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    Is anyone familiar with Al Rehab, Al Haramain or Swiss Arabian perfume oils?
    These cought my interest recently. Most of them are available in 3ml size and are quite cheap to get, but are they any good? They are all produced in Arabia and I read they are highly regarded in these countries as well as in the US and europe. Any input is highly welcome.
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    I don´t why, but i can´t stand their (Arabian) taste...they love oud in fragrances!!!

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    Oud?? THAT'S THE BEST PART!!
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    it just the fact...i´m not saying i hate aoud...it´s the opposite...i love aoud (Montale or M7).

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    I will make an order the next days for about 30 different arabian oils, mainly Al Rehab and Al Haramain including that famous very expensive combodian oud. The seller told me I can send everything back what I don't like. He told me as well that the quality of Swiss Arabian is not as good as Al Rehab or Al Haramain. Well, I will check that! That will bring me a lot of fun when I receive that order. The oils also evolve over time, only drops are used and they should last all day long. Everything without alcohol.
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    I don't know the companies you mentioned, but I do live in Saudi Arabia and have a little experience with these types of products.

    I have bought products from local or regional specialists such as Ajmal, Arabian Oud, and Al-Qureshi.

    If you're talking about oud based oils, you can buy the pure oils from countries such as India or Cambodia. These can go from moderately expensive to extremely expensive. It probably depends upon the provenance of the specific product, but I believe Indian oil is generally regarded as superior, at least here in Saudi.

    I own several types of pure oud oil. I like them, find them interesting, even wear them occasionally. But I actually prefer the blends. I like there to be something else going on besides the oud smell. The pure oud oil is very dark and tarlike in smell. I like it to be lightened with various florals and sweeter woods, but many local men wear the pure oil, especially on auspicious occasions. Unless you've grown up with the smell of pure oud you will probably find the blends to be more complex and enjoyable.

    Some of the oil blends can be extremely pleasant. Arabian Oud sells various blends named after local cities and towns such as Riyadh, Taif, Jeddah, and so on. And generally, if you find something named after royalty, such as AbdulAziz blend, it will be one of the better products. Some of the blends are very impressive.

    Aside from the oud oils and blends you may also find amber and other wood oils, and many types of flower oils. The flower oils and blends are marketed towards women, but some of them smell oh so wonderful. Many of them are quite sweet and flowery, and while I wouldn't wear them myself, they sure are nice to smell!

    Most of these companies offer lines of spray, but most of what they sell are oils. These are pure and without alcohol. They are somewhat awkward to apply if you aren't used to doing it. Normally the bottles come with tops that have applicators attached, or you can simply use your fingers.

    It doesn't usually require very much, a little swab to either side of the neck should do it. They oils are typically quite potent and long lasting, especially the oud based ones. You might be smelling it for days. In fact, based on my conversations with many of the locals, staying power is a prime consideration in the quality of a fragrance. And although Western style fragrances are definitely popular here, the traditional oils are still widely used and respected.

    The oils don't behave like Western style fragrances. They are more linear in design, rather than being based on a pyramid of scents. Generally what you smell at the beginning is what you're going to smell later. Of course there will be some minor changes, especially with the blends, and generally the oud will outlast everything, but don't expect the topnotes, middle notes, and basenotes sort of thing.

    I hope this helps. I'd say go for it and try to get as wide a variety of products as you can.

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    I think I got some of these gifted to me, by ajmc. Perhaps if he's reading this thread he can comment. I dropped mine on the floor soon after I got them, and cracked the vials. The bag in the garbage smelled pretty nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I think I got some of these gifted to me, by ajmc. Perhaps if he's reading this thread he can comment. I dropped mine on the floor soon after I got them, and cracked the vials. The bag in the garbage smelled pretty nice...
    The only one i own is Mukhalat Malaki (parfum) by Swiss Arabian. It is very strong. I smell mostly rose, oud and sandalwood. About mid way through the very long dry down, i get the distinct smell of saffron. This is the best saffron i have ever smelled in a fragrance. After a good 2 to 3 hours it calms down. And like noggs said, it is extremely
    long lasting.

