And maybe a hospitable oasis with an artesian aquifer is hidden out there, surrounded by date palms and calamus palms. It's more than a great incense fragrance, or it is one of those great incense fragrances that add so much more. What was going through their heads when this was brought out, I can't even come to imagine. In summation, I would call this a Balsamic Incense n amber frag. The Consensus by and large was it was more on the masculine side and because of this, I think Tom Ford would have been better served putting this in the Private Blend Line. To me, physically and mentally strong women such as Xena: Sahara Noir projects well above average and lasts a long time on my skin; hours and counting in most cases. It smells like an old attic, with old books, the papyrus perhaps. I can see how this would be deadly in hot weather, but perfect for cool autumn and winter evenings. This is gorgeous, a smoky and spicy experience that really transports you to another place and time. Then they are two vastly different incense fragrances. In fact I waited for ages before writing this review until I could get to try some true incense the type that is burned, usually in a church before reviewing this scent. Now dont get me wrong, I personally feel all frags are unisex free to be worn by anybody but this is a composition that is not going to appeal to all women. It is such a shame that it was discontinued - I think partly marketing this as a female fragrance and one in a gold flacon was the death knell for it. For those looking for incense, this should be your starting point and it may well be where you end up staying. Avignon is cool, crisp, clean and ethereal while Sahara Noir is warm, dry, sultry and a little naughty.