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Camel was launched in 2017 by Zoologist Perfumes, a Canadian niche fragrance line that is making some of the best fragrances of the last few years: Hummingbird, Bat, Civet, Beaver, and Rhinoceros. Camel is a fabulous addition to the Zoologist stable.

It opens with the smell of dried fruits – apricots and raisins for sure – that soon mixes with resinous, balsamic-spicy Frankincense from Oman, rounded out with the warm, honey-sweet smell of palm date. A note of lush rose completes it. This is what I smell on my arm but what I feel is an exotic journey unfolding on my wrist. Warm, resinous and sweet-smelling amber is up next, along with the balsamy woody smell of cedar. A note of aromatic cinnamon keeps the mix warm and spicy as it evolves. There’s more incense here too, this time from India. Two different incenses, give Camel two different dimensions of the note making the fragrance even more compelling. Bitter, pungent myrrh, warm and woody, just the way I like it, brackets the incense beautifully. Sweet, narcotic jasmine, wafts through the incense, as orange blossom adds a lovely fresh floral counterpoint to the incense. At the base, there’s civet, not enough to make it skanky or fecal, just enough to give it an animalic warmth, before a sweet, rich, woody note of oud appears resting on creamy sandalwood and satiny musk, bolstered by vetiver. Tonka bean and vanilla sweeten it just perfectly. 

The drydown is smooth and seductive, resinous, spicy and woody and that OUD! It lasts and lasts on my skin.

This really is the smell of a caravan traveling through the Arab desert as I imagine it where the smell of the  pack animals and the smell of the marketplace, where exotic treasure of all kinds have been bought, sold and traded, are now being moved across the desert, all mingle together in the desert air.  

There are many fragrances in the desert-genre (the stunning L'air du Désert Marocain by Andy Tauer leaps to mind) and Camel is a stand-out among them.

Notes: Dried fruits, Frankincense, palm date, rose, amber, cedar, cinnamon, incense, jasmine, myrrh, orange blossom, civet, musk, oud, sandalwood, Tonka bean, vanilla, vetiver

Type: Extrait de Parfum

Parfumeur: Christian Carbonnel

Price: $5.00