    Mike, i think my heart heart just sank a little. Along with the MM, i sent you samples of Green Papua, Oud Shuyukh, Borneo 3000 and Oud Royal -- some of the best pure oud oils around, all by Oriscent. All of them broke?
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    Wow, thanks for that great post noggs.
    These oils I'm currently interested in are all blends and most are very cheap. Most of them cost €3 - €5 for 3ml. They come in glass Roll On's with box. A lot of them are bakhoors, attars or mokhalats. Mokhalat means mixture as far as I could inform myself. Most contain these ingredients in various doses: oud, sandalwood, amber, musk, rose taifi and jasmin, sometimes cardamom, carnation, vetiver, moss and even vanilla is listed. So for €60 - €70 I can get a lot of these tiny oils and the best part is I can send them back if I'm not 100% satisfied. Well, that does the trick for me. Of course I'm very interested in everything oud and if it's a blend it's perfect. If just two or three of these oils are winners to me, it's well worth it. Maybe I find a Montale Black Oud clone in oil form.
    That's funny, because I saw some oils that are labeled to smell like Cool Water for men, Contradiction, Poison by Dior, Polo Green and a lot of other designer fragrances. Even a One Man Show clone is available. I will order some of these too, €3,00 for 3ml and the offer to give them back if I don't like them is promising enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmc View Post
    The only one i own is Mukhalat Maliki (parfum) by Swiss Arabian. It is very strong. I smell mostly rose, oud and sandalwood. About mid way through the very long dry down, i get the distinct smell of saffron. This is the best saffron i have ever smelled in a fragrance. After a good 2 to 3 hours it calms down. And like nogs said, it is extremely
    long lasting.

    Mike, i think my heart heart just sank a little. Along with the MM, i sent you samples of Green Papua, Oud Shuyukh, Borneo 3000 and Oud Royal -- some of the best pure oud oils around, all by Oriscent. All of them broke?
    Yes - so, it was you ajmc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.creed View Post
    Is anyone familiar with Al Rehab, Al Haramain or Swiss Arabian perfume oils?
    These cought my interest recently. Most of them are available in 3ml size and are quite cheap to get, but are they any good? They are all produced in Arabia and I read they are highly regarded in these countries as well as in the US and europe. Any input is highly welcome.
    I bought a couple of AL Haramain Ouds (3ml) vials. I have not regretted a single purchase (two Ebay sellers). My reference is Montale perfumes and some Indian oudhs (2 pure, 1 blended). I plan to try and get more oils, until I find a real gem that pleases me. And then I will get a real bottle. So far that has not happened. My first Indian oudh, a gift, still ranks tops. I have the impression that one cheaper oudh has been diluted a little. Nice smell from the beginning, but not very potent. The best one I own stinks fiercely for about 20 minutes, but then it turns to something wonderful and stays with me for longer than just a day.

    I would also like a nice oudh blend. Fragrance notes are not well described on Ebay, unfortunately. I would love blends similar to Black Aoudh and Montale's Attar but I need recommendations. Arabian oudh names mean nothing to me and what seems to be missing is an Oriental perfume guide written by either a western expert, or someone from the Orient who is familiar with western perfumery. - Or I should travel more...

    Is there any specific recommendations for amber oils? I have one from India, but it doesn't come near the quality of the solid Amber from L'Artisans. .
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    You probably know the first two already, but here are some links anyway. I've added ones for Ajmal and Arabian Oud, as those are companies I'm familiar with. I can't find links for Al-Qureshi or Al-Wazir, two other Saudi companies I've bought from, but they also sell some very fine stuff.

    http://www.haramainperfumes.com.au/default.aspx

    http://www.al-rehab.com/client/home/main_home.php

    http://www.arabianoud.com/en02/default.asp

    http://www.ajmalperfume.com/Home.aspx

    If you like the Montale oud products you shouldn't have any problem finding something just as good from any of these companies.

