Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
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^ Sounds like you're having fun, vagabond. :) Btw, did you receive Resine Precieux among your sample set? If so, I'm very curious to hear your impression of it.
 

Le vagabond

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Mar 31, 2015
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Hi cytherian, I have tried three of the samples so far and funnily enough Resine Precieux was yesterday's pick.

I tried it the day after Carnival D'Havana and there seemed to be a familiarity. For the first hour Resine Precieux smelt warm and resinous (who would have guessed:) ) but with a drier (cumin?) spice throughout, think of a delicious dark fruit cake in an Indian spice shop. Later it became more complex, drier and spicy. But always with this fabulous liveliness, never opaque or heavy.

I'm sure the real notes are far more complex than I am able to perceive. Oh, I just remembered, maybe there are some subtle animal notes in this one, difficult to tell. So, we start off with eating rich, spiced fruit cake on a hot day in the market, walk out of the town past some little animals and end up on a dusty red clay path carrying a bag of black cumin and other resins and spices. But there is always something calming and uplifting on the breeze :)

To describe in colours, Carnival d'Havana would be black and very dark brown, streaked with azur. Resine Precieux would be, to me, different shades of warm browns and reddish browns.
 
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sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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@Vagabond
You certainly have a way with imagery! Absolutely love them all especially a breastfeeding beautiful woman! :-D I'm truly humbled that you compare my beloved compositions to those done by one of my heroes.....uncle Serge!
Nectare as I mentioned before I need to make again sooner than later as I love it too....will try to make more than 15ml...just need to find an Oud with the right olfactive profile.
Carnival D'Havana is even more raunchy now as I added some gardenia absolute to compliment the lactonic top notes.....Billie Holiday eat your heart out! :-D

@Cyntherian
Hey Cyntherian buddy hope you are well!
Resine Precieux is my interpretation of the classical resinous occidental ambers that I created to be a component of one of my current projects Réve Narcotic which is a spicy oriental with rich white indolic florals (tuberose, ylang ylang, Gardenia) in the middle and cannabis and absinthe as top notes.
Resine is very resinous and balsamic with a vanilla and tonka core with animalic warmth emanating from the black ambergris and asafoetida. It's therefore warm and dry with a salty sweetness running throughout but in no way gourmand......but that is all subjective to ones skin chemistry

@Scarce
Bless you! You found my beloved attars collection which have helped me so much as reference guides to complete my journey as a perfumer over the years.
What you see there is just the tip of the iceberg of my extensive collection from the last two decades of not earlier. I've amassed over 500 different perfumes and attars from various houses.
The 29 amouage attar samples are two drop specimens from the 29 amouage attars I currently have whilst the 84 samples includes the 29 amouage samples plus also rarities from the other Middle eastern houses such as Abdul Samad Al Quraishi, Ajmal, Arabian Oud, Haramain etc......some of the blends in the kit have been mentioned a number of times on Basenotes Agarwood forum and elsewhere. The 84 kit also contains examples of regional Ouds
I've been selling these kits for the last two years since 2013, for fellow perfumistas who haven't experienced these magical elixirs and also to train their nose of each individual houses style and signature. The two drops in the vials will suffice for at least five wearings after careful rationing to fully appreciate the subtleties of each composition. I'm glad to say that it has helped a great many international perfumistas who wish to be guided through the minefield of middle eastern perfumery thus helping them to understand their subjective good, bad and uglies.
 
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sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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Dearest Angelo
You honour me with your kind words :-D :-D
I'm definitely glad I took the plunge last year when I first started selling my own blends or else I would have never realised how well received they would have actually become. So you're certainly right about taking risks :-D
To me ones passions and desires are all relative, with my blends being the end result of one of my biggest passions.......smelling and understanding the characteristics and hidden facets of materials provided by nature and exploiting the many different possibilities.....nothing excites me more :-D
 

Le vagabond

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Mar 31, 2015
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Tried Jardin de Borneo this afternoon and I found it to be very special indeed. It is very different to the other samples I have tried, style wise.

It has a rich jungle-like pungent greenness, intertwined with a regal soapiness.
 

