Discussion in 'Oud Oil' started by Kruger, Oct 2, 2016.
My MAN!! Best Row Jimmy and Crazy Fingers ever from that show!
Morning and daytime accompaniment while sheltering in place: EO American Oud
10.5 mile breezy bike ride: Loving deep drafts of EO Betonamu Senkoh
Great pleasure abounds in simply breathing in...what a concept! Somehow we all get this.
With social distancing and clean hands we will "flatten the curve"!
Starting this beautiful Sunday morning with EO Oud Yunus with Kyara Kinam slowly unwinding in its burner. This one and EO Oud Musa are dear since all I have is the .3 from the legends sampler so it is a rare treat. In same family to my nose with EO' s Shibli, Isa and Yoshi and the Assams although all have unique expressions that are fascinating to me. For earthy and powerful I must also acknowledge EO Zachariyya and several other Chinese like Hainin 2005.
Every time I enjoy an oud I read the write ups that Ensar has generously made available and just love the comments from the oudepts who can so richly express all the nuances. Oud Yunus helps me understand Meghalayan agallocha, earthy yet magnificent. Uniquely different from the Sri Lankans, Borneos and Cambodia/Thais that I have more of and enjoy more regularly.
In two years I've collected over 100 varieties and choosing the Scent(s) of the day is always fun. Though I am not oudept at descriptions I like to share what I get to experience. I get ideas from this forum nearly everyday that send me digging through my sample vials (that's how keep all the varieties easily available) and sharing experiences with those who have also shared.
To me, there is no question, that these powerful fragrances unlock a deep spiritual connection with the infinite and enrich the soul on many levels.
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Tim!
After a long weekend that featured giants like Hainan 05, Green Papua and my all time favorite Tigerwood 95 (yes this is a sweet part of my rotation, and yes I have a specific rotation to make sure my most treasured oils are rationed properly to last a long time haha), last night I just reeled it in with a wrist swipe of People’s Pursat during my Quran time. I’m always astounded at how well such an inexpensive oil holds up with the beasts of my collection.
Morning drive to work: EO Chugoku Jinko
Evening bike ride: EO Chugoku Senkoh
Soundtrack: new Pat Metheny "From This Place"
Blessed to be so fortunate. Praying for the sick and medical front lines that are there to help. Praying for all of Earth's peoples.
not sure why i have been abscent, since my work load has significantly been reduced and my social life come down to pretty much zero. ok, 2, 3 people. interesintingly, i didnt find the time to post despite being very active as of late in volume and frequency of oud/agarwood/kyara enjoyment.
more on the kyara part in a new thread. teaser: i have in front of me about 30+ japanese certified kyara. 5 types of purple oil alone. 20+ green oils. mei ko pieces (named pieces often with curation period, kodo school, etc etc.). more on this later. all i say is that i have experienced for the first time the medicinal effects of kyara.
for now i am here to talk about XLL. a maroke of sheer class.
story goes like this: back in the day when this oil was released, 3-3.5 years ago? i dint care for it much. aspects of it (intense decideldy accurate nutmeg and mace note and the surpisngly focused, minimal, clean and Hi Def purple floral drydown were enjoyed though). i didnt like the diesel, crude oil note. i still am not the biggest fan of that note. but, both i and the oil have come a long way. i have grown to not only not be offended by this profile or remain netural to it, but when is done right and its scent-texture is not sharp,.... i DO like this note. long story short XLL hits the mark, so much so that the tire on asphalt, race track note is not even all the times recognizable.
in chronological order: deep dark dense completely shaded at all times forrest floor aroma. flashes of tire on asphalt but rounded. by the way the scent strength is strong while edges are round. this is NOT an oil for the timid. is filaria with balls but smooth. a casanova type. james bond like. old school bond. then comes intense nutmeg, touch cardamom and mace profile while touch of bitter darkgreen note is there balancing the sweetness that is being gained and balance the spices. but by this time there is ZERO suggestion of crude oil, or diesel or rubber... here on out a deep dark floral (violet not lilac or iris) note is starting to show its head. rearing it out here and there but gaining ever so slowly each whif. before you know it, this note in a more candied yet dry? (am not making sense, am i?) starts to emerge. there is this british candied violet petals that is pretty much the bang on scent of this drydown.
