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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tribute Attar by Amouage

By Marian

Frost-encrusted branches of blue spruce, laden with such mountains of snow- I wonder why they don't break. Moonlight crystallizes them and they sparkle with galaxied rapture.

I emerge from the forest into a mossy clearing- the ground there soft and yielding. I spread my cloak atop the lichen and burrow my face into earth's musky, heaving bosom. In the distance the sound of an organ creeps into the night, it's deep bellows expansively glorifying. The dark, balsamic scent of incense curls between the ancient stones- beckoning; caressing. I follow its warm, spicy and resinous song.

The sanctuary is bejeweled with jasmines and purple roses, their sweetness more delicate and brilliant than the silver-laced candlesticks guarding their ripe beauty. Like shadows seeking mates in heaven their limpid nectar drifts spirewards. Could the moon be lit by the wings of angels, to so brightly drench the year-worn pews in these vibrant rainbows of light? Emerald, ruby, golden patterns melt upon the years-rubbed wood. Jeweled puddles commune in glass-stained splendor.

To whom, to what, should I pay tribute for such glorious harmony of the senses and the heart? I kneel down, and await an answer.

It's not often that I'm happy to spend $350 for a bottle of perfume, but Tribute is worth every (scent) cent.

Notes: Rose Taifi, Jasmine, Saffron, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Tobacco, Leather, Patchouli, Vetiver.

Available at Luckyscent, $350.00-$650.00.

Image source, Vogue Italy.

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Blogger Tama said...

I was kind of afraid you'd say that...

2:18 AM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Hm, I'm off to find a decant of it...

2:54 AM EST  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

I can see, feel , taste and smell this magical fantasy called Tribute Attar.
Thanks to your most gifted and brilliant prose - this perfume has almost appeared in front of me..then it vanishes..and OOps appears once again.
The eloquence and colorful choice of words gives rise to this ethereal scent. It takes on a life of its own.
I have deep inside my feminine being an unmet un fulfilled yearning for passion and seduction.
This spectacular review captures the essence of fulfullment.
I will follow this tantalizing scent blindfolded leading me to discover and delight in whatever sweet and forbidden world awaits.
I need to smell this in person as I have imagined and lived this in my heart.
Bravo to such an amazing review of Tribute Attar.

4:26 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

This reads like a poem. It could be made into a song, but not in English. I am glad you let me try the fragrance, it is as beautiful as your review makes it sound.

6:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second Tama's comment -- it's so much money, but with every enchanting review I read about it, I feel the slow surrender of my wallet.

6:43 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My god! A spicy, retinous song.....and then a kind of floral backround ... Amouage at the most magic. I am wearing Amouage Gold sometimes but Tribute Attar sounds enchanting.... Have to find out!

6:52 AM EST  
Blogger Lulu said...

A Beautiful review that lingers in the same way s a beautiful scent, and leaves you wanting more.

9:36 AM EST  
Anonymous Trina said...

Ooo la la! Now that sounds right up my alley.

9:53 AM EST  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Wow - this sounds amazing. Well, most Amouages are, it seems - but I'm terrified that I'll try this and it will turn into an HG.

Perhaps I better stick with Gold, Epic Woman, and Jubilation 25 - I already have them and they weren't quite so dear. I already broke my rule about even trying super-spendy scents and fell in love with both the above Amouages and Kilians Back to Black. Thank goodness for decants, anniversary specials, and travel refills!

10:18 AM EST  
Anonymous Fausta said...

Your prose is so beautifully evocative, and so lyrical.
I must try the fragrance!

10:26 AM EST  
Anonymous Plummy ) said...

I have Al-Wazir and Lyric Man already. Tribute appears like something else I would wear. Thank you, Marian for a beautiful article )

10:55 AM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Tama and Chasarumba- Although it's frightfully expensive, a little goes a long way. Yesterday I put a drop on the inside of my collar and whenever I caught a whiff it made me SO happy! It really lingers on fabric. I think I'm going to try putting a drop on the inside of my pillowcase tonight ;-)

11:52 AM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Madelyn- Thank you! I know how much you enjoy romantic perfumes. I really think, if you tried it, it might take a place next to your cherished Musc Ravageur and become one of your favorites.

11:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

M- you've opened so many exquisite doors into the exhilarating world of scent- that I could introduce you to an attar that you like gives me more pleasure than you could begin to imagine!

12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Anonymous and Cynthia: Have you tried "Lyric'? Its one of my favorites in the Amouage line.
"Back to Black" is on my "To Try" list. I wonder how the tobacco note in Kilian's perfume compares with Tribute's drydown. I'm guessing "Back to Black" is much sweeter than Tribute. Gotta check this out!

12:09 PM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...

Darn, darn, darn....I do not have 350 to spend on this; I have my eye on a chandelier. I have spent my perfume budget for the year. I want to go to Europe next year.

Wonder how long it'll take me to make up really good excuses to buy this anyway????

12:15 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Thank you, Lulu and Fausta!
I hope you have the opportunity to sniff it ;-) I haven't worn anything else since it arrived on my doorstep!

12:17 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Tammy: Imagine what your room would smell like if you put a drop of Tribute on a couple of the bulbs of that chandelier. The chandelier can light your room while the Tribute lights your heart ;-) How's that for an excuse to purchase both?

