Sultan Pasha Attars: An Overview

It’s such a relief to smell to smell genuinely good perfumes, one after another. It’s a joy to experience wave after wave of real, natural Mysore sandalwood, oakmoss, the richest roses, lavish amounts of real ambergris, or truly exceptional agarwood oud, all given sumptuous opulence and positively chewy might. They’re attars or concentrated perfume oils (CPOs) created by Sultan Pasha, an untrained perfumer based in London with major talent. Some of his attars demonstrate his passion for the vintage classics and the old French Haute Parfumerie style, while others nod to the Orient and his roots therein. All of them are worth sampling, if only for their incredible richness and amazing quality.

Sultan Pasha Attars, samples and 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

Sultan Pasha Attars, samples and 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

I want to disclose at the outset that Sultan Pasha is a friend of mine. However, I do not let my personal relationships impact how I judge or write about a fragrance. I’ve written several negative reviews for SHL 777 scents despite my friendship with its creator; and I’ve written negatively about two LM Parfums despite having met its owner in person. If I did not honestly, sincerely, and genuinely think that Sultan Pasha had talent and that his attars were worth trying, I would not write it. In his case, I admit that I would simply stay silent, but it would have nothing to do with friendship or bias. It would be solely because I have a rule against writing scathing reviews for tiny, new, or start-up brands which have no corporate or large personal funds behind them, no marketing division to issue reams of positive press, or no deluge of adoring customer praise, and, as such, would be badly hit by a negative critique. It’s a general rule that applies to any and all small companies in that position because it would be unfair, cruel, irresponsible, and, for me, by my personal standards, it would feel a little unethical as well.

Bottom-line, if I didn’t truly think Sultan Pasha’s attars had much better quality, greater opulence, and more beauty than so many of the utterly mediocre to pigswill fragrances that I’ve tested over the last 8 months, then I wouldn’t write about them. Period. But I do think they’re that good. Not all of them work for me personally or on my skin, and I think several of them could benefit from editing and more clarity, lift, and delineation between the notes, but God, they’re so much better than most of the things that I’ve tried lately. (I will be traumatised by Jovoy’s new Jeroboam line, in particular, for months and months to come.) Plus, when a fragrance actually feels like the richness of a Roja Dove parfum has been amped up a few notches or when one of them is like the $3,500 Roja Haute Luxe (Roja Dove’s oriental version of vintage Mitsouko) that’s been put on steroids, then it’s really worth sharing.

Consequently, I’ll have a series of posts devoted to Sultan Pasha’s creations. What I’d like to do today is to provide you with an introductory overview to the attars, how they work, the particular quirks in applying them stemming from their super-concentrated nature, how they can all be customized to your particular tastes, the issue of note lists, and the affordable sample sets that Sultan Pasha ships worldwide. Then, in two or three posts, possibly four, over the days to come, I’ll try to cover as many of the fragrances as I can, even if they’re often short descriptions as compared to my usual detailed, lengthy approach. In truth, I had planned to start with three mini-reviews today in this post, but I think the background information is necessary as the first step and it’s going to take some time to explain everything. So, I hope that you’ll be patient with me because these attars are probably like nothing that you’ve tried before.

OVERVIEW:

Sultan Pasha is a hardcore vintage and niche fragrance lover who began blending his own creations three years ago. He doesn’t have professional training, but he does have some background in chemistry which I think helps him in dealing with the molecular aspects or interactions involved in perfume creation. All his attars are concentrated oils that are made using extremely expensive absolutes, resinoids, CO2s, and essential oils that he’s purchased from the top suppliers. Many of the fragrances are all-natural. A few have a minor amount of synthetics in them, always in the absolute minimal quantity needed to achieve his goal, but never more and absolutely never any of that godawful clean, white, laundry musk.

Sultan Pasha Attars, samples and 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

Sultan Pasha Attars, samples and 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

I mean it quite sincerely when I say that some of them are so rich in concentration, notes, and heft that, in my opinion, they make some of the famed Amouage attars look like water. As a result, one doesn’t apply them in the normal way. I had a bit of a learning curve in testing them, and was working blindly to boot. I didn’t have any note lists when trying the fragrances; I didn’t know a single thing in them unless there was a clue in one or two of their names. Have I mentioned yet that I was sent 52 sample vials and 7 mini, 3 ml bottles?! To say that I was overwhelmed would be a major understatement. I was given a list of names and prices to match numbers on the bottles, but absolutely nothing more. So I chose what to test based solely on the names, passing comments that Sultan Pasha had made to me in the past, or the occasional entry on his eBay store. (More on that later.)

There is a reason why this random selection process and my blind testing is significant: my reviews will only cover the tiniest tip of the iceberg, they may skip over a hidden gem, and there may well be others in that vast list of 50 that would suit your individual tastes better than something I’ve chosen. I have no way of knowing, so I don’t want you to think that my selection is reflective of the entire line. There is something for everyone in there or, at least, for those who love intensely rich, heavy fragrances in either the oriental or vintage style.

Having said that, I will be reviewing a handful of the attars that Sultan Pasha considers to be his best and I can say quite sincerely that some of them are truly superb. Aurum d’Angkhor, in particular, blew my socks off and is absolutely brilliant. It will get a solo review all of its own later on this week because it is such an opulent, complex, shape-shifting, kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing work that it really can’t be summarized quickly. Even then, I’m not sure I can do it justice, particularly as it’s rarely the same way twice on my skin. The only thing that is consistent is that I find it to be exceptional and that it could probably even be described as a masterpiece.

MATERIALS, NOTES, STRUCTURE, & TESTING:

Mysore sandalwood cross-section. Source: vk.com

Mysore sandalwood cross-section. Source: vk.com

There are a few things that you should know about the materials used in the attars. First, most of them have real Mysore sandalwood in them. Second, many contain real ambergris. Third, just as many have oud. If you’re one of the people who dislikes the oud that you’ve encountered in perfumery thus far, let me assure you that this is a whole other experience. It’s not the Westernized bastardization of “oud,” but it’s also not the feral beast of so many Middle Eastern attars either. One reason why is that Sultan Pasha has included so many other notes and materials that they diffuse or smoothen some of the oud’s rawness, thereby resulting in a more polished, elegant, and sophisticated version of it.

