Discussion in 'Scent of the Day/Night' started by Ouddict, Aug 23, 2017.
Amber Our by AA. Medicinal and smooth.
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Nakupenda (Mellifluence) begins with a gentle waft of freshly cut grass, followed by apple and cucumber and a sweet smell of ambergris and sandalwood. There is also something cool (probably vetiver) and an earthy oud in the background, whilst the whale poop and cucumber combo makes it airy. Ambergris, sandalwood, oud and vetiver makes this a very gentle earthy attar with a fresh sea breeze. Perfect for our summer heat.
My own blend - saffron, rose, black currant bud, jasmine, some other items. The rose / jasmine / currant make this nice juicy floral top / heart, and the saffron oil really ties them all together and adds mystery / depth / longevity.
Saffron is quite a scent. I have a co2 extract I got from WLA. Wonder what the odds are that it is a true, pure oil of saffron?
Been busy this morning assessing four blends.
My brain is in a whirl
What’s in them?
c'mon, don't be like that
SP Jardin de Borneo Gardenia. Gardenia of course, but also tuberose and some creamy sandalwood. A little later the oud will come through.
I made a “sweet oud blend”
At first swipe, Khulood and Oud Yusuf 2011 dominate, then I start to see Raksmey come into play, with a little bit of Koh Kong K. I did not put a lot of Trat Selvagio, so it is always in the background. After a while, it's a wonderful ride through fruits and flowers that are amazing, I detect nuances from this blend that did not show within the individual oils. I have to label this blend "Semi-Synergistic!", yay!, not easy to accomplish. The oil has retained the power of the the original oils, and still has clarity, even though there are several oils and three regions involved.
I always wanted to create a Champaca blend because the Champaca absolute I have seems like a very spiritual scent, so I took my new 3ml bottle of Royal Bengal Oud Non-Soaked Bandarban Bangladesh Oud, emptied out about half a ml, then in small increments added some Champaca Absolute because I didn't want the strong Champaca to over-power the blend.....mission accomplished. Then I added some ouds that are full of top notes to brighten the blend. I used very little of Ensar Oud People's Ceylon (Sri Lanka, New Guinea, Thai), Al Hashimi Oud Kumathra V (Brunei), House of Misk Borneo Prizm (Borneo), and some Royal Bengal Oud 30 day soaked Bandarban Bangladesh oud, hoping that the barn in the 30 day soaked oil would act as a fixative similar to Musk.
At first swipe the Non-Soaked Bandarban and Champaca are very evident, nuts and tart berries mixed with the Champaca blooms, then the other oud oils start having their effect which is strange because they were supposed to show up first, being very much filled with volatility. They quickly settle into a blended act, a few different facets showing here and there. I have not yet fully discovered the dry down.
I took my 2.5 ml bottle of La Maison Khenata Noir Velours Hindi Oud, then I added 5 drops of House of Misk War Al Ta'ifi, 1 drop of Blue Lotus Absolute, a few drops of Siberian Musk macerated in Mysore Sandalwood oil and White Ambergris macerated in Mysore Sandalwood oil, each of which are four year old macerations.
Noir Velours is a "Funky Barnyard" type Hindi Oud, you're practically thrown into the barn, and wallow in the funk Lol Lol. I tried to temper it with the florals, but it remains animalically aggressive. This blend was supposed to be mainly a Hindi Oudh Rose blend, but I had to see how a drop of Blue Lotus absolute would affect the profile. I know that the Blue Lotus can add a top note sparkle, which I felt the blend needed.....so.....mission accomplished. I used the Musk and Ambergris macerations to influence the scent, as a fixative, and not to small outright like Musk and Ambergris.......mission accomplished.
My final assessment of this oil is that it is not synergistic, I feel that a more mellow, less animalic Hindi Oudh should have been used, preferrably with the Pollen Note, and a Creamy Barn. The blend really needs the Creaminess to elevate it. But all in all, it is satisfactory.
I took my bottle of Ensar Oud Oud Yusuf 2011, after I transferred the contents into vials, with a little Oud Yusuf 2011 still inside, I added more oud oils, but I forgot which ones, then I added two macerations that were each four years old done in Mysore Sandalwood Oil, one is a Siberian Musk Maceration, and the other a White Ambergris Maceration, then I added a few drops of Ward Al Ta'ifi.
The oudiness is up front, and at the start, the ingredients are more in unison, but as it dries down the musk makes more of an appearance. The white ambergris is a very subtle scent to begin with, so it's role in this blend is more of a fixative. I was very careful not to overdo the Rose Ta'ifi, so in turn, it is a supportive character, and stays very reserve, so this blend is not rose-centric whatsoever. Also, it's not very Sandalwoody either because I did not add a lot of the macerations into the blend, the blend is mostly oud, but somehow "not as loud" as the oud components as they were originally.
My assessment is that this is not a synergistic blend, where the end product is greater the ingredients put together in the first place, but it is a pleasing "mild oil", which has mostly "good oudy vapors", and will allow you to explore the progression of the individual ingredients.
This is next level crazy right here. everyone
Sounds incredibly buddy, wish I could conjure the stones to do that! Were you worried about wastage?
I threw caution to the wind, so no, I didn’t worry about wastage. It’s more like.......when I want to try something, I just go for it
Sandalwood CO2 total Tamil Nadu 2001
This is sticky strong maple sweet sandalwood - really strong silage for a sandalwood at first, then mellows to a dry woody base that lasts a very long time on skin and fabric.
SP Aurum d'Angkhor.
Dewaniya (Sultan Pasha)
Fatima by Amal Al Kuwait
ALD - Russian Musk Attar
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SP Irisoir. A beautiful iris with tart peach, not too sweet. Will evolve into a creamy sandalwood. Not my favorite SP attar, but the one I most enjoy and look forward to wearing. Not for everyday; a treat. I'll buy a gram someday.
Encens Chypre (SP)
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Saqr II this evening, courtesy of @hasans1
All the ingredients are so beautifully blended that no single ingredient takes center stage. Wish I could get a full bottle.
It is a Frankincense day today. I received three vials from dear and respected Shabby, who himself is the distiller of these oils.
1. Boswellia Sacra: It is more beautiful on skin than its fragrance on the applicator. Delicate pungency is there. A long lasting scent on the skin. Its colour is somewhat different from the colour of Frankincense oils I have tried. Viscosity is another beauty of this oil. Ultimately, longevity is super.
2. Boswellia Carterii: Very delicate scent! More sweet than bitter lemony ripples testify the Frankincense signature. This lemony scent is what one feels away from the orchard. Cedar-y woody, but not of cedar wood oil but of fresh cut wood. The middle note is like drizzling in spring in the Subcontinent.
As both the oils are fresh, rough edges are definitely there. But, the fresh scent of the oils is part of beauty. If I had tried B. Carterii without knowing it is just Frankincense, I would have said Cardamom and Anise are surely there. Really love it.
Happy to try these precious gifts.
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