If you love warm comforting incense fragrances, then ETRO’s Shaal Nur is sure to please your palate. What makes this unisex fragrance so interesting are the herbs in the middle notes – thyme, tarragon and rosemary. While these notes may sound like ingredients in a roast chicken, they actually compliment the overall composition and make for a unique and complex fragrance.
At first spritz you will smell an intense crisp citrus scent from the top notes of lemon, bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin. It’s almost too intense at first, but this quickly passes as this sharpness is rounded out and softened by the rose note that peeks through surrounded by a warm woody spiciness from the herbs, nutmeg, patchouli and cedarwood. This is where Shaal Nur’s many dimensions are apparent. From an almost overpowering citrus blast, this fragrance mellows down to a dry woody floral fragrance with powdery undertones of sweet vanilla musk. You will have a hard time focusing on just one note, but the end result is comforting and soft, yet alluring and mysterious. This is a fascinating and unusual fragrance that is very well constructed with excellent longevity. Ideal for a sophisticated, worldly individual to be worn all year around.
“Shaal-Nur is the Indian queen of the glowing light of dawn, promises abandonment and playfully ignites the senses, calming anxiety and easing stress. Ultimately this scent leads us to reveal what, up until then, we had kept hidden.”
TOP NOTES: lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin, rosewood, coriander
MIDDLE NOTES: thyme, tarragon, rosemary, karo karoundè, rose, petit grain
BASE NOTES: patchouli, nutmeg, vetiver, cedarwood, opoponax, incense, musk
If you like ETRO’s Shaal Nur, you may also like: Atelier Cologne’s Vétiver Fatal and Histoires de Parfums 1804.