|A chip of Africa stone|
|Hyrax Hyraceum (Procavia capensis)|
Fortunately for a lover of both animal notes and animals like me, there are also ethically obtainable ones without causing pain to the little animals. It's the case with ambergris that's naturally expelled by the sperm whale in the sea, or beeswax that the hard-working insects produce in huge amounts.
Recently, thanks to the kind Dominique Dubrana better known as AbdesSalam Attar that composes totally natural fragrances, I had the chance to discover hyraceum, also called Africa stone that aims to become a good natural substitute in animal accords while respecting the fauna.
But what's this Africa stone? It is a fossil that can be found in South Africa that comes from the droppings of a rodent (Procavia capensis) that petrify mellowing in the sun. From the infusion of this animal fossil an incredibly vibrant essence is extracted and I confess that I have been quite impressed. The opening both on skin and on paper is potent and urinous, with a good fecal component. On paper this connotation lasts longer while, as for all animal notes it is on skin that it melts and shines of a new life. On the back of my hand hyraceum blooms of somehow spiced facets with a nice herbaceous and paper-like development redolent of immortelle and even more recalling opaque dry woods with an almost sandy surface. As well as coupled with white flowers to give them carnality, it seems perfect to melt in compositions like masculine citrus chypre like the ones of the fifties featuring civet back in time, or in leather scents like in the eighties with herbs and spices.
|AbdesSalam Attar's Sharif|
The fragrance start bringing you to a bedouin tent in the Sinai, to the kaleidoscope of coloured spices and citruses picked together with their foliage. The aromatic and gaudy stinging blow of saffron, turmeric and scented leaves becomes more elegant and honeyed as the big guest arrives, an important figure coming from a long trip, a man whose clothes keep traces of tobacco and animals of burden with their harnesses, mixed with precious ointments for the body and hair for refined purifying ablutions. Hyraceum really confers to evolution a pleasant animal nuance, herbal and slightly leathery. Of course like in all the Middle East a guest is godsend so the sillage ends offering a delicate vanilla and almond hint typical of the middle Eastern pastry.
Since I like to share discoveries that thrill me, I'd like to give away a tiny bit of hyraceum and three samples of Sharif by drawing two lucky names among the ones that will leave a comment within the next week-end. Who's curious about smelling them?