Thursday, December 1, 2011
Oliban by Keiko Mecheri
Oliban is extremely smooth like everything else I've tried from this house. The frankincense note isn't groundbreaking nor are the other players. It's the way they are implemented and I'm starting to believe that this house is far removed from releasing anything with rough edges.
I'm not complaining. If anything, I love the suppleness and Oliban is just that. It's completely appropriate for either gender and can be a poster child for "shared". There's not a slew of players in this fragrance. On the Mecheri site, it's listed under Les Orientales with notes of : Incense Olibanum, Atlas Cedarwood, Palisander, Blonde Tobacco and Tonka Beans.
Somewhere in the wearings, I think I'm smelling hints of rose with spice. It isn't a steady aroma and it could be me simply smelling something else mimicking the note. It wouldn't be the first time I detected something that isn't in the accords. The gist of Oliban is a ripple-less rendition of woody incense. Both the wood and frankincense are enjoyable to say the least. The tobacco note is present and dissimilar to some of the more obvious renditions of the note in designer masculines that I own and enjoy. It's more like a pastel stroke in Oliban than a statement.
The sillage is on the polite side but I get good longevity from the wearings. The frankincense isn't the cathedral-like rendition of some. I can't call it meditative either. Relaxing and peaceful seems a better fit. Oliban is very nice indeed and worth checking out. For many years, I played lead guitar and my grail "sound" was a Marshall amp attenuated. All this means is that you achieve a "power soak" sound at moderate volume. It's big and fat and healthy on the eardrums.
Oliban. Attenuated. Big, fat and juicy. A power soaked thumbs up from Aromi for Mecheri's Oliban.