Reviewing Amouage Homage Attar is a skosh painful because this takes spendy and vaults it to a whole new level AND it is a limited edition, so who knows how long they will sell Amouage Homage Attar. Running about $360 for 12 mls, it is an oil created by Amouage for its 25th Anniversary. Notes of rose Taifi, silver Frankincense, Tayyiba (jasmine), sweet amber, white musk, silver oud and Al Andalus (blend of orange, lemon and sandalwood). If you don’t like ouds/attars, the good news for you!? This won’t change your mind – maybe, though it’s probably the only attar in existence that might. There is the familiar sharpish oud smell right off the bat, but this is almost molten oud, smooth, rich, some bite, but like it’s cradled in a rose incense velvet glove. Amouage Homage Attar is not as sharp as I find a lot of the Montale ouds, but not as sweet as some of the Arabian Ouds. The Al Andalus blend adds a slightly sunny brightness to it that doesn’t seem out of character at all and persists in keeping it from brooding. As with all ouds, once you get past the open, there is a certain linearity because of the overriding note of oud going all the way through the drydown. It’s beautiful. Is Amouage Homage Attar worth it? You know, my ridiculous-price-meter is just pegged out after the last two years and has no sense of decency. It may be – if you are a huge fan of ouds and you like yours not as sharp as you get in the Montales and you want it surrounded in a cloud of seriously rich notes. As ouds go, at this point, Amouage Homage Attar would be my go-to oud. If ouds aren’t your thing or you can take them or leave them or already have a favorite, you can probably keep on going past this.
Lee has already done a great review of Le Labo Poivre 23, the city exclusive for London from Le Labo. On first sniff, I would have thought it was Annick Menardo that made it, there are some full-on whiffage in the same vein as Bvlgari Black. Smoky, thick, meaty. We know now that it wasn’t Annick that created it, but someone took a page out of her scented book. This is pungent, and in all the best ways. Peppery, smokey and magical. I think Lee got less (or no) smoke than I do, and maybe my mind is just flipping that fresh, great pepper smell into something that reminds me of smoke, but I don’t think so. I’m getting major incense and smoke on me. Great sillage, too – I just leave trails through the house as I walk around. Notes of cistus, patchouli, bourbon pepper, sandalwood, gaiac wood, incense, vanilla, styrax. It is distinctive and beautiful. Of course it is uber-spendy, 400 plus U.S. for 100 mls. I’m thinking of layering it with Patch 24. Too much? Oh, no, I think not, that will be great! People might think a coal-fired locomotive just went by with that combination.