know that wild agarwood is on the
verge of extinction. Given this looming grim fate, agarwood farmers in
Thailand have made great advancements in farming sustainable agarwood
trees, and trying to replicate the aroma of wild agarwood as best as
bore testimony to the fact that oils extracted from cultivated trees
can smell great. But it requires great attention to every detail of the
I often wondered what a true wild Thai oud would smell like. Typically,
the origin of most Thai agarwood trees is actually Cambodia. Saplings
were imported from there and planted in Thailand, and they are the
source of most of the so-called "Cambodi" oud oils today.
But what about Thai oud, extracted from agarwood trees native to
Thailand? What would that smell like?
Distilled exclusively from wild Thai agarwood, the scent of Kritsana Pa
is full of surprises.
The only thing I can think of, as I inhale the opening notes, is white
lotus. Not blue lotus which is crisper, nor pink lotus which is more
pungent. After a few minutes, the powdery-sweet scent of frangipani and
champaca starts to emerge, with herbaceous green undertones. Far from
typical Thai oud oils that are fruity, there are hardly any fruity
And then, the woody notes begin to surface, revealing the biggest
surprise. This oil doesn't smell like any other Thai or Cambodian oil
I've tried before. Had I not known of its Thai origin, I would have
imagined this was a Malaysian oud!
Imagine digging your nose into a paulownia wooden box that has housed
the finest Japanese incense for decades. Elegant, sweet-balsamic, and
with an incensey accord verging labdanum, the aroma is
something I had never expected to experience in a Thai oud. Utterly
delicate and gentle, there are no sharp tones generally associated with
ouds from Thailand.
Kritsana Pa was distilled in a copper pot - which amplifies floral
tendencies - so the floral note of lotuses permeates the entire scent
spectrum from opening to drydown.
An exquisite oud from The Land of Smiles, Kritsana Pa is sure to bring
a smile to your face and joy to your soul.
others said about this product:
is very good, it reminds me of the sweet honey mountain air I
experienced in the summer at the Blue Mountains Australia,The smell is
very complex with many different notes twisting around delighting my
senses. Amazing stuff, well done and thank you.
Pa is amazing.
It is very "alive" and has a wonderful spicy wood base that is always
On top of that is a kind of floral, sweet note that might be fruity but
It comes and goes layering off and on the spicy wood notes.
Overall a very comfortable and pleasing scent.
It really shows that Thai oils are to be taken seriously.
"Kritsana Pa" is wonderful. I have a sample and it's the best Oud I
have smelled yet. I am quite new to Oud so I am not an expert, but this
Oud is very smooth and refined.
Sorry for bothering you, but I can't get "Kritsana Pa" out of my head!
I catch myself almost everyday going on your website, reading the
description of it, reading the reviews...
It may indeed come as a surprise that this oil was composed by nature.
But through Taha's genius I am blessed with an oil that is not only
refined but has the qualities that only wild harvested wood can convey.
The tranquil blooms of lotus is evident through out the oils journey. I
also detect narcotic hints of frangipani and jasmine too. The oil
develops to a woody accord reminiscent of my beloved Japanese incense.
Punctuated by the sweetness of Vanilla. This is truly an oud to be
The Kristana is so alive..... quite intense in a good way!
It is a very clean oil, no off putting notes whatsover. For me it is
fruity and woody at the same time. I actually like the fact that it is
not a "loud" oud, this one is only for those nearest to you, but it
lasts a very long time. I applied it before going to work around 8AM
and I could still smell it at 4 in the afternoon! I'm sure I will have
more thoughts as I apply it a few more times, but this is a really
great oil. One that can be worn in any setting (office, out to dinner,
or even just relaxing on the beach) which is really nice!
More woody than anything else and a bit fruity. It has a
Cambodian style but isn't jammy like most Cambodian ouds I've
tried. There were moments when the woodiness reminded me of
sandalwood and the fruity notes evoked a sense of oranges.
was a bit of a green note in there that smelled like mint to
A minty orange-citrus woody oud.
Kritsana Pa, now this stuff is refined. Personally, I can almost tell
this is a Thai oil, only due to the fact that I get the orange and
yellow colored fruits that in my limited experience, have been from
Thai oils. This isn't a sticky or jammy fruit though. This is a FLORAL
fruit. I also definitely pick up a light floral incense, and the color
of this incense is green. Not minty at all, nor is there any harsh
smoke. Just ever so slightly herbal, leafy. This greenish, slightly
fruity, floral, and soft and smooth suede-like incense character is
what seems to run through the entire wearing. What a delicate,
beautiful oil this is!
I've been continuing to enjoy the Kritsana Pa. What a beautiful oil! I
just love the journey of it. It is such a wonderful experience to put
on a dab and follow the progression, from flowers to wood, over the
next couple of hours.
Strong brewed black tea, infused with wild flowers, sweetened with
honey, swirled together, melding into one heady, glorious
sometimes separating briefly before joining together again. There are
hints of bitterness, and of pepper, not always present, that peek out
occasionally, causing me to take notice and pause and wonder,
“now, where did that come from?”; these unexpected
surprises compliment the floral perfectly, adding depth and complexity
and mystery. After a while, the wood slowly emerges, and by the time it
does, it is so familiar that I realize it has been there all along.
I loved this oil! It is truly a gift from nature.