Thread: Al-Rehab Khaliji - er... wow.
Out here we are running for the wide open spaces, the road-smell after the rain.
While visiting Dubai me and my wife went to a perfume store and we both went crazy, they showed us oils, perfumes, attars and who knows what, and every one seemed to us better than anything we had smelled before, We both finally decided for a bottle of perfume each (I wish I could remember the names) and of course they didn't last much, we use them every occasion until they were gone. Since then I would like to have the opportunity of visiting a middle eastern perfume shop, but I have not be able to find anything in my corner of the woods (Palm Spring area). Does anybody know of a middle eastern perfume shop in this area? If so, please let me know and I would appreciate it for the rest of my life. There "must" be such a shop in the LA area at least.
I see Khaliji, Silver and seven others on the Islamic Impressions website mentioned above on the "Perfume Sprays" tab and I'll order a few.
There are some interesting sounding items on the "Premium Perfumes" tab too, none of which could be classed as expensive for what they are, such as
Attar Al Kaaba 25ml for £45.99
Arabian Attar : Attar Al Kaaba Perfume. Imagine the culmination and peak of divineness into a sacred aura of serene and tranquil minds. Imagine feeling this even if you are thousands of miles away from Kaaba. Attar Al Kaaba, the feeling is in the perfume. Made of Dehnal Oudh, Amber, Sandal and Thaif and Rose. No alcohol.
D.Oud Mubakhar £54.99
Oud Mubakhar oil perfume (unisex). It is the purest extract of Oud, which is undoubtedly the crown of Oriental Perfumes. It is so precious that each drop is valued immensely by both, ladies and men.
Maysoon 15ml £19.99
Maysoon Concentrated Perfume Oil Alcohol Free
Top Note : Bergamot Rose, Mandarin Orange
Middle Note : Ylang-Ylang,
Base Note : Tonkin Musk, Coconut
Maysoon is as rich and glorious as that of the face which can emit light into the heart of those pondered by the darkest hours of life. The scent is composed of a floral, fruity accord and starts with Bergamot Rose, Mandarin Orange. The heart of this fragrance is build around notes of Ylang-Ylang that evolve to culminate into Tonkin Musk and coconut.
I'm not particularly near a shop - anyone tried any of these others? Trebor?
Patience is the parent of success
Thank you, thank you! I googled the fragrance and found a place that sells it!! Needless to say I ordered Al-Rehab Khaliji and one other. TWO fine eastern fragrances for $16.15, which is the price of the scents plus shipping. I am so excited, as I love bold scents like they are described.
I recently was at a mosque and they had some Al Rehab roll ons (oil based) scents there to apply
I liked Silver, but Aseel was just mind blowing, Imagine a clean soapy smelling yet dark and masculine Oud. I got home and purchased 12 6ml oil roll ons.
It was that good!
Last edited by Nanook; 9th October 2010 at 06:39 PM.
Hasupk@gmail.com may have been talking about either
A) An Islamic shop within or next to the Mosque OR
B) A small bottle left for other people to use before they prayI say go in and ask someone if there is an Islamic shop in there or somewhere near.Originally Posted by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (sunnipath.com Question ID:3056)
Im a big fan of the Islamic oils, Ive had both silver( still use it both oil and spray) and have had Khaliji and used it ironically on a trip to amsterdam; on this note for anyone interested and loves the smell of Khaliji al rehab also do a household spray of it too.
Oh and if anyone likes there females to smell like thierry mugler angel, al rehab (i think) do a fragrence called engel whcih is aimed at men but imo it smells just like the womens angel.
It was actually in Orange County
but let me guide you to a place where Al Rehab can be found VERY cheap, this is where I purchased my dozen 6ml oil bottles
they have other selections but seem to have most of the Rehab Oils
Great prices, although their shipping was a tad slow, they must of been very busy as it took them almost 8 days to ship my items out ( I purchased about 4 other books as well, just to be fair)
Hasupk: I did order already.
I order one of each: Dakar, Khaliji, Lady and Silver, Aseel was sold out, but I got Aseel oil in ebay.
Thanks for the tip
Last edited by PerfumeCollector; 16th October 2010 at 03:16 AM.
Jarir Bookstore [11107 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove CA (714.539.8100)] and Al-Hikma Bookstore [1224 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim CA (714.535.1900)]. The owner of the first is a very nice Sunni gentleman from Saudi Arabia / Lebanon named Mohammad. He's a bit of a fragrance hound himself, since he raved about a small atomizer of Tom Ford Oud Wood that I gave him. The owner of the second store is a Coptic Christian from Iraq, but who also sells lots of Fikh and Hadith volumes to the locals. Both of these men have been in the neighborhood for many years. If they don't sell Middle Eastern fragrances themselves, they know who in the neighborhood does. You could also order online from Al-Balagh Bookstore. They have a full range of the oil roll-ons you're looking for, and the order would arrive quickly since they ship out of Los Angeles.