    For example, Ajmal, from the U.A.E., probably the best known, makes a wide variety of products, many of which are directly comparable to some of the Montale products. The only difference is that the Ajmal stuff will cost you $15-$30 while the Montale stuff will cost you $100-$200.

    To be fair, the Montale products are generally a little bit more refined and smoother than the lower priced Ajmal line, but based on my experience, a $20 Ajmal will get you 90%-95% of the way to a much more expensive Montale. You pay a lot for that little bit of extra refinement. And the more expensive Ajmal products more than hold their own against the Montales.

    I find it interesting that Montale oud products have such a reputation in Europe and the U.S., and are considered so strong and unusual. I've been living in Saudi Arabia for seven years, and have visited all the Gulf countries. Oud is not an unusual fragrance here. There are so many companies in various countries in the region producing oud based scents. Even people here may buy Montale products for the name or price, but the type of products they offer are certainly nothing out of the ordinary.

    Good luck with your oils! I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

    noggs
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    I recomend both Oriscent and TigerFlag Perfumeries - both are very good suppliers of oud scents.

    Some of the most mysterious scents I own are oud oil compositions. I think I prefer the oil base to alcohol base of most perfumes. The scent stays closer to the skin. I've tested those from Oriscent and admire the Borneo 3000 as well as Oud Royale - I own a bottle of each. The Borneo may be out of stock by now - these are all small batch blends that vary quite a bit from mixing to mixing. So test first! Some ouds have a raw animalic quality and many are just very dark and tarlike with sulfuric odors - truly strange brews. The quality varies widely and the style of fragrance varies too depending upon the mixture of added ingredients. The blends can be terribly good or equally as bad too. The best ouds are quite expensive - test well before you buy! All of the Oriscent products are very well made and intriguing.

    The Borneo 3000 has a deep mysterious oud presence that is offset by a minty sparkling floral note. It dances with abandon in the midst of a dark mystery. This oil is a pure aphrodesiac for the lady in my life! The Oud Royale is a bit more sombre but also has that contrast of dark mystery and sparkling light - it's not quite as sparkling as the B3K and more of a deep mysterious incense presence.

    I have also tried numerious oud based blends from Tigerflag Perfumery. They are much less expensive, but are all very nicely blended and normally are an agarwood and sandalwood blend with other key notes to add variety. These all have an Arabian influence however the perfumer's primary focus is natural ingredients and fragrances that appeal to people who are hyper allergic to chemical odors.

