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Nankun Kodō (2015)
by Sultan Pasha


Nankun Kodō information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

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HouseSultan Pasha

About Nankun Kodō

This olfactive sculpture is pure 100% nirvana in a bottle. This is a near exact representation of my favourite Japanese incense: Shoyeido’s Nankun Kodō.

It's a composition that is very close to my heart as I created it for my own personal enjoyment of this ancient art form that unfortunately I can't enjoy at home due to my family's dislike of burning incense.

Out of respect for their wishes, I composed this composition after hours of research and experimentation using the finest ingredients possible. I used the exact ingredients as documented about Nankun; however, I added more as some of the documented composition was extremely vague to say the least.

As a result, I had to improvise with the olfactive materials to find a near exact match to the accords I experienced when burning these precious sticks... however, the condition was that the materials I used had to be easily available in Japan over the last hundred years.

I used Ambretollide to enhance the nutty ambrette absolute. This is the only synthetic I used in this composition and represents a mere 3% of the whole composition. I'm proud to say that this composition is 97% natural!

Reviews of Nankun Kodō

I have to say he has captured the smell of Japanese Incense which is a remarkably achievement. I get smoky resinous spicy woods with cypress and it even has that incensey turpentine smell you get with some of the Japanese incense. I like it as I could light one of my incense sticks and get a similar smell.

Now the longevity was only two hours each time on my skin from two wearings and the scent is very subtle bordering on undetectable. You just get subtle wafts here and there. Now I like this scent but it's more of a artistic fragrance experience than something you would wear as a fragrance. If I wanted to smell this type of scent I would just light one of my Japanese incense sticks and enjoy a stronger incense experience. Though I take my hat off to Sultan Pasha for this realistic artistic creation, it actually does smell like Japanese incense and in that it's a achievement!

08th June, 2019
...this is truly a meditative experience...first whiff brings me a blend of light gentle incense sitting on top of some barely barnyard oud with the smell i would get hit with when I would enter this old european/slavic herb shop i used to frequent...i can really smell the oud in this concoction...The Sultan never fails to amaze, amuse and entertain me with his creations...this is another one that doesn't make my to buy list, but still, it's wonderfull to kick back and enjoy smelling's kind of like buying a DVD of a movie you really like because you know you're gonna wanna watch it a bunch of times...sometimes you see a movie and really enjoy it, but not quite enough to make a point of watching it again...well , that's what it's like with this's a fun and enjoyable experience to smell this , but not quite enough to make it a repeat experience...a little more woods, especially nice sandalwood , rounds this with all Sultan attars...goes through a myriad of changes of the main sweetness , actually a touch of a sort of sourness , but not a bad one...
16th April, 2019
The overall impression reminds of japanese incense with an addition of dense spice for a spice woods scent to my nose. Cypress woods enhanced by patchouli and slightest oud are the grounding base. Sueded texture from Ambrette and Musk (Ambretolide) rest on top of the woods, while the spice blend adds a raw, grainy spice bin aroma that floats on top of the wood base and never fully merges with the woods. Spices of fenugreek, cumin, star anise, cardamom, clove, allspice mingle in the mixed blend. A characteristic of viscosity of oil as a carrier is the unwillingness to blend and merge all parts easily. So, when the nose leans in to smell Nankun Kodo, I smell the spices as if they were sprinkled on top of the wood resin oils. Lacks seamless absorption of the parts, but like japanese incense this has that sharp resinous pitch that is very nice. The longevity is a few hours if applied thinly with one swipe, longer if applied with two swipes. Rated - 7/10.
21st July, 2018
Spicy yellow and red earth. Reminiscent of the remains of my Shoyeido incense, but this one is less floral and seductive than what I use.
Nankun proposes an extremely contemplative route which is not the norm in perfumery where the aim is usually to seduce.
Far from the world of scented gloves and boudoirs, this takes one back to sweet pungent trees and seeds of the earth. For monks and samurai.
28th June, 2018
This is the first Sultan Pasha sample I've tried. My first response was to relax and forget about all my past attar traumas. I loathe anything with prominent notes of musk, rose or oud, so yeah, it's probably no surprise that attar sampling hasn't gone well for me in the past.
After three hours I'm experiencing a beautiful, smooth forest-y incense and there's a quality of naturalness coupled with fine craftsmanship that lets me know I'm in good hands. It smells different at different distances from the source and is constantly modulating. I haven't been tracking the progression carefully, but in addition to incense and forest, I've sensed some dark, salty licorice, the herbal smell of the traditional Chinese medicine concoctions my acupuncturist tips down my throat and, closer to the skin, pencil shavings
I'm excited to have ten more of these to enjoy because what is apparent already is that these attars deliver on the promise of fragrance - to take the wearer on a journey even as daily life continues; to add an element of mystery, beauty and unpredictability to the most mundane of days.
Oooo, as I'm sitting here writing this, it's starting to sweeten and I'm getting whiffs of a creamy lemon frankincense (plus real mysore sandalwood?) that reminds me of my current incense queen - Maria Candide Gentile's Exhultat. It's kind of just tickling my nose with this sweet incense modulating with a dark licorice aspect and my feelings may be shifting from appreciation to something more like love and I'm just entering hour four!
This is my first experience of genuine mysore sandalwood and after eight hours I'm still getting these gorgeous whiffs of sweet creaminess alternating with piney incense.
This morning, nearly 24 hours after application, I lay in bed with my nose pressed to my wrist just breathing it in. Each breath seemed to have a different scent, piney incense, an almost minty, camphorous aspect and that sandalwood - sweet, creamy and somewhat milky without being foody in the least. If anything it reminds me of the sweet acacia that blooms around my house in its tender botanical sweetness. Sooooo good and I can never get a full sniff of it. Just a tickle so I'm never sure if it's real or if I imagined it.
27th April, 2016

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