It’s hard to muster much enthusiasm for Alkemi with its linear, incense-patchouli-amber-Cashmeran theme. The patchouli is clean and only slightly camphorous, the sweetness of the resins accord just seeming to make the purple pop a little more. The Cashmeran is nicely dosed to where it is almost felt more than smelt.
But Alkemi is also monolithic, and the déjà-senti experience it triggers on first application proves well founded. A good example of what can be achieved using this basic structure however, is Cartier’s L’Heure Mystérieuse, XII (M.Laurent, 2009).
Nose: Marie Duchene
House: Laboratorio Olfattivo
Release date: 2010
Notes (per Fragrantica): ylang-ylang, amber, incense, patchouli, myrrh, cedar, cashmere, vanilla, sandalwood