re post #88...Yes, I had a small 3ml rollerball of Oudy oil and liked it enough to go back and get a larger 8ml size rollerball of the oil AND the 35ml edp spray. These are almost different scents; the spray is quite peppery. I like these both alot (as well as Dehn al-oud) especially for casual wear e.g. flannels/jeans during the weekends doing yardwork or just kickin around.
re post #50... Crown Perfumer = Al Rehab, no?
re post #42... I have Beirut; it is a Brut knockoff and not half bad per a side-by-side wear with Brut Original (yellow jus / clear bottle). Yeah, it's tenacious.
I’ve accumulated dozens of Al Rehab, Al Haramain, Surrati, Ajmal, etc. tolas, roll-ons and sprays over the years. I’m not about to argue the point of whether they are synthetic, a waste of money, so on and so forth. Obviously, they don’t appeal to everybody. What I will say, though, is that my fragrance journey would not have been nearly as colorful or complete had it not been for my dabbling into this area of Al Rehab, et al. Many of the Al Rehabs mentioned above are either too floral, feminine or gourmand for my taste. I like the edgier ones.
A couple years back I took guidance and obtained samples of pure oud oil from the half dozen or so reputable names… as well as samples from those not on the list, so to speak. While my nose typically does not detect the finer characteristic of the pure oils, I do feel I’ve grasped an understanding of what a good OUD ‘is’ or can be. Oriscent’s Assam Organic, for example, suits me just fine as do the various Borneo and Papua offerings from Jujur Mujur. Xerjoff Zafar, Najaf and By Kilians Pure Oud do a rather good job at assimilating the smell imo.
My favorite fragrances typically have an edge and are either indolic, animalic, or otherwise herbal/spicy to the tune of cumin, etc. Think: Leather Oud, Al Oudh, Oud 27, MKK, Kiehls, Cuba, Eau d’Hermes, Kouros, Davidoff ’84, Chaps, K10, Piper Nigrum, etc. Now, I can’t emphasize enough that if you share my affinity for the more edgy offerings out there… the more musky.. the more spicy… the more animalic… the more ‘screechy’ for lack of a better word…then delving into some of these oils/sprays might just uncover a scent you’ve been, thus far, not able to find in western frags without dropping the better portion of a paycheck. If so, don’t let the naysayers dissuade. But, if you’ve ever thought about using the terms poo poo or kaka in describing a scent… then you should stop reading… this stuff is not for you. As mentioned, Al Rehab Oudy & Dehn al Oud, and Surrati’s Oudy Woody scratch an itch for me and I’ve currently got a samples order in transit from Zahra’s for:
Al Rehab - Abeer Al Sharq, Al Rehab Oud, Arooq Al Oud, Sultan Al OudWith all orders I place I ask for either samples or suggestions befitting my preferences i.e. indicating that I like the more barnyard-like pure oud oils, attars, and mukhallats,specifically, Surrati’s Oudy Woody, Al Rehab Oudy, Dehn al Oud, Majmua, Darbar, Macca Musk, Musk Ghazelle II, etc. I feel this gets the point across.
Ajmal - Al Shams Special Edition, Dahn Oudh Al Sham
Surrati - Dehan Oudh Al Malaki, Rahiq
Al Haramain - Oudi oil & edp spray
While I'm certainly not suggesting that these cheapies are equal to the real/pure oud oils, at some level they can be just as appealling... to me, at least.
There are diamonds <or pearls> in the rough. I know it. <oink oink>