Oud (Indonesian variety) via religmuseum.com

Oud (Indonesian variety) via religmuseum.com

The other reason, and a much more important one, is that Sultan Pasha frequently uses super-expensive agarwood blends from Ensar Oud. Ensar Oud is one of the two most famous, high-end, and elite suppliers of oud in the niche world. He takes an artist’s approach, hand-blending the most expensive and rarest types of agarwood from places like Borneo, Malaysia, or Cambodia, to create oils with the greatest number of facets, nuances, richness, and smoothness. Many of the oils are aged or organic, almost all of them are phenomenally expensive. In Sultan Pasha’s outstanding Aurum d’Angkhor, the oud is one of the really, really expensive ones, and its beauty made my jaw drop. I’ve never encountered anything like it. Chocolate facets swirled around delicate floralcy, fruitiness, lustrous goldenness, musky earthiness, leather, spiciness, dark woods, a fungal sweetness, and so much more. You have to smell it to believe it.

The complexity of the oils has significance for the average tester. First, what you have to understand is that natural oils are made up of dozens of different molecules; some even have hundreds. An aromachemical frequently consists of just one molecular. So what you will experience with an all-natural blend will be an endless amount of nuances and facets. In the case of one of Sultan Pasha’s fragrances, you should multiply that by ten or twenty not only because he uses some incredibly aged oils (and aging creates even more facets than a young oil) but also because his fragrances often contain 15, 20, or more notes. What this means for you is that the fragrances will reveal different facets each time you wear them, and that individual skin chemistry will determine more than ever what you yourself will experience if you try Sultan Pasha’s stuff. It also means that quantity makes a difference in terms of which nuances are emphasized. (More on how to apply these fragrances and the quantity issue much later.)

For me, as a reviewer, all of this created a few challenges in testing. Not only was I doing it blindly without a clue as to the actual ingredients, but I frequently had trouble assessing where one note ended and another began. Was the chocolate-y nuance coming from the special rare oud or was it from the patchouli? Was I right that there was even patchouli to begin with? Was the absolutely beautiful creaminess a side-effect of the Mysore sandalwood, tonka, vanilla, something else, or all of the above? (Turns out, the answer with regard to the addictive, lush beautiful creaminess in many of the attars was often “all of the above” with butter CO2 playing a major role in things as well.) Not only did I have to guess at what materials were used, but they were blended so seamlessly that the notes flowed one into another, making it even more difficult to determine what was responsible for the notes I was detecting. (Actually, some of them are blended a little too seamlessly at times, and I would have preferred better note delineation and clarity for a few of them.)

On top of all that, Sultan Pasha uses an accord structure to create some of his most complex attars, which means that things overlap even more. For example, Aurum d’Angkhor is largely driven by 6 critical accords, two of which include a ton of individual notes. Regardless of placement, many of the elements share similarities in scent nuances, like actual spices combined with spicy wood notes and patchouli, or tobacco and leather with a leathery, tobacco-y oud. To give you some idea of what I’m talking about, I later found out that the nutshell MINI version of Aurum d’Angkhor’s note list is:

Top: Saffron Oil, Jasminum Auriculatum absolute, Persian Rose Otto.

Middle: Bulgarian Damascena Rose Absolute, Jasmine Auriculatum Absolute, Honey Absolute, Orange Blossom, Henna, Tobacco, Oakmoss.

Base: Ensar Encens D’Angkhor oud, Beeswax, Hand Macerated Ambergris, Hand Made Shamama accord [which contains like 8 ingredients including immortelle], Saffron Resinoid accord [raw Persian and Spanish Saffron Strands macerated for over a year in Siamese benzoin resinoid with a bit of frankincense and other unstated ingredients], Labdanum, Tobacco Absolute, Mysore sandalwood, and much more.

The end result of blind testing, super-lengthy note lists, and complex, often overlapping scent profiles was pretty funny in a few instances. I thought Aurum d’Angkhor had bergamot in the top but, no, it turned out to be a facet of Rose Otto, while the “orange” and “neroli” I detected really came from orange blossom. One attar smelt like slightly syrupy, indolic jasmine on my skin and to my nose, but it turns out that it had only a tiny bit of jasmine and that the olfactory similarities really stemmed from other things like a special indolic apricot thingamajig combined with some other ingredients. Another attar had a beautiful creamy green smoothness in its base that I thought was the nicest version of Australian sandalwood that I’d encountered; it turned out to be the effect of some ingredient I’ve never heard of before (and whose name I don’t recall) on the type of oud that he’d used, and then further amplified with a few other unexpected notes.

Sultan Pasha Attars in 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

Sultan Pasha Attars in 3 ml bottles. Photo: my own.

What I cannot emphasize enough is that personal skin chemistry plays a huge role in things. One of the attars that I was sent and that I shall review later on in the series is called Reve Narcotique. It was created just for me, is meant to be a nod to vintage Opium, and took two years to make from conception to finish. It is available for purchase, but Sultan Pasha also made an additional, “special Kafka version” (of which 10 mls still remain for anyone who is interested) and that one is even richer, has an even greater quantity of resins like Tolu balsam, and also goes a step further by including a rare gardenia enfleurage. This is not the “gardenia” one encounters in mainstream or even many niche perfumes, but actual, real gardenia created through the laborious and, therefore, now rarely used enfleurage process. There is also an unusual, rarely used Indian varietal of jasmine that one never encounters in perfumery which doesn’t smell like typical jasmine Sambac or grandiflora versions at all. The regular Reve Narcotique seems to be most people’s favourites amongst those that they’ve tried but the end result on my skin for both was rather a shambles. Granted, I completely goofed the first time around by applying four, maybe five, times the recommended quantity (you don’t use the words “vintage Opium” to someone like me, send a full bottle, and then expect rationality or moderation!), but subsequent tests using a tiny quantity didn’t work out so well either. My skin chemistry amplifies base notes, so it made the resins in the “Kafka Special” balloon to the point of essentially obliterating the delicate gardenia.

I had better luck with the regular Reve Narcotique which does, indeed, demonstrate a vintage Opium vibe, but neither one was my favourite. To my surprise, I far preferred a rose attar called Al Hareem. I am generally not a fan of rose fragrances but this is one I would gladly and happily wear, thanks to its naturalistic sweetness, its rubied and beefy richness, its depth, and its inviting, sexy muskiness. In contrast, I thought both Reve Narcotiques were bogged down and muddied by an excess of ingredients and were in need of editing, as well as a greater delineation or clarity between the notes, and a bit of a lift to the overall bouquet. I’m someone who absolutely adores over-stuffed fragrances with a huge note list, so when I tell you that both Reve Narcotique versions made me think of Henry VIII at his most obese and in need of Weight Watchers to shed some notes, then that should tell you just how rich, dense, hefty, and complex these attars really are.

