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Friday, December 17, 2010

Parfum de Maroc by Aftelier

By Marina

To me, Parfum de Maroc showcases the characteristic that I came to love in Aftelier Perfumes and to recognize as a specifically Afterlier quality. I call it spicy booziness...There is something in each of my favorite Mandy Aftel's scents that has a mouthwatering, nose-tingling quality of a very piquant hard liquor...something dangerously drinkable...

Maroc has that intoxicating something in abundance. Its ripe rose is drunk on spices, fermented in cardamom, saffron and nutmeg...There is also galangal, which, Wikipedia informs me, has a "citrusy, piney, earthy aroma (...) its flavor is a complement to its relative ginger." It is supposed to be an aphrodisiac and, smelling Maroc, I believe it. The mix of roses, earth and spices has an aloof, dark sensuality that is irresistible.

I love when a perfume allows me to see itself in color. Parfum de Maroc does and it is flame-red. It has the texture of heavy raw silk, smooth and scratchy to the touch at the same time. Parfum de Maroc makes me restless, like beautiful things are often prone to do. I want to imprint it on my senses forever, to make my own, to drown in it...and it makes me anxious that this gorgeous orange-red silk will slip though my fingers....As Camus said (yes, it is a quote-Camus week on PST), "beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."

Available at, $45.00-$300.00.

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Blogger jensun said...

Marina, yob write so beautifully. Yet another must-try to go on my list...

7:03 AM EST  
Blogger jensun said...

(YOU write so beautifully. Not "yob".)

7:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, you are very kind!

8:29 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful review. I want to run out and buy me some!
I'm loving red right now so it seems to be a perfect fit.

9:22 AM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

When you quote Camus, I know that it is a fragrance passion. :)
And I love anything referring to Morocco, so it seems like something I might enjoy. Plus, I love red!

9:27 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Definitely run out and buy at least a sample :)

10:21 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

:) him and Neruda :)

10:22 AM EST  
Blogger mandy said...

Thank you so much for your lush writing about Parfum de Maroc. I appreciate your literary and imaginative sensual references very much. I have been smitten with Morocco since my first trip there in the 1970's when I researching for my biography of the late Rolling Stone Brian Jones. Have a wonderful holiday season.

12:44 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you very much for stopping by and happy holidays to you too!

12:47 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

You capture the loveliness of this line so very well..

11:13 PM EST  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

Wow Parfum Maroc sounds amazing I think good enough to bathe in mmmmm

11:36 PM EST  
Anonymous hongkongmom said...

The scents sounds amazing.
The photograph just fits into my visual place of beauty that makes me if the scent fits the picture...subliminal

6:31 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Tom!

8:26 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

that would be a verry decadent bath :)

8:27 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I love that shade of red-orange on the photo

8:27 AM EST  
Anonymous Sturdette said...

You're make me lustful. What a shameless enabler you are! I wasn't planning on getting myself a Christmas gift but perhaps........

2:50 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think you must!

2:53 PM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

Did someone say cardamom? I am already sold on this!

2:16 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You have to try this one!

7:51 AM EST  
Blogger Deborah Lawrenson said...

You make this sound completely irresistible - gorgeous descriptions!

12:35 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Deborah!

12:37 PM EST  

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