Today I am spending another blessed few hours with Ceylon No. 1. This oil is simply the most beautiful oil I've ever smelled, and its beauty keeps growing. And it is that special kind of heartbreaking beauty also...
As you have pointed out it is beyond words. Anyway, I thought to purchase another bottle in order to live with this oil, to take it with me through life so to speak. It is giving me insights into a world of beauty that I simply would not have access to otherwise.
We just got Ceylon no.1. Wow! It is even better than in the
sample!!! No words...
I was surprised when I read your (non-) description of the
Al-Syed Ceylon No 1. How could this be possible? How come he
can’t find words to describe the scent ? -I asked myself.
Well, now that I have it before my nose I understand what
you mean. On the opening notes you are dead on. Honey,
guava, wild flowers, perhaps a hint of honeysuckle.
Splendid! Reminds me of the first spring sunny days laying
down in the fields. So different from any other ouds I have
smelled so far. (O.k. there are not many, but still : ). But
then, it changes radically. Extremely versatile, the scent
becomes wild, savage, a transformation from Bastet to
Sekhmet, from a sweet pussycat to a Siberian tiger. And
then, effectively, one finds no words to describe what
happens afterwords. At some point I catch a hint of incence
like the one we use at the orthodox mess, but that’s all.
Now I fully understand what you mean.
take it that your familiar with Beethoven's 5th...at least
the beginning: "da da da Dum; da da da Dum." You could be
listening to a symphony in a major key...Maybe E flat major
instead of the C minor (as labeled on the cover page).
However, my point is that the single most forceful,
electrifying opening to that symphony--is actually much more
complex and multilayered than one realizes. Your Al Syed
Ceylon No. 1... has that multi-layered DEPTH. (IMHO). No
wonder there's TOO many ways to express its characteristics.
And per your customer AA (Croatia): I can smell
And a lot more. Beyond amazing.
is something mystical about a really beautiful scent, smell
can be otherworldly, premonition of paradise. So, how is
Utterly refined, clean, powdery, floral and resinous and
most importantly heart-breaking. Smells like agarwood
flowers in bloom. Arabic name for Lanka is Serendib,
serendipity derives it's meaning from it (that's what
wikipedia says at least). And what a lucky surprise this oil
is. The opening is gorgeous, even nicer than what smell from
the bottle promises. Violets, cantaloupes, mimosa,
narcissus, russian rose, tiare, coffee blossom, purest heart
of frankincense, green tea, muskiness, iris and frangipani.
banana and pear blossoms, chamomile kinam with a lightest
touch of osmanthus, saltiness and bitterness. Youthfulness
and purity, a cloud of magic. This is a green oil, but of an
unique floral kind.
It feels like an island oil, Borneo, Maluku, Sumatra but
there's Papua, Malaysia, Thai and Hindi elements as well.
And at this point I really don't care if what I smell is
kinam or isn't. We should call this wallam...
Sri Lanka, definitely a powerhouse and amazing development.
Very medicinal opening..I wasn't too drawn to the initial
opening notes but the dry down was a show stopper. Clearly
amazing raw materials. The potency and magnification of pure
pristine notes is remarkable.
job on the Syed Ceylon No 1
opening is honey, light and bright, infused with the typical
notes of walla patta, a hint of citrus, fresh apple,
steaming chamomile tea, a slight dark violet leaf note
seeping through. This is for just the first five minutes or
so...then, just as in Adhirajya, a sudden transposition
takes place as the oil moves up towards the ether, the
previous notes are absorbed into a crystalline note, laced
with the tiniest amount of bitter chlorophyll and still with
the soul of walla patta. Every part of the fragrance is
revolving in a beautiful synergy here, whence its
etherealness and the lack of an adequate description I
believe. It never fully disseminates back into its
constituent notes, rather it slowly reduces in pitch until
it is a mellowed crystal honey fusion. Truly sublime.
wow!!! Ceylon No1 is just a thing of beauty. Its amazing.
