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    Default Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I sampled both perfumes and love them but can't really say which one I like more. Both are very meditative but smell totally different. "Mecca Balsam" is an indoor kind of scent, like the inside of a church or a mosque. "Hindu Kush" is more an outdoor kind of scent, austere and airy like the Hindu Kush-mountains itself. It would be interesting to know which one you like more and why?
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I too loved them both and you've hit the nail on the head when you say MB is meditative, incense-like and warmer whereas HK gives an instant green blast followed by earthy, woody tones.
    I would have both but longevity is a real issue, particularly as these are natural perfumes. I get a maximum of 2 hours from MB, less for HK. That addictive green blast lasts maybe 15 minutes or so and then I'm left feeling slightly cheated.
    It doesn't help that I'm intensely allergic to oakmoss, either!
    Secondly, the price is excessive, costing around £80 for 33ml. That's too rich, even for my blood. I don't feel that I'm getting value for money.

    I'm currently awaiting a sample order from Slumberhouse, whom I hope will be just as good.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Mecca Balsam - just because I think it's better, no other reason.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I like both but voted for Hindukush. Interesting you say HK it is open air for you. To me, it reminds some churches, incense, floorwax and the cold air there. Different associations, as usual. The only downside is the longevity, as unifex was saying.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Thanks for your posts! Somebody else something to say?

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Hindu Kush is the better IMO.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    This is an hard pick mainly because they fill two different spots in my mind. Hindu Kush is more minimalistic, straight forward incense while Mecca Balsam is a more structured, multi-layered and complex. If forced to choose I'd probably go with Mecca Balsam but why choose?


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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Hello, i wore a dab of mecca balsam the other day and o boy there is no issue with longevity! It lasts many hours!! 6 or more for sure,

    As everyone said it smells more complex, to me it smells more spicy there is something in it that reminds me a lot of one spice for soup, mixed with pepper:-) so it reminds me of lively market where people sell spices, it does not give me this meditative connotation at all, and colour i associate is brown!

    Hindu kush for me is all about moss:-) , green, airy humid trees, clean! It does smell a bit too raw:-) although i liked it very much at first sniff

    My favourites are short lived but mecca balsam is like real strong perfume

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unifex View Post
    Secondly, the price is excessive, costing around £80 for 33ml. That's too rich, even for my blood. I don't feel that I'm getting value for money.
    You might try Hinoki, which I believe has some similarities to Hindu Kush, and is a bit more affordable.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Ordered a full bottle of "Hindu Kush".
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Is longevity generally an issue for this line?

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by james1051 View Post
    Is longevity generally an issue for this line?
    Unfortunately yes! The perfumes are all-natural, so they have no synthetic fixatives that could enhance longevity. But the quality is outstanding! To enhance longevity I put some of the perfume on my skin and some on my clothing because the longevity on fabric is quite good.
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    This is an hard pick mainly because they fill two different spots in my mind. Hindu Kush is more minimalistic, straight forward incense while Mecca Balsam is a more structured, multi-layered and complex. If forced to choose I'd probably go with Mecca Balsam but why choose?
    Totally agree
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    For sure both! Great compositions.......... Hands down
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Anyone know, does Hindu Kush have real oakmoss? I ask, not because I am allergic and want to avoid, but for the opposite reason. I am not allergic to my knowledge and would like to enjoy real oakmoss in a scent. (Even though the knowitalls are trying to make that experience impossible for me.)

    Plus, the Scents I have tried from this line--Sharif, Tawaf, Tabac, Millano Cafe and Mysore Sandalwood--are just outstanding! HK may be my oakmoss ticket!

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by james1051 View Post
    Anyone know, does Hindu Kush have real oakmoss? I ask, not because I am allergic and want to avoid, but for the opposite reason. I am not allergic to my knowledge and would like to enjoy real oakmoss in a scent. (Even though the knowitalls are trying to make that experience impossible for me.)

    Plus, the Scents I have tried from this line--Sharif, Tawaf, Tabac, Millano Cafe and Mysore Sandalwood--are just outstanding! HK may be my oakmoss ticket!
    Profumo uses only natural ingredients, so yes it does contain real Oakmoss. I wouldn't say that "HK" smells very mossy, but there is definitely some Oakmoss going on. If you want even more Oakmoss try his perfume "Oak Moss" / "Muschio di Quercia". It's not listed on his English website but on his Italian website.

