Sensual Healing, Olivier Durbano Aram

I’m sure many of you will agree that living at times of covid can be stressful. Many of us are stuck at home without the possibility to check on our family & friends in other way than online. Furthermore we’re flooded with so much info these days that it becomes almost impossible to filter the good and bad news or to realize what’s true and what’s just a gossip. All this, not enough exercise and growing sleep problems affect our bodies and minds. At times like that it’s good to have a perfume that helps you realize that it’s absolutely okay to think about yourself and maintain own balance.

Aram unfolds on my skin with a fairly noticeable yet not overwhelming grapefruit note. Stripped off the sweaty vibe it can sometimes carry, what it brings to the table smells mostly aromatic to my nose. I can smell the zestiness of a freshly grated peel as well as some tartness coming from the pieces of the flesh. The juicy aspect is minimal, this is a more dry kind of grapefruit. After 5 minutes or so the fruit is engulfed in the resinous mass. Slightly salty & balsamic elemi comes to the fore, with a succulent spice-green aspect of artemisia mixed in. 2 steps farther from the front line there’s a smoky mist of frankincense hovering above the ground with cistus adding a balmy comfort.

It’s a thrill that this new fragrance from Olivier Durbano feels fresh yet not exactly because of the resinous notes that add density. Heart of Aram gives me the same impressions. The accord of green tea brings an exhilarating breath of crispness. Young green leaves steeped in the hot water to brew the most extraordinary beverage known for centuries. It feels warm on the skin and Damask rose enriches the bouquet with a silk texture of its petals and with a fragrance that is pure & pristine. Sweet acacia introduces a shiny, golden element of something floral & honeyed. At the same time tobacco shows a perfect synergy with it, adding a chewy, hay-like smokiness to it.

There’s also a hint of frankincense that descended to the heart of Olivier Durbano Aram from the top of the composition. At this point I got a weird sensation of smelling something yeast-y, like a ball dough rising in the warm kitchen. This ghostly feeling disappeared as fast as it came to me. Unfamiliar with such odour in perfume I wonder if the source of it was gum ammoniac, a gum obtained from some perennial herb. The drydown of Aram shows more substantivity than the rest of the fragrance. It combines hefty cedarwood with slightly burnt scent of myrrh, balsamic sweetness of benzoin with a hint of incense and vetiver. It’s blended to bring peace and comfort to the wearer.

I’ve been admiring the fragrant works of Olivier Durbano for years now as he was (still is) a cherished friend of Perfumeria Quality in Warsaw where I put my first steps in the world of niche perfume. But I was a silent admirer because I felt as if his fragrances were not meant to be worn by me. They didn’t feel right for me, with the exception of Pink Quartz (reviewed years ago). Today I think that Aram is more wearable and easier to approach. It has that inviting aura and the energy that you feel when someone hugs you. To me this perfume speaks of hope, of reassurance and perseverance. It’s like admitting we all have weaknesses but also the power to overcome them.

Aram by Olivier Durbano is a surprising and comforting perfume that came to me just in time to combat the bad mood caused by the gloomy autumn weather. It’s like a fragrant message from Olivier in which he’s trying to tell us that self-care is so very important in those weird, difficult times. I really like the way it smells and how it combines fresh notes with more striking and comforting ones. Aram is an eau de parfum that was introduced as a limited edition, in 100ml flacons. I don’t know about other distribution channels but on Olivier Durbano official website it says it’s sold out.

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4 thoughts on “Sensual Healing, Olivier Durbano Aram

  1. rickyrebarco says:

    I shall have to try Aram. I’ve sampled other fragrances by Olivier Durbano and found them all very intriguing and well done. I liked the ones based on minerals and came close to buying a couple. The mineral/gem ones had a coldness to them that I think kept me from buying them. Aram sounds warmer and more inviting. I look forward to sampling it.

    • lucasai says:

      Happy to say you’re familiar with his earlier fragrances. All of them were pretty heavy on incense, probably that’s why they felt so cold, like stones they were inspired by.
      Aram seems to take a different direction.

  2. Undina says:

    I don’t think I’ve tried any perfumes from the brand. Mostly because they aren’t easily available where I live, and I can’t say that I read any glowing reviews for any of perfumes from the like. I will give them a try if I ever come across them, but 100ml limited edition isn’t something I will be actively pursuing. Still, it was interesting to read and try to imagine how it smells.

    • lucasai says:

      I understand, it’s difficult if the brand is not available where you are. I’m sure there are countless US brands that I don’t know.
      Glad you could try to imagine, and maybe one day you’ll smell it too.

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