MOGRA eau de parfum is a men’s perfume combining a traditional formula of the classic western gentlemen’s fougere with an erotic, Arab-styled oudh mukhallat. These elements come together in a fresh composition featuring Jasmine Sambac, Venezuelan tonka, Australian sandalwood and 3 varieties of beautiful oudh.
Mogra, the Indian name for jasmine sambac flowers, is synonymous with many traditional wedding decorations worn by Indian brides, from the exquisitely scented flowers intricately woven into braided hairstyles, worn as dhupattas and garlands, and also woven into awnings held over the head of the bride as a fragrant parasol in celebration of her purity, her beauty and as an offering towards the blessing of a good marriage.
Here, I wanted to weave a Mogra scent-scape for the groom. This hybrid composition blends the classic fougere formula of Bergamot, (Kashmir) Lavender, (French Rose) Geranium, (Venezuelan) tonka beans and Oakmoss, to which I’ve added Italian lime, hand-tinctured frangipani blossoms, frangipani absolute, Australian sandalwood, Assam-belt Hindi oudh from India, Misty Morning Vietnamese oudh, and Smooth Thai floral oudh from Grandawood.
The opening is fresh, energetic, bursting with life and first-light sunshine. The dry-down reveals a sunset of pure romance, of the handsome groom who now comes face to face with his beloved new wife. The moon rises, and flames flicker in the romance of polished lamps. New joys arise, in the rhythm of two hearts beating in perfect tempo with each other, discovering the wonder of love’s eternal dance.