Areej Le Doré Agar de Noir (+ Santal Galore)

Hello everyone. I hope you have been well and, above all else, safe and healthy in this utterly wretched year. No, I am not back, but I have been inspired and impelled by the latest Areej Le Doré collection, Series 6, to do pretty lengthy reviews on Twitter. And since I typed everything out via screenshot for Twitter, I figured I might as well copy and paste it some of it here for those of you who aren’t Twitter fans. This may be the only review that I’ll end transforming into a blog post, or it may not. I did a pretty lengthy review for the new Santal Galore as well, but since I stupidly deleted the source document, I’m going to be lazy and just link to the Twitter thread at the end instead of re-typing everything from scratch.

None of this will be like what I’ve written and done in the past in terms of photos or all the rest. I pecked the reviews out on my phone, which comes with a whole series of likely auto-correct and typo issues, but I figured it’s better than nothing. For now. At least it tells you something about the fragrances if you don’t read me on Twitter. (And I strongly advise you not to follow me on Twitter if you’re not interested in politics.)

I don’t know what the future will hold for this site except that I’m currently willing to undergo the constant (rather accumulated and not inexpensive) cost of keeping it up. For now. That may easily change, since it certainly seems like a waste of money to me, but we’ll see. Right now, I’m interesting in talking about fragrances only tangentially and only occasionally amidst other things while on Twitter. (If you wish to find me, the Twitter link is: https://twitter.com/Kafkaesque_Blog)

But, for once, at this particular moment, Areej Le Doré’s S6 has absorbed, fascinated, and distracted me enough for me to bother coming back to a site I would normally very much prefer to avoid. If this is a rare thing, and it absolutely is, it’s only because Areej Le Doré is one of my favourite brands and they’re one of the rare ones to be able to not just interest me but make me PASSIONATE.

In terms of ALD’s Series 6. I started with Santal Galore on Twitter, but right now I want to look at Agar de Noir (“AdN”), even if it’s a rough and ready, phone-pecked, Twitter screenshotted review. Again, as I said, some thing is better than nothing when it comes to giving you a sense about a perfume, even if it isn’t the prettiest rendition:

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Before I describe what Agar de Noir (AdN) smells like, I think it’s worth briefly covering some of the notes which may be unfamiliar to you by scent and/or name. Two were wholly new to me, though it turns out that I was used to one being called something else.

“Crataegus”: it turns out that this is another name for “hawthorn,” which some of you may be familiar with from leather fragrances. I’ve encountered it in Kilian’s Royal Leather and a few other things. It was reportedly in Fahrenheit, too. Hawthorn has a honeyed, lightly floral aroma, but it is also strongly musky, leathery, and animalic. Sometimes it also manifests a rotted aroma, which may be why some people find its scent deeply unpleasant. (I haven’t experienced it as rotted decay.) Hawthorn plays quite a part in Agar de Noir’s first few hours, imo.

“Columba”: I’ve never heard or encountered this one before. Google tells me it’s also called: Calumba, Venivel, or Tree Tumeric. It seems to be used in incense. I couldn’t learn anything about its odor characteristics.

“Arnica”: a quiet presence in Agar de Noir’s first 45 minutes, it smells grassy, herbal, slightly dusty, and with a pine or sage-like aroma.

“Calamus”: its scent profile is a warm, spicy, slightly sweet woody bouquet with a quiet herbal and/or rooty undertone. Calamus is very noticeable on my skin in AdN’s first 45 minutes.

Agar de Noir opens on my skin with a deluge of delightfully sweet, spicy, smoky, ambered woodiness that is a clear sibling to Areej’s previous Russian Oud parfum as well as to the richly indulgent saffron Hindi oud leather in Oud Zen (Russian Adam’s very first oud fragrance) and even to Oud Picante.

Although there are differences from each as well, there is a clear kinship between all these fragrances that show they were crafted by the same hand, even if their ingredients or notes vary. Also, I would argue that Russian Adam has developed a real signature in terms of the drydown in all his oud fragrances, but more on that much later.

For now, let’s look at how Agar de Noir differs from its predecessors, particularly Russian Oud, the Areej oud which is, on my skin at least, the closest one in terms of the general aesthetic and its semi-gourmand character.

First, AdN is much drier and less intensely gourmand than Russian Oud even though AdN has toffee’d labdanum, caramel benzoin, sweet ambergris, the honey from the hawthorn, and a very buttery, almost butterscotch-like saffron.

