In Neriko and Bushi
No Kaori, you got to experience two very different -
and among the most ancient - genres in the Japanese incense
Unlike Neriko's flamboyant sweet creamy-woodiness and Bushi No Kaori's serious and sombre character, Soryo No Kaori strikes a perfect balance in its scent notes. There's dark woodiness, sweeter notes, zesty highlights and serene woodiness - all united in perfect harmony.
Alongside oud oil, another key ingredient in this blend is authentic Japanese Hinoki wood oil. Hinoki has a long history of being used in traditional architecture including palaces, shrines and temples. It is also used in Reiki healing and cleansing.
Soryo No Kaori has subtle suggestions of spices used in traditional incense mixes that are also regarded to possess properties. A deep smokiness coupled with the classic ingredients paints a vivid image of an ancient Japanese temple, the Hinoki wood structure dark with age and its soft woody smell mixed with centuries' worth of incense burnt. Threads of fragrant smoke rise from a bronze censer where agarwood and other incense materials are burning and exuding a tantalizing aroma.
The whole scene is one of peace and serenity.
All I can say is that now I am regretting not going all in on the entire set. Soryo no Kaori in particular is just beyond words for me...any thoughts of a future re-release on that one?
I just tried Soryo quickly and am so blown away by the clear beautiful incense backed oud. Everything I had imagined it to be really and yet so much more! Looking forward to trying the other two. I will also be looking at ordering some of your oud oils when I get a moment.
Wearing Soryo today, amazing scent
Soryo NO Kaori IS Japanese Meditation in a spray -
Take me to the Japanese bathhouse and let me find peace and relaxation
Just tried 1 spray of Soryo No Kaori
I can’t really describe this one. First 5 minutes so far and I can only say this...
Smells of pure unadulterated natural, exotic, majestic earthly ingredients. I can’t really explain it. As the minutes pass, I’m getting a earthy, root-like scent and some spicyness. Overall think cumin...with caution. When I breathe in a little heavier through my nose and dig down past the earthy spicy, err..more rooty scent...I pick up a slight mentholish medicinal quality. With a very faint sweetness, not sweet but...lack of a better word.
These are a quality of ingredient new to my nose. So please keep that in mind. I’ve never smelled a $1200 per gram oud. This one is very medicinal to my nose, in such a mind numbing way. It’s like the world disappears when inhaling.
I would apply this to my bare chest in heavy doses and meditate with Himalayan singing bowls (if you don’t know what those are, go YouTube it right now!)
This stuff is not perfume. Perfume is man-made. This is something else.
I received my bottle of Soryo No Kaori today too, and it’s absolutely marvelous! Wow. This would flip the perfume world on its head for sure!
Opens with tobacco and intense spices.
Like being in a colourful spice bazaar in Morocco or somewhere.
Reminded me of Baghdad which was an old after Taha did around 6 years ago. After a short while the spices settle down and it’s like wearing a fine Japanese incense. Reminds me a little of another Taha attar called Java.
The spray was a little less than a full power spray as is often the case when spraying a bottle for the first time. No alcohol detected whatsoever so the concentration is super high.
I’m not sure why but after about 5 mins I felt quite relaxed wearing this. I know Taha is quite big on the therapeutic elements of oud but not sure how/if he has integrated it in this.
This is fantastic. Very addictive. Spices, tobacco, cola, incense, may be some frankincense.
Drydown is a similar affair, spices toned down a little and with a saffron like piercing note.
Soro is intense but calming at the same time. Your nose is kept busy throughout. I’m finding it difficult to clearly pick out the oud so it’s not an oud dominant fragrance. I suspect it’s a Malaysian oud used - self distilled of course (not bought elsewhere and poured in). There is a sweet and bitter interplay consistently present through the development of the scent, almost as if deliberately layered like that. Very natural smelling as to be expected - only naturals used. The spritz lasted around 10 hours, surviving the night, a hand wash and a shower.
An honest side point: I’m sceptical when people (especially oud distillers) jump on the perfume making bandwagon as it isn’t really everybody’s forte. I’m very happy to say that Soro isn’t something haphazardly put together. It’s well blended, potent and complex. Taha’s attars are some of the best available out there, they’re really that good, and the transition to spray form is a successful one. At no point did I think this is rough, blending needs work and so on. Price point may be a consideration for some; you are getting what you pay for :)
I received my Koten Jinkoh today. Along with my purchase, I received a free sample of Soryo No Kaori. I was so mesmerized with Koten Jinkoh, that I was a bit sceptical about trying on the sample. The second I put Soryo No Kaori on my hand, I was blown away by its perfection. It was the perfect blend of oud, woods and spices. It had this amazing, mysterious, smoky smell that's impossible to put into words. This will, probably, be my next purchase from Agaraura.
I greatly enjoy this oud / hinoki blend. Dark and full of strength.
I happened to be wearing the Koten Jinkoh on me and the Soryo No Kaori on the tassel of mala/bracelet I made by hand. The combination was... I don't really have words. It was unexpected and amazing. My girlfriend noticed as well and asked what I was wearing. That's how much the two changed when combined in that way. On their own I'd never think they would blend. But upon wearing I was amazed.
Soryo no Kaori has really grown on me. Caught a whiff of it in my pillow last night. Deep, calming and contemplative.