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Wazamba Parfum d`Empire for women and men

Wazamba Parfum d`Empire for women and men
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male 25- 25+

I have it: 205 I had it: 62 I want it: 315

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Wazamba is a fragrance presented in 2009 and inspired by a West-African instrument which was used at important ceremonies. The fragrance is characterized by incense essences from Somalia, myrrh from Kenya, Indian sandalwood, cypress from Morrocco, fir tree resin and apple zest. It arrives as 50 and 100ml edp.

Perfume rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 412 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Incense Cypress Red Apple Aldehydes

Middle Notes
Olibanum Plum Myrrh Labdanum

Base Notes
Incense Opoponax Sandalwood Fern Resin

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This perfume reminds me of  
Fille en Aiguilles
5 no yes
Italian Cypress
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Wazamba Fragrance Reviews

MehdiHzr
MehdiHzr

حتما سمپلش رو تهیه کنید، چند بار تستش کنید اگه خوشتون اومد بگیرید.البته به احتمال زیاد خوشتون نیاد چون با ذائقه ی اکثر ما ایرانیها سازگاری نداره

Mar
21
2017
heissen
heissen

It is very dark,bitter,rich and so personal scent.
It is similar to piece of art than fragrance.It is the best fragrance for isolation.
I love it so much but it is not very easy wear.
10/10

Feb
10
2017
ehsankasiri
ehsankasiri

انقدی که بازخورد بد میاره نمیرزه به یونیک بودنش
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Scent & Qualiy: 6/10
Longevity: 7/10
Sillage: 7/10
Creativity & Uniqueness: 8/10
Affordability: 5/10
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Overall: 6.6/10

Feb
05
2017
AZJeff
AZJeff

I bought a small vial decant of this thinking this would be interesting to try due to the fragrance notes.
I don't like this fragrance at all. Not only does it not smell good on me but I think it stinks. It has this toilet pee opening that doesn't go away very much. The drydown does get a little better for me, but not by much.
I've tried several other incense or balsamic fragrances and I like those, but not this one. This seems more tailored for men than women, IMO.

Jan
23
2017
Ovaltine Jenkins
Ovaltine Jenkins

Loved the drydown (incense and resins with some similarities to the CDG Incense series) but hated the opening (vick's vapo rub and cherry cough syrup). Fortunately, the opening only lasts 20-30 minutes. Dry down lasts the rest of the day with modest projection. Worthy of a small decant because it has some unique features but not full bottle worthy.

Jan
23
2017
haddock
haddock

You can detect golpar (Persian hogweed) scent for 30 minute after spay. A kind of astringent sense is in Wazamba for this 30 minute. After that, smoke is added to previous scent.
This fragrance has very complex scent changing. I tasted many fragrance till now, but this one is so complex against other fragrances that i smelled.
As I said earlier, Persian hogweed is in the start of fragrance and after 30 minute, smoky scent added. After 3 hours, it becomes so similar to Gray Vetiver of Tom Ford, but at this time, you can detect smoky scent too. (Imagine that you added some smoke to Gray Vetiver in this step). After 5 hours, fragrance become a little sweet, because of Sandal wood. The sense of astringent become vanished in this step.

Some peoples compare this fragrance with Fille en Aiguilles Serge Lutens. I think that the base note of Wazamba is similar to Fille en Aiguilles Serge Lutens because of sandal wood, but these two perfumes don't have any common similarity in others notes.

Sillage is good and longevity is very long...





عطری است نسبتا تلخ که در نیم ساعت اول استفاده از آن؛ بوییکه کاملا حس میشه ولی درنتهای عطر اصلا وجود نداره؛ رایحه ی گلپر هست. این بو در نیم ساعت اول عمر عطر بسیار محسوسه و شما حس گیاهی و کمی گس گلپر رو کاملا حس میکنید. بعد از نیم ساعت بوی دود کم کم به عطر اضافه میشه. این عطر تغییرات بوی بسیار متنوع و پیچیده ای داره. به شخصه با تست کردن صدها عطر؛ عطری به تنوع تغییر در نتهای بویایی همچون این عطر ندیدم. همونطور که گفتم اولش بوی گیاهی؛ کمی تلخ و گس داره که بعدش بوی دودی ملایم و دوست داشتنی به عطر اضافه میشه. بعد از حدود ۳ ساعت خیلی شبیه گری وتیور از برند تام فورد میشه که البته بوی دود اون رو همراهی میکنه. یعنی در نظر بگیرین عطر گری وتیور رو که دود ملایمی هم به اون افزوده شده. بعد از گذر از این مرحله؛ عطر تلخی اولیه اش رو از دست میده و یکم به سمت شیرین شدن حرکت میکنه. یه بوی صندل مانند و بسیار کم شیرین و بسیار گیرا که در این مرحله از نت بویایی؛ در حدود ۵ ساعت که از عمر عطر میگذره . در این مرحله عطر دیگه حس گس اولیه رو همراه نداره. تغییرات نت عطر بعد از گذشت ۵ ساعت به بعد دیگه محسوس نیست و عطر با همین تم بویایی قید شده به سمت پایان عمر بویایی زیبا و پیچیده ی خودش گام برمیداره.....

پخش بوی قابل قبولی داره و طول عمر عطر طولانی هست.

بعضی از کاربرها این عطر رو با
fille en aiguilles, Serge lutens
مقایسه کرده اند.در حالیکه به نظرم من این عطردر مجموع تلخ هست و سرج لوتنز ته بوی شیرینی داره البته یک نکته ی ریز هم به نظر من هست و اون اینکه علتی که بعضی اشخاص این عطر رو شبیه فیله سرج لوتنز میدونند در نت پایانی عطر وازامبا هست. عطر وازامبا در نت انتهاییش به علت کم شدن رایحه تلخ و اضافه شدن صندل و در نتیجه شیفت کردن بو به سمت شیرینی ملایم؛ شبیه فیله سرج لوتنز میشه. البته فقط در این نت پایانی و به هیچ وجه در نت اولیه و نت میانی این دو عطر به نظر من شبیه به هم نیستند و این عطر بمراتب پیچیده تر از فیله سرج لوتنز هست.