In some ways, the saffron and the manner in which it combines with the smoky Hindi oud replicate parts of Oud Zen more than the chocolate rich Russian Oud. However, I’d never describe Oud Zen as even close to semi-gourmand, so again we’re encountering differences that separate Agar de Noir.

Second, AdN has definite grassy, herbal, and green elements running under its woods and that’s something that Russian Oud lacked. Oud Picante had some element of greenness but I don’t recall it smelling like sweet grasses or sage, both of which are present here from the arnica. Oud Zen had a strong, forceful vetiver component with almost a mossy, chypre-like feel at times, so that, too, is different.

Third, while AdN has a definite whiff of something vaguely chocolate-y, it’s a passing impression, it’s nothing as solid or major as it was in Russian Oud, and it’s also subsumed within a rich, robust, dark mix of slightly bitter coffee (more like espresso at times), saffron, cardamom, and darkened, balsamic amber resins. The coffee is like the one in Oud Lawak, but everything else is different. The cardamom is similar to Oud Picante but significantly stronger and more central here. But, critically, there is a deluge of saffron in AdN that both those prior Areej ouds lacked. (While Oud Zen did have copious amounts of saffron, I don’t recall it smelling like sweet baklava there.)

Speaking of the green-tinged cardamom and coffee mixture in Agar de Noir, it reminds me of Turkish coffee and I like it far more than what Kilian once did in his “Intoxicated” fragrance. While the coffee, cardamom mix recall minor parts of Areej’s earlier Oud Picante, it’s important to note again that the green, grassy, herbal elements here are different in type, character, and scent.

I really like their freshness here and how they seem to flit between smelling of sweet summer grasses and fresh sage. There is also an occasional, nebulous hit of sweet, honeyed pine sap which may be the result of the honeyed hawthorn interacting with these other elements.

The freshness of these green notes helps to keep Agar de Noir’s sweeter elements in check, as does the smokiness of the Indian and Laotian ouds. Both are inherently smoky types of agarwood but guaiac wood is as well; together the three emit a wonderfully leathery, birch-tar-like type of campfire smoke that prevents the gourmand elements in Agar de Noir from taking over or being over the top.

Even stronger than the grassy, green, or fresh herb tonalities are the spices which combine beautifully with the sticky amber resins, the smoke, and the muskiness emitted by various elements.

The effect is, for me, sometimes much closer to Ambre Loup in the first hour than to Russian Oud. One reason why is because the notes in Agar de Noir do not mimic or recreate the strong patchouli aroma that was such a big part of Russian Oud on my skin. And in lieu of chocolate, there is that musky, sticky, almost hashish-like tarry spiciness that so dominates Ambre Loup’s base, only here there is beautiful, spicy, honey-laden saffron added as well.

Ultimately, however, it’s really a question of degree more than kind; all of these fragrances have overlapping aspects or similarities, so the question is to which side of the spectrum is the needle pointing— and that is a very subjective, personal assessment.

It is also, to be honest, a bit of semantics. If you have Ambre Loup and Russian Oud, as I do, or Russian Oud, Oud Zen, and Oud Picante, then pointing out the differences feels like nitpicking about small things. These are related fragrances that, Ambre Loup excluded, have all been created by the same hand. There is a creator’s aesthetic and signature at play, just as there is in Serge Lutens or Antonio Gardoni fragrances that explore or riff on some common central themes, presenting them through different prisms.

Which brings me to another point: I think Agar de Noir will be great for people who missed out on the prior Areej oud fragrances or for those new to the line. I’m incredibly excited that the latter will have the chance to experience parts of his prior, sold-out ouds, now fused together in a new shape and form.

What about old followers who already have some of the prior releases? Well, I don’t know. That’s going to be a wholly personal, individualistic judgment call. It will probably come down to need and finances. I’m not certain how much people who already have at least two of the prior releases will need this one, not unless they’re a hard-core collector of all oud fragrances generally or all Areej ouds in specific. (Then again, none of us needs fragrance to begin with, do we? And yet we buy it anyway…)

Returning to Agar de Noir’s development, the fragrance shifts 65 to 75 minutes in. The grassy green freshness and sage disappear; the muskiness, smoke, and leather double; the coffee turns bitter, like stale coffee that’s been left out for too long on the burner; and a burnt syrup note appears, like burnt, charred tree sap laced with burnt honey. The increase in smokiness creates more dryness, cutting through the stickiness of the semi-gourmand amber resins and tamping down on their sweetness. Whereas once AdN was primarily a sweet, spicy, musky woody scent, now it is primarily a smoky, spicy, musky oud leather.

