Omar Sharif Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Omar Sharif)

A few years ago, my dear pal DC announced that she'd gotten us a joint present: a wee bottle of vintage Omar Sharif Eau de Parfum Pour Femme. Introduced in 1990, OSPF is a league apart from many of its contemporaries in the celebrity-fragrance arena. With a rich, indolic jasmine heart surrounded by clean, poetic green notes (courtesy of galbanum, the famed sacred ingredient of Egyptian incense, and narcissus, the flower of poets) and hints of juicy citrus, it proudly displays its affinity for Near Eastern romanticism while remaining firmly conventional in the Western Hemisphere sense.

Huddled with our heads together over the tiny open bottle, DC and I agreed we had the best of both worlds in our hands. If an early summer day spent reading a good English translation of the Rubáiyát under a shady tree is your idea of heaven, here's the perfume to save for the occasion.

Scent Elements: Bergamot, galbanum, neroli, rosewood, jasmine, narcissus, iris, rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, amber, musk