Talks about the dark side.
Shireen has always had a penchant for oud and dark scents, reminiscent of her days living in the Middle East, when she would be on the lookout for extraordinary concoctions. BAZAAR discovers why she finds woody notes intoxicating and intriguing.
Noir scents are making a major comeback. Why do you think more fragrances now are careening towards a mysterious, sexy woman?
I can understand why noir scents have become an obsession in recent years, and I'm a big fan of them. They carry a certain connotation of emotional intensity which perfume lovers look for; it’s in our desire to be mysterious. My personal favourites include Tom Ford’s Black Orchid and Chanel’s Coco Noir.
What makes a scent dark, and sensual?
Scents that are woody, musky, leathery, and more on the complex side. Many fragrances containing oud, the liquid gold of perfumes, have this effect for me. I like the intense scent it leaves on the skin and the enigmatic and sensual aura it creates around you, long after you’re gone.