When a fragrance is described as being exotic, you’d think of intensely warm, musky and spicy scents that make a big impact. Bold, or gourmand, notes such as jasmine, amber, musk, patchouli and oud are frequently used.
However, some perfumers have begun to rethink this no-holds-barred, even flashy, approach. They’re rendering this very classic class of fragrance in new ways. Some temper the heaviness with notes that are fresh, green and herb-ish. Others balance heady floral-sweetness with smoky or earthy elements like incense and cedar. Then there are those that opt to play down the musk and oud elements, softening their effect.
The result is a more subtle, modern and versatile fragrance that you can wear every day. They’ll call to mind ancient Egypt, desert wilderness or smoky lounges, and transport you to wild terrains without overwhelming your senses (or anyone else’s). Here are the new ones to try now.
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