Thursday, June 08, 2006

ASK MARLEN: Eau de lung transplant

Hi there!

Love your pages. Could you please recommend a good heavy fragrance for a gay male smoker (40 cigs a day!)?

At present, I use:
Arabian Amber
Mysore Sandalwood
Over the years, I have always found myself addicted to oriental notes. In particular, I love Arabian oil based 'attars' especially oud, amber, and black musk.

Thanks for your comments and good luck with the PhD.


AshDear Ash,

40 cigs a day, huh? First let me recommend some Oxygene by Lanvin....

Ok, seriously...I'm so glad you asked this question during Montale Madness month because their Aouds and Attars are incomparable! First, go browse the Montale page at, my favorite e-tailer for Montale who is offering specials to Scenteur7 readers for the month of June. In particular, I can recommend the following:
  • Attar - Mysore sandalwood and Bulgarian roses.
  • Oud Cuir d'Arabie - Leather, tobacco and smoked woods.
  • Black Aoud - Red roses, Black Aoud and sandalwood.
Be sure to ask for samples if you're not totally sure. Suravi will allow you to put the cost of the samples (if any) towards your first purchase. I'm especially fond of the oudh fragrances because of the buttery saffron-like notes that usually accompany agarwood essences.

Hope this helps, and let me know if you'd like a few more suggestions!



Erin said...

Marlen, since we're on the topic of the Montales, (I've tried several of the oud line and liked them) and I think you're an almond and/or heliotrope fan, I was wondering if you've tried Amande Orientale. I'm intrigued but the MUA reviews seem to be all over the place on it.

marlen said...

I'll review it later this weekend, Tigs! Thanks for reading and posting! I do believe your the first of the BN crew to do so! Hurray!

Stacy said...

Just wanted to comment as a female smoker, that Escada Collection seems to give me many compliments. It's the only fragrance that I have been told smells *good* with smoke. ;)
There are some similar fragrances too, now that Collection is discontinued (sob!!) like Givenchy Obliquie Rewind and Cacherel Gloria.

Ash said...

Thanks for your suggestions Marlen. I will certainly check them out.