A few things are worth noting about the leather. The hawthorn here does not smell rotted or like musky uncured hides. By the same token, the Hindi oud has none of its usual butch, animalic raw hide stench. There is a fleeting wisp of its creamy Gorgonzola blue cheese 25 minutes in, lurking in the base under the woods, but it is the tiniest suggestion and quickly fades away.

What’s really apparent and central in Agar de Noir’s long second stage is musky, caramel-slathered, smoky leather. The leather is initially dry but also supple, not desiccated; the ambered caramel is sweet, rich, and cozy, but also blackened and, thanks to the coffee note, shot through with some bitterness; the smoke smells both tarry and woody; and the muskiness feels more velvety and sweet than animalic. And the whole thing is covered with the smoky, slightly burnt honey and the rich saffron which, with every passing hour, reminds me more and more of baklava, albeit a baklava laced with wood smoke.

Agar de Noir’s bouquet remains largely unchanged from the 75 minute mark until well into the 9th hour except in two ways.

The first concerns the fragrance’s projection and sillage. I used 2 or 3 squirts of the atomizer, roughly a little more than a big spray from a bottle. With that amount, AdN opened with about 10 inches of a scent trail, creating a voluminous but strong cloud around me. The projection was about 5 inches off my arm.

But 2.5 hours in, the sillage and cloud shrank in half to about 5 inches. The projection dropped a bit as well. 6.5 hours in, AdN hovered about 2 inches off my arm and the scent trail was discreet except when I moved.

I should mention, however, that all the Areej fragrances, but particularly its ouds, have the power and capacity to be significantly stronger and voluminous in projection the more you apply. And AdN is the sort of scent that, if I were to apply 2 sprays from a bottle on each arm, you could probably smell me across a very large room.

The second change during AdN’s long heart stage is an olfactory one: creaminess. Starting in the 8th hour, a wave of creaminess that is practically textural arises and begins to engulf over many of the main notes in Agar de Noir but impacting the leather above all else. Where once the leather felt predominantly musky, dark, smoked, and dry, now its central characteristics are creamy, buttery calfskin. I think two things are responsible: the Indian oud, which commonly turns into creamy calfskin midway to late in its development; and the tonka in the base.

The smoke and musk remain, but they’re not as central to the leather’s identity. Actually, I’d say the rich, somewhat honeyed saffron and the various amber resins are the leather’s primary companions.

From the end of the 9th hour and start of the 10th hour onwards, the cumulative effect is, essentially: a musky, gloriously rich, supple, smooth calfskin leather slathered with creamy, caramelized crème brûlée, ambered toffee-butterscotch, and loads upon loads of utterly delicious, intoxicating, spiced, honeyed, saffron baklava. This delectable, cozy concoction is then wrapped up with thick black ribbons of dry wood smoke.

This is, in my opinion, the start of the drydown phase and I love it. It’s not too sweet, too dry, too musky, too leathery, too foodie, or too, too much of anything in excess. On my skin, these competing elements are perfectly balanced and harmonious. And, if you’ve read me for a while, you know that I have a low tolerance for gourmands or excess sweetness, so believe me when I say that the result here is more of a cozy, sexy, and inviting layered leather-driven oriental than, say, wearing dessert on your arm.

It is, I would argue, a bouquet that is slowly become a signature for Russian Adam’s oud fragrances: creamy oud leathers, sometimes supplemented by an equally creamy wood like sandalwood, all slathered and cocooned in rich, sweet, incredibly cozy caramel, toffee amber resins (and some vanillic tonka), then laced up with dark smoke. I love it. It’s inviting and addictive, and it’s the sort of drydown that’s perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.

I bring up the end of the day because, again, Agar de Noir’s drydown begins around the 10th hour and basically continues until the fragrance dies out which, on me, with only 2 or 3 squirts from an atomizer, is 27 hours from the start! All that happens during this time is that the notes turn soft, blurry, and amorphous, fusing into a sweet, smoky, spicy, leathery-ish ambered golden haze that smells somewhat of saffron baklava.

