Ubar 2009

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Ubar (2009) by Amouage
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Ubar (2009) is a popular perfume by Amouage for women and was released in 2009. The scent is floral-oriental. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Sabco Group / Oman Perfumery.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLitsea cubebaLitsea cubeba
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
OrangeOrange
Violet leafViolet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesFreesiaFreesia
JasmineJasmine
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Orange blossomOrange blossom
RosewoodRosewood
TuberoseTuberose
Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesCopaiba balsamCopaiba balsam
PatchouliPatchouli
SandalwoodSandalwood
VanillaVanilla
VetiverVetiver
AmberAmber

Ratings

Scent

7.7207 Ratings

Longevity

8.7168 Ratings

Sillage

8.1161 Ratings

Bottle

8.6151 Ratings
Submitted by Sani, last update on 27.09.2021.
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9
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Jakoparfum
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Jakoparfum
Top Review    13  
The curse of Allah
From Ubar there are still the remains of an ancient city that existed in the Arabian Peninsula, more specifically in Oman, also known as the city of a thousand pillars.
The city became an important center of trading wealth due to the exchange of goods and valuable materials found in it.
Legend has it that Allah, angry with its inhabitants for their lascivious and dissolute behavior, struck the city with a curse and buried it forever in the desert sands.
What remains of Ubar today is an important archaeological center, discovered as recently as 1992, where one can find the path of the caravans that traveled the magnificent incense route
Amouage produced a perfume in 1995 that embodied the smell of this city, a sort of inspiration for the raw materials that were grown in this city, as well as the magnificent Omani frankincense.
The little-known 1995 version had a slightly different formula than the current one, being woodier, more incense-rich, and literally smelling like hot sand.
The perfume remained on the market for a few years before being discontinued.
In 2009, when Amouage was going through a period of great hype and recognition around the world (under the leadership of the great Christopher Chong) . The perfume was remade and then marketed with a different bottle. The fragrance "new "also takes on a slightly different scent, it is much more floral and less woody than the original.
This is one of the most complex compositions in the history of Amouage, Those who like simple, straightforward and delicate fragrances will not appreciate this.
In Ubar there is a complexity and layering of notes that have disappeared in recent fragrances.
Is a framework inspired by the great masterpieces of vintage perfumery. Ubar is much more than a "simple" chypre, it is also an oriental floral, a woody fragrance, a monster of infinite beauty, ready to scratch you and enchant you with her seductive allure.
Ubar opening sounds like the breath of Allah, who buried the city under the sand with his curse.
In the first opening phase of Ubar, a note of green, leathery and rough violet is clearly perceptible, accompanied by citrus notes of bitter orange and mandarin.
Immediately after, a powerful lily of the valley emerges, dry and acidic, opening a floral dance of fleshy ylang ylang and jasmine.
The floral heart becomes roaring with a constant battle between the white component (jasmine and tuberose) and a fleshy, round, rich and disruptive ylang ylang.
After about 2 hours, the middle phase lets the base notes emerge. This is a very strong and complex base, the standout element of which is the copahu balsam, which gives the perfume a warm, robust, honeyed note (it rounds out the scent even more, along with a tentative hint of vanilla).
Next to the copahu balsam, the patchouli is clearly perceptible: a "purified" patchouli, fractionated so to speak, the earthy note is absent and the natural green patchouli note emerges.
The patchouli is accompanied by a nice warm and slightly animalic, almost musky amber note, rounded out by notes of Mysore sandalwood and oakmoss.
Overall, the perfume has several phases where the individual notes are not always perceptible, The overall scent that is perceived is a floral, musky, amber and woody scent, a kind of coat of cashmere and flowers with leather applications :)
The fragrance is a work of art of rare beauty, its duration exceeds 6/7 hours.
Its ideal season is spring and summer; at low temperatures, unfortunately, its floral heart does not unfold as it should, and the fragrance fades ( on my skin).
It has slight similarities to Knowing by Estee Lauder (though Ubar is much more floral), Diva by Ungaro, and 1000 by Patou (resembles 1000 by Patou in the dry, chypres phase of the scent).
It remains a timeless masterpiece, one of Amouage's most beautiful, original and artistic perfumes.
The review refers to the 2009 version ( (bottle without magnetic cap).
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Dreamland
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Helpful Review    4  
Magical
This fragrance is named after the city of Ubar in southern Oman, which was inhabited between 2,700 and 300 BC. Ubar was a beautiful, rich trading city that sank into the sand and disappeared into the desert...
Ubar is one of the most magical scents I have ever tasted. Magical, timeless, enchanting. Dense, strong, with excellent projection, at once theatrical and mystical.... It starts with a little citrus, orange, mandarin, then comes ylang ylang, white flowers with accented jasmine and develops patchouli and vanilla in the base notes. Very strong and very durable on the skin, +12 hours, and on clothes it lasts for days. Flacon looks precious and noble.
Maybe a little too intense for summer and heat, perfect for other seasons like autumn and winter. Very chic, elegant and very feminine!
9.5
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8
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Isolani
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Isolani
Top Review    25  
On the rain balcony
Like when on the rain balcony of life
suddenly and unusually long
the sun would shine.
Suddenly everything is bathed in a dull golden light,
and you inhale nourishing air,
that makes you lighter
and lets fly
and further than only to the horizon.

