Although strictly speaking the name Golden Powder refers to a meditation technique that opens up the chest to rays of chakra-cleansing light, we kind of prefer to think that the name really is a sly nod to those famous “golden dust” attars for which the Middle East and India are famous – beautifully warm, resinous ambers with nuances of tobacco, cinnamon, and vanilla-soaked wood.
Golden Powder is a luxury rendition of this oriental theme, taking it to a richer, more refined level. The first impression is of dry woods, flurries of dusty cinnamon and nutmeg swirling around tough Virginian cedar and robust tobacco leaf. But then a cinnamon-apple amber and golden vanilla swells up from underneath, folding the woods, tobacco, and spice into a room-filling crescendo of creamy sweetness. Oriental, yes, but as user-friendly as a Golden Retriever. Fans of Kalemat and Raghba looking for an upgrade may want to try this on for size.