Parfum d’Empire is a niche perfume line, established in Paris by a perfumer and jockey Marc-Antoine Corticchiato in 2003. Since the establishment of Parfum d’Empire (Perfume of Empire, Imperial Perfume) 13 perfume have been created, Azemour Les Oranges being the last one in the line as it was launched in 2011. This fragrance is supposed to evoke a timeless elegance in the kingdom of Marocco. Why Marocco? Marc-Antoine Corticchiato was born and raised there, Azemour Les Oranges is a perfume hommage to the land of his childhood. In Azemour the word love, amour hides showing his feelings towards Marocco.
Azemour Les Oranges is an absolutely delicious perfume. It opens up with an intensive, bright and mouthwatering orange note. It smells very genuine, natural, sharing both bitter and sweet tones. It seems like you can find the whole orange here. It’s peel, juice, pulp, everything, even it’s leaves. Moment later it becomes slightly acidic thanks to the juicy lemon. It’s an ode to citrus! The best part begins 10-15 minutes after applying. Why? Because you get the generous dose of oakmoss. Talk to me, that’s the way a fruity, citrus chypre should smell like. It’s divine! Neroli and two more citrus- clementine and grapefruit add a touch of crispyness and continue the acidic, enjoyable vibe.
After the very pretty opening there’s no chance for a fall-down. Azemour Les Oranges keeps it’s wonderful quality. Now it becomes more woody wit the cypress accord and it also gets more spicy. It’s citrus chypre quality is still on top but you can sense coriander and pepper, maybe a tiny hint of rose. There’s also geranium listed in the notes but I don’t get it. I also don’t detect caraway, thank God for that. Believe me or not, but if caraway would be overused I would lose my love for Azemour. Ah, yes, there’s also some orange flower (yay for every possible part of orange!) and hay, maybe, probably not.
Azemour Les Oranges by Parfum d’Empire is a luscious perfume, for me it’s the best one when it comes to orange in perfumery. Wearing it you can experience an imaginary journey to the land of Marocco. Quality of materials used to create Azemour is outstanding and you can fell it with your nose. The longevity is wonderful. Sillage at the beginning is great but it quickly changes for the one that wears close to the skin. I personally don’t care if others will sense it, it’s so great that I like to keep it’s aroma only for my own pleasure.
Azemour Les Oranges as well as other fragrances from Parfum d’Empire is an eau de parfum (except for one, Eau de Gloire being an eau de toilette). They are all available in 50 ml and 100 ml bottles. Few words about the bottle and packaging. Parfum d’Empire come in round based sleek tower bottles. The cap is shaped to remind a crown (at least I find the similarity) and it’s decorated with the house logo. Label of each fragrance is in a different color, having a name and Parfum d’Empire logo printed on it. All their fragrances come packed in an aluminium tubes. If you’re looking for a great chypre, I highly recomment trying this one. I’m sure you’re gonna love it!