I’m having a flashback. There I was, wandering around eBay with my little trolley, popping samples in here and there, when I stumbled across a new perfume by one of my favourite brands. Step forward Jesus Del Pozo Arabian Nights. I have a great affection for Jesus Del Pozo, especially since they make my much loved Ambar: a bitter orange delight. However, sadly Arabian Nights disappointed. Do read on though, because fans of Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan might like what comes next.
When I ordered my samples of Arabian Nights, I was hoping for some of the gorgeous mystical beauty of Tauer’s L’Air Du Desert Marocain (can I call it LADDM? I’m among friends, yes?) However what I actually got was a Dead Ringer for Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, much loved by all but moi.
With Myrrh and Oud shoving the feeble efforts of Jasmine and Gardenia out of the way, Arabian Nights is a perfume with muscles. It’s not very pretty, but it would always win at hockey. It has the same dry and almost bitter spice that Ambre Sultan has. The Resin is particularly strong, which is what repelled me a little with Ambre Sultan– it’s a strong and heady cloud of something illegal. More Woodstock that Woody notes.
The good news is that it is cheaper than Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. The bad news is that it’s a devil to get hold of. It is aimed at the Saudi market, but is available in Duty Free at the big Spanish airports, as well as El Corte Ingles. Hopefully a swell of approval will make the nice people at Del Pozo take pity on us deprived UK perfume lovers. I have written to Del Pozo to tell them as much. I will keep you posted as to their reply.
In the meantime there’s eBay samples still left if you hurry…