Dec
31
2016
inmyheart
inmyheart

I love this beautiful incensey, resiny, herby, woody perfume. It's gorgeous. Very strong and long lasting. My husband wears it and loves it too, and it is more masculine and piney on him, but on me it's more resinous, balmy and incensey. There's a lovely mint smell too. It's lovely. Soothing and comforting, especially on a cold day, when it seems a lot warmer, and helps me to keep warm. It's a very deep and interesting perfume, and I think it's beautiful.

Dec
28
2016
Duskfall
Duskfall

I got a sample of Wazamba and unfortunately it's not for me. On my skin the apple steals the show almost completely and the overall result is rather weird and messy. It's simultaneously sweet and sour, metallic and almost rancid; it reminds me of apple cider vinegar. Quite unique, but not very pleasant.

Remarkable longevity, moderate sillage.

Dec
17
2016
gelo999
gelo999

Unique perfume from P. de E.

The opening is to my taste the most striking of Wazamba, here the sweet note of the apple is mixed with the note of cypress and incense giving a sparkling combo even with nuances like lemon candies, both very balsamic by the resins Which rise to the opening and a very smoky point that holds until the end of drying.Immediately that great note of entrance low being the resins, woods and the smoked notes, until the final drying, in this phase everything feels less interesting if we compare it with the game.Wazamba evokes Africa and its ancient culture, I do not know why, I only find lemon candies with incense.

Caution!! It does not seem to me a bad fragrance, but, I do not find what the author wants to reflect on any side, and above does not seem to me a very versatile fragrance.

Rating: 6.5

Nov
11
2016
fuggerone
fuggerone

Simply great
Resins mixed with smoky incense and some woods attacking your nose.
It's dark, smoky and extremely heavy in resinous part.
The resinous smell is not like the resins on the body of the tree that smell smooth and slightly woody.

Initially a rush of smoky,incense commingling with the Christmas tree aroma of balsam fir. At once, one is immersed in the resinous warmth of a lively incense coupled with the somewhat minty The enhanced resins flow to the receptive base. A gentle sandalwood, with its buttery and softly sweet woodiness, lifts the resinous, incense concoction. A soothing cypress infuses its pine-like woodiness with an ambergris nuance.
The base is a musky woody smoky scent with some sweetness in the background and it's very smooth against the opening and mid.
Projection is good (above average) and longevity is around 6-8 hours on my skin.
A great fragrance from the brand.Nice winter scent with good longevity

Jul
06
2016
shushkin
shushkin

Nice but hardly like SL Fille en Arguilles which is in my top 10 fragrances. Waz has lots of wonderful resin and incense notes but none of the sun warmed sweetness of FeA. The opopanax note is heavy on me. Waz is a tad sharper with the cypress. Very nice but I will stick to my FeA. FeA instantly transports me to a sunny day amongst the fir trees of Siberia. Magic!
I also have Aziyade which is more or less gourmand and this is no gourmand. This is all about incense and more importantly resins. There is some labdanum but the oppopanax and myrrh rule here. It is not as sweet as either FeA or Aziyade. The fruit notes dont get a look in!

Apr
06
2016
puncturedbicycle
puncturedbicycle

How much do I adore this perfume...

I'm afraid I'll tire of it so sometimes I put it away for a while just so when I next spray it I can have that first-time experience all over again.

This is the first scent my partner said he wanted to try on himself. He thinks it's quite masculine but I think it's just that it isn't flowery or sweet, so not solely masculine but not girly.

To me, it's a whole new thing. Dry, spicy, dusty, a bit of light dried fruit sweetness combined with astringent bitter spice, warm, but also the scent of sun smelled from the shade.

It doesn't show up in the notes but I often get a whiff of curry leaf and/or turmeric at a middle stage in its evolution. Even after the full drydown Wazamba doesn't smell stale or faded, it goes clean and a little soapy.

Without wishing to be completely over the top, this scent combines a kind of ascetic quality with a quiet joy in useful things. This is not a story about leather and brocade, wealth and privilege but more about sunshine and shade, fragrant food, clean clothes, deep breaths, beauty in simplicity.

Mar
29
2016
NicheMaster29
NicheMaster29

Beautiful incense fragrance with a slight sweet tinge. My favorite is still incense pure by Sonoma scent studio, but this is right behind it. I wish it was a little stronger and projection was a little better but great house with some great offers. Winner!

Edit: update: full bottle is here
Man, I am not sure what it is about having a full bottle but it smells even better. I think it's the atomizer and it's equal distribution of spray. Anyways ..I use to not care for incense but it's frags like this that totally change my outlook on the genre. Perfect balance all the way. Quality at its finest especially at this price point. I stumbled on this house when I came across Ambre russe which I also own now by the way. I need Cuir ottoman and I'll have the best three from the house. Great quality to price in the niche game.

Dec
24
2015
Ditta70
Ditta70

Another wonderful fragrance from the house of Parfum d'Empire. My favourite is Ambre Russe, but this one comes a very close second.

Wazamba is another Heart of Darkness perfume (the other one for me being the infamous Tropic of Capricorn by Olympic Orchids, although there is no resemblance in the two fragrancewise), that manages to balance on the razor's edge between appealing and slightly menacing. I find Wazamba less disconcerting though, in spite of the pitch black sticky darkness at the heart of this perfume.

It is redolent with balsams, resins, almost caramelised apple (but the sugar here is burnt dark brown), with frankincense and labdanum (to my nose) in the leading roles, plus that weird metallinc tang: a high pitched note that prevents the composition from being unbearably sticky, dense and opressing. I really enjoy the tension this knife-like metallic element brings in this perfume, although it also reminds me of blood, which adds even more to the ambiguity of this fragrance. The apple note helps to balance the composition towards more friendly and warm, yet it never really gets there. Somehow Wazamba has the general atmosphere of "licking honey from a razor's edge", which I find extremely fascinating and intriguing.