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    I think you get what you pay for. I got me Mokhalat al Oud, The Man, and Secret Man from al-Rehab and Mokhalat Dubai from Crown Perfumes (probably off the same ebay seller), at 2,50, based on what seemed interesting notes. They are definitely different from European-style fragrances, most remind me of what it smells like in Indian stores here (the mixture of incenses, cosmetics, soaps etc. they offer), interesting, a bit cheap and with some I'm quite certain they contain synthetics. The al-Oud has what I suppose is a distinctive Oud note, but I know too little to judge its quality, the general impression is quite urinal cakey, Secret Man smells like shower gel (a modern aquatic), The Man is spicy-green (both have a synthetic feel to them). Mokhalat Dubai smells a bit like industrial lubricant on the outset and then goes rosy-woody. Keep in mind that I'm an utter dilettante when it comes to Near East perfumes, but the ones I've tried I would class as decent drug store fragrances. Fun, but don't expect to get genuine Mysore sandalwood, rose attar and vintage oud at these prices
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I think you get what you pay for. I got me Mokhalat al Oud, The Man, and Secret Man from al-Rehab and Mokhalat Dubai from Crown Perfumes (probably off the same ebay seller), at 2,50, based on what seemed interesting notes. They are definitely different from European-style fragrances, most remind me of what it smells like in Indian stores here (the mixture of incenses, cosmetics, soaps etc. they offer), interesting, a bit cheap and with some I'm quite certain they contain synthetics. The al-Oud has what I suppose is a distinctive Oud note, but I know too little to judge its quality, the general impression is quite urinal cakey, Secret Man smells like shower gel (a modern aquatic), The Man is spicy-green (both have a synthetic feel to them). Mokhalat Dubai smells a bit like industrial lubricant on the outset and then goes rosy-woody. Keep in mind that I'm an utter dilettante when it comes to Near East perfumes, but the ones I've tried I would class as decent drug store fragrances. Fun, but don't expect to get genuine Mysore sandalwood, rose attar and vintage oud at these prices
    Ha, Mokhalat al Oud, The Man and Mokhalt Dubai was on my to try list. Of course one cannot expect great quality for the price, but I thought it's more about the blend and the exotic feel than purest, natural ingredients. Good to hear they smell quite synthetic and the general impression fails to get all hooked with these cheap arabian perfume oils. I will think once more about this whole order now, that's for sure. Maybe I'll concentrate more on Al Haramain. From the outside it looks to me as if they are a bit better quality-wise than the other brands. The prices are a bit higher as well.
    Btw. Crown Perfumes is Al Rehab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.creed View Post
    Ha, Mokhalat al Oud, The Man and Mokhalt Dubai was on my to try list. Of course one cannot expect great quality for the price, but I thought it's more about the blend and the exotic feel than purest, natural ingredients. Good to hear they smell quite synthetic and the generaral impression fails to get all hooked with these cheap arabian perfume oils. I will think once more about this whole order now, that's for sure. Maybe I'll concentrate more on Al Haramain. From the outside it looks to me as if they are a bit better quality-wise, than the other brands. The prices are a bit higher as well.
    Btw. Crown Perfumes is Al Rehab.
    . The one I'd go for is Dubai, this is purely subjective, of course, but as it dries down it exudes a certain [watch out, cliché] "Omar Sharif" sophistication. I'm wearing them all on my arm right now, reeking like a Damascene harlot, and this is the only one that delivers, IMHO.
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    All this discussion and I can't find anywhere that they could be purchased online. Is there a place?
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    I agree with The Good Life. You do get what you pay for. It's an excellent point and something that had not been adressed.

    While some Middle Eastern perfumers may be able to produce a product as good or better than a more expensive European product, there are several factors involved. Labor costs and overhead, taxes, and possibly ingredient costs are lower in the Middle East. But even here there is a big difference in quality between lower priced goods and higher priced ones.

    I haven't bought any oils priced as low as the ones being mentioned in this thread. But I have to agree that at that price you won't be getting the best quality. It will still be a fun experiment, and it's probably not a good idea to spend big bucks on something you can't try out first.

    I have the luxury of going to a shop and dabbing myself with the stuff before I buy it. I'm positive that I wouldn't spend anywhere the same amount of money on any oil blend that I couldn't test first.

    Based on my buying experiences here, high quality oil blends are going to cost more on the level of $8 per ml. and up. Most of the ones I own cost from $12-$25 per ml. The best pure oud oil costs around $200 per ml. or even more.

    Remember that these are pure, undiluted oils, even the blends. You're not buying a EDT or something that's 4%-8% oil, but something that's 100% oil.

    As a side note, in my opinion, when the typical Middle Eastern perfumer tries to come up with a European style scent, they fail. For example, Ajmal's traditional Arabian scents are fine, but I find their line of Euro scents to be boring at best, and sometimes crude. I've gotten to where I don't even bother with any of them, but stick to what they do best.

    noggs
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrd4t View Post
    All this discussion and I can't find anywhere that they could be purchased online. Is there a place?
    This is the site I found and spent some hours reading. German site mind you. I don't think he ships outside of europe. First link is Al Rehab, second is Al Haramain mixed with Swiss Arabian:

    http://www.oriental-style.de/index.php?list=KAT42

    http://www.oriental-style.de/index.php?list=KAT24


    Some descriptions sound very, very interesting ....
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    OOhh, hot diggity:

    http://www.islamicjewellery.co.uk

    Ships all over the place.. and ships cheaply
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    This meadow has become blooming with fine flowers to pick! I am glad meeting serious fans here plus one true insider. I'll check out the sources mentioned and will be back later.
    As concerns makers names: it seems That I am familiar with a few without realizing it. So far, I had believed that 'Al Haramain' or 'Mokalat' (Mukhalath) described a certain type of oudh rather than naming the maker or 'brand'. Several e-traders offer these in (obviously) different qualities. I am still trying to sort that out. E-Shops I ordered from were:


    The latter used to ship by surface mail for free within 2-3 weeks (Europe). Unfortunately he has had no oils for sale in the past two weeks. Both shops have small testers on sale. Expensive oudhs in 0.25 ml units, others as 1 or 3 ml samples. Both shops offer straight forward sales, and a lot of items for bidding. I believe that I got what I paid for one way or the other, including charcoal chips of oudh.
    I noticed that the color of oudh oils seems to vary from light amber to brown-black. In contrast to Montale EDP's, and with the exception of one oil, all oudh fragrances are rather close to the skin, like 3 - 5 inches.
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    Swiss Arabian and Haramain are the bottom of the barrel in Arabic perfumery.
    Abd el Samad Al Quraishi, Ajmal, Yas and Arabian Oud are the best.

    Mainstream Arabic sprays cost a fraction of what Montale is charging, but truth be said: Motale's mastery of Arabic perfumery is better than all I have seen in the Gulf, though his prices are extremely vile.

    Ajmal and the rest of the good houses sell niche oud-based oils and sprays at VERY high prices, but that's solely because of the raw elements--Indian oud and Ta'if rose (unalloyed).

    There's no good way for you to buy online, if you ask me. You will be ripped off and mislead. Come to Dubai and buy your oils from brick-and-mortar shops and boutiques.

    It takes YEARS of experience to be able to discern the differences between good and bad in Arabic perfumery.

    Montale's frags are superb but ridiculously priced.
    Over here in Dubai, Montale sells his fragrances at a fraction of what he charges you in his boutique and through online vendors.
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    I know it's quite naiv to believe these "cheap" perfume oils by Al Rehab, Al Haramain and Swiss Arabian are satisfying. But what's cheap, what's expensive? 3ml for 3 Euro makes 1ml for 1 Euro. Yes, of course there's packaging involved also, but if I sum that up to Montale's prices, I get 100ml for 122 Euro. All in all that is not so expensive, or these oils are not so cheap, it depends how you're looking at it, but the main factor may be that the oils are oils and Montale is a niche brand that wants to be payed for not only the raw materials, but also the genius of the masterly blend. A Skoda is no Mercedes me thinks, but it will get you from point A to B as well, .... more or less.

    At the end of the day I think these Al Rehab, Tihama, Al Haramain and Swiss Arabian oils would be fun to test, but won't be recognized after a few weeks of owning. In one word: forgettable. I have not tested them yet, but out of curiosity I will order four or five blends and instead pluck down the big money for quality and therefor I'll probably go for a 100ml bottle of Black Aoud by Montale. There have been a lot of raves here on basenotes and I haven't forgotten that. To hear Montale and especially Black Aoud mentiond so often as TOP NOTCH from Aoud Insiders who live in Arabia is quite sensational for me. From the outside I would have guessed that there are many, many small distributers or niche brands in that area that have the real, absolutely unbelievable aoud blends, which make everybody week i the knee who's lucky enough to be in the trail we call sillage.
    No! Montale is the reference! Sensational and quite impressive! Maybe because I know some Montales and have no clue about aoud oils, aoud oil blends or these horrendous priced Borneos, Combodians and alikes.

    It was just yesterday I pulled out those two Black Aoud samples I own and to my surprise the sample from Gabriele Krätschmer turns vile and stale after just fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes the whole concoction smells vile and I hated it all the time therefor. That was my understanding of how Black Aoud by Montale smells. The other sample is from firstinfragrance and this one's far better! Nothing vile, nothing stale, the rose keeps it's head up and the whole thing works!

    By the way Aoud Lime by Montale is another winner for me. I just saw today that there are 50ml bottles available at the Montale homepage. Good idea. I would love to buy Black Aoud in that size and pluck down a little less. Aoud Lime and Black Aoud are quite strong and not much will be needed for one wearing.

