Bodda89 07/06/21 11:56
It's fun and always exciting to unveil a new indie brand! Paysage is a new house founded by Abdelfattah Hamed and Hany Hafez, two friends who share a passion for and tons of knowledge of fragrances. The gentlemen already own two successful brands, Nilafar Du Nil and Alexandria Fragrances, whose fame has increased significantly over the last four years, both in Egypt and abroad.
"Two Egyptian perfume enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and brand owners, Hani Hafiz and Abdel-Fattah Hamid are celebrating the pinnacle of Egyptian heritage. Founded in 2021, Paysage is exploring and perfecting the art of perfumery guided by passion, refinement, acknowledgment and rooted curiosity." – Brand website.
Looking at Paysage’s collection of nearly 15 fragrances, everyone should be able to find something to their taste; from their beautiful amber potion Shali (I already discussed it as one of the best I’ve smelled in 2021) to the beautiful, juicy Nobaria, which smells like the most delicate fresh basket of oranges, and from their only feminine edition Fjord Bay to their heavier fragrances which embody the opulence and sensuousness of the Orient: Nuttroun, Kerala, Nuba, Avenue of Sphinxes, or Siwa. And then there's the modern genre of genderless perfumery: Giftun Island, Ilidza, and Salalah.
I really like their matt black packaging and those heavy textured semi-polished bottles with engraved wooden plates tagged with the Tahrir Square coordinates in a nod to the roots of both founders. It's minimalist and rustic, crowned with a shiny heavy black cap without too many details. I'll go over some of the fragrances that I had the chance to try.
"Blooming in April in the middle of the newly greening desert. From the Egyptian land of oranges it comes – Nobaria. Hundreds of acres and thousands of fragrant buds and flowers bloom to fall off without setting fruit, collected in an exclusive parfum extrait to brighten up your ambiance with joy and grace." – Brand description.
I’ve never been to the Nobaria district before, but I love oranges, both their taste and smell! In Nobaria, I smell clementine and freshly squeezed oranges with ice. It's juicy and fresh more than floral; the fruit itself stands center stage. Nobaria opens loud and tangy-sweet with a happy spirit, bringing to mind one of those advertising campaigns where young ladies and gents are splashing giant perfume bottles over each other. Later, I can smell a waft of greens and bitter neroli echoing in the heart, after which it dries down to a more quiet and airy scent than I expected; my fingers aren’t sticky after all! It's the youngest and the happiest of Paysage's collection, a bright jolt of a scent that reminds me of Lancome's O de l'Orangerie and Jo Malone’s classic Orange Blossom, perfect for those who really enjoy sunny fragrances.
This is my favorite from the brand; if you're somewhere on planet Earth where the weather never goes over 30ºC, you should give Giftun Island a try. I’ve been lucky enough to test this in two different concentrations; first, it was lighter, and later it changed into a more intense concentration, and I have to say I really enjoyed the second modification, which is the concentration they’re offering now.
Fragrant woodland – while cypress is one of those underdog ingredients in modern perfumery, Giftun Island offers a dose of cypress on steroids; it comes loud, sharp, intense, and very chypre-like. It's a modern remake of what the good old days in perfumery used to be like, but instead of the classic aromatic-chypre structure, they dressed up the old skeleton with ambroxan. The opening burns my nose for few seconds, but the exuberant accord settles to a fresh citrus breeze of bergamot, a mentholated frosty accord, and something that I smell as galbanum, adding a juicy bitterness and green coldness to what was nippy a minute ago. I can smell an aromatic garden on a rainy day on my skin; especially rosemary and juniper come through, with an illuminating hint of rose petals, but all wrapped skillfully around the cypress accord.
Like a foggy countryside image, with cypress trees swaying in the wind, the entire composition is hidden in a cloud of ambroxan. It gets woodsier and airier, recreating the classic chypre fragrance using the more traditional perfume materials.
Speaking of the weather, sadly, Giftun Island doesn’t really perform well in warm weather; either the humidity or our warm, dry skin will manipulate the scent. It sticks to the skin, the sillage turning translucent and delicate shortly after application, while in cooler and drier weather it radiates beautifully for hours.
It's a stunning fragrance with a misleading name from Paysage! Giftun Island is a breathtakingly beautiful spot near the Hurgada-Red Sea, where, in my experience, life is all about sandy beaches, sunny bed swings, pina-colada shots, kite surfing, crystal blue water, yachting, and a mesmerizing sea breeze. But cypress trees.... no, not at all.
The only edition in the collection that was created for women is Fjord Bay. Fjord Bay is a small heaven hidden in Taba (North Sinai), situated between the colored mountains and one of the most beautiful reefs in the world. I've been there countless times as it's at the top of my favorite spots in Egypt but relying on my olfactory memory, it never smelled as luxurious as this scent! The place is in the wilderness; no beach swings nor luxury hotels, just a magnificent view and a few divers with their equipment.
