Oud Stars : Zanzibar fragrance notes

  • Head

    • tobacco, osmanthus
  • Heart

    • cedarwood, patchouli
  • Base

    • sandalwood, vanilla, tonka, musk, oud

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Latest Reviews of Oud Stars : Zanzibar

This is the second time an oud smells like faeces for a way too long moment. The first time was with Al-Khatt from the same collection. It's very strong, but the spices overtake it. And nonetheless, I'm rating this as positive. I'm not sure why, maybe it does bring me good memories from a farm in Zanzibar...
29th April 2020
to my nose , barnyard oud for sure...but , I'm a fan of this kind of fragrance , so I'm diggin' it...herbal green tobacco smell...barnyard slowly fades away and get woody dry tobacco with a little less oud and a little touch of sweet peach...the wood really give a nice appeal to this fragrance and it keeps mellowing out from the beast that first charged in...towards the end changes into a completely different fragrance from the top and mid...woody blend with a little tobacco accent...sweetish slightly smoky blend of cedar/sandalwood sweetened and accented by vanilla/tonka/musk...tobacco kind of fades from the group in the ending phases...overall , not too bad...pleasant to smell and wear...for me, this is good from top to bottom , but it's one of those fragrances that for some people , they would need to wait 30 minutes after applying to start appreciating it...
22nd April 2019

A superior oud/osmanthus/sandalwood scent. Dry, earthy, and slightly cheezy. If you don't care for pure oud oil and/or barn associations, don't bother.
17th November 2017
This one falls short, beginning sweet and syrupy, then two minutes later a barnyard note comes forward dominated by hay, and an hour later it ends with basic dry woods. This last stage extends for several hours. Innovative in 2012, but times have moved passed this style. Would be best to discontinue this and leave the stars of the Oud stars line shine.
2nd February 2017
An oddly appealing fruity tar opening, the apricot-like osmanthus note a bit bilious under a blast of darkness and smoke. There's a Lonestar Memories kind of daring about the tar effect; here the feel is less smoky, more leather-of-ages and a richly cured tobacco mixed in with the deepest notes of tire rubber and petrol. Much later this evolves in a more woody direction. The lack of floral distractions is a big plus and wearing it gives instant access to the fetish dungeons of the mind. In that sense it's raunchy in a very specialized kind of way (not everyone will read it as such) and I shall drain the 15ml discovery set sample before too long. After a drop in volume an hour or two in, Najaf re-emerges as quite a comfortable plumped out leather, the osmanthus now fully integrated. This is a perfume of pretty impressive evolution – the next day what's left, though faint, moves into sweetish Arabian attar territory. Thoroughly satisfying, even if not quite achieving greatness.
17th April 2013
Najaff opens with accord of mom´s make-up drawer - waxy lipstick and powder compresses. It´s trajectory reminds me a bit of Al Khatt, in the sense that the prettiest openings in this series are intentionally paired with the most challenging of the ouds. It then verges on the edges of Ambre Sultan with its dry herbs (an element of perfumery that I never find completely agreeable), adding a smokiness that is unfortunately ashy, not sweet. In the midsection, I sense strong links to MFK´s Absolue pour le Soir with cedar and smokey sandalwood, trading osmanthus for the ylang-ylang. I have trouble with this one. It's not particularly dirty, just a little sneeze-inducing with me; it draws you in gently but then subjects your nose too much dry powder and smoke. There is little RICH to be found in this when compared to others in the line. Excepting some middle moments where I feel some of the attractive cedar pull of Dzongka (without the incense), Najaff produces more head-ache than Arabian escape to this novice nose, but certainly presents an original essay for those wanting alternatives to the standard issues in the oud-of-the-month club.
8th July 2012
There's something weirdly sexual about Najaf. Some intial Zafar-like cheesiness. Najaf smells strongly of vaseline or liquid gel. Has a perfumed gumminess. Have you been dreaming about an osmanthus-scented personal lubricant for use with a significant other, or for those quiet moments alone? Your search may be over, dearest. Unique but never unpleasant. Can be a little heady in a Vicks VapoRub way. Takes on a more dark nuttiness as the patchouli starts to weigh in. You wonder, "Where is this going next?" You realize the tobacco may be contributing to the vaseline note. As the drydown continues you catch whiffs of something akin to Santal Blush or at least a Santal-Blush-scented vaseline. Two or three hours in and Najar is fading pretty badly.
Najaf is a minor key tour de force in the way that Zafar is. Wearability aside, anyone who likes to smell interesting things should try it.
17th May 2012