LostboyR

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Aug 18, 2005
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After purchasing a sample set I have been slowly trying the various offerings included. Today I put on a few drops of Al Hareem and I am floored. Such a dirty fragrance and I mean that in the best way. The opening starts with a very dirty even sweaty animalic musky note that is just slightly fecal to me. I do not know if this is an Oud or a very animalic musc. Whatever the top notes may be, they are incredibly bold and quite gorgeous. After a half hour or so of the feral opening the fragrance begins to morph. The fecal aspect begins to subside and become slightly more sharp and resinous. This phase really mellows the composition and is quite pleasant. As the dry down continues, Al Hareem gives the impression of a heady, floral/musk. This musk is much more of the clean variety and quite different from the opening. Rich, opulent and slightly soapy. Even though I have not gotten to the final notes, this one is a winner to me and a must try to all who like very animalic scents. This one will grab you by the lapels, slap you in the face only to seduce you as it evolves.
Forgive my vague impressions as I do not have a list of ingredients to reference and the actual notes may be completely different than that which i perceive. A stunning composition overall!
 
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sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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After purchasing a sample set I have been slowly trying the various offerings included. Today I put on a few drops of Al Hareem and I am floored. Such a dirty fragrance and I mean that in the best way. The opening starts with a very dirty even sweaty animalic musky note that is just slightly fecal to me. I do not know if this is an Oud or a very animalic musc. Whatever the top notes may be, they are incredibly bold and quite gorgeous. After a half hour or so of the feral opening the fragrance begins to morph. The fecal aspect begins to subside and become slightly more sharp and resinous. This phase really mellows the composition and is quite pleasant. As the dry down continues, Al Hareem gives the impression of a heady, floral/musk. This musk is much more of the clean variety and quite different from the opening. Rich, opulent and slightly soapy. Even though I have not gotten to the final notes, this one is a winner to me and a must try to all who like very animalic scents. This one will grab you by the lapels, slap you in the face only to seduce you as it evolves.
Forgive my vague impressions as I do not have a list of ingredients to reference and the actual notes may be completely different that that which i perceive. A stunning composition overall!



LostboyR o'buddyo buddy! I just broke my fast and choked on my tea as I was reading you comment on Al Hareem!! Lmao!
The funky musky notes at the start that you mentioned arises from a gorgeous Bengali Oud which is extremely scarce to say the least and this oil is ram packed with this particular Oud along with a gorgeous Turkish rose otto and the butteriest sandalwood Mysore. The overall isea behind this blend was to portray sheer carnal opulence and from your impressions it seems it may have achieved as such! :-D
Interms of the notes:

Turkish Rose otto, butter, sandalwood Mysore, Bengali Oud, musk.

Apart from the musk which was muscenone there was no other synthetics used in this blend. According to my calculations I used no more than 3% of muscenone in the whole composition. Interms of volume I only produced 15ml of this current batch but will be producing more one this batch runs out
 

sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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Tried Jardin de Borneo this afternoon and I found it to be very special indeed. It is very different to the other samples I have tried, style wise.

It has a rich jungle-like pungent greenness, intertwined with a regal soapiness.


Dearest Monsieur Vagabond! I'm glad you enjoyed this composition that was truly a pleasure to make as wanted to recreate the humid green liveliness of tropical jungles that I remember from fond memories of my childhood. Would you believe this blend is 100% natural!?! The stars of the blend are definitely Ensar Oud's gem Bois De Borneo, and the aged yonks I used to create the central core of the blend. Bois de Borneo struck me originally with its sheer green complexity it literally was like a faceted emerald and it was extremely tenacious and long lasting...so I thought to try it out with some white florals and lo behold Jardin D'Borneo was born.
Interms of note ;-)

T: lavender, gardenia, orange blossom,
M: tuberose, katrafay, aged tonka
B: Bois de Borneo(Ensar Oud), Haitian vetiver, hay,

Currently only 10ml left from the original 15ml, unfortunately may not produce again as some of the ingredients with the necessary facets such as the aged tonka can't be sourced at the moment :-(
 

Dorje123

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Feb 15, 2011
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Cheers Dorje, MoPat and everyone! Your compliments only encourages me to excel with my creativity!

