Perfumery in Egypt can be dated as far back as 3,000 B.C. Ancient priests used to sweeten sacrificial offerings by using aromatic resins. The people of ancient Egypt believed that the pleasant smell connected humans with the gods, subsequently charming them.
In 1897, archeologists opened tombs and discovered a very pleasant smell. What they soon realized is that fragrances were applied before burial and maintained their original scent. Tombs that held important figures amongst the Egyptian community were buried with scented oils. This was done in order to assure their olfactory needs were met.
Now in 2021, Nilafur Du Nil continues Egypt’s long history of creating fragrances. All of their scents pay homage to a certain individual or time in ancient history. For example, Narmar pays homage to the Egyptian king who unified upper and lower Egypt.
The woody, spicy fragrance was released in 2020 and earned a whirlwind of praise. It features top notes of Cardamom, Clary Sage, Lavender, Juniper and Bergamot. In the heart, we find Cashmeran, Tea, Rose, Cinnamon and Lily. Finally, Suede, Tobacco, Cashmeran, Cedar, Tonka Bean and Oakmoss conclude the base.
Narmar encapsulates the “gentleman” accord that you hear fragrance lovers talk about. The Tobacco note is unique and plays wonderfully with the fresh floral notes. But as the fragrance dries down, you’re met with intense woods and playful floral accords.
Keeping with the woods and spices, Catamaran takes a different approach to a masculine fragrance. Based on the sailing boat with two parallel hulls, this contrasting men’s fragrance is one for the ages.
On the top, we find Cinnamon and Cardamom. Below is Coconut, Pepper, Nutmeg, Tobacco, Bulgarian Rose, Saffron and Jasmine. Concluding the base is Agarwood, Sandalwood, Cypriol Oil and Patchouli.
This fragrance is a sensual, masculine scent where spiciness plays a vital role. The use of Cardamom and Cinnamon stands out amongst Pepper, Saffron and Nutmeg. Its use of Jasmine and Patchouli soften the spiciness and give it an aromatic accord.
Similar to Catamaran, Meidum is an aromatic, floral fragrance that pays homage to the second known built pyramid in Egypt. This pyramid was built for Huni, the last Pharoah of the Third Dynasty, and was continued by Sneferu.
This aromatic beauty has top notes of Lavender, Cardamom, Bergamot, Sage and Mandarine. In the heart, we can smell Coffee, Rose, Metallic notes and Nutmeg. Finally, Myrrh, Leather and Olibanum conclude the base.
The fragrance is a light take on a barbershop scent, where Lavender and Leather project prominently. This is a very masculine take on a floral scent and one that can be worn with ease.
Another great fragrance by the house is Trajan, a masterclass in the eyes of some. Trajan exudes masculinity with its prominent use of Smoke and Cinnamon at the top. Honey, Apricot, Saffron, Licorice, Cherry and Incense round out the heart whilst Tobacco, Vanilla, Peru Balsam, Amber and Iso-E Super complete the base.
Trajan can be compared to Tobacco Vanille and Parfum de Marly Herod, exceeding both in the longevity department. Its use of Cherry and Honey produces a gourmand sweetness which is paired beautifully with Vanilla. The Tobacco and light Smoke notes settle down the sweetness, making this scent one to die for.
One of their great unisex scents is Unas, which recently saw itself flanked by an Extrait version. Unas was an Egyptian king who was keen on building structures and pyramids, subsequently building the first ancient ruin ever found.
“This fragrance pays tribute to the ongoing heritage of our grandfathers,” says the description on Nilafur Du Nil’s website. This unisex fragrance has top notes of Rose, Cinnamon and Bergamot. In the heart is Roasted Pumpkins, Almonds, Tobacco and Nutmeg. Finally, Styrax, Patchouli, Benzoin, Amber, Suede and Musk conclude this fall beast!
Nilafur Du Nil has a knack for creating great woodsy, Fougere scents. Monto Lavender Extreme is a great example of this with prominent Lavender and woodsy accords. Extreme is a flanker of the previously released, Monto Lavender. The Oud note pays homage to Salah El Din, a medieval ruler and liberator in 1138-1193 A.D.
His citadel was robust and strong, much like this fragrance. At the top, we can find Lavender, Tobacco, Suede and Green Apple. Following these heavy notes are Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rum and Elemi. Finally, we can find Vanilla, Amber, Agarwood, Vetiver, Cedar, Patchouli and Sandalwood in the base.
To steer away from their usual gentlemanly, woodsy fragrance, Nilafur Du Nil released L’homme Fort Extrait. This gourmand, sexy fragrance flanks the original L’homme Fort by introducing candied Pineapple and Myrrh.
It begins with Creme brulee, Candied Pineapple and Myrrh on the top. As we progress, we can find Cinnamon, Toffee and Vanilla. Then, to conclude the base, we have Cardamom, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Leather, Amber and Ambroxan.
L’homme Fort Extrait is a delectable scent with gourmand accords and the base of a gentleman. The heart notes truly are stars of the show, whilst Pineapple adds a neat citrus note to cut the heavy Toffee and Creme Brulee. This is a great clubbing or date night scent with deep projection and immense longevity.
Nilafur Du Nil is most definitely a house to check out if you’re in the market for woodsy, aromatic fragrances. Check out the sample kit that in all honesty, is a steal for the quality of fragrance that you receive. To read more about the houses’ release, click the link here.