If the ring of the name doesn't do it for you, the ringing notes of this oil will surely have you singing!
Ponlamai Thai, which means 'thai fruits', is exactly that. Its just about the fruitiest oud you've ever smelled.
Most decent Cambodian and Thai ouds display the delicious (and yet increasingly all-too-typical) notes of figs and plums. In mediocre and lower grade oils, everything is tainted with a pungent, rotting smell - a sign that the wood was oversoaked and fermented prior to the oil's extraction.
Different from both of these, Ponlamai Thai features notes of crisp crab apples, berries, nectarines, and exotic Thai fruits. Instead of the usual purple and burgundy hues that imbue most Cambodian and Thai ouds, this oil is all shades of yellow and orange. And the other shimmery notes present in the oil change them to a dazzling gold. Imagine a ray of light penetrating a drop of Cambodi Sultan, bursting into a brilliant spectrum.
From the selection of the raw materials to the extraction of the oil, every single step was carefully planned and controlled, to achieve this oud's aroma. If Oud Urjuani was the most floral oud you ever smelled, Ponlamai Thai is unmatched in its display of mouthwatering fruity notes.
From application to drydown, probably one of the most fascinating feature of this oil is its crystalline minty vibe. Its a crucial element in the overall orchestration of the scent notes. While most fruity ouds may have great top notes and even decent heart notes, they usually lack the deeper base notes found in other oud genres. This gives them a somewhat small scent spectrum.
And this is where Ponlamai Thai really shines (pun intended). Like other fruity oud oils, Ponlamai Thai does not boast deep base notes. But it more than makes up for it thanks to the incredibly high top notes of mint and crisp fruits, that last throughout the scent life, which effectively expands the scent spectrum, giving it the 'feel' of high quality Borneo ouds (Borneo oud lovers, take heed). The scent evolves to a molasses-doused tobacco fragrance (think apple-flavored hookah tobacco), and releases into a rich liqoured woody drydown.
If you're a seasoned oud collector, this oil will certainly be a unique addition to your collection. If you're new to ouds and worried about facing a steep learning curve, you can't go wrong with Ponlamai Thai.
I received the Ponlamai Thai oil yesterday
and was actually going to wait for a special occasion to
wear it. I could however smell it very well already
outside of the sample vial and was quite impressed. The
following day at work, I was worrying that it would sell
out before I got around to wearing it. From the
description you gave, the scent I could smell outside
the container and from the many comments, I had a hunch
that it would sell quickly. Sure enough the plain
bottles have already sold out. So, I decided to open the
sample and dab a little on my wrist. I was so taken and
so impressed by its scent I immediately made the
purchase. Reminds me of Oud Kampuchea. Except to me,
Ponlamai is smoother and fruitier. I might liken it to a
walk in an apple orchard in the Fall season. It has a
delicate sweetness that is rather endearing. It also has
a very pleasant and crisp earthy scent that reminds me
of the Fall season. I seem to also get fresh floral
Similar to Lilacs. Certainly captures many of natures finest Essences!
Very green fruity not at all what i was expecting from a Thai oil. It is so crisp, i would compare it to a really dry reisling bouquet, fantastic.
How do I add to your accurate description of this oil? You hit the nail on the head! It's so young and vibrant, zesty in a way. If anyone hasn't tried a pure single source oil, this is where to start. There is nothing offensive about this. I DEFINITELY get a lot of apple. Then ripe juicy nectarines, peaches, etc. Yellow and orange fruits...very bright, with an ever so slight caramel dripped on top. It's absolutely incredible that this is distilled from nothing but a tree. I've lost interest in my regular fragrances altogether after experiencing such fine oils.
It is an oil of a fresh spring day, its scent that of a cloud slowly drifting across a crisp blue sky, a landscape of gently undulating fields, fresh grasses, new wild flowers, taking first this shape and then that. Always present, ever changing.
This is got to be the fruitiest oud I've ever sniffed to date. Did you mix it with something else? Because it's so fruity, it seems less like an oud and more like perfume! It's very pretty and one of the most "girly" scent I've gotten from you (if you can even distinguish masculine/feminine in ouds that is). I think you are reigniting my love for Cambi all over again.
It is really fruity at the very first. I swear it smells like these tiny orange fleshed bananas we used to eat as kids in Thailand. And the salty scent; have you ever experienced mangoes and sticky rice? Well, they make a salty, sweet coconut cream that is drizzled over the top, and I think it smells like that too: sweet, creamy, salted, toasted coconut. And then there's something woody beneath it all. We used to go into Thai antique stores, and they would be filled with these super old wooden cabinets and armoires. I think your oud (not just the Thai) has some of that scent too... ancient and woody and mysterious.
I've never experienced the scent of anything quite so complex. And I feel that wearing it heightens my other senses. As my husband, sons, and I drove into town (we live out in the country), we were listening to some David Bowie. I was wearing a dab of oud behind my ear (per a basenotes recommendation!) and I kept getting whiffs of it, and everything looked and sounded so beautiful: the music, the rolling green hills, the other smells coming in through my window! It's kind of a "whole body experience", wearing this stuff.