Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Oriental Spicy
Fragrance Notes A La Nuit by Serge Lutens: Candied mandarin, Dried Fig, Dates.
Heart: Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Clove.
Base: Tonka Bean, Siamese Benzoin, Myrrh.
Arabie is a virtual stroll amidst the exotic Al Halili bazaar at noon, rows and rows of succulent dried fruits and colorful, piquant, pungent spices; a kaleidoscopic vision seen in vermilion and saffron red. Women and men could get entangled in its nectarous, densely woven web, especially when the weather is cool and the mood is festive.
ALCOHOL,PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), AQUA (WATER), LINALOOL, LIMONENE, COUMARIN, EUGENOL,BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BENZYL BENZOATE,CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, CINNAMAL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, CITRAL, ISOEUGENOL,FARNESOL, CI 19140 (YELLOW 5), BENZYL CINNAMATE, BHT, CI 17200 (RED 33).
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"Arabia, immense within us, embraces all fragrances. « Nuts and dried fruits are noble. » This piece of wisdom was handed down to us through Greek mythology. Dried fruits, currant raisins, dates and cashews, anything fragrant. Like a caravan lost in the desert."
The fruits are on top, and the woods are diffused throughout, but in the base, the cumin adds a soft, muffled growl. It’s not a sweaty note like body odor, the way cumin can sometimes be, but it’s definitely a subtle touch of animalism and light “skank.” It works subtly from afar to add complexity to what would otherwise be primarily a two-pronged scent. I’ve seen one person describe the cedar as a “sweaty” note, but I would bet my bottle of Bois et Fruits that there is the cumin in the fragrance. For the most part, it’s a dusty note, like the powdered kind you’d find in a spice market, but with a distinct earthiness underneath. I have to admit, it’s my favorite part of the fragrance, even though I’m not usually enamoured by cumin. Something about the spicy dryness and earthy muskiness adds a brilliant counter-balance to the sweetened juices of the fruits, while simultaneously accentuating the dryness of the cedar
THE EXACTING WORLD OF SERGE LUTENS
With their rounded shoulders and apothecary stopper, the delightfully old-fashioned luxury of the exclusive bottles played a key role in forging the Serge Lutens reputation. Taking us back to basics with a perfume which is dabbed on with the finger, these very special bottles were initially only available from Serge Lutens’ Palais Royal shop in Paris. Today, they are distributed on a slightly larger scale to reach the growing number of aficionados.
Photo taken in Morocco by Ling Fei. Source: Le Monde Magazine.