Wazamba is one of those perfumes that has a very expressed texture beside "just smelling". It is almost tangibly sticky, like raw labdanum resin.

Wazamba called Piguet's Casbah to mind, but Casbah is much more austere and drier than Wazamba.

Wonderful quality, just the righ sillage, not a monster but will get noticed. Longevity is OK, 5-6 hours, but after about 3 hours it will quiet down to a skin scent.

Nov
15
2015
Chicago Tony T
Chicago Tony T

Harsh opening but a lovely dry down. Sweet and smoky with a slightly dirty/earthy feel to it. Myrrh,resins and incense work in perfect harmony. I am glad that the perfumer did not overuse olibanum which would have made this a very dark scent. A few months ago I was stuck between this and Etro Messe De Minuit. I chose MDM and sold it as it sat too close to the skin. This won't fill a room but has moderate sillage and good longevity. Worth checking out at least and is on my buy list once my decant runs out.

Apr
13
2015
ReneesAnatomy
ReneesAnatomy

On other people, this stuff smells GREAT: incense with a dash of tart sweetness; the apple note comes out strong, then makes way for some plum and resinous warmth. I know somebody who wears this and it lasts on them for hours, smelling fabulous.

On me, this...opens like pee. I know a lot of people make those "it smells like pee" comments on any scent they don't like, but it honestly smelt like a dirty bathroom on me for a good hour. I was SO upset, because again, Wazamba is a fruity incense when I smell it on other people! What gives?!

After that first hour, the scent calms down to a powdery incense on my skin. It's nice, and it's definitely an improvement over the first hour, but nothing to write home about. I'll get about 6 hours of wear out of this on my skin, with moderate sillage.

Feb
22
2015
freakypirate
freakypirate

Wazamba opens with a whiff of fir, a cloud of dark smoke and some dried fruit notes. The fruits become stronger and some sharp metallic notes appear, the smoke and fir are still strong. The fir becomes acidic on my skin and the metallic notes become stronger and stronger. I no longer smell the fruits and the resins, just a metallic and acrid fir note that slowly fades away.

Something is obviously going very wrong here, I was hoping for a smoky and mysterious incense scent but this clearly doesn't work out well on my skin. No fruits, no resins. Such a shame, still looking for a nice incense scent.

Sillage is moderate to heavy.

Jan
09
2015
deadidol
deadidol

A peppery, cinnamic, resinous scent with a dominant myrrh note that creates the image of a somewhat exotic, desiccated landscape. The root beer stewed fruits from Aziyade make an appearance, spinning the scent down a weird fizzy incense avenue, but one that’s shaded by fir balsam. At its core, it’s a wood fragrance—sandalwood and cedar, I think—with a smooth, balsamic finish.

It’s an unusual smell, but it’s not challenging or even that surprising. I’d recommend putting it on the radar when shopping for myrrh scents as that’s what stands out the most. It feels hot to me in a spicy "Red Hots" candy kind of way, and that keeps it from being my thing (I’m not a cinnamon fan, although I suspect what I’m smelling is allspice). But as far as resinous scents go, at least it’s doing something to distinguish itself from the rest of what's on the incense shelf. Intriguing, but I’d rather wear Aziyade myself.

Dec
05
2014
miracleborgtech
miracleborgtech

Melodic incense drenched wood with fruity undertones. This is an exotic friendly scent. You can imagine faraway markets bustling with vendors selling fruits and spices under the hot sun. I like it, although the dry down has a musty undercurrent that prevents it from being a love for me. Sillage about arms length and longevity all day.

Oct
29
2014
SumoTigerCat
SumoTigerCat

Wazamba was, upon application and for 2 hours, one of the most gorgeous scents I've tried. It is a good thing I didn't rush to my computer and purchase a FB. On me, it turns into the smell of hashish, or strong cannibis. Which is weird, because at first, it was glorious, dates, woods, incense, plum... just what I was looking for! My DH came home and said "I smell Pot." And sure enough, it was my arms. :( Not that I have anything against that smell, but I don't want to personally smell like that. Sigh... back to the drawing board.

Sep
27
2014
carlosrafael
carlosrafael

Plummy Incense...

This is almost an all-beautiful fragrance. I love its woody, resinous, and incense smell, but the plum spoils it a bit for me. The plum adds too much sweetness to the composition. Whoever has had plum wine can tell you it is very sweet. All the other notes are nice and alluring.

Really, who puts plum in on church incense to burn along? The plum gives this overly sweet smell to the incense that is not compatible in my opinion, a forced marriage that so far is not of my full liking...it smells like something concocted by Bath and Body at times. A couple of hours later the plum note tones down a little, then Wazamba turns into all I'd like it to be...but you need to wait a long while before getting there, so my recommendation is to put this one earlier than anticipated to let the plum sweetness tone down if you find it cloying.

Parfum D'Empire, if you ever reformulate this one, please tone down the plum note!

Jul
21
2014
Guest_Colin Maillard
Guest_Colin Maillard

Balsamic, resinous opoponax with a sticky, pungent heart (fir balsam) and a powerful herbal/medicinal accord like in Lutens' Ambre Sultan, just sweeter and more resinous. Pungent camphor note of eugenol/cloves and spices on the base – mostly cinnamon. Kind of a metallic aldehydes feel, which increases the "medicinal" feel. Again on the border between Parfum d'Empire and Lutens, here the composition is just less multi-faceted, more simple, still baroque and exotic with a narcotic feel – just different, more round, shaped, tightly-textured. The evolution is slow and moderate: it loses a bit of the caramelised stickiness of the beginning (just a tiny bit...) and it gets more green/balsamic of dry pine cones, still with a sweet-earthy licorice base, but it still remains much "compact" and straightforward. Good projection and long persistence – again, as for a couple of other Parfum d'Empire (well, and other dozens of scents): "cloying alert", be sure you like this and are comfortable with the idea of smelling pretty much like this for hours. Overall this is perhaps my least favourite from this house, quality is top-notch and the composition is perfect – its is just not my cup of tea, bit too "sticky".

