SOTD

SOTD is EO2

I find myself going back to this arcane creation again and again. And, more so, recently. What a classic! I feel vindicated, that I got this in my collection when I was able to. It was my first from Ensar. The leather sleeve itself is so pleasant to smell.

I still remember the first time I sprayed it on. The whole experience was so heartwarming, but at the same time I thought that it would be a daunting task to pull this one off in a perfume-ignoramus crowd. I have been wearing it but sparingly. One spray, half a spray. Or, sometimes I just use to smell the atomizer and I felt sated.

From then to now, this has morphed quite a bit. It’s either the composition or my perception of perfume notes have evolved, I don’t smell that cumin extravagance anymore. That rosewood/coriander facet has settled down for me. The rose has unveiled itself in a delightful fashion. I went 5 sprays today, enthralled. Fascinated so much, decided to blabber about it on here.

As far as my experience is concerned, I picture a spicy rose, black in color, planted in a musk soil bed, placed in a leather wrapped pot, sprayed with the most incredible Mysore. I smell rose, chocolate, musk, earth, smoke, amber amplified to the max. I love how labdanum and musk come together and imparts a chocolaty warmth to this composition.

Rose-oud, rose-musk, spicy floral, floral-leather, vintage, chypre, oriental-chypre. It has all the bases covered for me.

It shares a familiar opening note with Tibetan Musk as well. I understand that it does not go through transitions but whatever this composition offers are very nuanced, and I am enjoying it more and more. Having tried Tibetan Musk, Oud Yusuf, Iris G, Private Blend, I thought that some other composition might trump EO2 from the top spot for me. I guess it’s still at the throne. I have a feeling that it will just keep getting better as time passes. I can already see it going towards how Private Label smells.

Have a good Friday y’all. Be blessed.
 
Wearing EO Maroke Ceylon

I must admit that I jilted this one at the beginning. I just did not feel this whole co-distillation thing. Probably, because of my inability to discern regional profiles when I began exploring ouds. I guess it was deep-seated in my brain that co-distillations are generally a notch lower when compared to true to the region single region distillations.
My perception changed as I tried this one and various other Sultan series oils.
I would say, now I have a bit of an understanding about how emerald like walla oils could smell or how PNG oils exude that green jungle vibe and how they can be married together to create something that smells so different yet has nuances from both regions. This oil smells incredible. I feel like its a perfect incense character that the Sri Lankan profile needed in this case. You get best of both the worlds.
On top of everything, longevity is serious on this one. Loving it. And, it's on serious discount right about now.
 
Brisk bike ride on this Florida barrier island (Merritt) with a sky getting increasingly darker as afternoon storms are approaching. Small dot beneath the nose of the most exquisite Kannan Koh. Sometimes I relax and meditate, sometimes get out in nature and breathe deeply of this magic.
I hope Ensar doesn't mind me quoting a few words of their description as I'm lost for words.
For the benefit of those that may not have read or experienced this treasure:
There are oils that are as dear to me, of comparable caliber and depth. But not better. And from them all, none are rarer.
"You could speak of notes of musky-but-purple, patchouli-like plum-fruitiness and precious flowers galore, all doused in a sherbet of sticky purple kyara. The scent is so grand, so complete-perfume-like in sheer scope and complexity, you’ll discover an olfactory microcosm in itself.
The closest oils in scent profile are the original Royale and Oud Sultani:
“To quote Rudyard Kipling, this is ‘the earth and everything in it.’ It is almost as if it has ALL the notes. Everything that is natural and beautiful on this earth is somehow packed into this fragrance and expresses itself at different times/temps/conditions/moods. Absolutely the most beautiful smell of any type I can imagine. Wondrous.”
 
Brisk bike ride on this Florida barrier island (Merritt) with a sky getting increasingly darker as afternoon storms are approaching. Small dot beneath the nose of the most exquisite Kannan Koh. Sometimes I relax and meditate, sometimes get out in nature and breathe deeply of this magic.
I hope Ensar doesn't mind me quoting a few words of their description as I'm lost for words.
For the benefit of those that may not have read or experienced this treasure:
There are oils that are as dear to me, of comparable caliber and depth. But not better. And from them all, none are rarer.
"You could speak of notes of musky-but-purple, patchouli-like plum-fruitiness and precious flowers galore, all doused in a sherbet of sticky purple kyara. The scent is so grand, so complete-perfume-like in sheer scope and complexity, you’ll discover an olfactory microcosm in itself.
The closest oils in scent profile are the original Royale and Oud Sultani:
“To quote Rudyard Kipling, this is ‘the earth and everything in it.’ It is almost as if it has ALL the notes. Everything that is natural and beautiful on this earth is somehow packed into this fragrance and expresses itself at different times/temps/conditions/moods. Absolutely the most beautiful smell of any type I can imagine. Wondrous.”
That sounds like a proper experience. Enjoy
 