in closing: newish comers are STRONGLY ADVISED to track down some xll even if its 0.5 to have in refference. this is a MUST HAVE oil to study. a killer maroke/filaria. i would call it a refference point.
pardon the gramatical and spellign errors. posted in haste.
p.s the reason i have no time is because a very active 5 year old and i ahve been together 24/7 for two weeks. endless energy. i am tired. sooooo tired.
baaaam. see if you can find yourself chugoky naya (a richer, sweeter, more narcotic floral zest) and assamugo senkoh (a more indian nod senkoh).
awesome. personally i take twr over tw95 any day BUT i have come to appreciate and enjoy tw95 more than ever before. back int he days the straight forward, unapologetic camphor note in it reminded me too much of Chinese back pain balms. but now i see beyond it and appreciate its antique like qualities and more integrated camphor notes.
bang on! yunus is regal with breeding. ditto zach. zach is horse and saddleleather vibe, yunus more tobacco, earthy, cow leather vibe.
Thanks Rasoul, for the suggestions, and as always, your eloquent descriptions. So much fun to read! I actually have both. Assamugo Senkoh and a .3 sample of Chugoku Naya. I look forward to comparing and contrasting them. Also looking forward to compare and contrasting the Tigerwoods Royal, & 95, and a recent complimentary TW'90 sample. XLL an early favorite of mine...waiting in the wings. Love the dark and mysterious Marokes. Excitedly looking forward to EO's new Maroke Ceylon.
Yesterday evening Aceh Candan led me on an inspirational 11 mile bike ride.
Cheers tim. Happy to hear. Ty.
I too am eagerly awaiting the poropriate time to get me some maroke ceylon.
How do you find aceh candan opening and progression? Like all stages?
Personally I still struggle with to my nose a strong pond/algae/ small confined floral shop scent in the opening. The build up is nice. The drydown of a dirtied up violet and even darker floral note is a treat actually.
Few oils today. I’ll be shorter
Agar aura koh kood: a thai/cambodi oil. Island origin. Is more of that apricot, dried mango Thai profile. But has the bitterness, twang and playful cambodi bitter and fruity notes. Respectable and impressive for a low priced oil
tyler mortensen original black meat mysore distillation from a couple? Years ago. A very creamy polite but fresh and touch frankincensy sandal. Very high quality. His latest one, (he doesn’t label the bottles and I keep forgetting to do one up and tape it) is more settled more mature wood and cooked feel. No green here. Almost a touch ambergris vibe. Exceptionally creamy and thick smelling. Smooth beyond words. No harsh edges whatsoever. Behaving like a very very very old oil for such a young oil. My spidy senses and previous experience of observing aging curve at work, tells me that this oil will gain strength and actually become louder and more rambunctious before it starts to settle down again. If memory serves me right this oil is only 3– months old or so.
nightcap: kynam emerald a private release from back in the day from ensar oud. Incredibly complex and immediately otherworldly. A malay with a big nod to papua opening but then it settles to a more malay green one that I have only ever seen in one other malay oil: new beast from agar aura called cintaku. A Sik region oil of monster proportions. Major buzz.
on this evening the edge goes to kynam emerald in opening (albeit win by a hair as taha top oils are ALL about their glorious opening), in mid (progression) and in drydown. In all fairness this is not a fair spontaneous head to head. We are talking an oil not fully tightened and ready yet from modern day harvest vs a back in the Golden day old school manny years aged beast.
the point of this message is if you find that this particular green side of malay is your jam then cintahku and kynam emerald are IT. One of a kinda. Malay are usually either tigerwood profile or cola but profile or that gummy sour strawberry candy cake like profile or that musky ancient antique profile. This “green” type of Malay is a rarer thing and a treat. A very unique and unlike any other green.