Glowing, radiant, delectable honey. Drizzled over the most
amazing Borneo-ish base. And no common Borneo either. We're
talking only the best of all time. Great oil.
unique part comes in after it's applied to the skin, within
minutes it starts morphing into something else... it still
retains the oudiness but the rest of the scent seems to
almost completely change. After 15 minutes or so I get the
most complex aroma I've ever smelled from oud oil, and one I
have experienced only in part with other oils... it's unique
enough I think scent memory might be stretched a bit to come
up with descriptors, so as the saying goes YMMV! So, for me
I get a musky, earthy, rosy, woody and extremely oudy scent.
I recognize the soaring etherial oud notes, more balsamic
oud notes, a musky/earthy note similar to Indah Sumbawa, but
cleaner... notes similar to Sultan's Solace but not as
metallic, maybe a touch remaining of the Borneo-like
beginning phase, and also a hint of rosy florals.
And yes, this oil is more psychoactive than most... usually
you get a bit of an effect from oils, more from smoke, but
this oil is like inhaling concentrated smoke in it's
effects. Uplifting and grounding at the same time, more
in-the-moment, it's an interesting, very contemplative and
meditative state of mind.
It smells like the wood: top and heart notes smells like
walla patta, which for me is a mix of honey and something
fresh like camphor or eucalyptus, maybe pine. The dry down
is very strange, I can't find oudiness in it, more something
that I can relate to in sandalwood or other woods but not
agarwood. Then again I just tried a tiny bit and once so
far. And btw, thats not a negative criticism, I really wish
to get a full bottle of this if I can, and I might ...
Really well done on this one, it just makes me sad I missed
on N.2 ...
oils are, of course, amazing! The translucency of the scent
each one emits is unparalleled. When wearing them both, you
develop a clear image of how they relate to each other on
the olfactory spectrum. It's obvious they're nearly
identical in note composition, but it's as if #1
reverberates on higher frequency when compared to it's
know I've smelled the opening note of your Ceylon No. 1
before. It isn't just honey (to me) as it is to the others
on Gaharu.com who have been describing it, although I
understand why they describe the note as honey as well.
I've been trying to remember what this scent is, but it
morphs, so it is hard to lock onto a comparison except
fleetingly. It smells sort of like ripe starfruit to me at
first then changes to a perfect honey and lemon tea
before evolving on; it is really more perfume-like than any
oud oil that I've smelled before.
Is it permissible to order a second bottle of this amazing
The honey note is also there in Ceylon No. 2. Strong and
sweet. Like a type of natural sugar. Neither of your
Al-Syed Ceylon oils were anything like I imagined they might
be. I must say that they are both astounding. Truly
No.1 puzzled me that night I smelled it. I feel it has that
psychoactive twang that you get with some oils.
also seems like a more concentrated oil, I'm using a very
small amount. So price is more reasonable than it seems, and
the quality of the experience is amazing. I think I'd rather
have a smaller quantity of oils like this than a larger
collection of oils that are nowhere close in quality. This
is making me re-think things in terms of value... and that
despite the very high per mL price the value exceeds other
am going to have to spend some time with this one. This is
serious juice that I am going to have to wear a bunch of
times to get my mind around. Also, this oil is very narcotic
in its experience.
I would call this oil multifaceted. I personally would not
call it a linear or vertical evolution. It is like Kafka's
the oils came the other day, and I will give you a
better report after I get over the no 1 ! I knew I
shouldn't, but tried it first. No 2 is certainly
gorgeous, though, compared to the 1, well,
I'll have to give a couple days space between them.
literally freaking out over these! Actually, over No 1, if
I'm being honest:) I love No 2 for the more rugged note
overtures (if rugged could even be applied here), but No 1
is so ethereal, it made me cry.. Truly. I teared up the
first time I had my nose to it. It was like peeking through
a crack of our world into some other place, something so
pristine, so pure and unspoiled by human presence, that I
almost felt guilty experiencing it. Often when I come across
divinely beautiful things, I experience something similar to
synesthesia: a current of textures, shapes, colors, or
musical notes, which come bubbling up like a rising tide. I
can't really explain the connection I have with Ceylon no.1,
but, if you have a pair of headphones, or decent speakers, I
could tell you what it "sounds" like to me...