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    Hi, Killer_Vavoom. I was hoping that you'd join in this discussion.

    I consider myself a neophyte in the world of Arabian fragrances, and it's very helpful to have sometime who's spent a lifetime with them to talk to.

    As I mentioned in a earlier message in this thread I have bought products from Al-Qurashi, Ajmal, and Arabian Oud, all of whom have shops in my area. I'm not familiar with Yas. What can you tell me about them?

    Could you recommend any specific products from these companies that I could look into? When I go into these shops its usually the clerk handing me stuff to smell. It would be nice to go in there and ask for something, having some ideas to begin with.

    Any recommendations or advice is greatly appreciated. Good to see you in here, neighbor!

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    Hello neighbor

    Noggs, your input is awesome in this department. I noticed your interest in Arabic perfumery a while ago and think you are doing a great job.

    Yas is a UAE based perfumer. Here are some links:

    http://www.yas-perfume.com/

    http://www.ibnbattutamall.com/storec...sp?Store_ID=40

    As for recommendations from the other houses--if you still haven't looted Siraj by Arabian Oud, you gotta grab one the soonest. It was discontinued in the UAE two years ago and I had to travel to Jeddah early this year to get me a few flacons. This is so good. Rose and oud in a superior concoction. Unisex and has all the virtues of a perfect scent.
    Also, if you manage to find Bahrain, then consider yourself to be very lucky. It's Oud, Iris and clary sage. Such a great men's scent.

    More thoughts later
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    Thanks, Killer_Vavoom!

    I'll be stopping by Arabian Oud this weekend to see if I can find Siraj and Bahrain.

    BTW, are you familiar with any scents by Al-Wazir, from Saudi Arabia? What do you think about them? I've seen them only in spray form, not the oils.

    With all the talk recently about summer fragrances, it has finally dawned on me that oud based fragrances perform really well in the heat. I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out.

    Gulf area Arabs have been wearing this scent for centuries, if not even longer. It's extremely hot here. I finally put the two together (duh!) and began wearing some of my oud scents this summer. While the oud is very strong and persistent, it is also quite dry, and has a tonic, bracing effect against the heat. It certainly works better in the heat than the majority of European style fragrances!

    Looking forward to more recommendations and info from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer_Vavoom View Post
    Over here in Dubai, Montale sells his fragrances at a fraction of what he charges you in his boutique and through online vendors.
    Can you tell how much the price in Dollar is for a 100ml bottle of Black Aoud in Dubai? Just very curious about the prices they ask for it in Arabia.
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    What do you pay in Europe or in the U.S.?

    I've bought a couple of Montale Aoud products (Aoud Damascus and Aoud Lime) here in Saudi Arabia, but to be honest I don't remember exactly how much they cost. I remember them costing about the same as most other stuff.

    But I'm sure it was well under $100US, perhaps more like $60-$75. I think the Black Aould would be about the same. Maybe Killer_Vavoom can confirm this.

    Amouage products are also considerably cheaper here. I think these may cost $200 or more in the U.S., but I'm not sure. I've bought bottles of Gold, Silver, and Dia for around $100 per bottle.
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    122.00 Euro or 166.737 US Dollar for a 100ml Black Aoud bottle
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    Default Re: Arabian perfume oils

    Montale frags - Aoud or not - all sell for the same price here in the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi.
    A 100ml bottle sells for what's equal to US $ 65.

    Unfortunately, shipping perfumes by air has been stopped in the UAE.

    Also, before I forget, if you want to buy a fragrance from Swiss Arabian, get Kashkha oil or spray. It's their best and by Montalian standards it should be quite good. It's their best unisex seller.

    Noggs, I'm aware of Al-Wazir perfumes (Wazir means minister). They are supposed to be half way between commercial and niche, in terms of quality and artistry.

    You HAVE to try Abdul Samad Qurashi's white musk. It's terrific.

    I love Amouge's vintage perfumes but they don't represent the traditional Arabic perfumery.
    It's all built on Oman's silver frankincense.

    More thoughts later

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