7,5/10

Jun
14
2014
tige60
tige60

Blindly bought a 50ml flacon from an on-line merchant and have been wearing it about every week or so for about a month now and am liking it more & more each time. Can definitely pick up the apple & plum notes and it's probably these two combined that are leading some people to pick up a burnt or slightly rotten fruit smell. I was initially a little put off by the smell but with each wearing appreciate it more and more. It is also very much an incense/smoky fragrance, but not in the dark churchy vein, but in a more subtle campfire-ish way. On me, sillage is heavy & longevity is very long lasting (10+ hours). The dry down is particularly enjoyable as it's a little bit fruity, smoky, and woodsy. I am starting to really fancy this marvellously unique fragrance from Parfum d'Empire. Will probably buy the 100ml flacon as I can definitely foresee this being a fall/winter favourite.

Sillage: moderate
Longevity: very long lasting (10+ hrs)

May
08
2014
kiviivi
kiviivi

Its smells like 1000 years of Africa s history mixed in one 100 ml bottle you can smell carved African ebony wood, Raisin burnt by hot sun radiating its smell in to desert, and its all clashed with smell of dirty sweaty leather making it perfect fragrance for ppl willing to mark there Area with there dominant Aura

+ its tad similar to Incense Norma Kamali for men but not so intensiv

Apr
08
2014
jreily88
jreily88

Had high hopes for this one, but all I could smell was musk. Maybe I'll give it a few more tries before I make any decisions.

Mar
27
2014
ParfumFetiche
ParfumFetiche

This review is based on their sample. Opening is a little sharp with very nice resinous labdanum/amber but soon overpowers by smoky cypress+apple then dries down to Church incense. It's unique but a bit odd for my taste. It has moderate projection and good longevity on my skin.

Mar
27
2014
Kain
Kain

This is a very heavy resinous, smoky, woody fragrance and if you like this type of fragrance this one definitely will not disappoint you!
Right after spraying this on your skin and sniffing it, tons of resins mixed with smoky incense and some woods attacking your nose.
It's dark, smoky and extremely heavy in resinous part.
The resinous smell is not like the resins on the body of the tree that smell smooth and slightly woody.
It's like throwing them in fire and smelling them while they are burning.
There is a little bit of sweetness in the background that trying to picking through, but it doesn't have even a chance!
It's a linear fragrance and in the mid only gets slightly sweeter, but the scent still dominated completely by heavy resins and incense and some woods.
In the base those dark notes settle down and musk kicks in.
The base is a musky woody smoky scent with some sweetness in the background and it's very smooth against the opening and mid.
Projection is good (above average) and longevity is around 6-8 hours on my skin.
A great fragrance from the brand.

P.S: I have "SL Fille en Aiguilles" in my collection and I believe they don't smell the same!
Almost the same DNA but very different scents.

کلمه وازامبا در حقیقت اسم یکی از آلات موسیقی هست که تو کشورهای آفریقایی هنگام اجرای مراسمات سنتی و رقص خاصی که انجام میدن نواخته میشه
فکر کنم همه تو فیلم ها دیده باشیم که تو این مراسم ها همگی با لباسهای خاصی که دارن دور یه آتیش بزرگ جمع میشن و به رقص و پایکوبی و اجرای مراسماشون میپردازن و این عطرحس اینو داره که تو اون مراسم ها کنار آتیش نشسته باشی
رایحه های تشکیل دهنده این عطرُ که نگاه میکنین با انواع و اقسام صمغ های مختلف و چوبها مواجه میشین که همه اینا با هم یه رایحه بسیار تلخ و قوی چوبی و دودی ایجاد میکنن
این عطرُ وقتی اسپری میکنین و بو میکنین با رایحه بسیار بسیار تلخ و قوی صمغ های مختلف مواجه میشین که رایحه دودی بخور و مقداری رایحه چوبها همراهیش میکنن
فرض کنین شما رفتین یه سری درخت های قدیمی که از قسمتهای مختلف بدنه اش صمغ درخت بیرون زده رو قطع کردین و تیکه تیکه میکنین میندازین تو آتیش
علاوه بر بوی تلخ و دودی چوبهایی که داره میسوزه، اون صمغ های روی چوبها هم وقتی آتیش میگیرن بوی تلخ و قوی و البته خاصی از خودشون ساتع میکنن که تلخی و سنگینی و حس چوبی اون بویی که به مشامتون میرسه رو چندین برابر بیشتر میکنه
عطر یه ته بوی خیلی ملایم و ضعیف شیرین هم داره ولی اینقدر ضعیفه که مطمئنم خیلی ها اصلا متوجه اش نمیشن از بس بوی عطر تلخ و دودی هست
به مرور زمان بوی عطر تغییری نمیکنه و در رایحه میانی فقط بوی عطر کمی ملایمتر میشه و خیلی جزئی شیرینتر، ولی همچنان رایحه های چوبی و تلخ صمغی و دودی با اقتدار تمام حکمفرمایی میکنن
در رایحه پایه بوی تلخ و چوبی عطر تا حد زیادی فروکش میکنه و حالا بوی مُشک بهش اضافه میشه. بوی مشک طبق طبیعتی که داره یه بوی نسبتا کثیف و خاص و کمی حیوانی مانند بهش میده و در کنارش هم رایحه ملایم و البه مشخصی از چوبها و صمغ ها قرار دارن
در مجموع میشه بوی عطرُ خطی فرض کرد که از اول تا آخر تغییری نمیکنه
پخش بوی خیلی خوبی داره و ماندگاریش هم بین 6-8 ساعت هست
عطریه که حتما باید تو هوای سرد استفاده بشه وگرنه بشدت اذیت میکنه
بازخوردش هم چندان جالب نیست بین عموم
تلخی و حس چوبی زیاد و بوی صمغی خاصی که به مشام خیلی ها اصلا آشنا نیست باب میل خیلی ها نخواهد بود ولی اگر دنبال عطر با بوی بسیار خاص و تک که تلخ و دودی و چوبی با کمترین میزان رایحه های شیرین هست میگردین، این جزو بهترین گزینه های پیش روی شماست

Feb
08
2014
nonsisa
nonsisa

This is the opposite of Kindergarten. Make yourself comfortable in grandma's home.

