you were to ask me, "If you could
ONE oud oil, which one would it be?"
I would answer without a second's hesitation, "Sultan's Solace".
from what could easily be the most ancient trees ever
used for producing an oud oil, these agarwood trees were
neither chopped down nor were slices from a standing tree used for
producing the oil. Rather, these trees were discovered already dead,
buried deep under a marsh in Papua island. The trees were
gigantic and could easily have been 200-300 years old.
trees were Aquilaria
Filaria - a species of
agarwood whose oil you may have never smelled before. No doubt, there
are some Papua oils in the market, but almost all of those oils that
you can lay your hands on today were distilled using 'typical'
Indonesian distillation techniques.
Sultan's Solace, on the other hand, is a dream come true for me - a
vision I've had for almost 3 years, but couldn't put into action for
reason or another - until now.
too many reasons to count, it is next to impossible today to conduct
a high quality
custom distillation of Papuan agarwood (low
quality Papuan materials, on the other hand, are the most abundant in
the market today). So when the
opportunity arose, I knew I had to avail it.
a distillation design with attention paid to every little detail, the
oil was extracted using the optimal
distillation setup required for crafting the finest Papuan oud possible.
Without going into all the details, the long and short of it is that
this is an oil extracted using gentle hydro-distillation
apparatus. Most Papua ouds you find today have been distilled using the
method, and in thin-walled
stainless-steel apparatus -- a combination that has the sole aim of
minimizing costs, and its negative effects are blatant in the aroma:
you get an oil that's metallic, salty, and high-pitched.
On the other hand, the combination we chose is a match made in heaven
as far as
Aquilaria Filaria oud is concerned.
move on to this oil's aroma.
may have noticed with oils like Sempurna,
and others, that our focus has been to produce oils that capture
something of the scent of heated agarwood chips. But in the
of Sultan's Solace, the
unusual properties of Filaria oleoresin combined with our unique
distillation setup gave us an oil that is as close as possible
that you can
get to the
scent of bubbling agarwood chips. Take the finest Borneo, Indian, Thai
any other ouds, and they won't even come close to the amazing accuracy
of this oil in capturing that aroma.
of the neatest thing about Sultan's
Solace is that it features lots of bright top notes as well as dark,
deep base notes. This makes the oud extremely versatile so you can wear
it year-round. And what's even more fascinating is that you will smell
the base notes even in the opening, and the top notes even in the
Sweet sassafras and oakmoss balance the earthy and foresty notes.
Crystalline wintergreen and pine ride on top of dark resinous notes. An
addictive woody smokiness permeates the entire scent spectrum.
Absolutely NO leather or animalic elements.
In short: burn the finest agarwood from Papua, or apply a swipe of this
oil - you'll achieve the same effect.
others said about this product:
great oud oil, fresh,
green and darkned, woody, smoky, everything that I like.
It has a smokiness, but
nothing overwhelming and it is actually quite complex and I would never
guess it to be a Paupan oud. When I hear Paupan, I somehow seem to
equate it with being a lower quality, but this is not the case. This
smells like a light, refreshing, spring mist Borneo. It is definitely
clean and refreshing while maintaining a sense of masculinity. I
understand how you described it as maintaing the incense quality.
Eh bien , finalement , je
n'ai pu m'empêcher d'essayer immédiatement sur mon
gauche. Et qu'elle odeur ! Difficile à trouver les termes
exactes , mais je peux dire que je suis frappé par une odeur
très pur de bois . Un oud effectivement lumineux...Le plus
incroyable , c'est que j'ai à peine effleuré ma
le parfum... L'huile est vraiment très concentrée
From the moment I took my
I knew this was something I had to have a full bottle of. Lovely
'burnt' type opening. Smokey to the max, I found myself smelling it
again and again. It's not the burning you associate with a garden fire
or something unpleasant. This is top quality, primeval oud. It has a
fragrance that permeates so much I can taste it in the back of my
It smells strong, yet smooth, creamy even and refined. This is a unique
oud and I can see how many Western takes on Oud have tried to copy it's
It's very natural smelling and I'm overjoyed to have a bottle of this
in my collection.
Recently I've sampled about 15 pure Ouds from different suppliers - not
a single one smells like this! I'm seriously considering a back up
My nose about 6
inches from the swipe of oil: "Wow, this oil is great. It smells so
pleasant, like a spring mist rain on deep, foresty, mossy island
covered in fog
"oohhh how pleasant this stuff smells great, let me get closer..."
As my nose is about 2 inches from the fresh swipe....
" Oooh yes, this is so fresh and crisp and slighly smokey....
zZZZZzzaap, snap crack ZZZzzzzZZZ...as my brain shuts down from being
overloaded with such complexity and pleasantness."
Reminds me of the ouds of days gone by.