Between horrible, mediocre and spectacular, there are quite a few oud oils on the market from the eastern part of Borneo island, known as Kalimatan Timur or Kaltim for short. Our Borneo Symphony is an example of a very high quality oil extracted from trees from this part of the island.
But the western part of Borneo island - Kalimantan Barat or Kalbar for short - is a region whose oud very few people are acquainted with. Oud Kalbar is a Borneo oud oil that will introduce to you a scent profile you have never come across before.
The opening boasts the most floral note I have ever come across in any oud oil. Accents of cananga, osmanthus and other 'wet' florals dominate for about a minute before a spicy cinnamon streak emerges. A rich almost jasmine-like quality binds the floral notes together, but without any jasmine note itself. The Borneo signature note serves as a deep base for the scintillant floralicious accents.
As the oil develops on the skin, it begins to displays more of the classic 'bitter' woodiness that is the hallmark of Borneo agarwood, and the wet floral notes also become softer. Layer by layer, the development of the scent is identical to that of heated Kalbar agarwood chips.
As the oil develops further and approaches the dry down stage, it becomes drier and more powdery. It now smells like a room where Kalbar agarwood was burned a few hours ago. Dry, sweet, floral and woody.
Note that although this oil boasts a very vibrant floral quality it is by no means an exclusively feminine scent. It does however easily qualify as being one of the most female-friendly ouds.
Addictively complex, thoroughly engaging, deeply satisfying, and extremely limited supply. Don't miss out on this rare beauty