    If you liked his other scents then you will also like "HK" as it is one of his best compositions.
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I saw on Facebook that Profumo has released a new perfume: It's called "Ihram" and is part of the "Private Collection" and the "Arabian Series" as well.
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    There is space in your life for both.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoschhti View Post
    I saw on Facebook that Profumo has released a new perfume: It's called "Ihram" and is part of the "Private Collection" and the "Arabian Series" as well.
    Thanks for the heads up! Mr Dubrana aka Salam recently returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca, and was ostensibly inspired to create Ihram, which refers to a state of spiritual readiness/ cleanliness that one has to get into prior to performing the Haj. I do hope he includes it as a sample with my recent custom order.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Thanks for the heads up! Mr Dubrana aka Salam recently returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca, and was ostensibly inspired to create Ihram, which refers to a state of spiritual readiness/ cleanliness that one has to get into prior to performing the Haj. I do hope he includes it as a sample with my recent custom order.
    Hopefully he does. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and the custom perfume. The newest addition to the "Italian Series" is reportedly also finished but not yet released. It's called "Profumo di Firenze" and is based on Iris.
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Thanks for these news hoschhti & diamondflame!
    I'm planning to give myself a five minis box for Christmas and Balsamo della Mecca is one I'd love to try... Hindu Kush is one of my favourite fragrances ever!
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Brilliant idea, Iodine. Which 5 or 6 do you have in mind? I'd love to buy more myself.


    Quote Originally Posted by hoschhti View Post
    Hopefully he does. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and the custom perfume. The newest addition to the "Italian Series" is reportedly also finished but not yet released. It's called "Profumo di Firenze" and is based on Iris.
    I received my custom blend today ( will post a thread with pics soon ) along with samples of yet to be listed fragrances incl. Iris di Firenze, Amber Jasmine, Amber Oud and Jasmine Scheherazade. No Ihram though. But what a wonderful week of fragrance testing to look forward to!

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Brilliant idea, Iodine. Which 5 or 6 do you have in mind? I'd love to buy more myself.




    I received my custom blend today ( will post a thread with pics soon ) along with samples of yet to be listed fragrances incl. Iris di Firenze, Amber Jasmine, Amber Oud and Jasmine Scheherazade. No Ihram though. But what a wonderful week of fragrance testing to look forward to!
    Wow, that sounds great! Looks like we are in for a treat with a bunch of new releases after a longer hiatus. I am looking forward to the Iris-perfume, and the two Jasmine-perfumes could be also interesting as I still think that "Tawaf" is the best Jasmine out there.
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    The fountain of knowledge which is called Facebook told me that Surrender to Chance has now its own fragrance line with two all-natural perfumes created by none other than Dominique Dubrana from La Via del Profumo! They are called "Cold Water Canyon" and "Surrender".

    Look here: http://surrendertochance.com/brands/...to-Chance.html
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Brilliant idea, Iodine. Which 5 or 6 do you have in mind? I'd love to buy more myself.




    I received my custom blend today ( will post a thread with pics soon ) along with samples of yet to be listed fragrances incl. Iris di Firenze, Amber Jasmine, Amber Oud and Jasmine Scheherazade. No Ihram though. But what a wonderful week of fragrance testing to look forward to!
    are the above referenced 4 new scents available yet? Holding my breath for the iris!

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by james1051 View Post
    are the above referenced 4 new scents available yet? Holding my breath for the iris!
    Last I checked, Amber Oud, Amber Jasmine and Ihram are already available. I've yet to sample any of these but plan to do so this week. Given his elegantly smooth flowing style I don't really expect to smell a prominent iris sticking out.

    I too would love to try the 2 commissioned by StC. Maybe we should start a new official thread for AbdesSalam Attar fragrance discussion.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I chose MB because HK is also the name of a strain of cannabis and for that reason it evokes images in my mind of unwashed hippies trading bootlegs of Grateful Dead shows whilst arguing various tedium like what era of Jerry's iconic beard they prefer. Not that these associations are bad, they are just something I've let go of and grown out of.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by superfluousPastry View Post
    I chose MB because HK is also the name of a strain of cannabis and for that reason it evokes images in my mind of unwashed hippies trading bootlegs of Grateful Dead shows whilst arguing various tedium like what era of Jerry's iconic beard they prefer. Not that these associations are bad, they are just something I've let go of and grown out of.

    peace brother

    Hindu Kush is the name of a mountain range in central Asia, mostly in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. Named for this mountain region is a strain of weed that is pure indica strain called Hindu Kush. My guess is Mr. Dubrana's perfume is named after the region or mountains. There is also an Indian Kush attar that is pure vetiver, very potent. I think the perfume references the mountainous region - but that is just my guess.

    If I were picking I would pick Mecca Balsam, but just a personal preference. I have owned full bottles of both.

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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Maybe we should start a new official thread for AbdesSalam Attar fragrance discussion.
    Great idea Diamondflame! And I'd suggest to move it to the General Fragrance Board, so it won't get lost in an ocean of Aventus!!
    Please report on your tests!
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    I ordered samples of the two StC perfumes. I like the name "Cold Water Canyon", it gives me goose bumps.



    I started a new "official" thread. Have a look here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394...68#post3306268
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    Default Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Quote Originally Posted by iodine View Post
    Great idea Diamondflame! And I'd suggest to move it to the General Fragrance Board, so it won't get lost in an ocean of Aventus!!
    Please report on your tests!
    Not sure Iodine - I'm sure we'll get a few replies asking which Profumo.it fragrance smells like Aventus!!!

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