Azemour les Orangers 
Parfum d'Empire (2011)

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Azemour is a tribute to the perfumers parents’ orange groves on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It is named after the ancient city of Azemmour.

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Reviews of Azemour les Orangers by Parfum d'Empire

There are 17 reviews of Azemour les Orangers by Parfum d'Empire.


The opening is a citrus fest, with ripe oranges mandarins and Meyer lemons most prominent; touches of ripe grapefruits are more bystanders that assuming lead roles in the opening moments. These citric side is soon counterbalanced by a gently spicy mix of pink peppers with some coriander; a bit later of a cumin is added in too. In spite of this spicier contributions, the whole mix of top notes is bright and positive. Then a bit of galbanum enforcing the spiciness later on. The blackcurrant mention in the scent pyramid does not really show up on me.

The drydown has a floral twist, with orange blossom in the foreground; a bit of geranium is notable, and a restrained neroli maintains the brightness of the top notes to some extent; the neroli is soft and lacks any earthy characteristics. There is a nonspecific and unimpressive rose impression on the floral side again after a while, and a very faint notion of a light soft leather make a very brief appearance. Whiffs of caraway arise a very transiently.

The base announces its start by a addition of a smooth mossy note, which is still on the bright side; this is not a stark oakmoss of the traditional ilk; is is aired with soft notion of a bit of dried grass.

I get moderate sillage, good projection, and three hours of longevity on my skin.

The first half is delightful, mainly due to the good-quality citrus bland that exudes a fresh and summery feeling. The latter parts are less vivid, and the base is bland on me at best. Nevertheless, overall it still deserves a positive score, but solely due to the quality of the top notes. 3.25/5
Nov 3, 2021


The good: Vibrant, dense, opulent citrus. Mesmerizing and daring with that punchy cumin and iodine kick to it. Perfectly solid from start to finish with a beautiful resinous accent in the dry down.

The bad: Can be a little too much in certain conditions or circumstances and the cumin can be off-putting.

The overall: Stunning piece of perfumery at a high value for money price-point! Not necessarily unique in concept but definitely among the only few who do it in such an overwhelming way. Nice!
Sep 11, 2019


It starts off with citrus, more orange than lemon, then together with galbanum and blackcurrent to cool it of and give it some edge. It's very nice, but fades quickly on my arm, and turns into a floral experience and a woody hay, similar to Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba, but without the honey, and more subtle. The end result is a very mild neroli, berry, hay and wood. The subtlety is what makes it wearable. It all mixes together well and nothing is jarring.
Jan 8, 2019


It is hard for any fragrance to live up to the hype around Azemour les Orangers. Luca Turin's 5 star review made it sound like the distilled essence of Indiana Jones and Robert Redford in Out of Africa.

Without question, this is an ambitious composition. It has an air of 1940s romance and adventure, filtered through the modern cinematography of Spielberg. I can appreciate it as an homage to the lost beauty of the great Chypres of the past.
I can chuckle at its thumb-in-the-eye disregard for the strictures of IFRA's atranol police. Alas, I cannot wear it.

The beauty of the classic chypres was in their confident but still delicate use of oakmoss as a supporting, atmospheric note. The oakmoss was ever present, but it did not chew the scenery. In Mitsouko, for instance, the creamy peach is the star, singing an aria while the moss provides orchestral depth.

In Azemour, the roles are reversed. An eye-watering moss dominates everything, leaving one to wonder where the juicy bits are hiding. It is Mitsouko in drag.

Overall rating: * * *
Jan 8, 2019


I rarely try citrus fragrances because so many are disappointing. They often suffer from the pumpkin carriage tendency, fleeing just as you're beginning to enjoy yourself. And those that linger are usually too synthetic smelling by half. After one too many bottled screeches, it's easy to give up. But Luca Turin's five star review of Azemour Les Orangers piqued my interest enough to order a sample.
This is a perfume with a big personality and a world apart from other citruses out there. It's based on a juxtaposition of a rich and luxurious blend of citrus notes (leaning towards oranges and mandarins rather than the sharper siblings) and a strong dose of humid soil, full of mould, almost choking. A world championship clash between oriental opulence and chypric ruggedness. My skin, alas, plays up the earthiness, so that what sang sweetly like a siren on a strip of paper pitch shifts considerably. I love that Azemour is so natural, full to the brim and rich, but I'm laid low by the humus – it's all a bit ‘freshly dug grave in the orange orchard'.
It's only a good two or three hours into the wear that Azemour settles on my skin, the mulchy soil dying back to a more acceptable level and turning woodier, resinous tones emerging and a bit of candied peel finding its way into the mix. The classic ideals of harmony and restraint now govern and a place has been earned in the gallery of greats. That this place may be right next to Nicolai's New York has been observed by Turin, who cites Azemour as being a more natural iteration of that idea. Be that as it may, New York is my friend from start to finish, Azemour takes its time to warm to me.
Oct 11, 2018


Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background by Vincent Van Gogh 1889
May 16, 2018

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