The Nectare I originally made 15mls of (again a very limited batch 9ml left....but I will keep 3ml for myself :p so in fact 6ml left) using 3ml of a Thai Oud kindly gifted to me by RussianAdam from the FeelOud fame before he left for SouthEast Asia to dedicate himself to artisanal Oud production. It was a beautiful Thai Oud that I was itching to work with especially its juicy peachy facets so Nectare was born! I will be creating a second batch soon once this finishes...just need to find a fruity Thai which shouldn't be difficult God Willing. Anyway without any further delay here are its notes Dorje:

Top: natural Apricot Accord, natural Strawbery Accord

Middle: Taifi rose otto, Rosa Alba otto

Base: Thai Oud, sandalwood, Bourbon Vanilla, aged patchouli, beeswax, honey absolute

By the way would you believe this blend is 100% natural... :p


That is awesome Nectare is all natural, it has a brightness or liveliness I rarely if ever experience in an all natural fragrance.

I also need to leave Adam a review of his Abu Thai sample, it's long overdue... :)

So, today I am wearing Âme Sombre, which is labeled a prototype... This one is inspired by Amouage's Tribute, but it is done with higher quality ingredients. I picked up on some Cambodi oud right away, later Sultan Pasha told me it's a Cambodi smoke infusion and he said he also added some animalics, and this is more subtle but there is definitely some very high quality musk in there too. The way the Cambodi oud smoke blends with the tobacco is mesmerizing... :) I also have 2 batches (decants) of Tribute, an old one that is probably 7 years old or so and a new batch I got from SP with the other oils I ordered. I have to say, after trying Âme Sombre I wish I would have bought that instead of Tribute! Because of the ingredients used it's more expensive than Tribute, but SP said he has a version that is more economical as well. For those who love Tribute it's great that SP has his own take on it, because it has been discontinued. But fear not! ...the version of Âme Sombre I have is a few levels higher/better than Tribute. It's certainly one of the best attars I have experienced, and it's also nuclear strength so the value is decent. The 2-drop sample will probably get me at least 5 wears.
 
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Le vagabond

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Mar 31, 2015
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Half way through my samples and every day is a great pleasure. Today's notes:

No.27 Cheval d’Arabie right wrist

Indeed, a proud horse with a shiny coat. If I whiffed this on a well-groomed lady wearing white riding breeches I think I would go crazy with lust! Classy floral splattered with magnificent horse dung and straw. This is not skanky, it’s seeexy! :)
 

eduardo fandango

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Jul 2, 2015
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On the strength of this thread and a recomendation in another, I've ordered the sample pack (plus some others).

They've not even been prepared yet, but the comunication and service has been first class.

I'm a little bit giddy with anticipation.
 

cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
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On the strength of this thread and a recommendation in another, I've ordered the sample pack (plus some others).

They've not even been prepared yet, but the communication and service has been first class.

I'm a little bit giddy with anticipation.

Welcome to Basenotes, Eduardo - and great to see you've caught onto Sultan Pasha so soon. I think you'll be very impressed with what he produces. I passed on a sample set I had of his to a friend of mine who is delving into niche attars. Previously he was let down by a few oud samples he got from Ensar Oud. In contrast, he has found more appeal with SP's creations. He was blown away by the Bengal Oud. :)
 

Fasaad

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Nov 7, 2014
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Sultan Pasha deserves more 'air time' because he is a master at his craft ;)

As I pointed out on another thread:

Arabesque Noir is delightfully decadent!

His recipe:

TOP:
Taif Rose

MIDDLE:
Moroccan Rose, Honey,

BASE:
Muguet Base, organically grown Cambodi oud, Musk Gazelle, Amber, tobacco
 
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Le vagabond

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Mar 31, 2015
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Sambac Regale (SR) is a very special fragrance indeed. It conjures musings of what fragrances would have been like in the late 19th / early 20th century, imagining a social setting with the air full of the finest scents made from the finest raw materials. The opening of SR is like stepping outside on a midsummer’s evening greeted by wafting sweetness of a jasmine lined pathway. Walking through night across the fields, the smell of hay and tuberose intensifies. The sandalwood adds warmth that is smooth and reassuring. This is a very long lasting scent that should easily last all the way until the dawn.

From the sample that was sent to me and learning how exclusive this fragrance is, I went all out and bought a tola - I was not disappointed! While this is one of the more costlier offerings from Sultan Pasha, it is certainly one of the best. If I had the cash available I would buy another tola....just in case.

