benzoin along with light gauzey incense, then injects some civet, cumin ( just a smidge) along with some smokiness to create gorgeous smoldering scent. Rich and velvety. Luckyscent categorizes this as masculine, but truly is unisex. On my list for the next full bottle purchase.
Start with JHL, keep its tangy civet/musk component, remove the carnation (of the sort which carries some funk of its own), substitute the rose/praline of "cologne pour le soir" and there you have, pretty much, absolue pour le soir. The result is something more modernisch than JHL, suitable for either sex.
Nice. I think in the end I prefer the cologne, which has its own (aldehydey?) funk to it (of the sort that chanel fragrances have), but which always seemed to me to be a fragrance crying out for EDP or greater concentration.
The sad thing about the Absolue is that after some time, I found the "pour le soir" elements to be barely there, while the tangy civet/musk addition remains, and remains and remains.