To honor the Kingdom of Bahrain, master perfumer Roja Dove said that he wanted a fragrance that contrasted a dynamic freshness with sweet, soft warmth to mirror the contrasts he noticed between the coldness of the fresh water springs on the island and the balmy warmth of the waters of the Persian Gulf that surround it. With its flashes of bright, sunshiny citrus against a smoldering backdrop of ash, birch tar, and leather, Kingdom of Bahrain is a study in contrasts between light and dark.
A dominant opening full of tart lemon and lime notes steer firmly over the smoking, brooding base to experience only the pleasure of perfect balance. The citruses fizz and crackle, and a heart of spicy rose de mai, jasmine, and violet jumpstarts the scent into a bright, clean space. There is extraordinary texture to the subtle brushstrokes of rectified birch tar, coniferous pine, rubbery saffron, pepper, and earthy patchouli. Kingdom of Bahrain is saved from heaviness by two things. First, a surprising candy floss note adds a shot of sweetness to the smoky woods-leather accords, lifting the scent firmly into unisex territory. Second, the fresh citrus head notes join with a radiant ambergris in the base to effectively illuminate the scent. Magisterial, charming, and full of spicy warmth, Kingdom of Bahrain is truly a scent fit for a king.