long last its here. The oud that many of you have been waiting for, and
I can tell you its far more
magnificent than I could have imagined.
from an almost century-old tree spotted near the Kelantan-Pahang border
(see blog post here),
the quality of the oil is evident in its richness, depth and unusually
broad scent spectrum. And why
wouldn't it be? The tree was so old, and the resin so well-developed
that after fully drying the wood, some of
it was found to be sinking-grade agarwood (see
are ouds that are pretty because of floral notes, like Oud
And there are ouds that
are pretty because of fruity notes, like
Kuno Kayu and Ponlamai
about an oud that's pretty in its sheer oudiness?
That would be Sempurna.
there are some subtle fruity notes, even some caramelized honey.
But if you tried our Agar
you will know that Malaysian ouds are all about sheer oudiness.
Sempurna is no exception.
were two batches of oil distilled from this tree, and Sempurna was
distilled using copper apparatus whereas the other batch was distilled
using stainless-steel apparatus.
is cool, airy and uplifting in its opening notes, and warm
and resinous in its heart and base notes. But most significantly,
to the use of copper pots, the entire scent palette is imbued with an
elegant creamy-sweetness that cannot be described by anything but two
'agarwoody' and 'pretty'.
than the scent of furiously bubbling agarwood chips which is best
stainless-steel apparatus, Sempurna instead smells like the vapor
emitted from a very gently heated (not
burned) high grade agarwood chip. No harsh
burnt aroma, no acrid or
abrasive notes whatsoever. Just oudiness. Sweet, sweet oudiness.
others said about this product:
Sempurna and WOW, Taha, this is truly amazing. Sooo deep and... I don't
Funny thing. I was
sitting in my movie chair flipping through the channels and something
familiar kept tickling my nose. I knew what it was but was really
surprised to smell it. I shook my head and rechecked and it was still
there, very faint. I thought, I haven't burned any kyara for over 2
weeks could that sliver that I didn't cook all the way be the source? I
picked up the sliver and sniffed, nope not it. then I checked my arms
and its not really there but I do get wafts of kyara from, sempurna.
its been on my arms for 9 hours and Ive worn clothes and took a nap. to
me it feels like theres going to be a big change in the oil coming soon.
A.J. (Saudi Arabia)
I put on Sempurna yesterday morning and showered last night & I
still smell Sempurna lol what I nice smelling oud. I get sweet sweet
hints of Tonka,Balsam,cinnamon with this one. Or is it me. During the
day I'm like daaaaamn! That's nice. I can see why it's a pricier oud
oil. Goes a long way to two lil' dots is all I needed.
As soon as I got
my nose on oud sampurna I knew this is one special oil that will always
put a smile on my face. From the moment I opened the vial to the dry
down there's not a single off note. Fortunate is the person who can age
this oil, it will payback you back with lots of :-)
As far as Sempurna it is
simply exquisite!! Not a single off-putting note
whatsoever. For me I fell in love with the opening, which was
like a sweet honey. It actually reminds me quite a bit of a
Borneo oil, not completely but a little bit.
I was expecting that I was going to enjoy Sempurna, because, as you
know, I have developed a deep emotional connection with Oud Supreme;
and I thought since I love the one, I'll at least like the other.
I applied Sempurna to my wrist when I laid down for the night, knowing
that it would be at least half an hour 'til I fell asleep, and I would
have some time to focus without interruption. I was hit immediately
with a spiciness that I have recognized in a few of your oils. Yes,
there was that familiar pepper and cinnamon and clove, but somehow more
mellow than I'd experienced in other. If the opening notes of Sempurna
could be likened to chai tea, someone added a whole lot of cream.
Within a couple of minutes, an image leapt into my head: a great tree
in an quiet, shadowy forest. Everything was soft around the edges, out
of focus except for the flower; because, sprouting from the trunk,
level with my eyes and so clear, was a large blossom carved out of
wood! Its petals were open, and it was fashioned in such detail. And as
I held the vision in my mind, I thought, "Sempurna is what an agarwood
flower should smell like".
Strangely enough, some time after this mental picture faded away, the
scent on my wrist became somewhat floral. I realized the wooden flower
had been a harbinger of the notes that were soon to come. This wasn't
like any flower I've ever smelled before, and yet "floral" is the best
way I can describe the lovely, every-so-slightly sweet scent.
I have worn this oil twice since, and to sum it up (thus far), I would
say: Wearing Sempurna is like clothing oneself in a dream... the
beautiful, lingering dream of an ancient agarwood tree.
So yes, Taha, this oil is simply fabulous!
I did find that it is quite similar to Agar Supreme. Maybe a bit
fruitier and smoother. I think it's a beautiful and invoking oil. You
can tell it's made from highly resinated Agarwood chips. I am also
picking up the floral characteristics. All around a "beautiful" oud
The oil started off
medicinal then evolved onto an old fine wood/woody note... Which has
lead me to what I'm smelling right now and that's this rich
perfumey/resinous scent encased in the aroma of freshly chopped wood.
The opening is sweet and mellow, it echoes the scent of its source wood
(I was lucky to try the wood it was distilled from) and the wood's
yummy gentle sweetness, almost a Cambodi in its prettiness but with the
strong woody character one can only get from a Borneo. The oil's aroma
is oozing with the scent of resin and sheer oudiness, but is completely
unspoiled by the wood varnish note often found in Borneos, the type of
note that often spoils Borneo/Malay oils for me. Much like the source
wood which goes through three distinct stages when heated the Sempurna
displays three different personas throughout its development - almost
Cambodi-like sweetness, strong Borneosque airy oudiness and then
finally - a Berau/Papua gentle balsamic oudiness in its drydown. Every
time I try it I notice some other notes that I know from oils from
completely different regions, I love this game of discovery, exactly
the type of experience I am looking for in ouds!
I am lying on my bed,
totally blocking out the noise from downstairs, just chilling out in
the deliciousness of Sempurana. At the moment I feel as though I could
wear it every day and not tire of it. It's oud-y sweetness is "just
right"- not to thick, too thin, too fruity or too vanillic. It's the
oud that Goldilocks would have brought to the three bears on Christmas
morning if they'd all done their chores, their homework, and not eaten
any little girls during the past year :-)
I'd better sneak
my laptop downstairs, say my apologies, and get back to the "real
world". I don't know if I'll be able to shake off my mellowness.
has about the
smoothest, purest, agarwood note ive ever smelled. The next day it
turns to a sweet agarwood note on my arm.