Friday, March 21, 2014
Bakhour by Al Rehab
For the life of me, I can't remember how I discovered Al Rehab perfume oils. They must have popped up when I was researching something else on Fragrantica, my diversion-from-reality drug of choice. However it happened, I'm glad I found them, and now I own six, which is all good because they are cheap. Like, $3.95 cheap. Inner Farm Girl hasn't even noticed.
Of course, cheap doesn't matter - even to me - unless the perfume smells good. So far, several of the Al Rehab oils smell very good, but I seem to be stuck on one in particular: Bakhour. Not exactly what I expected from an Arabian perfume oil, Bakhour is bright and floral-citrus, woody and vanilla-musky. Some have compared it to Angel or Alien, but I don't get that. Jasmine is definitely involved, but no more so than any other member of the ensemble. What's most interesting about Bakhour is the drydown, which has the mustiness of a greenhouse. Just the right touch to 'Arabize' the scent.
Bakhour lasts for 3-4 hours and has good sillage for a perfume oil. Al Rehab oils come in roll-on bottles, but they develop best when they are also rubbed into my skin rather than simply left alone to sit on the surface. Then I run my fingers through my hair to share the love a little more. I'm wearing Bakhour today over Capri Seaside Citrus lotion by Bath and Body Works...the perfect combo on Spring's second day.
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