NSR nailed this one. This perfume captures the intense glow of summer love.

Only four samples left to test :cry:
 

sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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Hello everyone hope all is well.
just wanted to give my apologies that I've not been on here recently, due to Ramadan fasting and ritual preparations. Just wanted to give my sincere thanks to everyone here and wanted to wish a belated Eid Mubarak!
Also Vagabond don't be distraught my friend as I'm constantly working on new compositions, so after your last four it won't be the end ;-D
 

Le vagabond

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Mar 31, 2015
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Hello Sultan, I hope Ramadan went well for you.

Here are my notes for Equis, a subtle but memorable perfume:

Equis - left wrist
A different flower to Jardin (de minuit), very subtle and classy, not bold or brightly coloured. A pretty array of pale pastel linens. Still deep though. Almost something in between flower and grass, like papyrus or a reed. Tiny sparkle (ambergris?). Something that one could become familiar with without getting bored. Aniseed?
 

eduardo fandango

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Jul 2, 2015
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My samples have arrived.

I've only tried one or two so far (La Fougere and Carnival D'Havana) and to say I'm impressed would be a massive understatement. I'm currently getting dark woods, rose and leather from the Carnival D'Havana ... and La Fougere reminds me of Elite by Floris which is my benchmark 80s powerhouse fougere, always makes me think of rockpools from childhood holidays on the East coast.

So far, I reckon these are all going to be right up my street.
 
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sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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Hey Vagabond and Eduardo hope all is well! :)
Ramadan went well albeit Tiring due to the long daytime hours in the UK but nothing makes me feel more spiritually and physically clean than the prescribed Ramadan rituals. It's a really special month as you really get to feel the uniformity and suffrage amongst all Muslims and feeling of love.....it's something I can't explain apart from this most unusual feeling of content ness and peace in your whole being. Really missing it and God willing I'm around for next year and beyond! :-D
Vagabond glad you liked Equis as it truly unusual chypre that to me is a bit of a paradox.....it seems light but is incredibly powerful and tenacious....seems deceptively simple yet it's rather complex with a number of different interplaying layers. Here are the notes:

T:Calabrian lemon and bergamot, spices, bay
M bourbon vetiver, rosewood, Jasmine, katrafay
B: Siamese benzoin, leather distillate, tons of oakmoss, galbanum, muscenone, civet

Eduardo glad to hear you enjoyed La Fougre and you just started......39 more to go ;-P really hope they all live up to their reputation :-D
La Fougre as I may have mentioned before is my tribute to the true fougres of the yesteryear that I enjoyed and miss so much!
 

faheem

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Aug 17, 2010
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Hi all, I have been using Sultan Pasha fragrances for a while and just wrote my impressions of some of these.

Shamama: A beautiful and very very long lasting shamama attar. I get lots of spices, honey sweetness, various resin and very light balanced smokey tobacco.

Incense Royale: WOW if Amouage did an oil version of Interlude Man this would be it and more. One of my favourite from Sultan Pasha, I get so many different beautiful notes and yet its woven together so perfectly that they mix very well. Sweet oud and lots of it, this is just luxury.

Enigma Intense: When I wear this and close my eyes, its like I am sitting in a gathering with Sheikhs and they all have the most luxurious perfumes on, the collective smell of that is Enigma Intense. I really really enjoy this when going out in the evenings and love the aura that it creates around me.

Inferno: When I first smelled this, I was like this is the Japanese incense I have burning in my room. Its so deep and mysterious, i get honeyed tobacco, molasses, musk, oud.... all of my favourite ingredients in one bottle is very satisfying.

Incense Nights: This is for the oud smoke lovers, starts off with rose and labdanum which blend together nicely to create a sweet smokey perfume. The oud smoke is always present and catch wiffs of oud smoke and think am sure I didnt burn any oud today. I enjoy this on cold nights as it gives me a warm feeling like I am sitting sipping on some gourmet coffee and burning oud.

Ame Sombre: This is beautiful composition and real tribute to Amouage Tribute. It smells so similar in many ways and yet its very unique with the sweet rose that lasts and lasts. As it progress the smell becomes more bolder and you get a nice frankincense and sweet tobacco vibe going on. I have to smell the bottle twice to make sure I am not using Tribute, yes its that similar.

