måndag 6 januari 2014

Téo Cabanel - Oha

Picture: December roses
Photo: Mr Parfumista (c)
Oha from the venerable house of Téo Cabanel is an old school styled chypre. Oha is created by the house nose or Téo Cabanel, Jean-Francois Latty, a skilful perfumer when it comes to fragrances in the the high quality classic style of Téo Cabanel. I have tested a recent sample and an older one with juice from a bottle of the old design.

Oha starts grandly with a slight powdry and bitter bergamot with contrasting accords of different roses, I can image both pink and red roses. When Oha reaches its middlenotes the roses is still dominating but has deepened and has become darker and tarter. Jasmine and iris is supporting in a robust classic flowery accord with some cool spicyness from the cardamom. There is very little sweetness, if none in Oha, even the musky base is woody and dry powdery, the vanilla and tonka are barely detectable but I suspect these notes prevent Oha from being too austere. Even if lacking oakmoss which seems to have be replaced with musk and woods, Oha is old school chypre-ish in style, something that fails most modern fragrances in this genre.  Ohas lack of sweetness and robust chypre character makes it to an unusual fragrance.

Picture: Oha (in the current bottle)
Photo: Téo Cabanel (c)
Comparing the two samples of Oha, despite just  the older one is more classic, deeper, boozier and less musky powdery with slightly better longevity. The current sample is more musky powdery, a bit sweeter in the roses and reminds me especially in the opening of Narcisco Rodriguez for Her Edt. Oha is said to be an evening scent but I think it's also appropriate for formal daytime wear as it is close to skin. Longevity is good, ca 12h.

Those who like fragrances in the style of Sisley Soir de Lune, Estee Lauder Knowing, the original Agent Provocateur, Niki de Saint Phalle, but also a bit more spicy blends as Chanel Coco, will probably also appreciate Oha.

Rating: 3 +

Notes: Bergamot. tea, rose, jasmine, cardamon, iris, vanilla, tonka been, woods, musk

2 kommentarer:

  1. Hej! Jag snubblade över din blogg igår och blev så himla glad! Vilken guldgruva för en doftentusiaster! Jag undrar om du har möjlighet att hjälpa mig med ett doftproblem? Jag hittar underbara Sensual Orchid från LM Parfums på Jovoy i somras och sedan dess letat efter sample på doften. Eftersom den är en ganska saftig investering så vill jag gärna testa den ett tag först. Vet du om det går att få tag på någonstans? Har du några förslag på något som hade kunnat påminna om den? Mvh, Jenny

  2. Hej Jenny! Kul att du gillar bloggen. Har inte provat doften så jag kan inte rekommendera något liknande. Ser att Aus Liebe zum Duft (se länk nedan) har den och de säljer även prover. Sedan har Jovoy själva en hemsida om jag minns rätt. Hoppas du får tag i den.