Fjord Bay smells like an ideal cosmetic advertising campaign, where a sexy brand ambassador is posing in a white swimsuit, and there is a ton of beauty products, suntan lotions, shimmering oils, and moisturizers lying around. The composition offers a modern flowery amber perfume, a mixture of white flowers - tuberose, osmanthus, milky gardenia, and a touch of jasmine - placed on an almondy, sweet base. It opens up with a blast of what made Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess and By Kilian’s Good Girl Gone Bad famous; a balanced composition of milky flowers and inoffensive gourmand notes. I enjoy how the white flowers and osmanthus are dipped in condensed milk in the heart without completely losing their figures. I believe osmanthus is the main reason why Fjord Bay isn’t as gourmand nor sweet as you'd expect. It gets creamier and smoother while it becomes more intense on the skin; there is something extremely young but sensual about this contrasting fragrance, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly.
In this neo-spicy fragrance for men, some brandy/whisky booziness is skillfully wrapped in leathery isobutylquinoline, though neither one is mentioned in the notes pyramid. I've smelled similar compositions, but none of those offers the same scent. Avenue of Sphinxes opens up rich and intense; an ideal Fall/Winter scent with a modern warm-spicy aura devoid of the synthetic oud often used in this genre. The scent is a refined idea of what's intense with a velvety texture; if Nasomatto’s Baraonda was lighter, Kilian’s Single Malt was less sweet, and D&G’s Velvet Oriental Musk was performing better, Avenue of Sphinxes would've been them all. Avenue of Sphinxes offers the vivacity of cardamom, the heat of cumin, and the spiciness of saffron softened with musky and balsamic shades that skillfully stand out for 8 hrs on my skin.
Nutty, smoky, and extremely intense. Nuttroun opens up dense in the way that hazelnut cappuccino powder can be dense. The opening sizzles with roasted hazelnuts, chocolate, and coffee without extra sweetness; a little crunch of puff pastry is skillfully evoked, but never the reason you were here. I remember the first time I smelled Chocolate Greedy By Montale (RIP) and Aqualina’s Chocolovers, and how I instantly felt like I could eat this with a spoon. I remember how dark, nutty and playful they were. In those days, the oud note was loud and clear, a smell you'd have never missed with its weighty sillage and sense of exclusivity. Well, not anymore – in Nuttroun, the oud is sweet rather than its specific woody profile, less melancholic, playing a supporting role together with the Filbertone molecule. It's less complex and more "nutty." With this composition aimed at men, the brand again plays a winning card; a giant gourmand without actual sweetness, offering coffee, hazelnuts, cinnamon, coconut, and tonka beans, warmed on a base of tamed oud and exotic myrrh.
The name was enough to be curious about this fragrance; Siwa is an isolated little paradise in the Egyptian western desert, well hidden, except for those who intentionally seek it. The name in this case perfectly fits the smell; it opens extremely dry, medicinal, nippy, and slightly bitter, which at first I thought was due to patchouli, but it's actually saffron. If one were to imagine, this is how I wanted Chanel’s Coco Noir to dry down. It has vibes of a golden amber accord, a melancholic plum accord, and some mystical benzoin. Personally, I don’t smell the promised agarwood (oud) listed in the notes, but it's smoky enough to be there. Siwa is for those who enjoy amber-themed compositions; it brings Feminite du Bois and Plum Japonais to my mind while it dries down. Siwa as a place is the land of Berber descendants and Sufi chants; looking at this source of inspiration – the scent couldn't have been better.
Kerala - God's own country! I remember seeing a huge advertising banner at an airport in Singapore a long time before visiting India. Years after, I landed in Kerala, and surprisingly it was exactly what they promised to be. Paysage's inspiration of Kerala is based on acres of evergreen Aquilaria trees and ancient Agarwood plantations in the Indian state. This is one of the finest compositions of their collection; instead of Kerala's exotic jungles, there are swirls of burned, fatty agarwood chips, sensational rose petals, and a waft of smoke. A familiar note combination, but surprisingly it still can do the trick. The secret in Kerala is the fine ingredients; it floats seamlessly all together without any rough edges. Although each ingredient can be characterized as heavy, Kerala never overwhelms. If you are a fan of the dashing Nouveau Monde by Louis Vuitton, you should give Kerala a chance.
We are happy to announce that the house of Paysage has generously offered to give away a full set of samples to a lucky winner among Fragrantica's readers! Furthermore, there is a special offer for our readers: Entering the code Fragrantica25 during checkout on the brand's website means 25% off retail price throughout the website until July 10th!
To qualify for the draw, simply leave a comment below before Monday, July 5th, 2021, 12:00 AM PDT; the lucky winner will be randomly picked and announced in the comments underneath this article on that date.
The winner will have to communicate with the brand via [email protected] about their contact and shipping details. Good Luck!
Rouu is a financial analyst who holds a PhD in Economics. A winter creature who loves cooking, baking, photography, reading, new language learning, and fitness, she is also crazy about collecting perfumes. She started reviewing for Fragrantica.com in 2008,and in early 2014 became a contributor http://www.fragranticarabia.com
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