Wow. How can ANYTHING over take that profoundly monsterous spicy sandal opening!!!
LMK Gyrinops 0 on the hands
EO Peoples Silani on my forearms
Heating a bit of Gyrinops as well.
Plus occasionally whiffs of Suriranka Senkoh 2.0 and Maroke Ceylon, both of which are potent elixirs which is apparent just from sniffing the bottle.
Aceh Candan is one of my favorites. I appreciate your description since I find it hard to describe these most complex of fragrances. And yes I like it from beginning to end. I broke it out to since I heard it is maybe the closest analog in my collection to EO Oud Royale Maluku about which I'm very curious. A curiosity that apparently never ends as I am now coming up on my second anniversary of my first Oud experience.
An inspired hipster at a local metaphysical shop down the coast in Melbourne (FL) launched my interest with his descriptions of these magical rainforest trees that yielded the most incredible fragrances known. This led to an internet search where the You Tube "Scent of Heaven" got me started. My first purchase was some wood from Oudimentary and at the time I wasn't interested in the oils. I though it was all about the "incense". Then on You Tube I found some of Nikhil's descriptions of Ensar samples he was reviewing. His descriptions which included adjectives such as "psychedelic" and thoughts that he would almost trade all of his fragrances for just a few bottles of artisan oud got my attention! The day after ordering some burnables from Oudimentary I found Ensar's website and after reading about his products a passion was lit.
My first order was 3 g of Oud Yusuf, oud resin, and .3 samples of Taigo Senkoh, Jing Shen Lu, Oud Dhul Q, Khmer Xtreme, Green Papua, Tigerwood 1995. Also included was a sample of Xiang Liao Ling. Subsequent orders included bottles of all the aforementioned. My first taste was a dab of Khmer Xtreme under my nose and off I went on my bicycle to the gym to work out. I couldn't believe the magic of that moment which continues to this day.
These moments in my life were akin to my discovery of "Highwaymen paintings" on December 23,1996 in a shop called Collector's Corner in Cocoa Village. Though the itinerate black artists from the Fort Pierce (FL) had been plying their trade since the mid 50's I had only had occasional sightings of their paintings in my, at that time, 19 years living in Florida's Space Coast area. In that shop were dozens of these paintings that the proprietor had found at garage/estate sales and purchased from some of the artists. Their inexpensive prices (at that time), their variety, and the fact that they painted and sold by a group of roughly 2 dozen black artists struck a chord in me. The next morning I was at Sam Newton's home buying a couple. The olfactory sensation of still wet oil paint on freshly cut Masonite board next to a real Christmas tree was something I'll never forget. The next weekend was a talk in Vero Beach which featured the Florida art historian, Jim Fitch, who had coined the name "Highwaymen" and heard a dozen or so of the artists tell their story. Over the next few years my searches led me up and down Florida's east coast, to some of the early dealers and eventually online. Over the next 2 decades I bought a number of these paintings and I presently own about 100. I became good friends with Gary Monroe and have worked with him on his 5 books which are the definitive works on the subject. Of the 26 Highwaymen that have been inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame about half are still living and I have been blessed to know most of them.
So I have this personality that if i love something I tend to go all out. For approaching 42 years I've worked as an electronic tech at Kennedy Space center in a variety of launch support positions (launch system computers, telemetry, voice comm, TV Station audio and most recently Timing & Countdown).
The scent thing has really taken me by surprise with it's lure to my soul. I study the writings and descriptions from Ensar's website and Oudville, of which many inspire me, especially Rasoul and have tried to organizationally get a handle on all the different ouds, attars, santals, woods, incenses and florals I have so fortunately acquired. I've tried to organize my collection via spreadsheets by origin, age, cost, type, and make them last by using a constantly changing variety of small amounts applied under the nose or on mustache.
