Oud oils from Borneo island have been described in many different ways - bright, ethereal, happy, and uplifting being the most popular terms used.
But seldom can an oud oil, from Borneo or elsewhere, be described as 'delicious'. Kuno Kayu, with its sweet notes of vanilla and fruits is one oil that can be described exactly as that - simply delicious.
The wood used for crafting Kuno Kayu was harvested from the most prized region of Borneo island, Malinau. It was distilled exclusively from trees that produced the agarwood resin naturally without human intervention. As a result it features the classic scrumptious notes that have made old-school Malinau/Tarakan oils the most unanimously loved Borneo oud oils.
The opening note, in one word, is utterly 'green'. There is a minty green coolness that is bright and uplifting, as well as a resinous greenness like that found in the initial vapory wisps that greet you when you gently heat high grade Borneo agarwood chips.
Featuring heart notes of mouthwatering vanilla and orange marmalade with hints of honeydew melons, the sweeter notes are balanced by a gummy resinous backdrop. The scent goes from bright and ethereal to fruity and resinous, and dries down to a dry-woody and powdery aroma with hints of fruits and a touch oftuberose.
Uplifting, satisfying, and downright delicious, Kuno Kayu is sure to please not just you but those around you as well.
I'm wearing this today and
can't believe how clean, light, and ethereal it i. It
has a soft smooth woodiness to it but with a snappy
crispness too, without being angular or edgy. I picked
up a fruitiness to it, too, but likened it to pineapple
- and thrown off because I've not smelled a fruity
This is some nice stuff and well worth the price!
Kuno Kayu is a very light- and gentle-noted Borneo oil (its smell is strong and long lasting), like all the notes have been raised for a musical octave, even the smell of resin is higher than usual. After the initial phase, Borneo character becomes clearly obvious. Very fruity floral. Has an elusive high note, which I haven't deciphered. Nice, and loveable.
I am digging the Kuno Kayo. There is something "refreshing" about it. I can apply a bit to the back of my hands and half a day later sit in class and smell the wintergreen, spearaminty freshness waft across my nose every once and a while. There is something cool and collective about the freshness and sweetness. Almost a mellowy breath mint for my mind and nasal passages. Perhaps a spiritual breath mint.
I'm wearing the oil today and I like it very much!
It's funny -- right after I applied it (and before I read your description of the scent) I was sniffing it and thinking I smelled honeydew.
The Kuno comes off with a very crisp mint that is now softening to a spicy warm almost woody vanilla powder!
Only got the sample today, but loved it right off the bat so ordered it ASAP given my knack of just missing out on things.
I've been meaning to write to you about it. Your description of it is really good. I get a lot of honeydew melon out of this one. Not a lot of orange but just a lot of melon sweetness. Subtle but very wearable in public.
The opening is what makes it so interesting. It's soft, rounded, and somewhat fruity, but not fruity like a Cambodian oil. Rather, I got notes of honeydew melon & vanilla along with the hallmark vapory quality of a quality Bornean oil. The fruitiness subsides within 1/2-1 hr., leaving behind the classic, vapory, minty, Bornean drydown of fresh, green wood.