Aziyade by Parfum d’Empire

Hello Perfume Posse. I’ve been going through my sample boxes lately to try and diminish their contents. It’s a really fun exercise, finding so many long forgotten jewels. Even found the original pack of carded spray samples I bought of the Parfum d’Empire collection back in 2012. Sadly they don’t do them anymore. So many happy memories of discovering this fabulous brand. It seems to fly under the radar but if you haven’t tried them I urge you to. Marc-Antoine Corticchiato is a clever perfumer who makes both extremely bold, statement fragrances and some more nuanced enigmas. Not remembering how it smelled at all I decided to give Aziyade another try, March didn’t find it sweaty enough but I think the point is something else.

Aziyade by Parfum d’Empire

Aziyade by Parfum d'Empire


Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Pomegranate, Date, Almond, Orange, Prune, Cardamom, Ceylonese cinnamon, Ginger, Egyptian cumin
Heart: Indian patchouli, Vanilla, Carob tree, Arabic frankincense
Base: Tonkin musk, Moroccan labdanum

The spicy fruit opening is almost like eating fruit and nut chocolate and Turkish delight in the same mouthful (YES, I have) but zinger and more interesting. A far cry from the Serge Lutens stewed fruit, of which hints appear later through the heart. The patchouli is dark, clear, chocolatey. Add vanilla, ginger and carob that work harmoniously together. Then twist the whole fragrance slightly with a matcha tea vibe. Sweaty? Not really unless you are particularly sweat averse, then I’d recommend caution.

That is a VERY poor description of what I’m smelling here. So much less than Aziyade is. Also, I think you have to be ready for it to work for you. I clearly wasn’t last time I tried it. NOW I’m hankering after a bottle.

Who can wear it? Anyone who likes to be fully fragrant. The first two hours are quite big. You will definitely be making a statement  in it. My head keeps telling me that it’s a 21st century Opium, not alike in smell but in personality.

Surrender To Chance has samples from $3.50/ml

Have you spent any time with Parfum d’Empire fragrances? Do you have a favourite?
Portia xx



Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

  • Matty says:

    It does sound stunning.

  • Kathleen says:

    I haven’t sampled Aziyade and your review makes me want to! The only Parfum d’Empire I own is Ambre Russe which I’ve worn a lot lately and love more each time I wear it. It is such a rich, plummy amber. If this represents the perfumes from this line, I’ve no doubt they are all stunning.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Kathleen,
      You already own the absolute jewel in the Parfum d’Empire crown. The rest are amazing but Ambre Russe is king of the hill.
      Portia xx

  • hczerwiec says:

    Mmmm…I love Ambre Russe, though I found Tabac Tabou to be a bit tame. Aziyade sounds a bit like MDCI’s Fetes Persanes? Maybe mixed with Borneo 1834? But intriguing — I don’t like straight-up gourmands, but this sounds just weird enough to be good.

  • Pam says:

    Oh Portia, you can weave such a Perfume Story. Love it. I have never smelled Aziyade and you make me want a full bottle. Now. This minute.

  • Elle says:

    I love this! Thanks for the reminder – was just trying to decide what to wear for today and will now go spritz some on. One of the reasons I’m so fond of it is that on my skin this is extremely similar to my beloved, but very short lived, Dinner by Bobo.

  • Tara C says:

    I have and love Aziyadé. It is a bit sweaty on me but not too much. I also love Cuir Ottoman and Ambre Russe from this line, oh and Wazamba too. So well done.

  • Brigitte says:

    Based on your description this one would be my favorite of the line !!!

  • Shiva-woman says:

    I thought of Serge Lutens with this one. I love it, and I think the brand overall is thoughtful and makes beautiful, interesting fragrances.