When it is cold outside, so cold that you see your breath in little plumes in front of you, so cold that you wish for another layer of clothing or three, so cold that you bury your hands in your pockets as deeply as possible, so cold that you wrap your shawl tightly around you and retreat under your hood, that is when you smell it. And despite a face that is wind-beaten and half frozen, you smile.
Balsamo della Mecca is one of those perfumes, that once smelled, can never be forgotten. At least I feel that way, I am able to conjure up the smell of Balsamo della Mecca immediately by thinking about it, it is imprinted in my brain and forever linked with winter.
Created by Dominic Dubrana of profumo.it, Balsamo della Mecca includes notes of labdanum, tonka, frankincense, tobacco, tuberose and rose.
Balsamo della Mecca smells very intense in the beginning, an almost harsh incense and tobacco accord that is very smoky and rough to start with, but mellows overtime. This is a perfume that is all base, no flighty top notes are discernible, the rose and tuberose go almost unnoticed underneath the thrumming bass accords of labdanum and incense. Tonka and tobacco lend the perfume a bit of a sweetness, but only very subtly, this is not sweet, but stays on the smoky, masculine leaning side the entire time. It lasts very well, at least eight hours and has moderate sillage, it is a 100% natural perfume.
Balsamo della Mecca is meditative, calming, deep and makes me feel safe and well cared for. It adds a layer of warmth both physically and spiritually. This perfume lends me an air of calm and a sense of quiet purpose.
Balsamo della Mecca is a perfume made for the soul, and it fulfills its purpose perfectly.