Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Feminine identity

Loukhoum Parfum du Soir by Keiko Mecheri

This is the first I tried from the house of Keiko Mecheri and the very first time I tested, it unveiled a huge curtain over this rare to find anonymous house. Type of fragrance that brings humongous grin to my face, makes me leave my sit and walk excitedly here and over the place!
Loukhoum Parfum du Soir is the intensified and twisted version of original pink gem; Loukhoum by Keiko Mecheri; which both are magnificent and mesmerizing type of feminine fragrance which I instantly fell in love for! It's an oriental vanilla sweet dark almond-based perfume which borrows the title from a famous candy: Lokum.

Lokum (راحت الحلقوم), as pronounced here is the name of a vast variety of Middle Eastern delight with unidentified originality of contrivance; however; having a large territory back in days, Ottoman empire has entitled many candies and cuisines under its name, one of which might be lokum which has an Arabic name. This candy is made by starch, water, sugar and some optional additions like syrups, rosewater, and nuts.

Different types and tastes of lokums! Yuuum!

OK, let's back to our topic! Loukhoum (to avoid writing the long title "Loukhoum" is the actual perfume one I'm talking about) opens with austere dry cutesy mawkish nuances of dark burnt sweet taste of almond which is so straight and does not devoid anything in clarity. Considering the notes, my humble expectation was a fluffy pillowy sensual feminine scent but this is way much different...
Vanilla, almond, benzoin, honey, rose, agarwood, patchouli, tonka bean
For the notes assorted, one may like to compare this to Kilian Back to Black or Givenchy Pi and he wouldn't be completely wrong since, in fact, there are bold similarities, yet the matter is that nothing resembles Loukhoum but its other versions. There's a big paradox in the opening between the cinematic evil darkness and cute feminine delicacy and it is this paradox that makes Loukhoum an abstruse and perplexing perfume. All its aspects are intricately abstract that is presented in an unity which can be categorized under nighty romantic gourmand.
After cheerful opening the perfumes goes the same way linearly to soft dry out within few hours. The almonds are still at top, as strong as there's no place for oud and patchouli but they contribute to the overall charm of the fragrance; then rose and tonka bean and benzoin; which are the keys to heaven in this perfume; find opportunity to show up.

The bombastic fragrance has now settled in its grown and mature age with prominent vanilla filled with almond that guarantees a soft sensual velvety dry down while the mysterious feel is still maintained by oud wood and soft patchouli.
Loukhoum Parfum du Soir is an elaborate masterpiece which I fell in love for by all my heart, but I don't surprise if the original Loukhoum is still much fancier and much famous cause this version has all her beauty in the opening till middle of heart layer and what remains in the base is just a soft hint of obscure and summarized story of what has happened in the beginning. By other mean, the complete fragrance is not that extraordinary as the beginning.

Carpe Odor!

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