Overall a pretty nice little take on traditional style "manly" cologne frag. But here's a real dousy. Mix this with Sharqiah. Aseel and sharqiah is AMAZING in my opinion. give it 20-30 minutes to dry down and its AWESOME. . I decanted it and mixed it a with just a lil perfumers alcohol making it a eau de parfum of sorts and that I think really does it right to allow both scents to open up and get your attention in a proper respect.
A woody fragrance with dominant rose and oud top notes. Slightly feminine and headache-inducing with a long wear of this
Montale Black and Red Aoud combined into one fragrance. Longevity is great, sillage is acceptable and the price is out of this world. This is niche smell without the expensive ingredients but hey who really cares? You will smell great wearing it and that is all that matters. The oud note to me is the same synthetic smokey oud that Montale uses . What's not to like?
Very synthetic smelling. The only notes I can pick up are the artificial rose/jasmine notes; I'm not picking up on the frankincense or oud that other reviewers have mentioned.
I'm not sure that this wears well for men; it's not a "masculine rose" like you'd find in Creed Windsor or C&S 88. It very much reminds me of cheap drugstore fragrances targeted towards women. If you like those kinds of scents, you may enjoy this.
Prevalent rose top notes feeling a little dry because of the frankincense, not subtle, not gentlemanly, not understated, making it a little bit over the femenine side. The complexity is quite remarkable for such an inexpensive scent, just minutes after the top notes the wearer can percieve the presence of those used in masculine perfumes, thus the gender limits have been crossed due to some green notes, chances are because of aromatics blended with flowers. From then the blend evolves without the initial complexity into flowery and patchouli notes with a very, extremily remarkable longevity.
Final remarks before finishing this review: it is heavy on the rose, so this could be favored by men who are looking after rose-based unisex blends, but not those after masculine rose blends. Now, after trying Epic Woman and Opus IV, I can sense an Amouage - like feeling in this one: could it be the frankincense? Or is it something akin to scents made in the Middle East? Or is it that Al Rehab tries to offer inexpensive versions of Amouage like scents?
Neve mind the retorical questions. After the olfatory patterns so common in many global designer's blends, this is a piece appart that can be considered as a niche scent, albeit all its flaws. And fo the price being asked... something worth trying (and throwed or given away if disliked).
29th August, 2011 (last edited: 03rd September, 2011)