Hiya Posse! Hopefully you all in the Northern Hemisphere are heading happily towards Autumn. The crazy heat you’ve all endured should be making its way down here for beach and bush fire season. I thought we could talk about one of the heftier, thicker and more cozy Keiko Mecheri offerings. Released back in 2004 Oliban has made it to the new bottles, so celebrating its 18th birthday. I’ve had my bottle nearly ten years and it has had a few wears over the 2022 Aussie winter. Ergo, you are getting a Posse Post about it to remind some of you of your put away bottles and others as an introduction.
I know a lot of perfumistas dismiss Keiko Mecheri because often her scents are sheer, pretty and more about creating a soft nimbus that a statement. Oliban breaks that mold. A unisex statement scent that is so different to most other offerings by anyone that it commands attention. If sheer and pretty are your jam then I wrote about Un Jour d’Ete on the Posse.
Oliban by Keiko Mecheri
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Olibanum Rose Incense Tobacco Ambergris Palisander Rosewood Virginia Cedar Tonka Bean
This Yann Vasnier creation is so beautiful even from first spritz. The rose, resins, smoke and tobacco are all immediately notable. Rich, intoxicating and with that ever so slightly sharp backdraft of cedar. Oliban is centred around olibanum, also known as frankincense or incense. Through the heart it shines bright and has a lovely dusty woodsiness, like stepping into a church with no people. That cool air, the echoes and the vastness are all contained here in a fragrant memory. As we head into the dry down Oliban warms and sweetens. Becomes more amber than incense and enfolds me in a gentle, loving hug.
Below is my bottle, above is the newer style. I loved the opaque black, interestingly shaped older bottle. It had so much style and looked like someone really cared about beauty. It still felt sleek, modern and luxurious to me. Now they look like LUSH bottles. (Sorry, that looks like my thumbprint on my bottle.)
Even if you didn’t have a Roman Catholic upbringing, or any organised religion that used incense in their rites, I think the scent will still be beautiful to wear. The memories it evokes are peripheral to the beauty of the composition.
Unisex, magnificent, wears well and has good projection for the first few hours. Oliban continues to pump its beauty softly long after the initial show stopping fireworks are gone. 10+ hours later I’ve had friends ask what I am wearing if we hug or catch a cab together.
Do you have any of your cooler weather perfumes out yet?