Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Arabian Nights by Jacques Bogart
I wore Arabian Nights the entire day with a reapplication in order to review it properly. This scent starts out as a muscular fougere bordering sweet with an incense-cardamom tandem right in the middle of the mix. As far as transitions go, I could categorize Arabian Nights as being a linear scent since all the players are on the scene from the initial blast. The base is in there as well and it more or less "arrives" once the others lower their volume a few notches.
Arabian Nights is a very different scent than I'm accustomed to. The opening of Cardamom and incense are also accompanied by cumin and petitgrain. It's a strange juxtaposition, but on me, the cardamom and incense rise to the top right away and it's this duo that has me sniffing. A woodiness is unveiled once the opening subsides and joins the cardamom-incense. Listed patchouli in the heart never reached fruition on me and as much as I enjoy patch, I'm happy it's unrecognizable in Arabian Nights. This scent doesn't need an obvious patchouli note.
Instead of patchouli however, an earthy musk is born and slowly comes to the fore. The cedar, moss and vetiver are very subtle and simply perpetuate the cardamom, incense and woody musk. In essence, this is what Arabian Nights is.....especially after the first few minutes. This Bogart release is strange, but very likable. I am happy to report that I believe this to be a worthy 2010 fragrance........and THAT isn't something I can say often. Thumbs up from Aromi for Jacques Bogart's Arabian Nights.