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Absinthe-Minded by Anka Kus

by Lou Sniffs


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Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Bobby Flay

Where? I Use the Fragrance


When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

9 Months of the Year

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance



Ali Erkekli


Price Per Millileter

102 50ML

Perfume Classification

Eau De Parfum


1 to 2 Feet



Up to 6 Hours


Short to Medium Tailed

How? I Apply the Fragrance

1 - 5

Absinthe-Minded is an easy-wearing minty, slightly boozy fragrance. This is headed toward a fougere, but it never really gets there. A fantastic fennel note gives off black licorice aromatics with mint, and soft white woods provide balance. As the heart opens up, the fennel and licorice become even more prominent, so make sure these are notes you like. As for me, these are some of my favorite notes for a fresh fragrance; I let fennel grow wild in my yard for this reason. This warms up with a bit of patchouli and oakmoss with a slight amber woody drydown. Oakmoss is synthetic, but real oakmoss in this could be a gigantic game changer in this with lavender. It could make a mark in the fougere category. The drydown and overall musk carrier is familiar and easy. The hardest thing for a new perfume house to get down is a signature DNA that’s all your own. This would be my critique of the house. Musk is dry, simplistic, and needs more flair in order to create a signature that is all Al’s. A lot of people will be able to recognize the projecting ingredient, and it is commonplace. The heavy work was all done with the top and heart being unique, but that -AIDE I would like to be a thumbprint we have never seen.

Bottle Presentation

Company:Anka Kus
Perfumer:Ali Erkekli
Fragrance Family:Aromatic Green
Classification:Eau De Parfum
Pricing:$2.04/fluid ml
Projection:1 to 2 Feet
Longevity:Up to 6 Hours
Sillage:Short to Medium Tailed
Short Description:Minty Fresh
Fragrantica Score:4.5 out of 5 with 10 votes

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart


Experience 11/15
Branding & Originality 5/5
Projection & Sillage 4/5
Longevity 4/5
Composition 16/20
& Price per ML


TOP: 10/10
HEART: 5/5
BASE: 7/10


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  1. Now that's hilarious. Very familiar with his work. My favorite by him is confessions of a garden gnome so far. And heard of his secondary house launching in the US!!!

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance, you were correct it's actually note from Manle after looking again… its Rasei Fort…. lol. But still great compositions!! Ps we still need to collab bro!! ;P

  2. Oohh brother. You keep putting interesting, never heard of brands like it was rice. Need to snatch me a CEO role to keep up with the wish list.
    I sometimes asked myself about the Fort & Manle name. We were familiar with Rasei Fort releasing fragrances.
    You have answered the question for many of us. Definetely have to sample Absinthe Minded and The Winds Of Santa Ana. Jezebel is one my fiancé would sample, too.
    This is never ending, brother.
    Greerings from Puerto Rico. ????????
    Stay safe.

    1. Yes you are getting good at reading me????. Stoked to always get perfumers on Lucky Scent makes it so much easier to sample. Yes we need to move into those roles with the huge quarterly bounuses????????????. Would make sure to sample a moment in time as well.

    2. @Therapeutic Fragrance Definetely a office with a bath. So many perfumes, you habe to wash off to make time and space to sample as much on one lifetime.
      Of course will keep tuning in and informing of what I discover.
      Hope to get La Whatever this week.
      Thanks for sharing the news.
      Haxän is the next limited on schedule.
      Or I believe I readed somewhere that it was going to be part of Mr Lomros regular lineup. Speaking of Prim, the new Bat, Sloth, and Koala are on the sampling line.

  3. I read his description for the Santa Ana winds perfume, and I’m really intrigued bc it’s true we do talk about it in a foreboding way; it brings oppressive heat, allergies, and fire danger. Does it smell salty to you? But the absinthe one sounds great, too.

    1. I really don't get any salt one of the main reasons I lean to a synthetic Ambergris. That is one of the first scents that are unmistakable facet of the real deal. Still need to wear it on it's own. I do think you would enjoy Absinthe. A distant cousin of Russian caravan with that menthol thing going on.

  4. I love fort and manle. These just came available at luckyscent. A moment in manhattan sound very interesting with the note breakdown. Every smelled this on. It says blueberries, strawberries, pancakes, freshly squeezed orange juice, fluffy croissants and creamy coffee.

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