Candan - pronounced 'chun-tik
chun-dun' is one very
special oud oil. Co-distilled
from 70% Candan agarwood and 30% Malaccensis agarwood, this oud is so
in every way that you'll have a tough time finding anything lacking in
of the Candan species of agarwood
grow in clusters at the feet of mountains and hill tops. They are
significantly taller than other types of agarwood trees, but they are
much narrower and the amount of resinated heartwood that is found in
them is far less as well. This of course makes the overall cost per
kilogram of the harvested wood more expensive.
harvest may be smaller
(quantity-wise), but the sheer quality
of Candan's aroma beats all other types of agarwood. A drop of Cantik
Candan is three times more potent than other ouds, and its amazing
richness and depth are simply unparalleled.
you have never smelled real
Cambodian oud of the
yesteryears - not the 'Cambodi' ouds you can easily acquire today which
are actually of Thai origin - then you'll be pleased to know that
Cantik Candan's aroma is astonishingly similar.
with a powerful sweet resinous
woody note accompanied by mouthwatering guava, leading to a warm honey
note with subtle accents of henna and saffron. The top and heart notes
would make you think you've stumbled across a long lost bottle of
vintage Cambodian oud.
Beautiful notes of warmed cocoa and candied tobacco emerge as the oil
develops on your skin some more. The raw material was distilled in
copper apparatus, so needless to say there are some very pretty floral
and fruity hints as well - ripe plum flesh, dark cherries, and a hint
sweet wild flowers being the most prominent.
Did we mention how powerful it is? Apply
some Cantik Candan, and within moments a person 20 feet away will catch
a whiff of your aura.
ancient agarwood, 100% high grade. 100% guaranteed to satisfy.
materials procured in Johor, close to the Pahang border. Distilled in
very rare and prized Cambodian copper-alloy pots crafted nearly a
others are saying:
Cantik candan is also another favorite. Trying it slowly to enjoy
it throughout the day. Wonderful for me. I love the strong woody smell.
holy smokes! It's hands down the cleanest, clearest, best oud oil I've
wore Cantik Candan today for the entire day and really like its strong
but not offensive complex woody, and sometimes powdery and slightly
floral, masculine scent.
M.C. (Hong Kong)
Have tried the Kemegahan and Cantik Candan so far and loved both, but I
must say Cantik Candan is from a different world! :) Absolutely terrific oud!
I was thinking of placing another order of Cantik Candan.. This one is
just too addictive! I can confidently say that this is Oud has probably
the best top and base note that I have ever smelled!! Absolutely
Step through the portal that is Cantik Candan and enter another world...
Your sandaled feet tread a wide dirt road between fields such verdant
green they can only be rice paddies. The air embraces you, warm and
still, but now here comes a tiny breeze, trailing scents of something
spicy... vanilla. The silence is broken by the unmistakeable clanking
of wooden bells that grace the necks of great, gentle water buffalo;
tinkling laughter and chatter of brown-limbed children; cicadas humming
in the branches of the occasional spreading tree. Your feet kick up
soft dust; it tickles your nostrils like the sweetest baby powder. You
catch whiffs of smoke, wafting from a nearby field house... someone is
roasting peppers. The sky is so blue, but looming on the horizon are
burgeoning clouds of purple gray, pregnant with storm. Rain is coming;
you can smell it in the air.
Welcome to the adventure...
Cantik Candan is the most combination of oud I’ve yet had the
pleasure of experiencing. Spicy, woody, sweet, smokey, dusty, a tiny
bit of fruity flower. And I promise, there are moments when I thought
something was burning nearby; nope, the bubbling scent of heated oud
chips on my wrist!
This oil last for hours (overnight even!), and there’s not a
split second that isn’t pure pleasure.
Cantik is perfection.
I wore it on my wrist again (for the fifth time in as many days) last
night, and my nose just wouldn’t leave my arm. I love, love, love
It's a lighthearted, aristocratic individual.
A.J. (Saudi Arabia)
This oil is everything I had hoped it would be and more. It's very
potent and resinous with great projection and longevity. I love the
sweet tobacco and leathery notes. As well as the classic Cambodian
scents. This oil is like a mixture of two of your greatest oils; Oud
Kampuchea and Sempurna. The best of both worlds!
The Cantik is a really mighty oil. I like it, from my first two trials.
It has a highly interesting note that I can only describe thus: "as if
licorice was vanilla". It is the strongest and "darkest" vanilla note I
have ever experienced.
Very smooth and calming to my senses.
One crazy thing about this oil is that I can smell it as soon as I
apply a drop even when my nose isn’t anywhere near my wrist. I
think it’s one of the richest oils I’ve come across- both
on my skin and nose-to-the-bottle-opening :-) In the bottle the oil
smells so saturated, so condensed, that I can’t wait to put some
on so it can let loose and breathe! The most prevalent note is thick
and balsamic with accompanying accents of leather and licorice, and
there’s a surprising burst of twiggy freshness that’s most
noticeable when I first swipe it. I think it’s kind of cool that
even though the oil is sweet there isn’t any swishy femininity
about it- it’s very robust and powerful. It manages to feel
substantial, heavy and deep without being grave, it’s sweet
without being coy and it’s very rich without being ostentatiously
glamorous. It makes me think of a stand of balsams piercing the snow,
raging campfires, cratered earth, bitter chocolate, fizzy Coke and a
worn, pummeled baseball glove. Despite it’s youth there's so much
substance and complexity to this oil, and it already goes through so
many transformations on the skin, I can only imagine that it’s
going to become better and better as it mellows and matures with age.
No "getting used to" necessary here, this is heaven in a bottle. What
an amazing and beautiful scent! And very rich, so much going on in it.
I especially note rich chocolate and coffee. It's easy to see why it is
so highly prized.
I liked the oil quite a bit. It's a very unusual oil - the opening has
that tart "guava" note you'd expect from what Ensar refers to as
classic Cambodi (not the sweet fruity caramel most people associate
with "Cambodi" having tried the recent Thai oils marketed as Cambodi).
It also has a very light and etherial Borneosque top note component,
and even though the two personas of this oil (Cambodi and Borneo) don't
blend into one, they play very harmoniously with each other, creating
an impression of a very unusual (obviously) union but still a perfectly
matched one. The Cambodi element recedes somewhat as the oil dries down
so the Borneo aspect becomes dominant, but there's still a nice Cambodi
afterglow in the heart and base part of the spectrum. The drydown is
not dissimilar to Sempurna, although I'd say it's more rounded and
polished because of the Hirta presense. The oil is apparently still
very fresh but I was surprised not to find much (if any) of the
customary fresh notes. I think it will be awesome for when the weather
finally warms up here, I am sure a bit of heat and humidity will make
it absolutely explode.
As soon as I smelt it the first thing thing that came to mind was silky
milk chocolate, I could feel the dopamine levels increasing in my brain
and it kept pulling at my heart strings. Having this will complete the
Malaysian collection. This will be the true definition of the 3
musketeers (Sempurna, Kemegahan and Cantik).
It is a lovely one. Bravo, you hit this one out of the Park.