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Basel Binjabr, whose boyhood trips to the attars (perfume-oil sellers) of Riyadh with his father have left a powerful and enduring impression, reminds us that the past is not so much a different country, more a trove of buried treasure. Thameen (which means precious in Arabic) is a collection of extraits, each inspired by “jewels’ – the terms Binjabr Snr used for his rarified oils. Exotic they certainly are, yet Binjabr Jnr has affected a rare rapprochement between easter tradition and western scent ideals. The pulsating, sweet blond woods of Moon of Baroda, for example, evoke the huge, 24ct canary-yellow diamond discovered in Baroda, India, and worn by Marilyn Monroe to promote the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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