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Clients flock to his tiny retailer, nestled within the historic market of Damascus’ outdated metropolis, many flashing photographs from their telephones of high-end perfumes they need Masri to copy. 

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

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In line with Masri, he credit his abilities to his brainpower and adept nostril, which he has been coaching to scent 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 battle 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 accomplished for a century.

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

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

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

“For younger girls, fragrance is important, 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 not afford them as a result of imported merchandise have gotten more and more arduous to return 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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