A journey to another place and time where bright citrus and spice are contrasted against dark smoke-filled sophistication and intrigue. In Tangiers, European West meets African Near East; an ancient city of contrasts where a day-time landscape of citrus trees and the spice trade is juxtaposed against a seductive night-time world of Femmes and Hommes ‘Fatals’, wreathed in tobacco smoke, enthroned in leather. Here, a place of self-mythologizing complexity inspires a scent immersed in the sensual, chic and dangerous.
In this evocation of contrasts and intrigue, raw noble ingredients stay true: a sparkling swathe of citrus and spice instantly transports through top notes of Mandarin, Coriander and Cumin; at heart, any flightiness is forgotten, where traditional and elegant, creamy Leather and Labdanum fix the fragrance, while a smoky cloak of narcotic Tobacco envelops all; at base, further anchoring and compelling, are ancient resins and woods, both sacred and profane — Olibanum or Frankincense with its connotations of holy, aromatic sweetness, Oud and Sandalwood with their nuanced and captivating soothing woodiness.
Presenting an almost stratified history of the ancient city of Tangiers, a crossroads of the world through scent, Tobacco Mandarin evokes an opulent and age-old interplay of past and present, day and night, masculine and feminine, undimmed through time. The fragrance could itself be a complex character in a novel or Film Noir.