Nothing ordinary and definitely something for the advanced taste.

Resin dominates accompanied by incense. The other listed notes are there but they function in the background.

I'm gonna give this sample to my mum as I find it more suitable for a woman.

Nov
21
2013
BlueMoon
BlueMoon

SMOKIN' CYPRESS

Initially, that is. Maybe an hour or so in the smokiness disappears and I'm left with mostly cypress.

Reminds me of Sycomore - that kind of smoky pine/green.

if you really like a strong, long lasting smokey green, sample Slumberhouse Nome. It's this X 10.

I think I'd rather smell this as a candle in winter than on me.

Nov
06
2013
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

wazamba mi è piaciuto quasi da subito, anche se ho notato una nota forse troppo presente di pino/ abete freddo che si presenta a intermittenza come una folata di vento e che ricorda un detersivo per la casa.. ma in ogni caso è molto profondo e ricorda la legna che arde nel camino, gli incensi che bruciano nel braciere e fumo sacro...

Oct
26
2013
nizzagirl
nizzagirl

What I appreciate so much by Parfum d'Empire perfumes is their targeting and concentration on the idea of each single scent. If you take Ambre Russe - it's an Amber dream, Cuir Ottoman - a Cuir par excellence, Wazamba - a 100% resinous myrrhy wood without unnecessary bits and pieces. Scents sit very compact on skin, without distance depending variability (dear Serge if you could manage this as well?), making the sillage and perception so gorgeouse.
As one of peviouse reviewers has mentioned Wazamba is more an ambiance then a perfume. For me Wazamba is a cosy chair besides the fireplace and a glass of porto in the hand. Not sure I could ware it, probably a touch too masculine and heavy for my taste.

Oct
04
2013
meama
meama

207) Shaman Couture
Les notes de tête sont confuses mais très vite les choses se mettent très bien en place. J'aurais envie de résumer ce parfum à ce que j'imagine pourrait donner Serge Lutens qui décide de prendre un bain de vapeur rituel dans une hutte à sudation avec ses amis Sioux Lakotas (non! je ne parle pas d'une grosse orgie !).
Un peu de forêt du Nord Dakota et un peu de confiture française. Le résultat est à se damner.

The top notes are confused but soon things fall well in place. I would like to summarize this perfume to what I imagine could give Serge Lutens who decides to take a ritual steam bath in a sweat lodge with his friends Sioux Lakota (no! I'm not talking about a big orgy!).
A little bit of North Dakota forest and a little bit of French jam. The result is to die for.

Aug
12
2013
kabelaced
kabelaced

Foresty, but very masculine and spicy. The wood here is very thick and dark for my taste. This would smell very nice on a guy, methinks!

Jun
21
2013
batkitty
batkitty

I love how this opens, with a fantastic blend of incense and cypress, sweetened just the right amount (is that the apple note woven in there?). It quickly settles in to become a quiet but persuasive scent, immensely comforting to me, and as time goes on it picks up a sort of smoky spice melange--someone below mentioned turmeric, and it's in there, softly, along with cinnamon. As the drydown arrives, the opoponax and labdanum create a lovely warm, resinous cushion for the brighter topnotes to disappear into.

For me, the sweetness is at just the right level to make the incense note more relaxed, warm, not as austere as many other incense perfumes I've tried. Wazamba is casual to just the right degree, and very wearable. I believe there's a bottle of this in my future.

Apr
14
2013
raw umber
raw umber

If you desperately miss the forest, Wazamba is the perfect fragrance for you. Wazamba opens with warm resinous dark green pine needles. I can see where the sap has hardened and turned opaque on the bark of the trunk, and where it still drips, fresh and potent.

As it warms up, the warm, dry and smoky authentic church incense and hints of fresh apple emerge to join along with the pine forming an absolutely gorgeous synergy. As it dries down, the almost peppery, woody incense takes the stage in all of its smoky sacred glory, along with occasional appearances of cypress. The final notes on me are a mild fruitiness and labdanum with the last traces of smoke..

Wazamba is welcoming, simmering and wearable. It projects decently but definitely is not a sillage monster. Will have to try again in summer.
I wouldn't hesitate to wear Wazamba year round as it contains many of my favorite notes and is not too heavy. It has great longevity.

If you are the least bit reluctant to smell like a coniferous forest, you might consider this as an alternative means of scenting your home (as other reviewers have suggested), because it is so warm, natural, and inviting-smelling.

It's also much less messy than moving all of your furniture into a cathedral and then covering the floor with pine needles.

Apr
12
2013
puncturedbicycle
puncturedbicycle

Ooh, this is so gorgeous. I love the woodsy smokiness and the dry almost-bitterness of it. Anyone else smell turmeric?

I've been wearing this for a few months now. The first sniff was a bit meh, but I always like wood and smoke, so even if I didn't exactly love it, it was nice enough. I took my sample on what turned out to be a fantastic camping holiday - is that why it grew on me? - and ended up finishing it and buying another, larger one while I debated whether I preferred Wazamba or Fille en Aiguilles.

