EDIT: Shopped form attar bazaar and madini

    EDIT: Shopped form attar bazaar and madini

    post #1 of 6
    Thread Starter 

    Hi guys, I've been a guest on this forum since quite long and decided to join a few weeks ago. There are many knowledgeable people here, but I've yet to see anyone from Chicago.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows good attar shops in Chicago. I tried a retailer of Miskshoppe in Lombard but she didn't have any supply yet. I would like to go in and try out different ones before buying. Any suggestions?

    post #2 of 6
    Thread Starter 

    Digging into my options a bit more, I settled with ordering a few attars from attar bazaar and madini. I saw some really good reviews on them; here's the list:

    Attar bazaar:

    Persian amber

    Tunisian white musk

    Sudanese black rose

    wild Arabian rose

    Medina musk

    Medini:

    Amber

    Sahara

    As you can tell, I'm a big amber and rose fan. I've tried big stores like Ajmal, haramain, swiss arabian etc, from Zahra's but I came to realize that though she makes a huge variety of attars available, here prices are ridiculous in terms of markups. Morally, I can't stand being "cheated" or "tricked" like that. So I plan to try ASAQ when I visit SA next year inshaAllah.

    I also own a nice hindi oud that was my father's and was passed down to me. Very sweet initially, so I tend to use it sparingly. Was never a big oud fan though.

    post #3 of 6

    Welcome to the group!

    I'm guessing there must be some stores on Devon Street that might sell some attars.

    If you don't mind ordering online, you could try the following from WLA:

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/kasturi-attar

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/shamama-attar

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/amberi-attar

    They're all musky/ambery.

    post #4 of 6
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, Taha! Great recommendations. I've briefly passed by White lotus aromatics in the past but didn't think too much about them. I'll give them a try on my next round of attar shopping iA.

    I've also read many of your other posts on here; thanks for all the great insight and info!

    post #5 of 6
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    Originally Posted by Mohammed IrfanView Post

    Digging into my options a bit more, I settled with ordering a few attars from attar bazaar and madini. I saw some really good reviews on them; here's the list:

    Attar bazaar:

    Persian amber

    Tunisian white musk

    Sudanese black rose

    wild Arabian rose

    Medina musk

    Medini:

    Amber

    Sahara

    As you can tell, I'm a big amber and rose fan. I've tried big stores like Ajmal, haramain, swiss arabian etc, from Zahra's but I came to realize that though she makes a huge variety of attars available, here prices are ridiculous in terms of markups. Morally, I can't stand being "cheated" or "tricked" like that. So I plan to try ASAQ when I visit SA next year inshaAllah.

    I also own a nice hindi oud that was my father's and was passed down to me. Very sweet initially, so I tend to use it sparingly. Was never a big oud fan though.

    in 2013 everything is way marked up, its the only way to survive as a business. Non of it is cheating or trickery because Zahras would not be online for us who dont live overseas and want some descent attars. Oh yeh the prices of oils in KSA are also rediculasly marked from the manufacturer. Most of Madini's are synthetic and dont smell as advertized. Their Oud is not oud, their Ambergris is not ambergris, their rose is synthetic and so on. Im not trying to be negetive but in reality, any one has the right to mark up to any price, yet its the buyer who chooses to it. I would bet American goods are higher then KSA? :)

    post #6 of 6
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by abubakr_al-miskyView Post

    in 2013 everything is way marked up, its the only way to survive as a business. Non of it is cheating or trickery because Zahras would not be online for us who dont live overseas and want some descent attars. Oh yeh the prices of oils in KSA are also rediculasly marked from the manufacturer. Most of Madini's are synthetic and dont smell as advertized. Their Oud is not oud, their Ambergris is not ambergris, their rose is synthetic and so on. Im not trying to be negetive but in reality, any one has the right to mark up to any price, yet its the buyer who chooses to it. I would bet American goods are higher then KSA? :)

    I see what you're trying to say; seems like you are a perfume salesman yourself. I agree that a person has the right to mark up however much they want, but customers tend to dislike that -- as you may know. As the human psychology works, if I come to know that a "middle man" ridiculously marked up the price of my goods, then I'll consider that as taking advantage of the situation considering that they're separately charging for shipping as well. You can phrase that as you will. On the other hand, if a manufacturer does the same, then, as a customer, I will assume that the manufacturing process is lengthy and costly -- so no hard feelings for them.

    Business is as much about consumer psychology as it is about economics.

    Also, I'm not wearing attars for their brand name, as I don't tell people what I'm wearing and rarely does anyone ask. In any case though, attars are usually already marked up for their brand names from the manufacturer.

    Your opinion may vary, and I respect that.