12:23 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Plummy- I'll bet you smell as delicious as your name

12:58 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a wondrous rhapsody! How enchantingly delightful. This makes me want to delve into a poetic embrace of this remarkable scent! And how evocatively accurate. I trust Marian's highly attuned sensibilities. Now, if she could only craft an equally spellbinding scent, I'd buy that!

1:15 PM EST  
Anonymous Flora said...

Uh-oh - the Holy Grail is calling me - thank you for a beautiful and poetic review of what surely must be the dew of Paradise....

1:16 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Sonya- It's become more and more clear to me how difficult it is to create a scent that appeals to many people over a long period of time. Isn't it amazing to think that we still revere many of the scents that were created decades ago? It will be really interesting to see which of the "modern" perfumes become "classics", and which of those popular today fall by the wayside.

1:39 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Thank you, Flora.
I hope someone gives me nose plugs for Christmas or I'm going to have to find a way to lock my bank account!

1:42 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said---I was wisked away to a promised land of love--if only I had someone to wear it for. The closest I got to that was his spirit wafting by me one morning --the day after I threw a rose on his grave, the sea.

2:31 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautifully written review

2:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The visualization that your words inspired made me feel as though I was walking through a garden filled with the most lustrous fragrance, Thanks, Claire

3:04 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Anonymous: "The closest I got to that was his spirit wafting by me one morning --the day after I threw a rose on his grave, the sea." What a sad and lonely image.
May love embrace you before the roses bloom again next summer!

3:51 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marian's review of Amouage's Tribute Attar is transcendent itself. If the scent evokes such reverie, it must indeed be worth the price! Amouage should be reading these reviews--and asking Marian to write for them! This was the high point of my day. Thank you, Marian.


5:20 PM EST  
Blogger elle said...

This sounds simply stunning. And the poetry of your review is certainly a worthy tribute to the scent - such magical, gorgeous images. Amouage is one of the few lines I'm consistently happy w/ recently, so am glad to know they are keeping up their high standards.

5:29 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! How can I resist? Thanks Marian

5:33 PM EST  
Blogger nbl said...

These magnificent words must describe an equally magnificent scent; I can't wait to try this perfume! Thank you, Marian, for such a compellingly eloquent review.

7:43 PM EST  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Thank you, Marian- the evocative review does this lovely Attar justice.

In all fairness, one drop of Tribute lasts hours at a time, and it continues to morph and change over the hours.

8:57 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Elle: Thanks for your kind words. I hope it won't be too, too long before Amouage releases another attar that is as equally complex and compelling as is Tribute (or is that too much to ask) ;-)

11:22 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Chayaruchama: Isn't Tribute's development fascinating? It's a perfume of many faces- each with a unique and exquisite character. It's so wonderful to find a perfume where each stage is so different, and so lovely!

11:25 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Thank you, Nancy. I think, when you do try Tribute, you'll find it's perfect for the holiday season, and is definitely a perfume that will bring joy to the season!

11:27 PM EST  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I haven't tried Lyric yet - I kind of fell into the Amouages by accident. And by accident, I mean that I went in on a split of Epic unsniffed and was immediately smitten.

Jubilation 25 was another happy accident when I snagged one of the small anniversary bottle for $50 - by the time that the Gold split came up, I was game for anything Amouage. Lyric is definitely on the "to try" list though.

Since I haven't tried Tribute, I can't comment on the tobacco note as it compares to Back to Black, but the B2B tobacco is very much a cherry pipe tobacco to my nose (as opposed to the dirty ashtray note in Jasmine et Cigarette, which is the only other tobacco scent that I have, at least I think it is, I could have more and am not aware of it yet).

9:26 AM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Lucky you, Cynthia! I wish my blind buys were are successful as yours have been,
I have some Cambodian ouds that have a warm, rich and sweet tobacco note that are amongst my favorite pure ouds. There are so many Western perfumes now that are featuring oud as a note, but once you've smelled the "real thing" the Western approximations are very poor substitutes.

10:36 AM EST  
Blogger Cynthia said...

lol - some of my blind buys have been terrible. Fortunately, most of them were mass market things at Marshalls or TJ Maxx or relatively inexpensive decants. I do have a few that I probably need to try and sell off though. I've sworn off all unsniffed Creeds, that's for sure.

12:07 PM EST  
Anonymous Dave Rad said...

Wow. I have never read or heard a scent be so vividly described!

Im not sure how this scent would be for a guy, but it does have many of my favorite notes: Jasmin, Saffron, and my most recent favorite, Patchouli.

Was lovely to read, looking forward to more of your posts!

8:12 PM EST  
Anonymous Marian said...

Thanks, Dave. A lot of attars are "unisex". I think a guy could wear this.
Did you know that a lot of men in the ME wear scents that have a strong rose note? I'd love to know more about how scents are perceived in other cultures.

12:05 AM EST  
Blogger MichaelRad said...

It was lovely to read- thank you for sharing this experience. You are a gifted writer- please keep the reviews coming!

10:56 AM EST  
Anonymous carol said...

WOW ... if only I could wear your words ... perhaps I will :)


5:39 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Marian
Please can you tell me where I can get hold of pure Cambodian oud and which pure ouds/makers would you recommend.
Thanks in advance.

3:40 PM EDT  

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