Voilà, the new Rajasthan by Etro. I have been waiting for a long time to experience the Italian interpretation of India. I thought I would get an oriental perfume, of course, and was really surprised when I smelled something so delicate and shy. Soft, clean, powdery – it seems as if they have even added some ambroxan which I can only smell the next day. The rose is slightly sour, similar to Chloé, mixed with lemon and mimosa. The pink pepper adds a little spiciness but only as much as pink pepper is able to reveal in general. Somewhere hidden I sense a sandy wood. Amber and labdanum may sound oriental, but they are added sparingly. Hours later I can still smell some sugar with a hint of vanilla.
A very beautiful and silent perfume, nothing typically Indian, maybe an idea of cardamom which is not listed. Compared to the powerful, loud perfumes of Neela Vermeire in collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour which are overflowing with metaphors, Rajasthan breaks ranks. The state of Rajasthan has mesmerized many brands and perfumers before. Take the wonderful Jaisalmer by Comme des Garçons which is inspired by the desert city Jaisalmer.
When I smell Rajasthan I rather picture a European beauty lying in the middle of nowhere at the poolside of a luxurious desert resort. Rajasthan is an absolutely wearable scent for the daytime in summer. Do Italians imagine India this way? I think of how they will pronounce Rajasthan with a rolling r and I suggest: other name, other story, wonderful addition to the perfume collection. And please give the vial a textile coat. That would be a better fit for a fashion house.
Notes: lemon, Rosa damascena, mimosa, amber, white musk, pink pepper, labdanum, acacia