Tomorrow our special guest AbdesSalaam Attar , natural perfumer/composer from La Via del Profumo
will be here to answer your questions . He has offered three bottles of Balsamo della Mecca for give-away and I thought you might like to re-read this post from last January .
An exciting envelope arrived in the mail yesterday , with beautiful stamps on it and an Italian postmark....Mecca Balsam nestled inside a beautiful shimmery gold box...and a 16 ml sample bottle !! OMG...squeee !!!!
Labdanum is one of my favorite notes in perfumery . In the winter I crave it . Last year , my go to scent was Donna Karan Labdanum . This year I discovered DSH Vintage Patchouly ( not just patchouli , but resinous and powdery and YUM )....now Mecca Balsam crowds it's way to the top of my HG list with it's opening note of leathery labdanum . I tore open the package and sprayed and swooned . So did the Captain !!
The rich luscious labdanum is supported by tobacco and damascene rose , a touch of tuberose adds softeness and balance , though hardly discernable, enriched by sacred frankincense .
The tobacco is the star of the show to my nose , and I only wish there were more labdanum . The warmth and thrum of oud is mild , but over 12 hours later when I jump in the shower , suddenly the oud jumps out , aromatic and animalic , what a surprise !!
This is beautiful , rich , deep and dark . Imagine the throngs of worshippers on their pilgrimage to Mecca . The spirit of seeking palpable in the air around you . There is nothing timid about this scent , the heat of thousands of seekers moving in unison to reach the goal of enlightenment and spiritual nourishment . Mecca Balsam is the scent of yearning , striving for the unattainable....
I am so thrilled to have my little bottle ! The most special thing about Mecca Balsam ? It is certified 100% natural !!
Tomorrow , beginning at 6:00 AM EST our fun begins . Don't miss it !!