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Perfume Review: Robert Piguet Baghari and Fracas

Baghari, Robert Piguet
In the Piguet PR kit there is a line that describes Baghari perfectly: Baghari is a classic soft floral, beloved by women who are frankly romantic, feminine and young at heart’. You cannot describe Baghari better than that unless it is to mention it is, after famed Fracas also by Robert Piguet (and Martha Stewart’s signature scent) one of the world’s remaining, old school glamour gal perfumes. But first, as always, the essentials:

Top Notes:
Aldehydic Notes (a complexity of cool and creamy white florals)

Middle Notes:
Rose, Jasmine, Iris, citrus

Base Notes
Amber, Vanilla, Musk

At first breath, Baghari wafts elegance, luxury, and it’s almost like you’re inhaling Paris, circa 1950. You can almost hear the silk scarf, swish, see the jaunty angle of the black beret and admire the red pouting lips of the woman - the image behind these elements, There is headiness to Baghari because it is almost, but not quite, over the top. It announces itself the way a woman who owns the room does – gliding in with that enviable carriage and a steadiness to the gait – saying: she can have any man she wants and should she choose. It’s a quiet strut but it’s a strut –no mistake. It’s pointless to suggest there’s a touch of flirtatiousness to Baghari since it’s so seductive but it’s almost animalistic – let’s just gently admit it's carnal, with a soul that is sheer womanliness.

Since 1950, perfumer Aurelien Guichard of Givaudan rebalanced the original tastes, ensuring it’s classic impact but giving it a contemporary nuance that makes it a ‘modern classic’. It begins with luscious orange and creamy white florals which then surrender to a forest floral sense in the iris, rose and jasmine (it’s almost wood and fern, rather than floral at this point). The finish recaptures you with sweetness but this time, the sweet notes are emphatically down to earth.

In a strange way, Baghari tells a story – there is such a definite beginning, middle and end –and then a resonance that stays, sweet, creamy, and all woman - timelessly so.

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