I'll give the Serge props for being one ballsy perfumer. Look at the spice-fest this scent stands to be. Not many Houses would have the audacity to brew a concoction like this. I mean really.....where does something like this fit in?
The first few wearings of Arabie, I kept wondering if Aedes hadn't sent me the wrong sample because what I smelled and what I read did not jive. The "descriptions" are literally all over the map on this one and my review certainly isn't going to help matters. Arabie has 2 distinct phases on my skin and both are far removed from each other. Arabie begins its spicy and eclectic journey travelling from the east and ends rather comfortably in the land where the sun sets.
The drydown and beyond affords me what I can only describe as a resin-labdanum being in the mix. This is complimented by woods and the still-going spiciness that is the soul of Arabie. Yet another eccentric and surprising recipe from Dr. Strangelove himself.
Sillage is very acceptable and longevity is approximately 6 hours plus on me, with a residual skin scent lasting until the next day. Thumbs up from Aromi for Arabie by Serge Lutens and a very strong recommendation to sample before purchase.