I wanted to wait with the review of Wazamba until fall, when its incense and spice glory would be more season-appropriate, but I cannot hold back, I’ll remind you in October, okay?
Wazamba, a 2009 release by Parfum d’Empire founder and perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato looks to Africa for inspiration and returns with a wonderfully dirty and spicy hot incense that is – I suspect – a love it or hate it perfume. Those polarizing creations are usually among the best.
I was wary of Wazamba due to the inclusion of cumin, but here the dreaded spice is in such good company, tamed and made to show its best sides, but able to shine as well.
Including notes of Somalian incense, Kenyan myrrh, Ethiopian opoponax, Indian sandalwood, Moroccan cypress, labdanum, apple and fir balsam, Wazamba is no shy creature, but a well-behaved one. It is not going to keel you over with its sillage, but it is powerful and long lasting.
According to Parfum d’Empire a wazamba is “a musical instrument often used in initiation ceremonies in Western Africa.” For me the name sounds like a war cry or a lusty cry of “Here we come!” In my mind and when I speak about it, it is always “Waaazamabaaa!!!”
Wazamba reminds me of Tauer Incense Extreme, but where the Tauer is cool and calm serenity, the Parfum d’Empire is hot-blooded zest for life. Wazamba smells like smoke of a camp fire, pine resin oozing freshly from the bark of the tree, a spicy apple peeking through now and then. Wazamba gets never boring, it keeps you on your toes, it lasts forever and a day and it is a good-natured incense.
Come on, Fumies, let’s say it together: Waaazambaaa!!!