of the things that surprised most folks who smelled Kinam
Attar was that it smelled
identical to heated kinam wood slivers. Not an
approximation, not a cheap imitation utilizing birch tar
to emulate the wood burning experience. No, it was like
literally sticking your nose inches above gently heating
the success of Kinam Attar and Khmer Kinam,
we are excited to unveil Kelantan; our first
ever extrait that captures the true-to-life aroma of
sizzling (non kinam) agarwood chips. This time, the aroma
is that of fuming "super king" grade agarwood nuggets.
Kelantan is an ode to oud from the northeastern tip of
Malaysia, the State of Kelantan Darul Naim ("the Abode of
Along with kinam, my experience with the 'Candan'
agarwood species from the eastern coast of Malaysia
(including Kelantan State) most likely surpasses that of any
I do not say that with hubris.
As for kinam: I have been using it as medicine for... I
don't even remember how long. Chewing it relieves me of my
chronic eye pain stemming from a condition that I have.
And as for Malaysian agarwood: Agar Aura operated primarily
as a wholesaler of wild Malaysian agarwood between
2014-2017, and we handled some of the finest east-coast
Malaysian wood eyes have ever seen (this
was one of our very last batches - wood like this is extinct
in Malaysia now).
So it is no coincidence that for Agar Aura's true-to-life
wood extraits, sizzling kinam and bubbling Malaysian
agarwood are the first two scents I went for, as they are
the ones I am most intimately familiar with.
If you've already tried our Kinam Attar and Khmer Kinam then
it should come as no surprise that Kelantan also captures
it's eponym's scent and soul perfectly.
Utilizing our in-house aged cinnamon and vanilla tinctures
for the right kind of rounded creamy cinnamic aroma (far
from the shrill tone of cinnamon essential oils and
absolutes), Malaysian tea tincture to give that bellowing
oomph to the bittersweet resinous tones, and the most
scrumptious propolis extract that brings the super king
grade velvety feel to life, Kelantan captures every facet of
the wood perfectly.
There's of course the lip-smacking cola that all species of
Malaysian oud are well-known for.
An ethereal, mentholated aroma permeates the opening notes,
identical to what you find in all of the highest grades –
the best being super king grade – of Malaysian agarwood.
But Kelantan wood is primarily known for its pepper and
orange shortbread notes, and they join the stage soon.
Then there's the mouthwatering vanilla-cinnamon cake baking
in the oven aroma – without exception, all
super king grade agarwood regardless of provenance possess
Chewy resinous and deep green jungly notes sing their
melodies into the drydown.
The two most loved Oud scent profiles in the western
hemisphere, by a mile, are Vietnamese and Malaysian. Few,
though, have experienced what the aroma of the raw woods
have to offer.
Kelantan gives you the chance to experience exactly that. A
couple spritzes on your chest or garment, be prepared to be
swept up and swirled away into the most fragrant reverie.