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Dorje123

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Feb 15, 2011
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I got Âme Sombre in the mail recently... if you like Amouage Tribute Attar, Âme Sombre is like Tribute's rich Uncle who drives a big Mercedes... :2vrolijk_08: I also got more samples, which is awesome as I love trying new samples. Here's a couple comments on them, both are labeled prototype but they are both amazing so I thought I'd post my thoughts... for lovers of incense fragrances these are must-trys. The "pure incense" attar is stunning.

I like the new sweet orange and frankincense fragrance, it has one of the most intense contrasts I have experienced, the sweet citrus vs the dark oudy leather base... the rose and tobacco middle is great too. This is a very unique blend, I haven't smelled much I can compare it to, which has got to be rare in the world of perfumery, so congrats. I'd probably prefer the mids to be a bit stronger and the leather base to be toned down a good bit but overall I really like it.

I tried the pure incense fragrance today and this is really amazing. I have tried quite a few incense fragrances, I have also tried most of Taha's (Agar Aura) incense blends and own one of his smoke-infusion series incense oils. Your blend is up there with any of them, I love the sweet and oudy side of your oil contrasting with the more traditional frankinsense/myrre/spicy side. It's very strong and long lasting too, I can still smell it 10 hours later and the drydown is also amazing. Thanks so much for sending this, I really appreciate it.
 

sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
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Salaam Faheem and Dave

Super glad that you received the parcels buddies as been pretty stressed with logistics and organising everything

Now interms of Pure Incense believe it or not it's 100% au naturale!!!! :-D. yes let me repeat that 100% NATURAL!!!! I'm sooo proud to say! The version you have is the prototype however plan to release the perfected version in the next two weeks as it has been so well received! :-D

Now interms of Âme Sombre I need to explain so to avoid any confusion that there are three different variants that I've composed. The variant listed on eBay is the cheaper version as made with a mixture of ASAQ and Ajmal roses and has no Oud. The Ajmal/ASAQ rose used to me smells reconstituted but is absolutely stunning.
Now interms of the other two variants they are 100% natural made using real rose absolutes and ottos from Bulgaria and Iran; also they contain Oud however the most expensive variant has the smoke from slowly heated Oud chips infused in to it. (Incredibly messy process!)
 

LostboyR

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Aug 18, 2005
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I too received Âme Sombre yesterday and what can I say that hasn't already been so eloquently put except if you haven't tried it, do so. I also plan to buy one of the oud versions of this fragrance as the depth and density added is worth having both versions side by side.

Sultan is very generous with samples and I was able to have the pleasure of sampling the prototype pure incense. Exquisite, I must say. A stunning smoky incense with just a touch of smooth sweetness. I have tried numerous incense scents and many have a tendency to be harsh to the point of searing my nasal passages. Not so with this one. So incredibly smooth. If this is the prototype I can't wait for the final version. My wife went crazy for this one as well so that's a huge bonus. As always, thank you for your generosity. That along with your skill is greatly appreciated!
Also included was a sample of the revised version of Réve Narcotic. A lovely fragrance to begin with, this version seems to have more of a green musky punch up front. I can't wait to give it a full wearing as the previous version is bottle worthy.
 
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cytherian

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Nov 24, 2013
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The Reve Narcotique seems to have an almost black currant/prune quality to it when sniffed from the vial and first applied, but that does recede fairly soon after application. A very pleasant and slightly sweet resinous affair, with some fresh green and musky accompaniment. Subtle and quite elegant, and I can see the choice for "narcotique" in the name. :) But projection is rather laid back... After 30 mins or so, I find Reve Narcotique sitting very close to the skin. This was with a rather large droplet of liquid applied, spread over a 20 mm diameter of skin. Longevity seems decent though.
 

iris&oud

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Dec 17, 2012
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Received goodies from Sultan Pasha's workshop last night. Just had an initial wearing of La Luna and Carnival d'Havana

La Luna - I get something orange/orange blossom-ish in the opening, quickly dissipating. The heart is white floral, I believe osmanthus and jasmine. All backed up by a base of oud. It does play on the slightly barnyard aspect of oud and jasmine, but I really love dirty white florals!. For those that have enjoyed Aurum d'Ankhor, I think this is similar in tone, but probably less feminine and a bit more rugged.

