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Family: Resinous musky oud
Perfumer: Christian Carbonnel
Top: Davana, cedar
Middle: Gurjum balsam, cypriol, oud
Base: Sandalwood, labdanum, musk
*NOTE: Due to high concentration, high cost of import and tiny bottles, samples are a few drops, enough to experience the fragrance more than once. Maximum of three (3) samples.
Completely devoid of floralcy, this attar centers around a sumptuously smooth labdanum, like burnished sepia velvet, as it winds with the earthy intensity of woods, a combination that conveys strength, a rebellious spirit, passion and chaos. The scent of the wood is rough and damp with traces of dark moss and bright green cypriol. Magnificent and raw, Anarkali is a dark beauty. From the Chariots of Love collection.
The Story: The story takes us to northern India, at the court of Emperor Akbar. After years of war as the hero returns his son Salim. In his honor, the emperor was doing a feast, which will be part of a dance spectacle. Among the dancers is Anarkali, beauty among beauties. Intoxicated by her beauty Salim falls in love. The lovers know that their love is forbidden. The emperor prohibits Salim from meeting with Anarkali. Rebellious Salim does not follow the command of his father, who then throws Anarkali to the dungeon.
The prince in love helps her escape, and then goes against his father. Unfortunately, his forces are too small to defeat the Emperor's army. Anarkali, knowing that the prince awaits death, takes the blame. However she asks the emperor to fulfill her last wish--to spend the night with her lover. The next morning, Salim sleeps soundly, and a beautiful dancer goes to her death. According some legends the lovers triumphed and Anarkali never died. The prince released his beloved, and via underground tunnels they escaped from the Emperor Akbar.