One reason why I’ve gone into such detail on the notes and structure is to explain the limits of my reviews. I’ll try to do my best under the circumstances, but the way things smelt like to me and on my skin may only be a small part of the scent. You should keep that in mind if my description of an attar tempts you, but also if it doesn’t. Go by the note lists and, if something sounds intriguing, then try it for yourself. The regular version of Reve Narcotique appears to be a huge favourite amongst others from what I hear, so it’s definitely worth considering. And Sultan Pasha is always happy to tell you the basic notes in his fragrances if you contact him. (He’s friendly and very easy to reach via Facebook or eBay.)

Photo: Sultan Pasha via his eBay store.

Photo by Sultan Pasha via his eBay store.

Besides Reve Narcotique, I plan to cover several other attars in the days ahead. I was crazy about Encens Chypre which was inspired by vintage Mitsouko but which, for the first half of its life, reminded me nonstop of the more oriental, warmer, ambered Roja Dove Haute Luxe (which was itself inspired by Mitsouko). The difference is that Encens Chypre has beautiful incense added in as well. I also really loved Sultan Pasha’s Ambrecuir which is an iris-y, ambered leather with tobacco, saffron, Mysore sandalwood, tonka, resins, and other notes. It was like a more complex, interesting, smoother, and richer cousin to Parfums d’Empire‘s Cuir Ottoman, though funnily enough Sultan Pasha has never tried that scent.

I’ll obviously write about the spectacular Aurum d’Angkhor, but there will also be short reviews for:

  • Cuir au Miel (an oud-leather with honey and beeswax);
  • Jardin De Borneo Gardenia (gardenia enfleurage, vetiver, Borneo oud, Mysore sandalwood, calamus/papyrus, civet, and many other notes);
  • Ensar Rose (woody, smoky, incense rose that reminded me of a richer version of Guerlain‘s Encens Mythique at one point);
  • Al Hareem (sweeter, deeper, muskier, richer, oud rose that I would wear myself);
  • Delice (a floral oriental with cognac, oud, and a gourmand streak);
  • and, if I have time to get to them, possibly Nankun Kodō (Japanese incense); Cafe Ambre Noir (Kenyan coffee and cocoa absolutes with labdanum, oud, beeswax, castoreum, vanilla, and more); and Inferno (a resin bomb with tobacco, incense, amber, castoreum, hyaceum, civet, Thai oud, labdanum, and more). [Update: Sultan Pasha just told me that Ame Sombre is his tribute to Amouage’s beautiful Tribute Attar. The Ame Sombre Grade 1 is the closest out of three different levels, so I hope to fit in a test for that, too, but please be aware that quantities are limited. However, he does have just enough left for samples.]

BESPOKE FOR YOU, SAMPLES & “THE PAPER CLIP METHOD”:

There are some other things that you should know. All the attars are hand-blended. None are made in mammoth quantities like commercial fragrances are, so there is an occasional issue of minor batch variations. By the same token, however, they can be changed to adapt to a client’s particular tastes if someone would prefer an existing scent without a minor element like, say, for example, cumin or cloves. In addition, you can also have him create a fully bespoke, custom fragrance just for you if you prefer.

Some of the Sultan Pasha samples and the half-opened paperclip below. Photo: my own.

Some of the Sultan Pasha samples and the half-opened paper clip below. Photo: my own.

In all cases, however, you need to keep in mind that Sultan Pasha advises using a special method of application that I’ll call “The Paper Clip Method.” Each bottle comes with an internal stick wand applicator or, in the case of one bottle I was sent, a rollerball top. The sample vials contain two to four drops of oil, depending on the attar’s cost, the rarity of the materials used, or the availability of the scent itself. In either format, the concentrated super-sized nature of the attars means you should apply as little as possible. Apply too much and things go wonky. My initial Reve Narcotique gaff demonstrates the impact on the notes, but it is not the only example. When I applied too much of another attar that I had in 3 ml form, I actually felt a bit light-headed from the rush of richness.

What one is supposed to do is to take a paper clip, open it up to form a long, thin stick, and then insert it into the sample vial or bottle. Apply a single drop, no more. Personally, I had difficulty getting an actual “drop” at the end of the paper clip and the tip of the stick wasn’t really wet at all. So I swiped it back and forth in a small patch on my arm, dunked it back into the vial, and repeated a few times until I had the equivalent of roughly one drop spread out. Sometimes, it was less, sometimes a bit more. Needless to say, none of this is an exact science, and the imprecise nature of my application dosages also makes it difficult to come up with consistent longevity and sillage numbers for the reviews. (That said, most of the attars lasted well over 14 hours, often 18 hours, even with these tiny pin-drop or pinprick amount.)

The quality, rarity, and cost of the materials means that these attars are not cheap when you look at them purely and solely on a ml or millilitre size basis, but you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. Prices depend on the scent in question, and are determined by the rarity and cost of its ingredients. So, the price for 3 mls of most of the attars is £99, £150, or £250, and goes up from there for larger sizes like 6 mls or 12 mls. Sultan Pasha told me that a few of the really simple ones — not all, but a few — could actually be diluted into 50 mls of perfumer’s alcohol in order to create a pure parfum or extrait in concentration, or into 100 mls to create a rich eau de parfum. That should tell you just how super-concentrated the oils are to begin with and how little you need to enjoy them. However, he does not recommend dilution for most of his attars, and particularly not for the really elaborate creations like Encens Chypre or the magnificent, jaw-droppingly complex Aurum d’Angkhor because it would completely screw up the development, nuances, and notes. The fragrances would fall apart and lose their structure, but I’m raising the point merely to demonstrate that 3 ml of a Sultan Pasha attar is nothing like 3 ml of something from Arabian Oud and, in my opinion, not even like 3 ml of some of the Amouage attars. This is a whole other level and ballgame.

Sultan Pasha has made it easy for you to try something before you decide to spend a lot of money because he has several sample sets available on his eBay shop, Scents Rarity. The first set consists of 50 samples for £50 (or roughly €64) which comes to the extremely reasonable price of £1 a sample. Free worldwide shipping with a tracking number is included in the price. Each vial contains somewhere between 2 to 4 drops depending on the fragrance’s rarity, cost of materials, and general availability. That’s enough drops for about 2 full, in-depth wearings or about 4 lighter, briefer ones. (As a side note, the quantities shown in my vials are greater than what you will receive because he knows how much I test something before writing about it and he sent me extra. Yours won’t be so full.) In addition, there are also two smaller Custom Sets where you choose the fragrances you want to try out of the list of 50. One is a small set of 8 samples for £15 (or roughly €19) with £8.50 for worldwide shipping with tracking. The other has 16 samples of your choice for £25 (or about €32) with £8.50 for shipping. Because the products are oil-based rather than alcohol-based fragrances, the British Royal Mail doesn’t have its usual issues and won’t confiscate the packages. I received my package from London to the U.S. in exactly 10 days. In terms of customs, Sultan Pasha doesn’t recall hearing any issue from any of his customers, and he always sends his packages as a “gift.” A number of people from around the world have ordered his samples before, seemingly without any customs or shipping problems, and they all seem to really enjoy his fragrances. You can read some of their happy responses in a Basenotes discussion thread.

