Scented Snippets Scented Snippets: Review of New Fragrance Nasreen by M. Micallef

Scented Snippets: Review of New Fragrance Nasreen by M. Micallef

04/02/13 13:03:02 (7 comments)

by: Ida Meister

(Photo from The Elements NYC 2013, Fragrantica)

Enigmatic Elegance  

Nasreen Rehmat knows/nose what she is doing, after over 27 years in the business.  It’s been my pleasure to order from her in the past—so when I sniffed Nasreen by M. Micallef recently, I knew that eventually I would want to budget for a bottle. I did. And here we are.
There are myriad ouds available, abundant rose-ouds as well. One could become giddy from the multitude of spicy-woody-rosy-oud-y scents at our outstretched fingertips. If Nasreen were simply one more, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing about it.
This bespoke created for Nasreen’s [Naz to her friends] Parfumerie Nasreen is enigmatic elegance of the richly embroidered variety, and generous beyond measure. It is all the perfumes of Arabia vibrating in a 100 ml flacon; how they allowed themselves to be contained in such a small space is a mystery to me. 
[The name Nasreen has several meanings. In Urdu and Arabic it can mean any of the following: jonquil, narcissus, wild rose, Jericho rose. In Farsi, it means "wild rose."]

Notes for Nasreen

Head: rose, saffron
Heart: honey, incense, gingerbread
Foundation: patchouli, Suyufi oud, white musk
Nasreen, above all, is a magnanimous perfume. Nothing exquisite is stinted. Like an elaborate calligraphic Islamic painting, there are worlds within worlds: the profundity of darkest rose, metallic saffron shimmering side-by-side with exotic baking spices, the unctuous animalic sweetness of honey underscored by echoes of Demeter’s earthly devotion [loamy patchouli and precious oud]. White musk softens the composition; Nasreen is genteel, but intense. It smells warm and fierce.  
[Prior to experiencing this perfume I, like many readers, had smelled so many blends and oils and perfumes that I felt saturated by them all.]
Nasreen is like no other.  As with reverie, one can become lost in its intricacy and seduction.
Ida Meister (chayaruchama) has been an avid collector and sniffeuse for over 40 years. She adores consulting and collaborating with niche, budding and independent perfumers. Her hypervigilant nose has been of great help in her profession as a neuroscience/oncology nurse, where she often smells fear, suffering, stress, and can identify most micro-organisms, medications, stages of disease, and has written about the amygdala. As a Senior and Natural Perfumery Editor, Ida has participated in many blog events with natural and mixed media perfumers and other writers. She has also been a teacher, translator, opera singer, dancer and caterer.


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Notes usually tell nothing ;o) you have to smell it ;o)


Notes look great except Patchouli -y god ?!?!
So overused


I walked intp Purfumerie Nasreen in Seattle 16 years ago while I was there on a business trip. Nasreen asked me some questions and pronounced Amouage Gold Woman would be the fragrance for me. It has been my signature all these years.

Nasreen assured me I would like this scent since I love orientals. I bought it blind. At first I thought it was masculine compared to the sweet scent of Gold. I tried it layered over a vanilla body cream to girl it up. I spayed rose over it it accent the rose. Nasreen says this fragrance will haunt you. It did. I now appreciate it solo in all its intigracies. I love it. It is like nothing else out there.

Nasreen ships anywhere and is so generous with samples. I got about 10 with my order - ones she specially chose for me. She ships right away and I had my Nasreen fragrance three days after I ordered it. I have been so taken with it I have not even been tempted to try any of the samples. She is right. It haunts you. It is all I want to wear.

Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

again with the bottles...


Just love Micallef, and this one is an exceptional oriental perfume.


It is only available at Parfumerie Nasreen, I'm afraid :(
But I think she ships everywhere...


This one sounds beautiful. I will try it out when it arrives at Luckyscent.


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