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    7/15/13 at 10:12pm

    Mohammed Irfan said:



    Hi guys, I've been a guest on this forum since quite long and decided to join a few weeks ago. There are many knowledgeable people here, but I've yet to see anyone from Chicago.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows good attar shops in Chicago. I tried a retailer of Miskshoppe in Lombard but she didn't have any supply yet. I would like to go in and try out different ones before buying. Any suggestions?

    7/17/13 at 4:22pm

    Mohammed Irfan said:



    Digging into my options a bit more, I settled with ordering a few attars from attar bazaar and madini. I saw some really good reviews on them; here's the list:

    Attar bazaar:

    Persian amber

    Tunisian white musk

    Sudanese black rose

    wild Arabian rose

    Medina musk

    Medini:

    Amber

    Sahara

    As you can tell, I'm a big amber and rose fan. I've tried big stores like Ajmal, haramain, swiss arabian etc, from Zahra's but I came to realize that though she makes a huge variety of attars available, here prices are ridiculous in terms of markups. Morally, I can't stand being "cheated" or "tricked" like that. So I plan to try ASAQ when I visit SA next year inshaAllah.

    I also own a nice hindi oud that was my father's and was passed down to me. Very sweet initially, so I tend to use it sparingly. Was never a big oud fan though.

    7/17/13 at 7:27pm

    tahasyed said:



    Welcome to the group!

    I'm guessing there must be some stores on Devon Street that might sell some attars.

    If you don't mind ordering online, you could try the following from WLA:

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/kasturi-attar

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/shamama-attar

    http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/amberi-attar

    They're all musky/ambery.

    7/18/13 at 2:00am

    Mohammed Irfan said:



    Thanks, Taha! Great recommendations. I've briefly passed by White lotus aromatics in the past but didn't think too much about them. I'll give them a try on my next round of attar shopping iA.

    I've also read many of your other posts on here; thanks for all the great insight and info!

    7/26/13 at 12:48pm

    abubakr_al-misky said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mohammed IrfanView Post

    Digging into my options a bit more, I settled with ordering a few attars from attar bazaar and madini. I saw some really good reviews on them; here's the list:

    Attar bazaar:

    Persian amber

    Tunisian white musk

    Sudanese black rose

    wild Arabian rose

    Medina musk

    Medini:

    Amber

    Sahara

    As you can tell, I'm a big amber and rose fan. I've tried big stores like Ajmal, haramain, swiss arabian etc, from Zahra's but I came to realize that though she makes a huge variety of attars available, here prices are ridiculous in terms of markups. Morally, I can't stand being "cheated" or "tricked" like that. So I plan to try ASAQ when I visit SA next year inshaAllah.

    I also own a nice hindi oud that was my father's and was passed down to me. Very sweet initially, so I tend to use it sparingly. Was never a big oud fan though.

    in 2013 everything is way marked up, its the only way to survive as a business. Non of it is cheating or trickery because Zahras would not be online for us who dont live overseas and want some descent attars. Oh yeh the prices of oils in KSA are also rediculasly marked from the manufacturer. Most of Madini's are synthetic and dont smell as advertized. Their Oud is not oud, their Ambergris is not ambergris, their rose is synthetic and so on. Im not trying to be negetive but in reality, any one has the right to mark up to any price, yet its the buyer who chooses to it. I would bet American goods are higher then KSA? :)

    7/26/13 at 2:05pm

    Mohammed Irfan said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by abubakr_al-miskyView Post

    in 2013 everything is way marked up, its the only way to survive as a business. Non of it is cheating or trickery because Zahras would not be online for us who dont live overseas and want some descent attars. Oh yeh the prices of oils in KSA are also rediculasly marked from the manufacturer. Most of Madini's are synthetic and dont smell as advertized. Their Oud is not oud, their Ambergris is not ambergris, their rose is synthetic and so on. Im not trying to be negetive but in reality, any one has the right to mark up to any price, yet its the buyer who chooses to it. I would bet American goods are higher then KSA? :)

    I see what you're trying to say; seems like you are a perfume salesman yourself. I agree that a person has the right to mark up however much they want, but customers tend to dislike that -- as you may know. As the human psychology works, if I come to know that a "middle man" ridiculously marked up the price of my goods, then I'll consider that as taking advantage of the situation considering that they're separately charging for shipping as well. You can phrase that as you will. On the other hand, if a manufacturer does the same, then, as a customer, I will assume that the manufacturing process is lengthy and costly -- so no hard feelings for them.

    Business is as much about consumer psychology as it is about economics.

    Also, I'm not wearing attars for their brand name, as I don't tell people what I'm wearing and rarely does anyone ask. In any case though, attars are usually already marked up for their brand names from the manufacturer.

    Your opinion may vary, and I respect that.





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