Somehow Wazamba manages to be all kinds of lovely things at once. It's like a hot, bright day in a cool, dark forest. It is dry and bitter but with a touch of fruity sweetness. It has astringency, smokiness and rounded woodiness. So far it has suited summer wear perfectly but with the smoke and pine I can see it as a winter frag as well.

Aside from woody/resinous essential oils - sandalwood, cedarwood, patch - I have always been a white/yellow flowers girl, so I'm surprised at the hold Wazamba has on me. I've bought a bottle of Fille, but I think I need this one too.

Mar
22
2013
patxaran
patxaran

I totally respect this scent for a quality nowadays rare to find: it is absolutely unique. At least I have never ever smelt anything even similar. I was given a sample and tested it yesterday. As I am a big fan of incense and woody notes this seemed right up my street. However I cannot wrap my nose around the huge fir or pine forest that gets in the way. Where is my incense? Well, it may still be in the making.... the trees are being cut, the needles are crushed, the woodshavings, some sap runs from the stem. It reminds me also of some medicinal bathfoams we have back in Europe, sort of Dr Kneipp mountain pine bath oil or something similar. This is no doubt a beautiful creation and I do not find it unpleasant, but I cannot see myself wearing it. A wonderful room scent it would be. I wouldn't mind being in the sauna and inhaling it either !
Conclusion: don't expect smokey type incense here, the incense is well embedded in a forest that hasn't gone up in smoke yet...

Mar
19
2013
42gr
42gr

Wazamba Versus Jeke SlumberHouse

One of the Jeke reviews suggested Wazamba was similar to and preferable to Jeke. So I thought I try a sample

Wazamba is warm, smooth, slightly sweet even almost floral.


My preference is for the church incense. Wazamba has church notes but in a very weak form.


Jeke church notes are pronounced and for me very good but is too smoke / woody to be used every day.

Wazamba doesn't suffer from the smoky problem. At the risk of repetition, the church incense notes are too light.

How Wazamba smells on me seems to be different to what I'm reading about it. So I agree that this fragrance needs to be tried before committing.

There is nothing wrong with it but Wazamba is not for me.

Feb
19
2013
babsyfish
babsyfish

I have had my sample of Wazamba for some time, and I keep going back to it just to make sure I'm still not getting it. I'm not.

On me, Wazamba has a very weird opening that I do not like. It is definitely apple, but it is not fresh, crisp, and juicy. It's an old dried apple, and a bit charred, at that. I don't know how to describe it, but to my nose, it actually has a texture. It smells the way dried fruit feels: kind of spongy, fleshy, with a chewy darkened skin? And, again to my nose, this opening smells more masculine than feminine.

When it finally starts to dry down, it smells very similar to CdG's Kyoto or 10 Corso Como. Sadly, all three come off as pure Comet cleaner on me. That would be the resinous incense--it just doesn't do well on me no matter how hard I wish or try to force them on myself.

Judging by other reviews, Wazamba acts differently on everyone, so I would definitely recommend trying it before buying it. If you are nuts about Kyoto or 10, though, you will probably be nuts about Wazamba, too. The opening is different enough from them to spice up your routine, and Parfums d'Empire consistently puts out lovely, high quality stuff that has excellent longevity.

Jan
24
2013
Wichapi
Wichapi

First sniff in bottle: acrid pine. Upon application, incense, cypress, and amber... each completely and assertively identifiable. Apple, plum, and labdanum keep the myrrh and opoponax from devouring composition. Sandalwood also lends a hand in taming the initial snarl of acridity down to a watchful calm, but never a purr. I agree with previous reviews that attribute this as to being more on the masculine side. It is reminiscent of a sedate and contemplative winter forest for sure, but lacks the exuberance a Yuletide spruce.

Nov
25
2012
nastyamason
nastyamason

Received a sample today. No, I will not buy. While the scent is not bad by itself, and would be great as a candle or a room fragrance, I cannot wear this as a perfume. I love incense and myrrh in general but dislike Wazamba.

Nov
06
2012
dollars&scents
dollars&scents

Wazamba by Parfum d'Empire - Initially, one is treated to a rush of smoky, colophony incense commingling with the Christmas tree aroma of balsam fir. At once, one is immersed in the resinous warmth of a lively incense coupled with the somewhat minty coolness of fir, creating an illusion of a forest floor with crushed needles and embers from a dying fire. A sweep of aldehyde provides a fizzy greenness. And, a faint backdrop of a slightly tart and clean apple also presents. Transitioning to the heart, the incense is relegated to the background while a cool and medicinal myrrh vies with a warm and sweet opopanax. And, an odoriferous labdanum imparts its warm and sweet, ambergris character. The enhanced resins flow to the receptive base. A gentle sandalwood, with its buttery and softly sweet woodiness, lifts the resinous, incense concoction. A soothing cypress infuses its pine-like woodiness with an ambergris nuance. A mystically comforting drydown ensues. This exotic composition is unisex, but leans to the masculine side. A rather unique scent, it has average, radiating projection, and good longevity, about 11 hours.

Oct
31
2012
AveParfum
AveParfum

Wazamba is the incense, woody, resinous perfume I've been searching for. It completely lacks those annoying notes of synthesized amber and sharp frankincense. I can't escape that nauseating, synthetic amber accord that so many perfumers seem to use in the base of their creations. Maybe you know what I'm talking about....

Wazamba would be splendid for autumn, but I personally can't wait to wear it in winter because it reminds me so much of a Christmas tree. It seems to perfectly capture the scent of pine resin. It's so true and real. The smidge of apple makes this perfume well-rounded.

I am grateful for the total lack of spice. Nobody's going to be smelling like an apple pie or some fig and walnut chutney when wearing this.

Wazamba is subtly sweet, which is the way I like my woods--the drier and more natural, the better. It's the perfect cozy, woody scent to compliment a walk in a snowy wood or sitting down by the fireplace with a glass of brandy after a delicious holiday dinner. If I go to Tahoe this winter, Wazamba is coming with me.

