Thursday, 21 June 2012

Scent of the day - Teo Cabanel Alahine

Teo Cabanel Alahine is a gem of a perfume, a sample of which I received kind courtesy of Cymbaline. 

I've read quite a few reviews of Alahine in the past and most describe it as a cozy, feminine amber-and-ylang perfume. I have to say that while it does possess warmth from the oriental-style amber, it does have a resinous 'tang' to it that is almost incense-like at times. I think it is a wonderfully balanced perfume.

I don't know what it is about Alahine, but it possesses something that reminds me (but nothing really alike) of Serge Lutens' Feminite Du Bois, but with less cedar-plum facets and more ylang-ylang and resins. There is something common to both though and I can't quite place it.

While Alahine is feminine, I have to say that I feel I have no difficulty in managing to wear this. At no point do I feel self-conscious. Today was a cooler, rainier day in England and Alahine felt very well suited to such a day. I see it as more of a cooler weather fragrance.


  1. I love Alahine and treated myself to a rare full bottle earlier this year. I see the incense connection because it actually reminds me a bit of some of Andy Tauer's perfumes, but sweeter.

  2. Elisa, I never thought of the connection with Tauer, but now that you mention it, I can see it too. Glad you enjoy your bottle!

  3. Thanks for reminding me of this fragrance, which I want to revisit. It seems like it would be ideal in the summer.



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