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Meet the Syrian fragrance knowledgeable who can recreate any luxurious perfume with only one whiff


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Step apart Jeremy Perfume… There is a new fragrance knowledgeable on the town. 

Meet Mohammad al-Masri, a perfume maker and vendor from Damascus, Syria, who claims he can recreate the scent of a luxurious model with only a single whiff of the perfume. 

Clients flock to his tiny retailer, nestled within the historic market of Damascus’ outdated metropolis, many flashing pictures from their telephones of high-end perfumes they need Masri to duplicate. 

So what’s the important thing to being a perfume-making wizard? 

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In accordance with Masri, he credit his abilities to his brainpower and adept nostril, which he has been coaching to odor perfumes since he was 15-years-old. 

“I don’t personal high-end tools, all I’ve is my nostril, my brainpower and experience, that is all,” he explains.

Fragrance amidst struggle

After 11 years of brutal struggle and financial dislocation, most Syrians wrestle to afford life’s naked requirements, not to mention fragrance.

Earlier than the struggle, Masri would largely concoct costly oriental fragrances, with heavy notes of oud, a candy and woody scent, like his household has performed for a century.

However after Syria plunged into battle, demand for affordable imitations of premium manufacturers skyrocketed and Masri’s store partitions are crammed with photos of world-famous perfumes.

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In accordance with the 55-year-old perfumer, he has a set of round 2,900 to three,000 totally different fragrances, together with merchandise from manufacturers similar to Christian Dior and Givenchy. 

Masri sells his fragrances for about $6 (approx. €5.50), drawing in a stream of purchasers from all walks of life.

“For younger ladies, fragrance is crucial, it is like meals or water,” mentioned 24-year-old buyer Cham al-Falah.

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“I used to purchase Western perfumes however I can now not afford them as a result of imported merchandise have gotten more and more laborious to come back by in Syria,” she mentioned whereas ordering a perfume imitating her favorite Italian fragrance.

One other buyer, 60-year-old Ahmad Dorra, travelled from the mountain city of Zabadani, a 50km drive away, to purchase 5 bottles of fragrance for his household.

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He watched as Masri lined up dozens of vials on a desk – essences of jasmine, Damascus rose, musk and different fragrances used for his concoctions.

“I do not know a lot about Western manufacturers,” the farmer mentioned, “however I belief (his) nostril”.


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