Discussion in 'Oud Reviews' started by GalileoFigaroMagnifico, Apr 30, 2018.
Both sound wonderful! The second will make for a great gift.
Thanks for sharing.
Brief Impression of Amber Imperial (Mellifluence)
I first got a sample of it in May 2018. I enjoyed it's vanilla like amber and boozy smell, largely due to a natural rum succan absolute (from Hermitage) and Royal Anber (another base blend he was selling at the time, think of it like a very expensive shamama attar with lots of ambergris). So I ended up buying a bottle around June 2018. It has matured quite nicely over the last few months.
It begins with a bitter-sweet ambery smell – thanks to champaca, ambergris, pepper and probably something citrusy. This attar is highly diffusive, due to large amount of ambergris.
The amber accord is beautifully complimented by champaca’s distinct animalic sweetness, guiacwood’s smokiness (which also helps it being incensy). In the dry down it becomes more incensy and resinous and a bit woody with the help of guaiacwood, agarwoods from two regions, sandalwood and the remnants of rum succan. The animalics do not appear boldly at any time.
AI falls within the sweet vannila like sub-category within amber class of perfumes - but not cloyingly so. This attar should not be sniffed by bringing the nose closer the application area. Let it reach you (recall it’s high diffusiveness). Longevity (if you care for it) is about 8-9 hours before becoming a skin scent. Amber Imperial is definitely worth sampling.
- Siberian deer musk, champaca, green pepper
- Rum succan, civet, Yemeni & Malaysian ambergris, Chinese deer musk, guaiacwood 2006
- Cambodian and Vietnamese oud, Indian sandalwood, amber
I'm pretty new to Attars so I am unsure how to poetically review them for sure, but I want to share my appreciation for this line and the blending. It's unclear how these are so well hidden. I have been very impressed. I fell in love with two that are discontinued and will be looking to sample more.
Does anyone know what 168 is. My sample is smudged
59 Ar Ruqya
Tranquility in a bottle.
it opens with a gentle herbal note. medicinal costus & basil combo is dominant and woodsy, nutty note playing in the background.
authentic deer musk reveals itself in the dry down add powdery sweetness in the composition. very soothing and relaxing blend.
there is no surprise, kick. it just gently invite you to the pristine grass field.
it melts away all the worries and stresses. what a lovely blend
I think that Mellifluence has a new Pallida batch in the shop with higher quality ingredients.
As for Mellifluence in general - Tudor Rose and Hebi are two of my favorite perfumes.
I still have a sample of the first batch of Ar Ruqya, the combination of ingredients is magical even if it is lacking some depth.
Purple leather is a unique floral leather attar that I’ve never smelled before. the word ‘mellifluence’ is perfectly captured in this attar.
Opening of purple leather smells like propolis to my nose and it changes into the extremely smooth leather accord smells out of this world.
Seductive powdery, airy quality comes from iris makes this attar perfect for a night out fragrance. words cannot capture the beauty of this attar. I’m absolutely blown away.
Purple leather is an absolutely full bottle purchase worthy attar.
Opening of santal chocolate is not overtly chocolate-ish. it’s airy, musky, grassy. but less than 10 minutes, it turns into delicious creamy milk chocolate that drools my mouth. this milk chocolate accord smells so authentic, reminds me of smelling freshly made hot chocolate with a sprinkled marshmallow.
The blending of this oil is masterfully done, picking out individual ingredients is almost impossible to my nose. on top of rich milk chocolate accord, there’s airy quality to it.
in the middle to the last phase, the chocolate accord becomes bitter, nutty. smells like raw cacao without any sweetness. santal chocolate’s sweet, creamy opening phase lasted an average of about 2 hours and the bitter middle to end phase lasted an average of 4 hours.
overall, santal chocolate is an attar that captured rich high-quality milk chocolate perfectly. it wouldn’t be easy to tell the difference between this oil and real milk chocolate if I smell it side by side while closing eyes.
if you are a chocolate lover, Santal chocolate will give you the most authentic milk chocolate olfactory experience.
Janan opens with the juicy, citrusy rose and sweet orange. I get a costus with a pinewood too.
ambergris adds oceanic uplifting quality.
I get some kind of medicinal bitterness too. powdery sweet musk is there.
and I sense oud in the back. to me, this oud smells remotely similar to Sumatra oud or Thai oud.
Mellifluence Perfume's natural feeling DNA is still there, but this oil is not my taste.
I would much enjoy it if it had more oceanic ambergris and a heady aroma on top. maybe Boswellia sacra.
I feel like Abdullah was not competent enough to throw a high pitch with this oil. I don't see the direction he wanted to accomplish in this oil.
I don't hate it but underwhelming compared to previous oils. most likely I’m not going to use this.
I'll revisit this later to see how my opinion changes.
I hope the next batch of Janan to be better than this. I don’t mean to hurt Abdullah’s feelings but encourage him to be better.
Resol opens with spicy ginger & cinnamon combo. it’s mild and soothing like a traditional ginger tea.
smoothly mixed Thai oud and Vietnamese oud adds fruity floral sweetness.
When I was a little kid, my mother used to give me honey drizzled ginger tea.
Resol smells similar to that I’m fond of.
Resol is a very interesting attar. the mix of spices is lean toward India but at the same time, it has East Asia’s vibe with Western’s taste.
Radiant warmth from Resol thaws the stress and worries. it smells like a Christmas!
Due to ginger & cinnamon’s inherent hot property, Resol is suitable for winter or cold day.
it will warm up the stomach in such days.
I like a heavy dose of ginger but more ginger would make it imbalanced to most noses.
Projection is decent and it lasts an average of 5 hours.
Resol is an excellent choice for ginger tea lovers.
The opening of Litore reminds me of waves coming from the pristine ocean. scattering droplets from waves diffuse vibrant seaweed and nature’s rough smell intact.
seaweed topped with frankincense and orange smells incredibly fresh, it smells like freshly harvested seaweed. variety of vetiver adds a grainy texture and umami to the composition.
ambergris’s three-dimensional effect shines in this composition. it brings out the best from other ingredients and adds depth too. this powdery, oceanic ambergris becomes dominant in the dry down.
with all ingredients combined, it smells like an emerald salty breeze at the sunny shore.
Litore smells a bit dry to my nose. I wish it had a more ‘wet’ feeling. like a Yamadamatsu’s Hyofu incense stick.
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