[UPDATE 2/18: The 50-sample set was a promotional special and has sold out. It will not be offered again.]

So, that should be all the information you will need to understand the upcoming reviews. Thank you for bearing with my long explanations. In the days to come, I’ll try to cover as many fragrances in each post as I can manage without it being ridiculously long. In the meantime, I strongly urge you to check out the sample sets, particularly if you love the vintage style, Amouage’s attars, or the richness of some of Roja Dove’s best parfums. I mean it sincerely when I say that Sultan Pasha’s attars are the way fragrances were meant to be and should still be but, alas, so rarely are these days. Whether or not a particular blend worked for me personally, I always admired its quality, richness, heft, and smoothness. And everything I tried demonstrated unquestionable, genuine talent — talent by the buckets. Thank heavens there are still a few people out there who make truly good perfumes that are a joy and luxurious indulgence to wear. Try some of his attars, and you will see for yourself.

UPDATE: MASTER LIST OF ALL THE ATTAR REVIEWS TO DATE IN ONE PLACE:

I’ve now covered about a third of the attars, roughly 27 or so. You can find the reviews at the links below with an accompanying brief, nutshell summary of each fragrance:

  • Ame Sombre, Al Hareem, and Delice. (Ame Sombre is tobacco, incense, rose, and more, and a tribute to Amouage’s famed but discontinued Tribute attar; Al Hareem is a sensual, musky, animalic rose-sandalwood-oud; and Delice is a boozy, fruity, gourmand oud.]
  • Cafe Ambre Noir, Ocean of Flowers, Ambrecuir, and Cuir au Miel. (Cafe Ambre Noir is a personal favourite, a swirl with coffee, toffee’d amber, chocolate, honey, smoky oud, and lush vanilla. Ambrecuir is calfskin, honeyed leather, creamy sandalwood, smoke, incense, amber, and more. Cuir au Miel is an even more honeyed, leather-oud with amber. Ocean of Flowers is a light, clean, salty, and somewhat oceanish white floral bouquet.)
  • Several incenses: Incense Royale, Encens Chypre, and Nankun Kodo. (Incense Royale is a warm, golden, honeyed, foresty, piney and smoky incense, far better than Profumum‘s Arso. Encens Chypre is an opulent incense twist on vintage Mitsouko. Nankun Kodo is a gorgeous, calming, and addictive Japanese form of incense, brimming with cinnamon, other spices, herbs, sultry resins, aromatic woods, amber, and more.)
  • Florals and/or dark, masculine twists on the genre with: the Jardin de Borneo attars (Gardenia, Ginger Lily, and Tuberose), Al Hareem Blanc, and Claire de Lune (previously Sambac Regale).
  • Ensar Rose and Inferno: Ensar rose is a rose-oud, first green and crisp, then blanketed with incense and oud. Inferno is a quasi-chyprish and slightly masculine ball of aromatic, musky, and smoldering darkness with more elements than I can summarize.)
  • Carnival d’Havana and Nectare.
  • an opulent, heady, lush, spicy and resinous floral oriental, Reve Narcotique (Grades 1 and 2) that is a huge hit with men and women alike, tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and resins galore, in a subtle nod to the style of vintage Opium.
  • Resine Precieux and Via Dolorosa. (Resine Precieux is a mix of dry, dark amber, earthy spices, and rich resins. Via Dolorosa is an ethereal, dewy and rather green muguet-lily that opens with petrichor rain before gradually turns more golden and lush.)
  • the bright fruity-floral, Cites des Anges. (Another popular one in the line where rich jasmine is merged the electrically bright citruses and the fruity tropicality of durian, among other things. If you like Neela Vermeire’s Bombay Bling, this might be for you.)
  • the jaw-dropping, stupendous masterpiece that is Aurum d’Angkhor, the jewel of the line;
  • Tabac Grande, a powerful, immensely boozy mix of cognac, leather and tobacco fragrance that Luca Turin awarded Four Stars;
  • Fougere du Paradis and Pure Incense: the first one is actually a fougere-oriental hybrid, an unisex, elegant fragrance without the usual barbershop or cologne aromas. It mixes aromatic cleanness, fragrant lavender, clary sage, and soft herbs with white oud, leather, amber, and resins. Eventually, it turns into lovely lavender-leather with smoke and golden warmth. Pure Incense is one of my favorites from the line, a magnificent, smoldering powerhouse where intense, hefty amounts of labdanum amber are layered with myrrh, frankincense, tons of resins, a hint of tobacco, and then even more amber. Absolutely fantastic and addictive.
  • Al Lail, a musky, indolic floral oriental centered on jasmine with fruity accents and dark musks.
  • Thebes G1 and G2, inspired by Guerlain‘s famous vintage Djedi. Thebes G1 can be alternatively described as a dry floral iris vetiver, a chypre oriental, or a vetiver-leather. Thebes G1 is an aldehydic green floral, dry green chypre, or chypre oriental. Both have iris, vetiver, leather, rose, jasmine, amber, oakmoss, resins, and musks, but Thebes G1 is spellbinding, an unearthy, otherworldly beauty that is truly distinctive and compelling. A must-try for vetiver lovers.
  • Violette Noyée, a beautiful garden where dewy violets, iris, heady lilacs, mimosa, jasmine, and a slew of other flowers are set against green leaves, wet earth, and ambered muskiness. Fans of Guerlain’s discontinued Apres L’Ondee in its vintage extrait form should give Violette Noyee a try. ]

Disclosure: My samples and mini bottles were kindly provided by Sultan Pasha. That did not impact this review. I do not do paid reviews, and my opinions are my own.