Carnival d'Havana - Now I wish my DH would wear perfume oils because I think this would be devastating on a man. Scrumptious!!! It is the love child of TF Tobacco Vanille and Bond New Haarlem, except natural (and no weird cherry vibe like from TV). Coffee, caramel (immortel?), sweet tobacco and undercurrent of smokiness. Sultan Pasha has a real knack with resins IMHO, and this is an example of that!
 
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iris&oud

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Dec 17, 2012
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I collected up all my old reviews of Sultan Pasha's blends, since there is now this thread.

Cuir au Miel - It smelled just like these hard honey candies my granny had when I was a kid. A well behaved and rich honey scent, not at all challenging like, SL Miel et Bois for example.

Tyrian Purple – Osmanthus and musk. Feminine with a dark side.

Incense blend - Vanilla and incense smokiness

Jardin de Minuit - A well blended floral, heavy on the tuberose and jasmin, with a woody and mossy base. It makes me think of fairies in an enchanted, dark forest. I frequently wear this one to sleep or on nights were there is a thunder storm. It evokes a damp forest to me.

London Blend – A completely unisex blend of oud, rose, and frankincense, with just a brush of civet and a bit of clove. I can't compare it to the branded London Blend, as I have not smelled it, but I find this version very rich and comforting, like a warm pashmina.

Ocean of Flowers - A very delicate and feminine concoction. I think rose and jasmine petals floating on slightly salty waves of ambergris and a touch of sandal wood. As it dries down the jasmine fades, while the rose persists and the smoothest and barest hint of patchouli joins. I imagine this would be beautiful on a young lady, as I feel almost a bit too jaded for this delicacy. Good lasting power, roughly 8hrs, but very discreet. I would find it too light for winter, but today in 33degree Celsius plus humidity, I keep getting wonderful fresh floral wafts from my wrists.

Café Ambre Noir - Very gourmand, which I enjoy. I actually crave a latte, cappuccino or espresso when I wear it. The opening gives notes of chocolate/cacao and coffee, which burn off in about 30-45 mins. Gradually cardamom joins and the drydown gets sweeter as the vanilla and amber amp up, giving a toffee/caramel vibe. I could swear there is some Oud in the base, but perhaps it is the castoretum I am detecting? I get about 8 hours of wear with polite but noticeable sillage. Rich and decadent! Wonderful and cozy in cold weather!

Mukhallat Hadeyya – Delicate pink rose, citrusy frankincense and a base of oud, very reminiscent of Amouage Homage.

Aurum d’Angkor - A blend using Ensar's Encens d'Angkor. Really beautiful concoction of honey, rose, jasmine, sandalwood and oud with just a hint of saffron. Very feminine and seductive. My preciousssssss.
 

sultanpasha

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Nov 9, 2011
Just wish to convey my sincere thanks from the depth of my soul to all those that have contributed on this thread so far:dankk2::2vrolijk_08::kiss:
I'm and have been totally lost for words by the amount of interest and all the love my beloved creations have been receiving! All your thoughts and words placed on this thread are truly precious to me and are helping me further to achieve my dreams and just encourages me to excel!
You guys are constantly in my prayers.....May God bless you all!
 

iris&oud

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Dec 17, 2012
I have been sampling away the last week or so and trying to keep track of my impressions as I go.

Reve Narcotique - I have no idea where to begin with notes. I do get the "prunish" quality in the beginning, and it remains fairly sweet throughout. Overall, I get an impression of white florals and earthiness (patchouli? honey?). Every once it a while a green, slightly grassy note peaks out its head. Intimate smell (light silage), but very intoxicating. As this one sits on my skin, smooth spices start to appear (cinnamon?), and the volume is amped up.

Arabesque Noir - This is an interesting combination of notes, which gives me a juxtaposition of "clean" and "dirty". The muguet gives its typical white soapiness, while the oud, musk and perhaps the honey, give the earthy and slightly dirty aspects. It has my nose confused and conflicted, which is the mark of a fine perfume to me.