Oct
11
2012
judyk
judyk

When will I learn?

I almost relegated Wazamba to the "nice but nothing special" pile at first spray. Very smoky incense with a brief whiff of fruit, pleasant but I have others just like it...

An hour later the cypress, a note I adore and was hoping would be noticeable, is now glowing and the fruit has ripened on my skin. Still a very rich incense but with a sweet, resinous backdrop. Very nice indeed.

Oct
09
2012
fanny
fanny

And now for something completely different!

I am very very pleased with my sample. This is rich and unusual from beginning to end.
The opening is extraordinary with lots if myrrh and incense. In the middle I get the fresh apple, in the end the apple together with resin, sandalwood and cypress. An earth scent with a lot of freshness.
Extremely fitting when I walked my dog in the woods this afternoon.
I love it.

Sillage: good
Longevity: great!

Sep
30
2012
Blaze00
Blaze00

Aaaaah That incense-apple ..... SUPERB

Sep
19
2012
Carestinus
Carestinus

Well well... what to say about Wazamba... First of all let me tell you I blind bought this (bad bad boy, shouldn't blindbuy any longer!)because of all the Fille en aiguilles similarities people mention.

Well... of course both have some common ingredients: pine, incense and fruit. But in this case it is neither a dark perfume nor captivating. Instead, a very bright one and festive. I can't think of apple but quince when I have this on. Not the acid kind of the actual fruit but the candied one once you've made jam with it.

I hate to compare scents because it seems I have to choose one and despise the other. I've come to think I can like 2 different scents and just enjoy them without having to do that. The thing is I quite like Wazamba... but I don't love it and could never possibly get to do so. I've grown tired of it in only 2 weeks.

In the top notes a nice and persistent fruity vibe intermingles with pine to go into a different direction when incense enters the game. This is beautiful and cheering. However, I find that after some minutes I feel a bit sick, as if wishing to escape from sweetness and fruits jam.

The drydown goes on in the same direction but much less pronounced and after some wearings I realized there was something I had sniffed before. Mandragore that is! Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they are exactly the same, not at all, but they share common features at this stage which for me are the best part of this scent. Don't ask me how, but pretty refreshing!

I've given Wazamba a few full wearings since I felt somehow upset for not experiencing its reported marvel... unfortunately I still couldn't get rid of that sickening fruit soup part. It's crazy but even if it is very original and distinct, I get the same boredom and claustrophobia than wearing many mainstream perfumes for men. You know, those fruity messes.

Now I enjoy it, find it high quality (plus excellent price for an eau de parfum), great sillage and longevity... but seldomly wear it. Perhaps when spring shows up again here in the southern hemisphere... who knows?

Jun
06
2012
da_markos
da_markos

Adorable combination of incense, apple an resins. Apple note makes that we don't feel like in old church (which isn't so bad actually). It makes it different from other incense scents that are serious and eminent. Try it and feel like african shaman

Mar
23
2012
thaocrockett
thaocrockett

A deep incense greets me at the door: "Hi lady, welcome to the world of mysteries and complexity. Enjoy your advanture."
I start walking down a staircase, dark and dry. A few minutes later, a group of myrth, opoponax, resin, and sandalwood meet me half way and accompany me the rest of the trip. They are close friends, I'd say; no argument, no competition among them. They work together to bring in harmony and beauty.
It's a dark, rough, and dry trip, but at the end, it does get alot smoother as amber takes over sandalwood.
*Strength: 9/10
*Sillage: 7-8/10
I like it very much.
PS: and no, this doesn't smell like Frapin 1270 at all on my skin. The other one is much smoother, lighter, sweeter, and more feminine compared to this.

Jan
26
2012
Lumiere
Lumiere

First of all this perfume associates with earthy colour, deep browns, burnt orange. Through the first notes i went directly to the woods-resiounous, high density hard timber, exotic. It is as if it has absorbed all southern savannah scents, winds, herbs, even animals, and soil that gives birth and holds together everything alive.

Spices used in zesty african cousine-or so is my impression...

Then i smelled my small sample again. This time i could clearly visualise a pine-tree. Not a tall one like the ones in siberia-smaller, the one that we take to the house for christmas, with lush needled branches.

Its is scent for the brave in character, the ones who do not wear pefume, but those who use it to be transported to that special state of mind.

Enjoy.

Jan
11
2012
Pa.princess
Pa.princess

WOW! Looking at the reviews this is SO different on everyone. My test (from a sample) offered me nothing but dirt and the scent of pine tree air freshener. This is not a perfume I would ever see myself wearing.

Dec
01
2011
id
id

Myrrh, incense and cypress at the opening. After that the note of apple joins the composition. It is silent, quite linear and sits close to the skin.

Nov
15
2011
perfumepassion
perfumepassion

Wazamba and Frapin 1270 could almost be twins!
Dried, candied fruit with a very slight booziness.
I really like it. Lasts longer than 1270.

Nov
03
2011
tymanski
tymanski

wow, since it's been touted by some as similar to fille en aiguilles (one of my absolute faves) , i eagerly gave it a few quirts this morning. let's just say i've had two showers today :/ my first scrubber in quite a while... i don't get the frankincense at all (nor pine), just a cloyingly sweet, curried fruit stew (yes, i gave it a full hour before giving it the soap!).
it IS very similar to pd'e fougere bengale. maybe i have an 'off' sample or my chemistry clashes but this is just awful. you want a wearable incense? armani privé bois d'encens is the ticket!

Oct
30
2011
Heverton
Heverton

Wazamba starts with incense and myrrh right on the spot, associated with a very evident resinous combo, but without being too pungent. The opening does not screams in your face since a light apple aroma kicks in leaving things softly. Anyway, a very pleasant fragrance that I recommend to everyone to at least try it instead of only look to Ambre Russe.