DETAILS:
Cost & Availability: All the fragrances are attars or concentrated perfume oils (CPOs). The price for 3 mls can be either £99, £150, or up, depending on the scent in question and its ingredients. However, there are affordable sample sets for you to try. Everything is available for purchase on Sultan Pasha’s eBay store called Scents Rarity, and more entries are expected to be added in the next few weeks for individual attars. The first sample set consists of 50 samples for £50 (or roughly €64). Each vial has between 2 to 4 drops depending on the fragrance’s rarity, cost of materials, and general availability. That’s enough drops for about 2 full, in-depth wearings or about 4-5 lighter, briefer ones. In addition, there are also two smaller Custom Sets where you choose the fragrances you want to try out of the list of 50. The first is a small set of 8 samples for £15 (or roughly €19) with £8.50 for worldwide shipping with tracking. The second has 16 samples of your choice for £25 (or about €32) with £8.50 for shipping. You can contact Sultan Pasha through his eBay store, his Facebook page, or on Basenotes if you want to buy a full bottle that isn’t currently listed there in a separate entry page, or to buy a customized version of a particular scent. If you order a full 3 ml, 6 ml, or 12 ml bottle of any fragrance, he always includes a few free samples as well.

73 thoughts on “Sultan Pasha Attars: An Overview

  1. I’m a great lover of attars. Some of the most treasured in my collection are my attars. The idea that these will make even the vintage Amouage attars I have seem like water, makes me shiver 🙂 I have already headed to Sultan Pasha’s eBay store to watch the auction listings and peruse the BIN listings. So many choices ! Thanks Kafka for the great overview !

    • Just to clarify, the sample sets are “Buy It Now” with fixed prices, so there is no auction bidding at all. All the fragrances should be “Buy It Now” as well, but I will speak to Sultan Pasha to have him fix the eBay entries so that is more obvious to everyone. I know I was given a set price list for all 52 things, so there isn’t really a bidding situation involved. I hope that makes things clearer, and that you’ll order any sample sets that suit you. BTW, I don’t know your personal, particular tastes (beyond some Guerlains like Mitsouko) but if you’re an incense lover, Encens Royale is a very popular one. And a number of people think the attars are exceptionally hefty, rich, and dense in general so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. As one of my readers who always loved Amouage’s attars just wrote on the blog’s Facebook page, “I knew this was the $hi+” from the first sniff. 😀 (He meant that word as a positive, by the way. Elsewhere, he calls the oils “amazing” and Sultan Pasha “truly an artist.”)

      • Oh, and I love incense frags, from churchy to smoky, so definitely Encens Royale is on my list. I just need to find discussions and/or notes for the others to decide on what to choose 🙂

  2. Thanks for this intiguing introduction. I’ve chatted with Sultan Pasha on fb; a delightful correspondent, but have yet to sample his attars. Can’t wait to begin!

    • Hopefully, when I finish the 10 or 12 (or however many I manage to squeeze in), you’ll find a few to make the more affordable customizable 8-sample set worth while. I know some of these fragrances would be ABSOLUTELY up your alley, and you’d love their extravagant opulence!

  3. I’m so glad to read this. I had no idea you were the inspiration for Reve Narcotique! I just happened to find a thread on a forum about Sultan Pasha’s attars last summer. As a vintage oriental animalic ‘heavy’ fragrance fiend I became super curious about trying his work and found his Ebay shop where I was able to make his acquaintance and buy some of the most attars I can imagine having. I feel so lucky to have them – they’re so rich and of such obvious high quality, like something an Eastern Queen would have. It doesn’t hurt that it turns out that he’s a genuinely nice guy too. I want to share his art with other people because it’s so special. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see it all put into words so well as it is here by you. =)

    • Welcome to the blog, The Lady May. It’s lovely to see you here. 🙂 With regard to Reve Narcotique, I wouldn’t say that I was the “inspiration” in any normal sense of the word, but my particular tastes and my friendship with Sultan were behind its creation. For two years, he’d wanted to make something for me, and since my love for vintage Opium is rather well-known, he used that as the real inspiration, only with additional twists and elements. For example, he knows tuberose is my favourite flower but I’m not a rose-wearer. Or, I love Tolu balsam and lots of resins.

      Anyway, that’s all a minor point of clarification and the thing which really counts is that you love his attars as well. You said it well when you said they were “like something an Eastern Queen would have,” but I think some Western queens could pull off a number of them as well. (Ahem, Encens Chypre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL 😀 ) So what are some of your favourites from the line? I would like to cover as many as I can but some people tend to get tired of too much coverage for single-brand coverage, so I don’t want to have too many posts in a row. Still, if you tell me what you like, I’ll see if I have time to squeeze in a test or two after the 3 extras that I mentioned (the Japanese incense one, the coffee amber one, and Inferno).

      • Pleased to meet you, it’s lovely to be here. Though I have been here for months, I’m just a lurker. 😛 I really love Resine Precieux, Incense Royale, Ame Sombre. Ironically, given that vintage Opium and Mitsouko have been my weapons of choice since the late 70s, I haven’t had the pleasure of trying Reve Narcotique or Encens Chypre yet but I plan to change that shortly – I would like to get Inferno too. I am home full time now so I can wear opulent scents without concern for others which is wonderful. As a product of the late 70s -80s, I am all about huge perfumes and certainly have been known to apply my behemoths heavily but no kidding, Sultan Pasha’s attars are strong. I made the mistake of disregarding the paper clip method for my very first application of Resine Precieux and my cats avoided me for two days. =)

        • Ha, so many parts of that response made me snort out loud, particularly your cats’ avoidance of you when you over-applied the attars. Ha. (I also loved the “weapons of choice” comment, since I view vintage Opium as a sort of armour at times but in a really positive sense.) In any event, I’m so glad you’ve come out of lurkerdom!

          Funny that you mentioned Ame Sombre because Sultan Pasha was literally telling me 5 minutes ago that I should try to fit that one in, too, if I have time for a test because it was his tribute to Tribute, Amouage’s spectacular attar that is my very favourite thing ever done by them. (I wish he would have told me these sorts of things at the start, lol.) Anyway, I now hope to cover that one, too.

          With regard to the Reve Narcotique Regular, my skin didn’t really bring out its best facets and certainly not in the strongly floral sense as other people seem to have encountered. On me, its floralcy is primarily ylang-ylang, but even that is overshadowed by the resins, spices, amber, citrusy notes, oakmoss, patchouli, and Mysore. It’s like a quasi-ylang-banana-y version of Opium. LOL. In one test, when I *STILL* applied too much, the fragrance really reminded me of a clove-ish Nuit de Noel, except concentrated down to a thick paste and then put on steroids. None of that is bad, much of it will appeal to vintage lovers, but it felt over-stuffed and muddied to me, and I enjoyed other fragrances more. I think part of the problem (though not all of it) is that I knew what the two Reve Narcotiques were *supposed* to evoke and smell like, you know? I think that made it difficult to forget about it and to get into a different mindset.

