Atlas by Laboratory Perfumes

Year: 2016

Notes: orange, cognac, rum, raisin, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, sea salt note, lavender, tobacco, hay, vanilla, coconut, patchouli, amber, tonka bean, vetiver, musk
Focusing primarily on tobacco, Laboratory Perfumes' fifth offering is a pleasant oriental but its lack of originality is very difficult to overlook.

While its composite aroma smacks of déjà vu, one is unable to pinpoint exactly what fragrance reminds one of Atlas. But then again, Moroccan exoticism has been done to death since Serge Lutens first pioneered it in the '90s. With boozy notes, an abundance of fruits and spices, and a woody-oriental base, some creations that are similar to Atlas include Hermès' Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé, Costamor's Tabacca, Brecourt's Harâm / Farah and Parfum d'Empire's Aziyadé, but these are merely off the top of one's head.

Drawing to a close with a sweet mélange of amber, tobacco, vanilla and woods, it's undoubtedly the best effort from this house to date. Unfortunately, based on its lack of ingenuity and inadequate staying power, one found it very difficult to justify awarding it an additional star.