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soOud was launched in 2011 by Stéphane Humbert Lucas from Nez à Nez, another French luxury niche brand, and his vision was to marry elements of East and West perfume cultures - the refined elegance of French perfumery with the exuberant sensuality of Arabic attars…resulting in soOud…“the bridge between Orient and Occident”…
Hajj is described on the soOud website as “Le Sage – The Wise One”. It opens with a rush of fresh spices, ginger and star anise that are like puffs of spiced air, hovering over a bed of luscious sweet-citrusy mandarin. It’s a lovely accord, which becomes less tart with the addition of the nutty-sweet apricot osmanthus note, and as it develops into the heart rosewood and licorice notes add an exotic warmth.
Ginger is still present, with a subtle pungency, and the dry-down introduces earthy patchouli, mixed with tobacco and balsam, lightly edged with vanilla, then vetiver. Never edging on gourmand, the effect is divine, the fruits, spices, leaves, and woods in perfect balance and harmony so that the dry-down has a luminous serene feeling to it.
Hajj is definitely a refined, elegant Oriental and is obviously complex in its construction but fairly linear in its development – most of the action is in the first twenty to thirty minutes, and then there is a long drydown. Hajj means pilgrimage or journey in Arabic. I’m not certain that “wise” is the most apt description for this fragrance, but Hajj is serenely beautiful, a perfect scent to guide your spirit on any kind of journey.
Notes: Bergamot, Tangerine, Star Anise,  Rosewood, Osmanthus, Licorice, Ginger, Patchouli, Balsam of Tolu, Tobacco Leaves, Vetiver
Type: Eau Fine (EdP)
Parfumeur: Stéphane Humbert Lucas

Price: $5.00