  4. So this is where you’ve been and I certainly will go the way of 50 samples. Yes, yes, yes.

    Kafka, your joy is contagious btw! lol

    …..and these do sound like the sh#t indeed….:o

  5. So happy to see SP getting some much deserved attention. It blows me away that he’s only been doing this for 3 years! Amazing, truly a God given talent. I love his work! :)) lately I can’t stop wearing Pure Incense. It layers so well, especially with Ouds. The Japanese blend, Nankun Kodo is amazing as well. I think I’d go so far as to say it’s my favorite blend ever actually. I’m an incense lover and this attar nails the scent of high end, perfectly balanced Japanese sticks. Bravo!

    • Coming from an incense lover, those are high words of praise indeed. I’m not really an incense aficionado or addict (and I certainly haven’t smelt a ton of the Japanese variety), so I’m glad to hear that someone like you finds Nankun Kodo to be extremely authentic. In the past, I’ve had people write to me to ask what replicates that aroma now that Norma Kamali’s incense fragrance is gone, and I’ve never known what to suggest as an alternative. You give me hope that I may have found one. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Oshaunasy, and I hope you’ll feel free to pop in again.

  6. Too many things I should say about Sultan, I know his creations from several time and consider some of his blends true gems, like Encense royale, caffe ambre noir, cuir au miel, Feral rose. I hope he will get the consideration he deserves, its talent, its genius could be pure oxygen for the perfumery static wordl

    • Glad you’re a fan as well, Dario. They’re really a world — nay, a whole galaxy — apart from such atrocious things like Al Kimya/Kemi/Xerjoff’s Tempest attar.

      • Sultan introduced me to the world of eastern perfumery in oil and now I am totally addicted to attars, mukhallats, pure oud oils! I think its greatest merit is to masterfully coniugate the traditional eastern way of blending oils with the great classics of european perfumery

  7. “…they make some of the famed Amouage attars look like water.”

    “…Aurum d’Angkhor, in particular, blew my socks off and is absolutely brilliant.”

    “…reminded me nonstop of the more oriental, warmer, ambered Roja Dove Haute Luxe.”

    Looking at some of your quotes, I am both excited and even a little frightened by Sultan Pasha (afraid that I won’t be able to handle them if I get to test them). I’ve smelled very good oud before so to think that this oud is seemingly one of the best you’ve ever come across, I can’t imagine what it smells like.

    If Sultan Pasha attars are that phenomenal, I really want to make my way out to try them.

    • Heh, “The Paperclip Method” and using only ONE tiny drop should ensure that everything is kept in check. As for the oud, I was really astonished. I’d heard of just how exceptional and complex the Ensar Oud agarwood blends are, but I’ve tried far too many Middle Eastern or Asian oud fragrances that evoked images of either of the Towering Inferno or camels. (One past oud I tried made me think of both camel breath, camels humping goats, and Gorgonzola.)

      All of that is way, wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much for me, but NOT A SINGLE one of the Sultan Pasha blends made me think of any of those things. Yes, some demonstrated smoky, tarry, or leathery sides, but all of it was in a polished, smooth, incredibly approachable, and sophisticated way. I was really impressed. I think part of it is because the top-top-top grade Ensar Oud oils were used, but I also think a large part of it is that Sultan Pasha has used so many counterbalancing notes to smoothen out the material’s possibly raunchy, feral, or more brutish sides. The Oud has been so infused with so many other things like creamy Mysore sandalwood, ambergris, resins, flowers, that incredibly beautiful Butter CO2, and more. The end result is still unquestionably and clearly oud, but an opulent one in many cases. And in the case of Aurum d’Angkhor’s special oud… good lord, that’s just something remarkable all by itself.

      • Oh Kafka really! Pip would never lower himself to consort with camels, whether of the one humped or two humped kind! ;);
        You were asking for that one…lol

  8. I am becoming fascinated with concentrated perfume oils! The purity and strength of their scent makes me gravitate toward using them more. My skin runs a bit hotter than most, and its’ warmth is perfect to bring out all the nuances that they radiate. Sultan Pasha’s Attars sound positively opulent! Going to have to get that 50 sample package and a gold plated paper clip! Just as well because I started reading about the different scents and it would be impossible to choose.

    Great article! Glad that you started with the details of the materials. Not only are they impressive, but knowing that he uses the best and some of the most rare ingredients makes me even more excited to smell them!

    • Welcome to the blog, Jean. 🙂 I’m so glad to hear the attars intrigue you, and hurrah for you getting a sample set. If I may, though, I would advise against a gold-plated paper clip for testing, if you were serious about that and not joking. The reason is that you may get even the faintest trace of oil from one scent left over when you try another one, so it might be purer to start with a fresh one each time. I just bought a cheap box of smallish to mid-sized paperclips for my tests. Of course, if you end up finding an attar you love enough to buy a full bottle, then your gold-plated paperclip would be a perfect touch to go with its opulence. 🙂

  9. There’s a lot to take in, as always, you taskmaster you, but this time I was so thrilled to see that sample postage to the Antipodes wouldn’t be a problem. Just so tired of being out of the loop that I did a double take and I totally get Nazrul’s fear (above) Feel the fear and do it anyway. What a find.

    • Samples to NZ… yay! YOU and YOU in particular were on my mind when I asked Sultan Pasha the other day if he shipped to your neck of the woods, if it would still be £8.50, and also when I wrote in the post about worldwide shipping for a reasonable amount. I want you to have some fun stuff to try almost as much as YOU want it. 😛 I really hope you find a few things that you love, my dear.

  10. I love this blog post and am so glad you are writing about Sultan Pasha’s oils. I have several including Cuir de Miel and Sambac Regale, which is one of the most beautiful and opulent perfumes I own. He has always been so open and communicative about his works, and opened my eyes to the spiritual dimension of perfumery as an art.

    Thank you for featuring his work, I love your reviews and your perfume sensibility and can’t wait to see your take on these beauties.

    I must now try Reve Narcotique!

    • Oooh, must try Sambac Regale some soon time as well then! I have so many samples and it takes me so long to test each fragrance that I fear I’ll be 90-years old before I finish going through all 52 of them. 😀 😀 Thank you for the tip, Danica!

  11. I wonder if he sells as a company. I mean is there a quality control? Is a “safe” procedure followed? How can we trust that the materials are really genuine? You know creatING perfume is not just mixing some ingredients….There are also some regulations to follow. Is he an amateur who sells oils or is he a real company? The difference is huge( commercially).