Brisk bike ride on this Florida barrier island (Merritt) with a sky getting increasingly darker as afternoon storms are approaching. Small dot beneath the nose of the most exquisite Kannan Koh. Sometimes I relax and meditate, sometimes get out in nature and breathe deeply of this magic.
I hope Ensar doesn't mind me quoting a few words of their description as I'm lost for words.
For the benefit of those that may not have read or experienced this treasure:
There are oils that are as dear to me, of comparable caliber and depth. But not better. And from them all, none are rarer.
"You could speak of notes of musky-but-purple, patchouli-like plum-fruitiness and precious flowers galore, all doused in a sherbet of sticky purple kyara. The scent is so grand, so complete-perfume-like in sheer scope and complexity, you’ll discover an olfactory microcosm in itself.
The closest oils in scent profile are the original Royale and Oud Sultani:
“To quote Rudyard Kipling, this is ‘the earth and everything in it.’ It is almost as if it has ALL the notes. Everything that is natural and beautiful on this earth is somehow packed into this fragrance and expresses itself at different times/temps/conditions/moods. Absolutely the most beautiful smell of any type I can imagine. Wondrous.”
Yes, all of this. For me, TW95 is still maybe my favorite oil to go back to again and again over the last couple years. But Kannan Koh and Oud Ahmad are just in a class by themselves. I guess they’d sort of be the Beatles, where I know they’re the best ever at what they did, but in different periods of my life there have been groups I’ve ENJOYED slightly more.

Now that has me thinking, because the Beatles had four members, not two. Off the top of my head nothing else is in the category of those two: But I’ve only tried out Oud Royale ‘82, Oud Sultani, Nha Trang LTD, Port Moresby, Purple Kinam once or twice each...so we shall see...
 
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This one has such a soft and gentle natural beauty to me. You could almost imagine it was distilled from florals and precious flora and fauna of otherworldly origins. It starts off soft and then warms up on your skin, it has a sweet quality like frangipani almost. The signature oceanic blue Sri Lankan quality is present also. I also get a woody narcotic bitterness if I listen deeply to this oil which is something I have come to associate with high grade oils. Feel lucky to have this one MashaAllah
 

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Brisk bike ride on this Florida barrier island (Merritt) with a sky getting increasingly darker as afternoon storms are approaching. Small dot beneath the nose of the most exquisite Kannan Koh. Sometimes I relax and meditate, sometimes get out in nature and breathe deeply of this magic.
I hope Ensar doesn't mind me quoting a few words of their description as I'm lost for words.
For the benefit of those that may not have read or experienced this treasure:
There are oils that are as dear to me, of comparable caliber and depth. But not better. And from them all, none are rarer.
"You could speak of notes of musky-but-purple, patchouli-like plum-fruitiness and precious flowers galore, all doused in a sherbet of sticky purple kyara. The scent is so grand, so complete-perfume-like in sheer scope and complexity, you’ll discover an olfactory microcosm in itself.
The closest oils in scent profile are the original Royale and Oud Sultani:
“To quote Rudyard Kipling, this is ‘the earth and everything in it.’ It is almost as if it has ALL the notes. Everything that is natural and beautiful on this earth is somehow packed into this fragrance and expresses itself at different times/temps/conditions/moods. Absolutely the most beautiful smell of any type I can imagine. Wondrous.”
Sounds like a wonderful day out to me
 

Smelly Vision

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I went for an oil today that sort off started off my love affair with oud oils. Yusuf initially teased me and enticed me, almost like a first love, playful and flirty. I understood with Yusuf that oud could be something that I never truly expected, warm and inviting with fruity nuances. I was left seeking something more mature, darker, deeper and with more ancient roots. It was then that I stumbled upon Tigerwood Royale. This oil is incredible, purple resin with wafts of tobacco, camphor and moist jungle . The price for what you get is probably the bargain of the century.

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