Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
There may be no greater symbol of ancient mystery and exploration than the country of Egypt. The lure of the Great Pyramids, with their inner chambers redolent of exotic desert oils punctuating the regal serenity of entombed Pharaohs. The temptation of hiking through foreign lands and experiencing the rich, sensual distraction of centuries-old culture.Eight & Bob’s Egypt evokes the arid mystery of its Middle Eastern name with subtle traces of lavender, lemon, and moss top notes. The opening is pure West meets East adventure, as the buttoned-up lavender and crisp citrus fuse with the earthy, exotic moss. The thrill of exploring the unknown beckons right from the beginning of this cologne. As the top notes dissipate, a rugged combination of nutmeg and cardamom begin to build up strength as the heart of Egypt asserts itself. The addition of the moss note in the top is wonderfully done, and becomes a rustic bridge note into the warmer spices developing in the middle phase. Just as it adds a layer of mystery to the bright citrus notes, in the heart it helps focus nutmeg and cardamom’s softer spice profiles. There’s a cool, forest edge to the heart that gives it more strength and definition. The spicy warmth in the heart also sets up the sharper, and more abruptly masculine herbal and leather nuances in the base. Stiff leather and coarse patchouli points Egypt in an unmistakably travel-oriented direction – you can almost sense the weight of the steamer trunks and the well-worn creases in the bomber jackets. A smooth, caramel-sweet sandalwood grace note also lends an aristocratic appeal to the muscular leather and dry patchouli. The silky, spice-infused dry down conjures up images of luxurious rail lines, complete with brass fittings and flickering oil lamps, rather than limitless deserts traversed by camelback. As forward as the Middle Eastern spices are in this cologne, they create an intriguing olfactory portrait of discovery and adventure that gives the scent a sophisticated, pulsing energy. Egypt has just enough of an exotic fringe that pairing it with tweed and leather ensembles is a must. It’s retro, 1930’s profile demands a similar approach from your wardrobe to fully appreciate its stature. But however, you choose to show it off with your own collection, this cologne will impart a sense of longing for travel, and losing yourself in the many wonders of the world.