And you know,
that now is the time to go out,
to set an example despite the heat
and say "yes" to the one that
what's beautiful about you and
which makes your heart two inches bigger,
which makes the soft music of your soul a little more audible,
what a crown can do for you,
what separates the wheat from the chaff,
which makes your movements dance,
which makes you Paul and Paula,
what makes you human,
visible, fragile
and miraculously diverse
and the secrets of a day's life
new spelling.

Ubar is a beautiful perfume,
which is like two frames,
who have magic abilities
and are able to,
to describe life and days anew.

The larger frame extends the fields
that are around you
and makes everything bigger in it, keep going,
more dazzling and splendid
and builds many possibilities in all directions in front of you.

The small frame on the other hand includes everything in love,
which is sacred to you, worthy of protection
and a little hidden.

Ubar is a very special perfume,
massive and so opulent flowery and creamy,
madamic, adept and bulging
that there is a discussion about male and female
could rekindle.
And would survive.

I like it very much.

It's so nice,
like "Bridge over troubled water"
is sung.
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jtd

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jtd
jtd
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bravo
Look at the cast of any of the Bravo housewives at a post-season reunion. Consider the degree of wardrobe, hair, make-up and custom-spanx before your eyes. What is the difference between this execution of gender and drag? Physiological sex distinctions seem minor. The issue is the extremity of the presentation.  If what you see on those reunion shows isn't drag, I'm not sure what is. 

Smack in the center of the above gender question lies Ubar. Again, the issue is the extremity of the presentation. Ubar doesn't care a whit about what your crotch might hide. Ubar is all eyelashes, nails and bling. Drag or television-femininity, the similarity is hypergender and the differences are unimportant. 

(Is it me, or does Andy Cohen not come off like a court eunuch sitting in the midst of all that regalia?)
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10
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Sillage
Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
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A Nostalgic Floral Perfume
Amouage UBAR hits me immediately as a nolstagic perfume along the lines of Jean-Charles Brosseau L'OMBRE ROSE. There is a dry dustiness to the florals here which gives the composition a "vintage" feeling. In contrast to L'OMBRE ROSE, UBAR does not develop significantly to a soapy baby powder drydown. Instead, UBAR becomes somehow more floral, magnifying the dusty roses and, to my nose, lily (not lily of the valley). I realize that lily is not listed, but that is what I smell. It could be the effect of the civet thrown into the mix.

UBAR has great longevity and big sillage, but this really is not oriental at all. I like UBAR a lot as a floral perfume, but I also feel that L'OMBRE ROSE satisfies the same pangs of nostalgia as the former, so I won't be adding UBAR to my collection anytime soon. I commend L'OMBRE ROSE to the attention of anyone who likes UBAR but cannot afford such an extravagance...

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Alex1984Alex1984 3 years ago
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
Ubar belongs in the Patou 1000 league; classic, elegant, imposing, regal. A gorgeous floral chypre, Grace Kelly worthy. It dresses you up!

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