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Ruh (2015)
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Ruh information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 18 votes)

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PerfumerÖmer Ipekçi

About Ruh

The company say:

Ruh recreates the smell of my office first thing in the morning. As I enter through the wooden doors, I am greeted by the smell of freshly brewed Arabic coffee (gahwa) along with the accompanying milk tea (karak) that is brewed for a long time with lots of cardamom and the distinct fizziness of saffron.

Ruh fragrance notes

Reviews of Ruh

Stardate 20170324:

Take note perfumers - This is how a saffron should be done.
It is the main player with rose and spice supporting it.
Unlike other reviewers, I dont get much coffee here.
This is a great saffron scent.

24th March, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is the first thought that comes to my mind when the opening blast hits my nose mainly with a dominating saffron, a pleasant cardamom and a rose impression. The saffron is not light and bright like in, for instance, Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Sultan Safran, but darker, richer and more intense.

The rose is quite dark, smooth with just a modicum of glowing booziness. The coffee component is neither standing out nor particularly prominent - this is quite different for more directly coffee-dominated products like L'Eau de Navigateur. On my skin, the coffee permeates the opening triad and, infused with a hint of weak black tea, is part of the olfactory fabric in an unobtrusive manner.

Towards the base a restrained and slightly raisinous ambery aroma is added, with hints of musk, dark hesperidic glimpses and woodsy impression; all this is smoothly intertwined to form a multilayered fabric of olfactory artwork.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and an astounding - for natural ingrendients - ten hours of longevity on my skin.

This sums up this oriental-gourmandish autumnal composition, as the most outstanding feature is the amazing quality of the natural ingredients. Some fragrances sport two or three dozens of notes that end up resulting in a disjointed mess. This scent, supremely skillfully pleated from comparative few and as such fairly standard main chords, does the opposite in a convincing manner. 4.25/5.

The name is correct: This creation has spirit.
02nd November, 2016
ruh is the classic 'grower' - at first not really distinguished from the plethora of rose-spice-wood trendoids floatin round these days, but within a few short minutes you know something different is going on.... besides the full, tart rose of top quality, the saffron AND coffee take this on a detour far away from woodyville. repeated wearings really assert ruh's singular status, apart from the pack while remaining first and foremost an exceptionally wearable, warm quasi-gourmand rose oriental. great work!
06th February, 2016
Finally something on my tunes. Ruh is a new singular interpretation of the classic rose-saffron combo (usually resinous or powdery but in here at the beginning sharply aqueous, apparently fruity, than veined by a toasted coffee presence, slightly dirty and floral-vegetal). Ruh is a really simple but modern and structured bizarre combination. Saffron is soon heady, liquid (due to a freshly fluidy tea-like cardamom), vaguely (ostensibly) berrish and leafy (an initially botanic-green and finally soapy rose). Coffee pervades all the elements, anyway I get not a perfumed and rounded ground coffee but more properly a toasted bunch of dark coffee beans. I suppose sandalwood (may be patchouli) is included in the blend too. The fruitiness is afforded by a spicy-fruity "tea-like" accord enriched by rose, dried fruits and herbal notes. The "tea accord" is probably the main trait of the juice, hardly paired by a yet present (and encompassing) coffee aroma. Saffron is still present along dry down, lingering and pungent, connected with rose in to a spicy-dirty-animalic accord conjuring me vaguely the central Histoires de Parfums Rosam's accord. Along the final part of development it seems catching a sort of acid-"ammonial"-dirty and virile ambergris presence (vaguely a la Costume National Scent Intense- a tea/floral/ambery accord- despite all the notable differences). The aroma, in its structure, is not properly complex but warm, spicy and attractive (most of all original and sensual). Surprisingly chic-dark dry down with a faint suede-like nuance.
03rd June, 2015
This perfume is an example of how one can be original without copying perfumes, but learning the lessons for new inspirations. I like the mood of this fragrance, it is a new concept! Ömer Ipekçi worked with his head! In addition to using good raw materials used his art! Good job!

This reviewer may have conflicts of interest

03rd June, 2015
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Ruh opens with a brief blast of saffron spiced jammy dulled rose before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the saffron led spiced jammy dulled rose remains the focus, now joined by a hybrid tobacco and Oud-like significant supporting accord. During the late dry-down the jammy rose abruptly fades, leaving traces of the now gentle saffron spice to couple with a dry slightly powdery accord through the finish, Projection is excellent, as is longevity at over 12 hours on skin.

Ruh on first glance comes off as an extremely high quality rose and Oud composition, but while there would be nothing wrong with that, it really doesn't tell the whole story... First off, the rose used by perfumer Omer Ipekci is absolutely gorgeous. It has a spiced dull jammy quality to it with an underlying faint powdery sheen that is not quite the same as any I have encountered to date, with the saffron spice playing a key role in its transformation. Also quite interesting is the key supporting tobacco and Oud-like accord in the composition's middle that most likely is actually spice derived. Things stay pretty linear, but seemingly out of nowhere the jammy rose abruptly disappears, leaving remnants of the spice to pair with gentle dry powder in the base. This late dry-down is probably the least interesting aspect of the composition, but the powder never even approaches worrisome levels, meshing perfectly with the spice remnants. At the end of the day, Ruh is all about appearances but things aren't necessarily as they seem. There *could* be some Oud or maybe even some tobacco in here, but I think not. There also *could* be some oakmoss in the base behind the powder, but I am leaning against that too... I guess what ingredients were used to create this stellar work is more for mystery buffs like me to debate. More importantly for most is that Ruh, regardless of what is in the composition smells absolutely amazing, impressively walking the tight wire of smelling faintly familiar and altogether unique at once. Kudos to emerging star perfumer Ipekci for pulling this one off! The bottom line is the $105 per 30ml bottle Ruh is puzzler in all the best ways, earning an "outstanding" 4.5 star rating out of 5 and an extremely strong recommendation to all (even those that typically dislike rose compositions).
02nd June, 2015

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