Close to my apartment is a beautiful store for oriental stuff. The owners also sell small oriental perfumes, that smell really strange â€“ completely different to what we usually call oriental. Based mainly on spices, these scents smell exactly like a bazaar, in all its facets. I once bought one, I think its name was Kerim or so, and gave it to a friend of mine. It was a very strong clove scent.
Marrakech by Aesop reminds me of one of those authentic oriental perfumes. The little brown bottle with the black label has to be used as a splash, the ingredients are 100 per cent natural. I like the idea having a bottle of this in my bag to escape from my everyday life, like a short trip to the Medina.
First of all I smell bergamot and cardamom with its menthol-like flavor â€“ very refreshing. Kind of a tiger balm effect, but with a completely different scent. Rose and clove mixed with sandalwood and earthy patchouli bring you down, ground you. In the background you can feel the uplifting energy of neroli. Â This scent is spicy, smoky, fresh and warm at the same time, grounding and uplifting, full of energy and at the same time very peaceful. Magic!
Sometimes I just put some splashes of Marrakech into the palms of my hands and inhale. Then I am far, far away… and very relaxed. You can always find it on my desktop for a little break during my stressful days of work. I put it on â€“ silence, calm, peace. It’s like switching off everything around. Kind of a spiritual thing.
The scent is nothing I would wear to impress someone, I wear it just for myself. And I feel happy.
Notes: neroli, bergamot, Rose Otto, jasmine, cardamom, clove, sandalwood, patchouli