Is that a camel I see there sleeping lackadaisically in my bed? ARABIE by SERGE LUTENS (2000)

The Black Narcissus

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Celery, prunes, dates, vanilla, spices: at the time this seemed an affront to decency

(“Horrible…………………………………..vile pronounced my mother) – a smell that belonged to a restaurant and not on a human.

Years later, with the proliferation of anything goes in the niche industry, Arabie’s shock value has decreased (by about 10%), and the big-hearted heaviness of its familiar orientalist contours, with its gorgeous warmth of Iraqi dates, cumin and figs, along with its nutmeg, mandarins and clove, and that cloyed, clogged, foul rug of sweet, so very foreign sweetness, should ensure its survival as an eccentricist’s classic, a scent to don on; and dance, waywardly and obstructedly, the drunken Salomé Dance Of The Seven Veils.

Twirl. Surrender. But remember: this perfume’s main feature is a caramelized celery; and it is wild; and it is sick, and it really is not for the sheepish.

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2 responses to “Is that a camel I see there sleeping lackadaisically in my bed? ARABIE by SERGE LUTENS (2000)

  1. aka booknose

    You always make my day, when I read you. But with your permission, I’ll skip this scent; insofar as you can escape a camel on the go. But is the Path to the Orient definitely! And a prelude to the Mages from the East! Christmas beckons … even in Japan? Maybe next year.

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