Sep
25
2011
Silhouette_
Silhouette_

To me this is the frankincense of Comme des Garcons' Avignon or Montale's Full Incense made more colourful with the cypress and labdanum, and therefore more wearable. Sweet in a non-sticky way (I think it's the amber-like quality of the labdanum), this smells like the inside of a wooden box where you have been storing some resins to burn. As it dries down, it gets colder, closer to the aspect of frankincense I love the most. Gorgeous fragrance with a decent staying power.

Jul
02
2011
Yamba1
Yamba1

I'm not aware of any scent that is similar to Wazamba. It sits at the driest extreme of the perfume spectrum, yet is not harsh or severe.
The pine and incense serves to conjure an image of old wooden lacquered chests containing treasures from the spice route.
I love Wazamba for it's distictiveness, and crave it on occasion. It is a perfume to be experienced, rather than enjoyed, but however you wear it, it won't be forgotten.

Jun
08
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

This reminds me of a walk in my very own backyard! Actually, perhaps a few miles out of town and into the Oregon woods in the middle of summer.

Wazamba smells like toasted fir needles crunching underfoot, with a sweet, sun-ripened, soft piney aroma. It's like a hitting the trail with my family which we try to do a couple of times a month during the warmer seasons.

The cypress in Wazamba strikes me as though I've deeply inhaled fresh, sinus clearing mountain air. Then I reach into my backpack and grab a small packet of trail mix, open it and release the rich smell of dried apples and sweet ambery-musky ladbanum.

Wonderfully wholesome, vibrant, natural, woody, resinous and rich all at once. I doubt I'd buy a bottle though as there's nothing like donning on my hiking shoes and going out to get the real thing, yet this fragrance is so true to scent that it transports me right there. I can't wait either as the weather is just now warming up.

Highly recommend for anyone who doesn't have a forest in their backyard. Wazamba is a uniquely fantastic fragrance that evokes outdoor adventure and joy.

May
12
2011
hollycat
hollycat

Wazamba is a predominately labdanum scent on me. It has a boozy apple cider accord that accompanies this note and makes this scent almost gourmandish. I get a bit of inscense in the heart, but as it dries down the inscense fades and Im left with labdanum, opoponox, and apple cider in the dry down. Kind of reminds me of Hermes Ambre Narguile.

Lasting power is average, sillage is close to my skin.

Very unique scent.

Dec
28
2010
Cereza
Cereza

Opening masculine with loads of incense and myrrh. Followed by fresh and sparkling apple and I feel loads of lemons as well even they are not listed. The next note that comes is definetely cypress. The scent becomes more and more woody, sweet and warm resins appear and makes this extremely lovely to my nose and perfectly suitable for such a cold evening I have here. I can feel that there are some sugary notes, like apple cider with too much sugar, but it's not as disturbing as it was at the first appearance of the sugar here.
It's not what I would wear though, as I find too sweet. I hoped for something more smoky.

Dec
08
2010
adrienn99
adrienn99

Let me put this mathematically, what my impressions are about this frag

SL's Arabie/Ambre Sultan + Incense/Pine = Wazamba

It is quite likeable.

To me I think it is more enjoyable on a man than on a woman.

Nov
14
2010
Auguszta
Auguszta

I haven't been this excited about a niche release for ages. Pure genius.
A thick, exotic and smoky brew of resins, incense, pine and juicy baked apples. A very unusual mix of familiar scents, unique and intriguing, that envelops you in warmth and comforts your misunderstood nonconformist soul while telling the world very clearly that you're one of those people who have a mind of their own. It's almost a declaration of independence:) Plus an ideal scent for autumn.
I'm a huge Lutens fan, but I think Fille en Aiguilles, which Wazamba is often compared to, pales in comparison.

Oct
25
2010
fpih
fpih

This is a very interesting incense scent, a must for incense lovers. To me it smells like a cross between CdG Avignon and DK Black Cashmere, with a prominent fir note. The lasting power is very good but the sillage is definitely lower than Avignon's and thus I think more wearable. I like it a lot but already owning Black Cashmere which to me is similar, I don't feel I need a bottle of it right now.

Oct
18
2010
trax
trax

This is in my top 3. I have been searching for a woody piney scent but found Cdg`s Hinoki a bit to turpentiny harsh, DSH Hinoki was abit softer on me and almost perfect, but then I found this one. Softer rounder sweeter. More woody than incensey on me. Ends up in a sweet cool incense pine mix on my skin.

Mar
09
2010
Migotka
Migotka

For real orient lovers, this is probably one of the more interesting perfume there to try.

I realised most of the times when you try fragrances labelled as 'oriental' they represent some sort of diluted, Western image of exotic ambience. Sometimes sweet, sometimes a bit spicy, sometimes a bit of incense is added.

This is what in my belief IS real Africa. It is very strong, very harsh, at first I felt as if I were hit with something heavy on the head (not in a negative sense, but it was quite a shock to find such power in such a tiny vial). Wazamba is very raw. This is not a light version of wood and incense, but their essence, and it remains strong for a long time after the application. It is very unusual, for me maybe a bit too unusual and too strong.
While Id love to admire it on someone else, it somehow does not go well with my person.

Mar
02
2010
dacha
dacha

I've struggled a lot with the incense scents, Avignon and Cathedral in particular with smell of cold wet stone. Wazamba takes it all in a different direction and is much better and much more wearable for it. Not a classic scent nor a classic formula, but the most wearable incense I have tried.

Nov
21
2009
Mitsouko
Mitsouko

Wazamaba certainly is exotic, unusual.
This is more smell than stricte eau de parfum. Warm, likeable incense complete not associates with church. This is rather smoke autummal fire. Besides incense in Wazamba are many another notes: cinnamon, beautiful sandalwood, burnes apples. Smell is rich, merry, warm, almost hot. Great, smiled oriental scent, specially to wear in autumm and winter. I love it, I want it.

Oct
14
2009

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