The blurriness really kicks in from the 14th hour onwards which is also around the time that I have to bring my nose right to my arm because there is no scent trail but, up close, Agar de Noir is unmistakably there, purring away softly. Around the 20th hour, the fragrance is a mere glaze but it’s not hard to detect when my nose is on my arm. It’s only after the 24th hour that it takes more work.

As context, I should mention that many Areej ouds last up to 36 hours on me; some, like Russian Oud, last not only more than a day but also through a shower, depending on how much I apply. I expect Agar de Noir would perform similarly if I were less miserly with my application amount.

I’ll conclude this long review for Agar de Noir with only this final comment: whether or not you have Russian Adam’s prior ouds, if you look at Agar de Noir and assess it in a vacuum, there is no doubt that this is good stuff. Very good stuff, indeed, and done well.

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My review for Santal Galore is currently a series of extended screenshots in 6 or so tweets on Twitter and since I stupidly deleted the original source document, I think it’s unlikely that I’ll type it all out again. But Santal Galore is a fascinating fragrance, fascinating enough that maybe I’ll re-type everything here. Well, possibly. Maybe.

More likely, however, I’ll simply move onto Musk Lave, the next one in my review series, then Grandenia and Cuir de Russie. Since I’m tired as well as feeling lazy right now, I’ll just link you to the Santal Galore Twitter review thread instead of trying to move the screenshots here or re-typing the long text: Santal Galore Review Thread.

39 thoughts on “Areej Le Doré Agar de Noir (+ Santal Galore)

  1. Wow, you don’t know how much you’re missed! Glad to know you’re… somewhere.

    Just thought about sending you my hello first before I begin reading your piece.

    • You’re very kind and HELLO BACK! 🙂

      If you’re at all on Twitter, you can find me there but I absolutely understand if it’s not your cup of tea. (It wasn’t mine for almost 6 years, either.) Either way, thank you for the warm hello.

      Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have Areej Le Doré’s Musk Lave to analyse and sniff in preparation for the next review, whether here or elsewhere. 😉 Be safe and well, friend.

      • Oh-hhhh Kafka, it’s so wonderful to have news of you! Your reviews read like poetry . . . keep blogging please, pretty please . . . love from Mrs Wrabbit in London x

    • Ricky, my friend, I hope both you and your loved ones have been safe and healthy. Given the state in which you live (which is as bad as mine), I suspect you’ve been through a ringer of a time in terms of stress and worry. But I truly hope you and all your loved ones have been spared and are okay. xoxo

  2. Good to see you writing again. Wonderful to see the organic transformation to a casual and laid back writing/posting style. Hope you continue to feel impelled and inspired to write, However, infrequent. MY the journey continue to keep the embers of your perfumery passion lit.

    • You’re very kind. Once upon a time, pecking away with a finger at a phone would have been a horrifying way to write anything, let alone a long review but, you’re right, people adapt and change. And, for right now, it’s an easier way for me to stay in touch with fragrance without the many downsides of the blog.

      I’ve actually done long review threads on Twitter for at least the last 18 months, including for past Areej Le Dore releases, Papillon, and other brands. But I fully recognize that multiple, endless tweets in a 20 or 40 tweet review series is not the easiest. Hence, the change today to detailed text in screenshots.

      I’ll be honest, I probably would have stuck to doing everything quietly on Twitter if it hadn’t been for my enthusiasm for the new ALD S6. (I would have done it for S5 which I loved for the most part and which deserved to get more attention than just my long Twitter thread reviews, but my German Shepherd was beginning to fail then and my attention was distracted.)

      Anyway, I’m babbling, probably because I’ve only slept 3 hours in the last 40 hours and my brain is utter scrambled eggs at this point, so I will simply say thank you for your kind words and say that I’m glad my bizarrely peculiar Twitter screen shot style has some minor value. Better than nothing, right? 🙂

      Be safe and be well, Rasoul.

  3. You reviewed the two perfumes I am most interested here. I do have a 5ml of pre releases Santal Galore coming from strifeknot , and hopefully a 10ml if he can snag another bottle on the official releases day. I will try to snag a bottle, but chances are slim.
    Along with the 5ml, I have a sample set coming. I had strifeknot order me one, for I had work the day of the pre release.
    I will buy a FB of Agar de noir . His ouds/woods age beautifully.

