Niche line Régime des Fleurs has launched Al-Dukhan, a new fragrance for men.
In Arabic: 'smoke'
Burning Oud on a slab of grey marble inside a North African Riad
Al-Dukhan was developed by perfumer Dominique Ropion. The notes include olibanum, cardamom, ambergris, oud, black pepper and white musk.
Régime des Fleurs Al-Dukhan is $225 for 75 ml Eau de Parfum
Hmmm. I’m going to try it because is it RdF, but I’m not getting my hopes up for this one. Their collaboration with Batsheva was also smoky, and it veered into ash on my skin. I’m starting to fall behind on their releases; I still haven’t had a chance to try to one they launched a few months ago and I’m curious to know how many they are planning for this line.
I did a double-take on the “for men.” Not sure why they feel that way about a perfume.
I think they actually have an interesting approach on that issue, one that I’ve seen them discuss in interviews and on instagram, but it seems to get lost in their promotional material for this line. Apparently the idea behind this line is to ask “What does it mean for a perfume to explore masculinity in 2021, at a time when gender norms are being challenged more than ever?” and “How can RdF use ‘masculine’ ingredients in a new way?”
I wonder if they could have conveyed that better by calling “fragrance for men?” rather than “fragrance for men.”
(I am in no way affiliated with RdF; just a fan)
In all fairness, “fragrance for men” above is not a quote. I don’t remember what their language on the issue was.
Ok, went to check. The only reason I knew it was for men is that on their FB page, they say it is a new fragrance in their #RDFpourhommes series. I don’t think it is mentioned either in their email announcing the fragrance, or on their website.
Hi Robin et al, thank you for the discussion. All our perfumes and products are certainly meant for people of any and all gender. I was just interested in exploring ‘masculine’ notes and themes this time around after a couple of years of doing very ‘feminine’ perfumes like Little Flower.
I like the ‘for men?’ idea! Smart.