Shamamah - Opens with citrus (orange) and resins. Spices join the party (pepper and cinnamon to my nose). The drydown gives an impression of nuttiness. Overall, this smells like some delicious and sweet confection.

Jardin de Borneo - Definitely the highlight of the blends I have worn in this batch. A cousin to Jardin de Minuit, JdM is a wild forest, with snapped branches and lightening arching overhead. Jd Borneo shares some facets (white florals, with green background), but instead this is a tended garden on the edge of the jungle. Slightly more tamed, but at the same time, more exotic. Excellent longevity and masterfully blended. I will be buying a bottle of this for certain!

Nectare - This opens with very juicy, fuzzy fruitiness of peach and apricot. A hint of cinnamon touches my nose. The middle of the scent brings in a lovely peachy rose (think Guerlain Nahema, but natural ingredients and the balance pitched to the peach). The drydown gives me the impression of pollen or beeswax, in both scent and texture.
 
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Dorje123

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Feb 15, 2011
I've had a chance to try a few new samples!

Reve Narcotique: This is a unique fragrance for sure, although if you've tried JAR's Jardenia and Bolt of Lightning they have some similarities in the white floral combined with green notes, these underpin many of JAR's fragrances and this and Carnival d'Havane have these notes as well. It comes off as fresh/vegetative/chlorophyll, tuberose and gardenia, and a bit of spice. This is combined with some sweet and fruity notes I can't identify... Overall it leans feminine to me and is a subtle perfume, it doesn't project but you'll catch whiffs of it here and there.

Carnival d'Havana: I get the same green florals as in Reve, but this has vanilla, carmel/burnt sugar, tobacco, and a bit of sweet smelling resins in there too. These add a bit more "oomph" vs Reve and it projects a little more. It's still a fairly restrained fragrance though. I really like this one but it's not a style of fragrance I'm comfortable wearing as I find white florals feminine and gourmands strange as a personal fragrance. But if you like gourmands this one is excellent!

Shamama: This is a traditional type of attar that features many ingredients blended into a sandalwood base. Spicy, sweet, woody, floral, oudy and musky... this one is made with very high quality ingredients, it's probably not easy to make and I'd guess very expensive. It is a comforting, long lasting fragrance... I really like it!
 

bgoc

The Ultimate Smell
Basenotes Plus
Jan 2, 2011
I haven't tried of any of his offerings. So which one would be recommended as I like heavy hitters with beast mode performance. London Blend caught my eye. Anything else recommended?
 

LostboyR

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Aug 18, 2005
I haven't tried of any of his offerings. So which one would be recommended as I like heavy hitters with beast mode performance. London Blend caught my eye. Anything else recommended?
So many. Al Souqh, Al Hareem, Arabesque Noir, Ame Sombre, Incense Royale, Pure Incense. These would all be good starting points for you.
 

sultanpasha

Well-known member
Nov 9, 2011
Hello everyone, hope all is well! Sincere apologies for going AWOL as been extremely busy with the compositions and orders!
Believe it or not,three of the blends have completely finished so am currently busy with creating new batches as well as new compositions. Last week I sold out of my final bottle of the first batch of Enigma Homme which I blended along with the Enigma Intense back in November 2013! I was actually quite sad to see it go but will re-blend it later in the future. For now there will only be Enigma Intense which frankly I believe has been better received.
The other two blends that ran out unsurprisingly were the two upgraded forms of Âme Sombre however will be finish creating the second batch of these two beauties in the next few days. As before the upgraded versions of AS I will be creating at extremely limited batches of a tola each time as the risks are too great with these precious essences...every microdrop of the oud and Rose ottos are too expensive.....and the larger a batch the greater the risk of errors.
As a great perfumer quoted: Only God can create perfect things. Do not exert your energies on something you cannot achieve. Good is good enough
I just want to make sure everything is good enough near to perfection as possible. The upgraded version of the AS formulation will be the same as before however the version with the Oud smoke infusion will be different as in the previous batch I used cultivated Cambodian Oud chips however in the second batch the composition will be infused with slowly heated wild Kalimantan Oud chips! So exciting times!
Further to this the retail version of Pure Incense is nearly ready and I'm on the verge of creating two more new compositions......one is going to to be focused on the peppery facets of Hindi Oud which will be further amplified and will have a very animalic core......perfect for the upcoming cold winter months and the lovers of peppery skanky Hindis like myself! The second composition I will announce closer to the time of completion as it will be a rather controversial one ;-)
Also I wanted to say I've taken everyone's feedback very seriously about Réve Narcotique thus been tweaking around with the formulation to get it right; as its one of the most complicated blends I've worked on apart from Aurum D and others. Its funny that on my skin RN is a sillage monster but on a good number of people that has not been the case....just shows how incredibly subjective our skin chemistry really is. Anyway the narcotic element of the blend is a mixture of white and yellow florals such as natural tuberose, natural Gardenia, ylang ylang and others to name a few; which I increased in the updated version especially the tuberose. The prune plummy aspect arises as a result of an accord created by the cinnamic facets of Tolu Balsam along with the florals such as the ylang ylang absolute and this fruity facet will still be present as its integral to the composition. The updated version should project a lot longer and as a result of the increased usage of the Tuberose the green lactonic facets will be a bit more pronounced.
 