    I had found an old chest of drawers someone discarded, and I am doing my best to bring it back to life. Seriously , it will be held together by braces and corner brackets, and because of this , I am calling it Frankendresser. It will house my Areej le dore perfumes and attars. When and if Russian Adam creates a frankincense based perfume, it will take top center spot .
    The two small drawers at top will most likely have previous sample sets and the shipping paperwork from DHL stored . The rest full three drawers will have my decants , attars and never been sprayed bottles in them. I also would like to have an Areej le dore jacket in on of them. He was wearing one in a recent You Tube video.
    Seems extravagant I know kafkaesque , but when I first smelled Oud Zen , then the other two from the first release, it was otherworldly to me.
    It was a special experience.
    An experience we shared .
    The kindred kind.
    Thank you , eddie.

    • Eddie,

      First, good to hear from you, man. So happy that you’re well!

      Second, I love, absolutely love, the idea of a “Frankendresser” for fragrances. Send me a photo on Twitter as you work through it and then once you’ve finished.

      As for ALD, from what I remember of your tastes, I think you’ll love Agar de Noir.

  4. I‘m joining the choir of thankful fans who are happy to read you again. And yes, I agree on everything w you on twitter (except the baking thing – I can only look at your pizza with lots of respect… )

    • LOL at my pizza! 😉 If you only knew how much dealing with dough and attempting to learn even the simple basics have made me pull my hair out over the last 4 months. I’m pretty terrible at it, but at least it tastes good. (I think. Maybe. I hope.) I will never look at even the less successful people on the Great British Bake Off the same way again.

  5. Just wanted to say “Hi!” It’s great to see you around, regardless of what you’re going to do next.

    I can tell that I read multiple times that you’ve been missed.

  6. You don’t know how happy I am to see this, even if it is not a return to blogging as such. I didn’t know about you on Twitter and will now have to catch up!

    Life constantly evolves – nothing remains the same. I suppose we must move with it!

    Take care.

    • A big hug to you, Jillie, and to your family, two-legged and four-legged. It’s great to see you again and I hope we can stay in touch on Twitter.

  7. Dear Kafkaesque,

    I am so glad you are back. And I am even happier that it is Areej le Dore who brought you back.

    There are so many perfumes I came to love after you reviewed them. And reading of Areej made me realise how much I miss your presence. I am with AdN right now and tempted to spray some Oud Zen to compare. Or Ambre Loup. Or… You get my point.

    Looking forward to your next reviews, here or on Twitter.

    Love.

    • Awww, so sweet, Joey. Thank you!

      I don’t review fragrances on Twitter constantly or even frequently, since I mostly fume about politics or post about food/animals, but it does happen. Sometimes, it’s just old favourites or vintage stuff, sometimes it’s newer releases. But I always, ALWAYS cover the new Areejs when they launch since it’s one of my favourite houses.

      I hope to see you on Twitter. Be safe and be well, my friend.

  8. Hi Kafkaesque, it’s been a long time. I’ve enjoyed your tweets but this has been a great throwback and a pleasant surprise to find a notification from your blog in my email. You mentioned the very end of the dry down. One thing I like to do at the very end is to put my nose up to my skin, breathe out through my nose, and then breathe back in through my nose. The moisture droplets (haven’t we learned enough about THAT lately?) provide a surface area for the fragrance to attach to, and give me a few more minutes of fragrant memories before calling it a day. It’s kind of like savoring a few last minutes at the beach before having to leave your vacation to come back home.

    • A big “Hello,” Guy, and thank you. It’s good to see you here, too. Also, a big LOL at your comment regarding “moisture droplets.” 😀 What a year this has been. xox

    • Thank you, Hajusuuri. I was thinking about you just the other day when a Twitter friend told me that he fell hard for Le Labo’s Vanille 44. I hope you’ve been well, my dear.

  9. Dear Kafkaesque,

    I am SO delighted to have received the email notification of your review and, I’m sure you know by now, I’m not alone!

    As for me, not a fan of Twitter, but I may just have to adapt

    All the best and hope you’re as well as is possible for someone with sleep issues worse than mine. I feel the pain.

    Thank you!

