BOSS The Collection – Fragrance Review


The steady rise in popularity of high end niche fragrances over the last 20 years has sent the traditional designer brands scrambling to reclaim their market shares.  The game plan (whether it works or not) is obvious:  continue putting out their regular mass market releases; also offer a separate more expensive collection to the clientele who shop in their luxury boutiques around the world.

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L’Artisan Timbuktu – Fragrance Review


Ok.  Timbuktu (2004).  You can certainly go read the marketing material accompanying this fragrance.  Supposedly inspired by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s travels to this old African city in Mali and a magical love ritual…blah…blah…blah.  That being said, I do have to admit the name Timbuktu does have a certain appeal and allure to it that cannot be dismissed.  I doubt I would have taken quite the interest in this fragrance if it were named L’Artisan #4 or something bland like that.  While I am making confessions, I must also fess up I do tend to gravitate toward several of these African & Middle Eastern inspired blends:  Timbuktu; L’air du Desert Marocain; Poivre Samarcande; Ambre Sultan; Fumerie Turque; Aoud Cuir d’Arabie.

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