For years I've searched high and low for a perfume that remotely resembled the fragrance worn by West African women that I work with. Whenever I ask them what they wear, I'm always told they burn an incense in their home which clings to their clothes, etc.
Today I found Timbuktu and it smells exactly like the gorgeous West African women I know. It's a wonderful combination of spices, woods, smoke, and powder. It's earthy, mysterious, and elegant. I will admit that at first it's a bit overwhelming, but if you give it a little time, it dries down into a true masterpiece.
This is the first time I've smelled fragrances from L'Artisan Parfumeur, and I'm completely impressed. No one could have created a fragrance like this without spending time within the Mali culture, and I have a true respect for that. I consider myself an Africanist and have *finally* found my signature scent. Thrilled!