Last edited by Astaroth; 10th October 2010 at 07:42 AM.
dats great to hear that al rehaab colognes and oils are widely known....
i personally use AL ASEEL from al rehaab....
its very very nice fragrance....
in my collection ive got 1 million, la nuit d L'homme, very sexy, polo black, play intense....
BUT STILL I PREFER AL ASEEL from Al Rehaab.....
i will also give a try to Al khaleeji as the Topic starter said...
Well, I've spent yesterday and today going back to the store that I visited several months ago, and the fragrances were indeed Al-Rehab EDPs. Thanks to abzr88, I also visited Islamic Impressions but their selection was a lot smaller than the other store's. However, between these two stores, I discovered a third store (one that I usually frequent for browsing) that also stocks Al-Rehab oils. Between them, they probably have a majority of the fragrances, in varying sizes and concentrations, so my head was spinning at the end of it all!
Before I go on, I'd like to stress that these fragrances are pretty good for the price but not necessarily holy grail material. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. However, I'm hoping to find a gem or two out of the bunch I purchased today. I'm planning to use these as office scents (I've become sick and tired of dithering over my SOTD, early in the morning, and would like to deplete my main wardrobe at a much slower pace) and will update you all on my impressions, as and when I have the opportunity.
As for Al-Rehab, I did a side by side test of the EDPs and concentrated oils and, even though they are cheaper, found the oils to be longer lasting and richer. Now, that may not apply to every fragrance from the line but that enabled me to acquire more fragrances for a lot less money. As for the sizes and concentrations, the oils come in two sizes: 3ml (£1.00) and 6ml (£1.99 - £2.50). I think there's a larger size for the oils that I spotted on ebay but am not entirely sure. As for the EDPs, they're mainly available in 35ml bottles (£3.50 - £3.99). However, I did spot 8ml pen sprays of the EDPs, which looked a lot better than the 35 ml bottles (my main complaint about the packaging is the lack of care in which the labels are stuck on - many had already peeled off upon opening the boxes). I didn't ask about the price but the pen sprays looked really cool - translucent white plastic (?) with printed labelling instead of stickers (http://www.alrehab.com/pen%20perfume/penp.html).
As for the fragrances, I ended up buying six oils, which cost me just under £10. I did try Khaliji but it didn't really compel me to buy a bottle. It's definitely one of the better offerings but was too fresh (and a tad aquatic) for my liking. To be honest, I found the women's offerings more interesting than the men's. Anyway, here's what I purchased in the end:
Roses (6ml): A very true to life rose scent that smelt fuller than Montale's Highness Rose.
Aroosah (6ml): A lovely honeyed white floral, with possibly some woody or oud note in the mix.
Aseel (6ml): If it wasn't for some of the recommendations, above, I would have overlooked this one. Now, I know what all the fuss is about - it smells exactly like Montale's Red Aoud!
Shaikhah (6ml): A lovely floral-oud type scent that I liked immediately. unfortunately, I don't think it lasts as long as the others that I tried.
Roshan (3ml): A soft, almost powdery, woody-rose that may be one of my favourites.
Sondos (3ml): A lovely sweet and woody composition. Not sure if there's any synthetic sandalwood, if the name is anything to go by...
Others that left a reasonable impression included Sultan, which is a high-pitched cedar (and possibly oud) composition that's very much in the same spirit as Rochas' Lui. I also quite liked Bakhoor but the opening was too sharp and, although it eventually settled down, it's lasting power wasn't particularly great. Another one that I fleeting tried is called Windy, however I only saw it available as a pen spray (along with another one, called Champion). Red Rose was also quite nice but was more of a vibrant soliflore (slightly powdery too).
However, there were some stinkers: Saat Safa smelt very old-fashioned, Africana smelt of high-pitched apples and spices, Fruit smelt of rotting fruit and One Secret was a generic aquatic.
Here is the link for the EDPs (some are strangely absent): http://www.alrehab.com/35ml/50.html
Here are the links for the oils: http://www.alrehab.com/3ml%20perfume/3ml%20perfume.html and http://www.alrehab.com/6%20ml%20perfume/6ml.html.
I hope this helps!
Last edited by Trebor; 10th October 2010 at 03:07 PM.