    • In my opinion, he’s no different than any small artisanal or indie perfumer who is starting out or perhaps selling their creations on an Etsy store, except his fragrances go beyond novice level perfumery and demonstrate major talent as any number of people can tell you. How does one know the materials are genuine? Smell them. See what others have said about their authenticity, because Sultan Pasha is actually quite well known in the perfume groups, on Basenotes, and in natural perfume circles. Ask Basenotes members. Read the thread I linked. There are a handful of blog reviews out there as well. Other indie perfumers or people in the perfume world know him, whether it’s Liz Moores of Papillon, Francois Henin of Jovoy, Ensar Oud, the people behind Phoenix Rising, AbdesSalaam Attar, the London perfume crowd, and more. And you can ask Ensar Oud if Sultan Pasha has bought his oud to use in the blends. The rest of the materials come from places like Robertet, IFF, and other major suppliers of high-end materials.

  12. Sultan Pasha better prepare his masterpieces in barrels from now on. 🙂 I’d heard of his work before and I know people praise him left and right. But when you – yes, you Kafka 🙂 – praise him, that’s a whole other level. Cannot wait to try some of these!

  13. Dear K. Just a short message as I am busy after return from our holiday (wonderful, smelled and bough some Yas attars). So happy to read you smelled something uplifting for a change, and ofcourse after being in a country that loves attars I couldn’t refrain from buying the sample set. I am looking very much forward to receiving it. Thank you! A. was looked after her best friend who always stays in our home. So good to see her, and we did not bring a Saluki 😉

  14. I have to admit, I am reluctant to use anything with Mysore sandalwood in it because santalum album is classified as a vulnerable species – just one step below endangered – on the IUCN Red List. Similar to how I wouldn’t eat an animal that was a near-endangered species, I’d have ethical qualms perfuming myself with something from a tree that occupied such a fragile place in the ecosystem. I’m no hippie, but I just can’t justify it to myself with the pace that the environment is being destroyed. Is there such a thing as sustainable/ethically sourced sandalwood?

      • Ah, OK – I thought it had to come from Mysore to be called Mysore sandalwood. Good to hear the Australian type is the same thing!

        • It’s not the same thing. There are two types: Australian sandalwood is a type called “santalum spicatum,” while Indian/Mysore sandalwood is called “santalum album.” They’re different. However, over the last 5 or 10 years, there have been a few, vast plantations in Australia that grow the Mysore variety in an attempt to create a sustainable alternative and to save the wood. They sell their Mysore oils to perfumers. Frederic Malle used it in one of his fragrances, and there have been other perfumers, too. I’m probably getting this wrong but I think Bertrand Duchaufour (??) was one who used it recently in a fragrance just last year, but I could be confusing him with someone else.

          High-end companies like Robertet continue to sell their Mysore oils that they’ve had for a while but the price is astronomical. It’s not so much that Mysore oil is absolutely impossible to obtain, but that there is so little of the old stuff that the prices are too high for the average perfumer or perfume company who wants to make a lot of money. They have a better cost of production/profit ratio if they used the cheap synthetics. That’s usually why they don’t bother with even the Australian Mysore plantation version either. It’s still not cheap.

          But the bottom line for you is that there are sustainable Mysore plantations out there that are taking an eco-friendly approach and are also ensuring that the trees are saved from extinction. 🙂

  15. It’s wonderful to see such appreciation for these beautiful works. Thank you! I look forward to reading more of your insightful words in the coming days 🙂 I would encourage people to try as many samples as possible because there will be several special perfumes amongst them to match their desires, or start new unexpected passions. I am a very fortunate owner of quite a few of these lovelies.

  16. Thank you for introducing us to Sultan Pasha’s work! Your words have nudged me out of perfume apathy and I have bought the sample set. There is a huge difference between something that smells good or even great, and something that resonates deeply within. I’m really looking forward to experiencing these and reading your reviews.

  17. Wow! So many comments already. It is a relief for us as well that you have finally found something to love after what I know was a frustrating dry spell. These sound great and I anxiously look forward to what else the week has in store. Best wishes to you, love.

  18. This sounds like a must try! I love sandalwood, love India, woods & spices. Neela Vermeire’s Mohur and Trayee two very loved scents, these sound like they might have some things in common with them.
    I’ll be reading attentively this week!

  19. I am a happy owner of several attars from Sultan, not only is he a very nice person but he is also a great perfumista. I have posted my opinions of some of his attars in Basenotes as Pinxo, but I want to share here my admiration from his attars.
    I ordered once the big samples set, and it took me a lot of time to test them all, but as I already knew him from a forum I could talk with him about ingredients …and I learned a lot about them! The first one I smelled was Aurum D’Angkhor (and with several Henry Jacques I had smelled before) …it was the first time in my life something “blew my socks” as you say, it is so complex, so kaleidoscopic, with ingredients from another world, I was shocked….and then a journey through real perfumery started for me….I must also say it was my first experience with CPOs.
    Months later I met Sultan in Paris with other people and let apart it was a great meeting with enthusiastic perfume lovers, I had the oportunity of meeting Sultan personally. And I finally had the attars I chose from the set, the wonderful Ensar Rose, Ame Sombre Oud Infusion and Santal de Mysore. I must say Ame Sombre Oud Infusion Grade 1 is one of the most special things I have in my collection and I woud like to read a review of you about it, I tell you: it is incredible!
    If I had enough money I would also buy Rêve Narcotique as I loved it so much and also Rêve Salomé.

      • And I made a mistake with my comment I can’t correct it: the Ame sombre grade 1 is not the same as Ame Sombre OUD INFUSION which is the one I have and love so much, Ame Sombre Grade 1 is another one, a bit cheaper….

  20. PD……There are also strong, very strong oud compositions …and if you are not used to them it is better to avoid them, , as it is the case with Bengali Oud…. but concerning the rest, I can tell you they are wonderful attars and the most important thing, my cat doesn’t avoid me when I wear them !! hahhahhaa
    By the way, you can also use a needle to apply the oil.

  21. Ever since Black Gemstone opened the door to locked memories, I have turned my nose back to the east. Wondering about finding scents that remind me of home/childhood but that also do not evoke the overdone heaviness of both the men and women of the Gulf back then. They had not heard of the paper clip method. I have a set of tiny glass jars, about 1.5″ high with glass stoppers and rods delicately carved whose original purpose was either Khol eyeliner or attars such as these. I too am on this bandwagon. I travel for two weeks tomorrow to Lebanon. Vacation! That will give me time to peruse the website and scents, and have your reviews pop up. I am sooooooo in on these.
    Ps. PhD defence was underwhelming, the people who showed up and supported me was overwhelming. Thank you too K for your kind words…and….Got compliments on Phul Nana 🙂 Having finally gotten my PhD, I can now spend even more time putting my research skills towards scents!!!! Lol

  22. I already found Sultan Pasha on ebay. I’m definitely going to try at least the 8 piece sampler. I’m sure you know that I’m interested in all the ambers, including the Ambrecuir. I’m going to wait for your reviews before I commit to my choices.