When I consider my previous passions, some have passed, like macrobiotics, Porsches (had some older used 911's but now love my "green" Hyundai Ioniq hybrid), distance running (knee problem), promoting Super Blue Green Algae and as a kid, baseball cards. Of course some are still with me: Music, many favorite artists (i.e Grateful Dead iTunes playlist from CD's (several hundred shows) would take 38.6 days played end to end), 31 years of daily Super Blue Green Algae, nutritional awareness ("foodie") and physical fitness.
At this time I'm still reporting to work. While I'm not at work we're sheltering in place so I found the time to express some things I've been wanting to share. Hope it's not TMI.
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Prayers for the planet. Prayers for the end to this worldwide plague. Prayers for the afflicted, the first responders, the medical teams, the grocers and those keeping civilization moving forward. Prayers for the restaurants and small businesses and those out of work that all may be made whole again after this enforced time out. Amen.
Morning and during the day: Kyara Ketone (Thank you, Ensar for making this magnificent oil available.)
Evening, including breezy sunset bike ride: EO Xiang Liao Ling (I adore this Maroke). After two years .3 sample vial needs refilling.
Soundtrack: Mark Knopfler "Golden Heart"
Today's SOTD: Writing inspired by EO Maroke Ceylon. A joy to breath in deeply. Papua '02 on the low temp burner.
Hey - I love that you’re enjoying oud during your cycling! Let me ask though - where do you apply the oil before riding for best enjoyment??
I apply a small amount from a sample vial to the columella (the skin between the nostrils) or basically swipe a little on my mustache just below my nose. Though it may seem silly compared to a traditional swipe on the wrist or pulse point areas I started doing this on day one. To me it just initially made sense to position the fragrance source for best effect. After my initial several months of happily enjoying these exotic and most complex of fragrances I developed a sensitivity to direct to skin application. Whether from overdoing it or, most likely, the mistakenly applying it there after scalding my skin from a splash of very hot coffee I began to experience irritation.
Determined as as I was to not stop enjoying these oils I have tried a number of approaches. Different things I've tried I have ordered from Amazon. Silicone Nasal Vents is one thing but I don't like something in my nose. Presently I am applying a small piece of Velcro (the fuzzy half) which sticks in place and use a light application of Spray Barrier Film (i.e. 3M Cavilon) to avoid irritation from the adhesive. This works great for me if cycling or driving, or around the house (my wife says she doesn't notice it or care) but it leads to questions if you're talking with a neighbor or a co-worker because it's all to easy for them to question "what's that under your nose?". For me it seems that sandalwoods (even with musc or ambergris) or EO florals work are compatible with mustache application if I want to experiment discreetly. I have also used essential oil diffuser pendants which keeps the oils within convenient reach but this also can irritate my skin if under my shirt all day. Happy to share these ideas if they can benefit anyone.... and I am always open for suggestions.
Saturday : Morning EO Maroke Ceylon, Afternoon EO Cambodi Caramel, Evening EO Oud Yaqoub
Sunday (rainy day): so far EO Bliss du Boche, EO Komrad K
Morning > afternoon: EO Oud Ehab
Evening 11 mile bike ride and meditation: EO Suriranka Naya
Both of these oils are so beautiful. Transportive.
Sound track today included this hauntingly beautiful song:
David Crosby "What's Broken"
Another video I had to share just for it's sheer poignant beauty in this most difficult of times:
Mark Knopfler "Golden Heart"
Prayers for the Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister.
Epic write up and experiences. Thnx for taking the time to share with us. Papua 02 is such a treat. Makes for amazing Incense making material too. Kyara ketone is otherworldy. I love that distinct oriscent signature. I had a tiny sample and is all gone now but I recall I could barely tell it’s walla origin. How r u finding this oil?
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