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Agree with Chris - leave the sandalwood for a few years in a dark place. Patchouli is the same.
When you find one u like, suggest buy some before the batch sells out!- - - Updated - - -
Originally Posted by luckyrory
THANKS Ipp!! I was surprised as well, oh well, I think I am going to take your advice and go for samples at eden botanicals. They have a 6 bottle sample pack. I hope my education on sandalwood ranges will be drastically increased.
I am also going to put an order for similar accords of Amouage (from what I read)... Any advice?? http://www.edenbotanicals.com/produc...pler-pack.html
Are you aiming for a general Amouage exotic style or one in particular? I'm not up to date, but they are so varied. The attars are very different to the sprays.
They certainly use top quality ingredients, but I don't know whether our E.E.C. regulations or just pure volume of sales/availability of ingredients have affected them recently. Just opened a new factory, so fingers firmly crossed.
Sore subject here - I have a couple of bottles of the 'new' Homage that were left sealed for a couple of years (so not returnable) & when opened were totally so weak & unrecognisable that I am doctoring them - ended up adding some of their Silver Oud, various roses, lemon, ambergris, frankincense, jasmine, neroli....nearly there with one so far! And it's not my memory playing tricks as I still have the old stuff!
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Oud is costly, but goes a very long way. Abdul Samad Al Qurashi is a reliable house - the guys in the oud group have huge knowledge here (unlike me), but for mixing ASAQ should be fine, the Dhen al oud Cambodi/muattaq is possibly a good place to start?
Zahra's has oud, as does the Misk Shoppe and others. Recently had an order from Zahra's & it shipped in good time. She doesn't hold stock, so may be a bit slower than someone local who does. The web site is a mine of information. There's a guy in Dubai also.
Should you feel like an oud journey, Agar Aura & Oriscent are both very well regarded indeed.
ASAQ are a major grower of Taifi rose, but the lower grades are not strong and probably not economic to play with - lovely to wear as is.
Surrati do an amazing & reasonable 'Rose Taef', but given their ability to ape stuff, not 100% sure how natural it is. I adore it 'though, wear it loads, no off notes. Can't afford the Amouage Taifi one right now. Amouage ordinary 'Rose' (damask/Bulgarian) attar is very good & very calming but I personally value it too much to play with it and it is fairly subtle.
Hermitage currently has a very nice Turkish rose absolute - possibly your best bet - Turkish absolute does not seem too easy to find?
I read somewhere that the Bulgarians' best roses go to make Otto & the Turks' to make absolute?
And the Afghanis are growing it instead of poppies, fingers crossed for them & us. Irani is available, maybe not very strong?
Omani/Somali frankincense is available. Long-term you could tincture the tears yourself - I have some Hogari tincture pending!
Not sure how helpful this is?
I hope you enjoy the journey!