Inspired by the sights and smells
experienced in old Arabian souks, Al Arabiya
features a multi-layered ensemble of scent notes that is
sure to enchant your senses.
Spray some on your wrist... inhale... close your eyes. You’ll find yourself at an old attar shop in which the aromas of frankincense and bakhoor infuse every surface - even the walls emit their sacred scents. Countless gold-trimmed glass flacons ornament beckoning shelves, their sweet, floral and spicy notes vying for attention. An incense burner sitting on the vendor's table emits a plume of scented smoke. Oud, frankincense, bakhoor. Their beauty is hypnotic.
As you leave the shop, you spot people lounging outside the Gahwa cafe next door, furiously puffing away on hookah pipes. Raw tobacco, molasses, sweet figs. Inside the cafe, the counters are decorated with pastries garnished with rosewater, honey and pistachios. Waiters scurry out in single file, pouring coffee into depleted cups. You inhale deeply, enjoying the smell of Arabica coffee spiced with cardamom.
Jasmine garlands hang along the arched walls of the Souq, scenting the air with their scintillating, siren notes. You pick up another strong floral-herbal fragrance and discover the source: a throng of fervent girls are crowded around a henna stall, each impatiently waiting to get her hands painted - a wedding celebration must account for their gaiety. Every so often, you pass by more attar shops burning bakhoor pellets at their doors to lure customers.
More coffee shops line the alleys. Spice vendors are busy haggling and stuffing bags with cloves, cardamom, and Sabah Baharat spice blends. Their bustle adds a spicy edge to the aromas already perfuming the air.
Saffron, coffee, henna, jasmine. Bakhoor, frankincense, oud.
I breathe in and wonder if I’m in a dream. If it’s a dream it’s one I know I want to return to again and again. I smile. Al-Arabiya will always bring me back there. I spray some on. I close my eyes.
The Al Arabya is utterly
delicious as well!
I get more frankincense, tobacco, spice and Oud with Arabiya...with possibly just a touch of fruit.
Al Arabiya I think is gonna be really well liked! It smells very much like the website description and it projects off my skin well. I get mostly a dark tobacco with bakhoor mixed in, and a woody jasmine background.
This is floral and spicy. I'm getting cardamom? Possibly some other warming spices but I can't pick it apart yet. Ginger? Then a touch of jasmine and / or rose? Yeah, that's got some rose, but it has backbone. The spiciness fades in and out. Don't be fooled, this is not an overly floral fragrance, but the flowers add nuance to what would otherwise just be a pop of spice. Then there's a base note. Tobacco? Paan? No, that's oud, deep down, basement level, petrichor and old wood, like a statue carved from sandalwood 100 years ago, where you get up real close and stuff your nose into a crack and inhale vanilla and resin.
This is the first floral attar I've smelled where I want to just jam it way back in my sinuses and never let it go. Turkish restaurants at 2AM, spicy and thick with hookah smoke and summer roses.
Mind Buzz: Captivating
I’m fascinated by how clearly this perfume actually tells the story Taha wrote in his description of the blend- it’s so easy and fun to smell the vignettes as they unfold. Moment-by-moment the different scents drift by- the balsamic mysteriousness of frankincense, the rose-ensconced opulence of bakhoor, the smoke of burning agarwood, the dry earthiness of golden henna- the list goes on. The complexity of notes allows me to get lost in each moment, wandering down the scent-encrusted alleyways Taha so vividly describes. Just when I think I know the perfume a new note appears that adds to the vividness of the picture. Sometimes it’s dark with smoke, other times it’s lively with the zing of cinnamon, it momentarily throbs with the sensuousness of heady florals and at other phases a gentle powderiness emerges. I don’t really know what to expect at any particular moment and that’s what I like best- Al-Arabiya’s complexity, contrasts and surprises. I may never visit SA but as long as I have a bottle of Al-Arabiya on hand I won’t feel as though I completely missed out.
I received my bottle of Al-Arabiya today in the mail and it is one of the most alluring and unforgettable scents I have ever come across.
It's very very dark, both visually as well as aromatically, slightly sweet...think figs or dates, slightly balsamic, musky, resinous, earthy and root-ey (vetiver?) ... very slightly floral, with just a touch of tobacco perhaps. I don't get the aoud much over the first couple hours, it comes through after the top-notes have dried down a bit. When it does come in, several hour after application and quite strongly in my observations (but by no means overpowering) , it smells to me like a Hindi aoud, or perhaps an Indo-Chinese, or a blend of the two... slightly "barnyardy"... but I like that. This will be an amazing oil for the cold winter months... yet as I state this, I'm reminded of how nice it was, even on the warm days I've worn it... I get a hint of, vetiver perhaps (something that feels soothing / refreshing in warm weather), and also frankincense in the dry-down, along with the aoud. Over 12 hours in and I can still smell it, excellent longevity. I've only had the Al Arabiya for perhaps a week, so I'm still picking out the notes, still discovering more to it's structure... so far, I am amazed. Huge thanks to Taha! I really couldn't be happier with this purchase.
It is a beatiful spices mix,harmony,mossy,and sometimes very bright,not strong but solid fragrance.
Al-Arabiya beautifully captures and aromatically renders the East. A stunningly dynamic Mukhallat, Al-Arabiya contains a deep level of aromatic contrast that is brought into a wonderful harmony of notes. This oil truly sings. And beyond singing, it paints a vivid picture in mind and feeling of the Eastern world. Al-Arabiya is easily the finest Mukhallat that Agar Aura has ever released.
Just got the samples today, al-Arabiya is fantastic, very tempted to buy a full size.
- Customer (UK)
One thing that causes me to give a perfume high marks is it’s complexity and ability to show different facets as it develops. Al-Arabiya is one such creation. It is constantly shifting, each shimmering nuance (floral, resinous, spicy, herbal, earthy- jasmine, frankincense, cloves, tobacco, henna to name a few), revealing unique and distinct impressions while we journey down a winding path through the alleyways of a Middle Easter souk. Every clear and rippling note echoes at a different interval and I never know which elements are going to flow together and form a surprising and delightful alliance.