Review courtesy of Perfumeshrine
Kare eda ni
Karasu no tomarikeri
Aki no kure.
(On a bare branch
A rook roosts:
~haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
The above haiku perfectly captures the mood which Samurai produces in me.
The composition is a more “civilized” version of Salaam’s Oak Moss of the “Scents of the Soul” line, a collection of fragrances he has been composing in the last 20 years, presented in chronological order.
Contrary to what you might imagine it of being a Japonesque Heike Monogatari fit for a modern noble warrior, Samurai was originally conceived for the “senatori” of the Italian Parliament in Rome. I guess that could stand for “noble warriors” in the service of the noblest body of all, the people, if only politicians were noble in the ancient Greek ?ριστος sense of the word or they really fought for ideals and making the world a better place; but I am probably digressing.
Salaam kept the formula for his private business and it is now available to anyone who has a hankering for an excellent, refined and unisex cologne that features a healthy smathering of earthy vetiver and mossy notes with a whiff of sturdy woodiness.
The classical composition reminds me of the elegance of Guerlain’s Vétiver with its restrained sobriety but with a thicker base. The treatment of vetiver in its modern rendition of vetiver acetate is helping fragrances smell truly “modern”.
One would be hard-pressed to distinguish between a high-quality niche composition and this all-natural perfume if blindfolded, exactly because there is a very contemporary sensibility about it, opening vistas of a true mergence between the two divisions within the art which I personally applaud.
Men would be a natural contender for the charms of Samurai but women who do not feel the barrier of perceived expectancies of what they should wear are welcome to its beguiling and lasting allure. Samurai is versatile much like this eulogy: “Tadanori was a great general, pre-eminent in the arts of both sword and poetry.”
Very generous “samples” can be ordered in mini flacons on the Profumo.it site. The mignon bottles of 5.5ml are practical as well as cute, as they allow several wearings for anyone to fully appreciate the composition before proceeding into investing in a bigger bottle, usually available in either 16ml (about half oz), 30ml/1oz or 50ml/1.7oz. There are also ready-made packages of 8 mignons, each allowing for a diversified experience, but you can pick your own selection of 6 in a wooden box.
I will leave you with a quote of Salaam himself that I find genuinely dreamy: “A natural perfumer leaves behind himself a “sillage” like a river, he is in love with perfumes. They are a joy to his heart and sanity to his mind.”