Fareb by Huitieme Art

Immortelle wood, Leather, Cumin and Ginseng.

I've worn this multiple times now before posting an opinion on Fareb. I'm finding this one to be a Dr Jekyll. I like it one wearing and don't the next. Go figure........

The wearings I liked better were the ones that the Immortelle was more pronounced. The other wears had the cumin-ginseng at the fore and I admit to not caring for that too much. It seems that if I shake the sample a few times, I get more Immortelle. Once again, go figure........

Fareb is extremely uncomplicated and what I get in the opening is what I get for the life of the scent. It's not because there's only a few listed notes. I'm quite sure there's a good deal more in the makeup of Fareb. It's simply the way it's tuned.

If perhaps the Immortelle and leather notes were attenuated in a more noticeable fashion and only assisted from the spices, Fareb would probably have a much broader appeal. As it stands, the two notes I wanted most are much too passive and play second fiddle.

Fareb is also on a lower volume as a whole. That may be a good thing as cumin can be a bit alienating. The rendition of it here, besides being louder than it should, isn't an offensive one. It's recognizable as cumin and in tandem with the ginseng, they both add a spicy, earthiness to the composition.

Once Fareb hits what normally is a drydown stage, it becomes smoother in spite of the spices still being center stage. The Immortelle spreads out and adds what I can only describe as a calming influence. It still isn't at a volume I would like, but I guess we can't have everything.

The leather note isn't anything I can identify as a conventional implementation. It's this, coupled with the anemic rendition of floral, that forced me to conclude that this is simply not my cup of......errr......cumin.

Sillage is average with longevity a bit better than that. A neutral rating from Aromi for Fareb by Huitieme Art. Go figure.........

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