Thank Astaroth, next time I go to LA I'll stop by the area you mention. I lived for 3 years in Kuwait so I learn to appreciate many things from the arab culture/customs. For sure I will find many things that I miss from that part of the world.
People should chip in and tell us what they think of Al-Rehab
It's been mentioned but yes silver smells exactly like silver mountain water. But the rest of his stuff stinks badly, i hate them. I don't have khaliji but i have just about all the rest of them i got last month. They all smell like women's perfumes, temples, and they are very powerful. Sillage monsters but unfortunately they all stink really bad. I asked a bunch of girls what they thought and none of them liked any, they shook their heads in disgust. I have havon, silver, Lord, al fares, chervil, sultan, zidan classic, max shandy, aseel. I forget the rest. I have the 35ml edp sprays. I also have one al-rehab concentrated one called naseem. It's also terrible. Terrible blind purchases. But maybe this Khaliji is the one good one. I just don't care to find out, i'm staying completely away from al-rehab after this disaster experience.
After reading this thread was totally intrigued by these scents.Excuse my thoughts as a relative newcomer--have been "lurking for a few months now".Managed to get these on ebay--ordered 12mls of the Aseel and 12mls of Al-Rehab Khaliji.I found the Aseel to be very potent in the opening for a good few minutes, but mellowed to a scent reminiscent of floral gums that we used to have as children.Much preferred the Al-Rehab Khaliji.A beautiful rose in the opening with the oudh shining through in the base.Not as good sillage or longevity as Aseel.
I have Sultan from Al-Rehab (EdP) and I like it (it's with a lot of cedar and frankincense,
a little bit sharp, great sillage, acceptable longevity).
Another one from Al-Rehab which I like (I bought it in Syria some years ago)
is Mukhalat al-Oud (oil). It is really worth a try (floral/fruity oud).
Silver is not bad, but it does NOT resemble Silver Water Mountain at all, it is good by itself and it is very unique, it it reminds me of anything I would say Infusion d'Homme by Prada.
Next will be Dakar, I hope it is at least as good as Silver.
In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
I tried Dakar today, it is a very good fragrance, but it is NOT middle eastern either, actually it smells pretty much like Drakkar Noir (maybe that's the reason it is called Dakar) in the opening, then it goes thru a heavy "green" stage to finish very coniferous. The only one of the lot that reminded me of the smells of Kuwait, The Arab Emirates and Bahrain was Aseel, very arab indeed.
I went to the kitchen, picked up a flask of cardamom and a flask of cumin and compared Khaliji directly against them and it is cardamom without a doubt.
I ordered Silver and it should be arriving Monday. I am very well acquainted with Silver Mountain Water so I'll be sure to post my findings.
Got it today. I dunno -- I think it *does* smell like SMW. Not an exact copy of course. This one is slightly more sweet to my nose, perhaps more citrus. It's pretty strong, but airy at the same time. Kind of difficult to describe. I think it causes some olfactory fatigue on me because it doesn't smell that strong to me after a few minutes, but others have said "WOAH" easy on the cologne, dude. Two people agreed that it smelled like a woman's perfume. That comment did not phase me and I wholeheartedly disagree.
I like it a lot and think it's a terrific value for the price. I can easily see myself using this in lieu of SMW (yes, the horror, I know). SMW gives me a "slight" headache when wearing this, but this one so far has been smoother on my sinuses.
Last edited by atrac; 18th October 2010 at 11:39 PM.
So today was "the search for Al-Rehab in Los Angeles" day for me. I first hit Zam Zam Perfumes in Inglewood: http://www.zamzamperfumes.com/ and all they had were jugs of their own and some Indian perfume oils behind the counter. I was just staring at them, a bit overwhelmed, when a guy walks in and delivers four 6ml roll-on bottle displays of perfume oils, a few of which are Al-Rehab, none of which I recognized. I ended up buying a bottle of Randa for $5 because everyone was so nice and helpful. It smelled OK in the bottle, but on my arm it is reminding me of a NYC taxi cab air freshener. I asked the guys there if there were any other places that had a bigger selection of Al-Rehab, and they directed me to the Islamic Center on 4th and Vermont: http://www.islamctr.org/about.asp . They have a book shop there with a very nice selection of oils behind the counter, and the gentleman who showed me to it said it was OK if I went back there to check them out. Jackpot! They had at least a dozen different Al-Rehabs, as well as several other brands of oils and perfumes. No Khaliji, alas, but I ended up getting 3ml bottles of Aseel (last one, sorry!) and my favorite: Mokhalat Al-Oud for $3.50 apiece. He also said it was OK if I took a pic:
BN sales: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/300...avidoff-Bombay.
Off-BN sales (super rare CREED): http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=95