Five Middle East - inspired fragrances
Written by Ayesha Khan
Archaeological evidence suggests that civilisations used perfumes as early as 3300 BCE, but it wasn’t until the Arab chemist Al Kindi devised a guide to distillery and chemistry that perfumery became an exact science. Here are five 21st-century fragrances inspired by the Middle East’s rich perfume heritage.
Polo Ralph Lauren Supreme Oud
This rugged, intoxicating masculine scent draws its inspiration from oud. It opens with a pink pepper and cinnamon accord, with a heart of oud, laid on a base of vetiver and guaiac wood.
Clinique Beyond Rose
Ibn Sina was the first chemist to distil liquid from the rose. This inimitable women’s fragrance is the ultimate tribute to this innovation, anchored with a wild rose accord and a rose petal heart, but featuring notes of white pepper and amber.
Jo Malone London Incense & Cedrat
Anchored by a scent matched exactly to the sap of the rare Boswellia sacra tree – also known as Frankincense – (sapping the actual endangered tree is an environmental no-no), this unisex fragrance also features touches of fresh citrus and vanilla.
YSL Supreme Bouquet Luxury Edition
As a tribute to Monsieur Saint Laurent’s love of Morocco, this fragrance features a creamy floral accord topped with glazed pink pepper, pear, oriental tuberose, and, of course, the ever-important rich notes of dry wood, amber, and musk.
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
“For this collection, I explored how oud could intertwine with other precious ingredients,” says Tom Ford. The collection of men’s colognes offers an olfactory journey through three variations of oud: tobacco, wood, and fleur.