    • Twitter is… different and it took me a long time to get adjusted, particularly given the word limits, lol. 😉

      However, I find it’s excellent for news and information, but also for educational things like space, science or history, or for fun things like animal videos, food, or wholesome content. I think you can make it what you want. If you love dogs, I suggest starting with Dog Rates for adorable daily pup photos. I hope to see you there. 🙂

  10. Hello Kafkaesque,

    I’ll join others in saying it was a pleasant surprise to see your post, and hoping that you’ll post more links to your perfume writings here in the future. Your blog has been an extremely valuable and ongoing resource for me to explore fragrances new to me, as well as to get a better understanding of old favorites. I hope you’ll keep the blog going; it was invaluable to me for developing my appreciation for perfume, as I am sure it would be for others just starting out.

    • Hi, Holly, hope you’ve been well.

      No, I’m afraid I have no plans to continue writing reviews for blog on any regular basis or as I did before. I may make exceptions here or there, and I may do all the current/new S6 Areej review here (I haven’t decided that yet), but I have no interest in doing what I once did here. I’ve considered doing a Patreon or subscription site service in the future, but that depends on whether or not I have an ongoing interest in fragrance writing — and that’s something that is debatable and questionable.

  11. I’d love to say “Welcome Back!”, but then you stated that this might be a swansong after all. That would be a great loss to this olfactory community, as your in depth yet completely personal descriptions and analyses are unique and precious. You mention financial reasons for perhaps canceling the blog. I am sure everyone here would gladly contribute to maintain this unique “salon”. Let me know how I could be of help, please.

    • You’re very kind, thank you. I will probably do the remaining reviews for the Areej Le Dore S6 releases here, although I haven’t yet fully decided what I want to commit to and to what degree. Maybe I’ll only review Musk Lave, maybe the rest will be on Twitter via screenshots… I don’t know yet.

      As for keeping the blog up in terms of the old posts, it’s not so much financial reasons, per se. It’s more complicated than that, perhaps because my feelings about this site are extremely conflicted and have been for the last 18 months. Ditto for fragrance writing as a whole.

      I had briefly contemplated, at the start of the year, creating a subscription site service, like an Patreon or something, but I don’t know if I have an interest in writing daily or weekly fragrance review in the midst of so much else going on that matters to me more. And, again, I have highly conflicted feelings about writing fragrance reviews generally.

      So everything is up in the air and we’ll see how things go or what happens. 🙂 But thank you for the extremely kind words. I’m touched.

  12. Hello Kafka, I will join everyone in saying how wonderful it was to see your blog post in my inbox. I have missed your writing and your exquisite reviews. I have used so many to make purchases that I continue to love. I will follow you anywhere and am setting up a twitter account next 🙂 If there is anything we have learned this year, it’s to take care of ourselves and do what feels right.
    Thank you so much. Take care.
    Susan Durling

  13. I have missed your reviews and I almost lost hope for anything new. I am happy there is new material!

    I have contemplated about ordering the sample set to experience something different, but the shipping price to Europe was too high (the one that was said to be secure, there was a cheaper version that apparently could have been lost and I didn’t want to risk it). Anyway, I’ve chosen not to spend the money on the sample set, especially when I know I could not afford a bottle if I’d like something that much. But I am very happy to read your thoughts on it.

  14. You’re right, a thoroughly wretched year, and might I say that “face-mask culture” absolutely interferes with the appreciation of cologne!

    • Not true, at least for me: I can smell all the fragrant flowers in my garden (I have built a perfume garden over the past 15 years) through my N95 mask, and I can compose scents as well using mouillettes, no problem. It’s unusual, but it still works.

  15. Honestly agar de noir is far far too strong for me. The only other Areej I’ve tried (and loved) was war and peace, but Agar de noir made me exfoliate my arm an hour and a half into wearing. I then went away for a week, came back to it optimistically thinking I’d try it again with a clear head, but as soon as I sniffed the bottle I literally reflexively chucked it away

    • Do you mean you threw the sample of AdN to the discovery kit away ? If not , then you ordered the full pre sale set . You can turn around and resell most Areej Le dore’s without any loss . Sorry to hear you didn’t like it.

  16. I’m so happy to see some new reviews K! No matter what you decide it’s good to know you’ve survived the pandemic. What a year. Since your last post the other year I’ve really gone so far down that fragrance rabbit hole that I will never emerge lol. I love Areej. I’ve done quite a lot of sampling this bizarre year and have really searched to find some new perfume houses. There seemed to be a few dismal years with nothing worthwhile, but I’ve become like Sherlock rooting for interesting frag makers. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi! I’ve still got insomnia and migraines. On a brighter note: I’ve acquired a 5 month old kitten who has helped me keep what’s left of my sanity- xx Don

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