  23. Hey Kafka, SunnyD here. Just read your wonderful write up on Sultan Pasha. I have ordered the 50 sampler, can’t wait! I guess I will have to wait for your review on Opulent Shaik Gold Edition-For Men by Designer Shaik. LOL!

  24. A very insightful overview of Sultan Pashas attars. I haven’t been this excited since my hiatus from perfume related activities. However, during my fragrance retreat I do find myself using my attars regularly. I am eager to get my hands on all 50 samples. A mixture of excitement and worry is what I’m feeling at the moment. I’m hoping it doesn’t unleash the fragrance beast in me.

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  26. My house in Fl goes to settlement in a week and I’ll be moving north as soon as possible after that. I am getting myself a few treats to celebrate going back home and up to now was having trouble figuring out what to get for a fragrance treat. Now I think it’s going to be a Sultan Pasha sample set with the gardenia, the incense rose and at least one of the ambers. I have been teetering between boredom with the sameness of many fragrances and irritation at the frequent snobbery in the community and overinflated prices for largely synthetic designer fragrances. The solution has been to collect vintages and now that I’ll have a little spending $ I’d like to try some new to me small brands. Sultan Pasha fragrances sound just right; he offers sample packages, quality fragrances and rich compositions I haven’t really been able to wear in the semi tropics. Thanks for the review Kafka!

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    • Thank you, Lellabelle. I saw his comment/link, and it was quite a happy, lovely, and unexpected surprise. 🙂 I’m just glad he enjoyed the attars as much as I did. 🙂

      • I just saw that too, and let out a little squeal heehee! His recount of Sultan Pasha nervously/mysteriously handing him the little envelope with the wax seal put a HUGE smile on my face. I just received my own little white envelope last week and am very excited to try my picks, which was all thanks to your wonderful reviews, Kafka.

        It is my first time commenting here, I guess I should say hello! I am rather shy and feel a bit out of my element, I am only starting out on this wonderful perfume journey. It’s something I’ve wished to do for a long time but only in the past 6 months have the perfume stars aligned for me, so I’ve taken the chance to dive in, head first. I am blown away by the amount of knowledge and passion you and your blog (and many of your wonderful readers) have to share. I just cannot thank you enough for all you’ve taught me already. I am also a huuuge lover of German Shepherds (I grew up with them and my parents still have two hairy guys, Rafa and Hermes). And I would give anything to smell Vintage Opium again – it was my mom’s signature scent when I was a child back in the 80’s. Sorry, this has turned into quite the directionless ramble. I will go back to binge reading some of your past posts now! Warm greetings from frosty Canada and head pats to your hairy master, if I may 🙂

        • Dear Cat, please accept my profound apologies for taking so long to reply. I had planned to do so shortly after you wrote, but then some things came up and this comment fell between the cracks and the many replies in other threads that show up in my Admin column. I’m sorry. I had meant to welcome you to the blog, to say that I was glad you had stopped lurking, and to tell you not to feel shy. Again, I hope you will accept my apologies for not replying sooner. And my hairy german master would love a few pats on his head. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know you and your perfume tastes better in the weeks and months to come. 🙂

          • Dear Kafka,

            Thank you so much for your kind words of welcome. And please don’t worry, there is really no reason for you to apologize at all! I am always very impressed by how diligent you are with the upkeep of your blog, from the writing to the editing all the way to the discussions in the comment sections… and that’s not even getting into the actual work of testing and well, everything else! So even if you had never replied, I would have never ever taken it personally or negatively. From the outside, I can already see how much work you constantly do here, and frankly I don’t know how you do it on top of all the other crap we all have to deal with in our normal day-to-day lives. So thank you for taking the time to welcome this stranger, I truly appreciate it.

            As for me, I’ve been buying (and using up!) samples like the end of the world is near 😛 Unfortunately for my wallet, I am desperate to buy full bottles of quite a few (Khol de Bahrein, Fate Woman, and Alahine, for starters. Somebody hold me!). I am also quite sad to learn that so many perfumes I was very much looking forward to trying have been recently ruined by reformulation (I have a sample of De Profundis coming FINALLY, but just read in one of your posts’ comment section that the recent formula is drowned in white musk. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYY *sobs*.) \endramble

            I am wishing you a wonderful week ahead Kafka!

  29. I just want to thank you for your exquisite articles, no, they are not just reviews. They have often helped me wrap my head around a fragrance (not that this is always necessary or wished for, but with some I do) and entertained me just the same, and even more, made me curious for ones I have not smelled yet (and have me hunting the internet for a whiff…). Just with words. Please don’t stop.

    • This was the sweetest comment, and it means a lot. Today has been one of those that feels like a bad Monday, if you know what I mean, and your kind words lifted my spirits. Thank you for that and for the (probably overly) generous praise. 🙂 I hope you’ll stop by again, to chat and to share your experiences with various fragrance, including any of these attars if you try them. Most of all, I’m just glad my reviews could help in some way. So, don’t be a stranger. 🙂

      Thank you again for your very kind words, Ava.

      • And it lifts my spirits (apart from your kind reply ; ), that there are people out there, who dedicate themselves to a theme (right word? I am not english…) which such deep devotion, as you do. I appreciate the way you approach a scent, trying to really grasp it completely in so many different ingenious ways, rather than just share a superficial judgement. This is not easy, because the first reaction to a scent is always an emotional one and can be very strong. You go past that point and that’s where it becomes interesting and worthwhile. But I do like to hear your very personal, often amusingly witty impressions also ; )

        Maybe because I work in the creative field creating “visuals” it seems to me as if you are creating a visual of a scent through words in the mind. You do that exceptionally well. A seldom gift, that you have, that I very much enjoy experiencing.
        Again, sorry for my english.

        • Your English is excellent, Ava, have no worries about that. Thank you again for the very lovely compliments and your highly generous praise. I’m not sure I merit it, but I shall strive to live up to them. 🙂 😀 I do hope you’ll stop lurking and will stop by more often so that I have the chance to get to know you and your perfume tastes a little. Have a lovely weekend, my dear.

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  32. Thank you so much for letting me know the Attars of Sultan Pasha! Currently I simply feel them to be the richest and finest fragrances I know.

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