Sunday, September 26, 2010

Visiting ancient Egypt II

It seems I really don't know much about ancient history since if someone asked me what spices Egyptians used, I'd have no idea.  I would probably guess at some, but I don't think cinnamon would be on that list.
And then, here comes Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and her Secrets of Egypt and through my nose, I learn some of the things my school books never managed to teach me.

Today  I'll talk about Keni - the cinnamon fest. :)

Top notes: Bitter Almond, Cardamom co2 Absolute, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark
Middle notes: Australian Sandalwood, Benzoin, Fragrant Wine (accord)
Base notes: Atlas Cedarwood, Myrrh Gum, Pine Resin

Ok, as you can see from the notes, it's not all a cinnamon fest but the opening is, and it lasts for a while so I can call it that.  It's the most real cinnamon I ever smelled. As with all spices (which I recognize by their particular nose pinching effect, you know, similar to black pepper), this cinnamon is at the same time nose pinching, juicy and bark-like. If you ever tried a cinnamon chewing gum, it smells like that. Wonderful (as I adore cinnamon gums).

As cinnamon starts to subside, there is a light gummy quality to it and then cardamom appears. If you take a look at the notes of the different Secrets of Egypt scents, you will notice many notes being the same in many of them. And then, in the end, they all smell spicy but different.

After cardamon, I start getting some whiffs of sandalwood and after that, it gets tricky. Sandalwood for me gets more dry and resiny and in the end morphs into sweet cedar and then just cedar? I'm not really sure except it's dry and comforting (but then again, all spicy scents are comforting to me,  and I wonder, does that mean something?).

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  1. Yep, Keni is very cinnamony. A nive cinnamon, but after that faded I didn't smell much. I think I'd like Keni as a candle better than on skin.

  2. Oh, a candle would probably be great.
    It seems Dawn's scents are mostly re-appliers. After some 3-4 hours, most of them are barely there. But I wouldn't mind applying some more cinnamon - I just wonder what would people think of the way I waft around. :D

  3. My husband sniffed me and said "Christmas."

  4. :D Yep, that's the most common cinnamon association. And I noticed that all cinnamon scents are treated as winter scents.