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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vallee des Rois by Mira Takla c1988

Vallee des Rois by Mira Takla: launched in 1988. The name means "Valley of the Kings" in French. Created by British Egyptologist Mira Takla as an approximation of the perfume that the ancient pharaoh Cleopatra herself wore containing 90% of ingredients used in Ancient Egypt. It was sold exclusively at the perfume hall in Harrod's department store in England and the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women with a mixed floral bouquet layered over a woody, resinous and powdery drydown.
  • Top notes: fruits, green notes, citruses
  • Middle notes:rose, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, ylang-ylang
  • Base notes: benzoin, heliotrope, labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood, styrax, tonka bean, vanilla, vetiver, frankincense

Vallee des Rois is heavy, velvety and quite intense. Personally, I think it smells very close to Yves Saint Laurent's Poison. The ambrosial fruity top notes and the marriage of narcotic orange blossom and tuberose are very prominent in both perfumes. In Poison, the fruity note is a sweetened melange of plum, wild berries and peach, and this is exactly what I smell in Vallee des Rois as well. It is quite intoxicating and very long lasting. Vallee des Rois has more of an incense and spice kick to it than Poison, which I find very luxurious.


Continuing the Egyptian theme, the bottles, designed by Serge Mansau and created by Pochet et du Courval, are a beautiful shade of teal blue and are decorated with ancient Egyptian motifs. The footed demilune parfum flacons are adorned with a gilded metal collar with painted jewels. The elliptical bottle for the eau de parfum is circled by a gilded belly chain printed onto the glass, while a smaller, 7.5ml purse size bottle of the eau de parfum is a spiral shape. The eau de toilette bottle is molded with a lotus blossom design and features a gilded metal frieze of stylized lotus blossoms at the top. The rarest bottle of all is the factice, the 9" tall display bottle, which contained no scent at all.

The fragrances are packaged in stunning turquoise blue boxes printed with a repeating pattern of the same stylized lotus and papyrus plants as the ones molded into the eau de toilette bottle.

Egyptian Archaeology, 1991:
"A unique perfume at once combining the mystery and opulence of ancient Egypt with the chic elegance of an haute couture French perfume. Vallee des Rois is the creation of Mira Takla - sophisticated, intelligent, born and raised in Cairo.."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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