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litworth

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Mar 6, 2010
I just received a purchase that I made from Sultan. Firstly, the shipping was very fast. I purchased the 3rd variant of the Ame Sombre which is also the most expensive. It is amazing. If I could find one word to sum it up, it wold be "regal". It is similar to Amouage's tribute but it has an added plummy vibe to it. It's very long lasting and has nuclear silage. It has quality written all over it. Very had to describe except that it reeks of luxury. I also sampled the original variant (not the cheapest but the middle priced one) and it was very very similar to what would be thought of as the "perfect" batch of Amouage Tribute. Completely balanced and very nice. He also sent a ton of samples which I am still working through and will report on later, but the Ame Sombre definitely stuck out as being my most liked. I highly recommend that those that have a remote interest in attars check out his creation.
 

Dorje123

Well-known member
Feb 15, 2011
Thanks for the info Sultan! RN really is nice, the green/floral aspect of gardenia and tuberose is beautiful. If you increase that aspect you'll end up with something with a close resemblance to the JAR fragrances I mentioned, which is not a bad thing at all! I haven't tried any others that really emphasize the florals in that way, especially Bolt of Lightning.

Today I tried a small bit of Al Hareem and was blown away. It's a rose, oud and musk combination but as I've come to expect from SP, it's not the same old thing... SP's blends have a sort of liveliness or brightness to the blends that make them feel more modern. The blends that use his best ingredients are far better quality than typical, in fact it's very rare to find attars blended with the quality of ingredients he uses for sale anywhere. So I'd guess Al Hareem will be expensive, but considering the quality of both the ingredients and the excellent craftsmanship the value is very fair. This is one of those blends ASAQ would charge a small fortune for if they offered it. It's very cool that SP sends samples of blends like this, this would probably run $20+ for a .2 mL sample... There's also a Al Hareem Blanc in there too, can't want to try it!
 

Le vagabond

Well-known member
Mar 31, 2015
Hi folks, love all the reviews and comments.

Here are my notes on another gem:

11 – Cuir au Miel
Paco Rabanne La Nuit’s creamy sibling! Friendly not acrid, still animal but cuddly and playful, the honey is rich but not heated, there isn’t the hot sharpness and meanness. This is playful animal sex in a dreamy golden clearing, as opposed to La Nuit’s sex in an ivy laden garden at night.
Creamy and furry. Complex, dreamy, cuddly skank. A winner!


You could replace furry with leathery, but furry is what came to my mind :)
 
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cytherian

Well-known member
Nov 24, 2013
The other two blends that ran out unsurprisingly were the two upgraded forms of Âme Sombre however will be finish creating the second batch of these two beauties in the next few days. As before the upgraded versions of AS I will be creating at extremely limited batches of a tola each time as the risks are too great with these precious essences...every microdrop of the oud and Rose ottos are too expensive.....and the larger a batch the greater the risk of errors.

I have 3 of the variants, ASAQ/Ajmal, Oud and the G-1. I enjoyed the last two the most. They are all remarkably similar to Amouage Tribute, without feeling like "copies". They are different, and pleasantly so. The Oud variant has a very subtle smokiness to it. I enjoy this one the most. So, I'm very glad to hear another batch is being produced! :beer:
 

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