French mass-market fragrance label Ulric de Varens has introduced two new colognes for men called Nomad & Elixir in the Varens d'Orient collection, which debuted with two feminine scents previously, Rubis and Saphir...
Tag line is,
"At the gates of the Orient," (Aux portes de l'Orient).
The brand's perfumes are created by top industry noses and some of their creations are veritable gems, which can be had at dirt cheap prices but not necessarily that easily as the distribution circuit is, paradoxically, fragmented and unclearly mapped out.
You will happen from time to time on a selection in a supermarket or a parapharmacy in France, but unfortunately their flagship store in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, for instance, closed down. You have to practice blind buying for the majority of their offerings available for purchase on their website http://www.ulric-de-varens.com/
The duo of colognes is aimed at courting the Middle East market judging from the advert, which represents Dubai.
Varens d'Orient Nomad is a fresh spicy oriental said to be "a sensory voyage marked by woods, balms and incandescent spices." Top note is fresh apple followed by safron, tonka bean and vanilla. The base is leathery and ambery.
Varens d'Orient Elixir is a woody, spicy oriental representing "a masculinity with several facets." It opens on fresh cardamom, lemon zest and spices. The "strength of man resides in woods," vetiver, cedarwood and gaïac wood. The association of musks and amber "is proof that a man has also a soft and mysterious facet."
Prices are 7,20€ for 60 ml and 9,95€ for 100 ml of eau de toilette.