Kalemat Black

Kalemat Black by Arabian Oud
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Kalemat Black is a popular perfume by Arabian Oud for men. The release year is unknown. The scent is smoky-oriental. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesFrankincense, Basil
Heart Notes Heart NotesVanilla
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Amber

Ratings

Scent

8.5 (48 Ratings)

Longevity

9.2 (41 Ratings)

Sillage

8.4 (42 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (45 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 31.05.2019
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Vmaster

27 Reviews
Vmaster
Vmaster
Helpful Review    3
Sehr El Kalemat
Sehr El Kalemat (Kalemat Black) has Kalemat DNA with rich smelling oud and warm vanilla added. It gives you a beautiful smokey dark vanilla-honey balsamic scent, without being overly sweet. This fragrance seems to be more masculine than feminine even though it is listed as unisex.

Longevity is well over 12 hours and can be worn year-round, day or night. While walking, you will leave a delicious trail of fumes in your wake.

This is an amazing EDP that receives many unsolicited compliments.

Highly recommended!

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Muotarek

51 Reviews
Muotarek
Muotarek
Very helpful Review    4
Niche quality!!
Basically
Top: Frankincense & Basil
Heart: Vanilla
Base: Oud & Amber

replace the name of Arabian Oud and put any other niche brand name, it'd hit 350$ and more, this is great, not substitute for Kalemat at all, yet this is more wearable, not overpowering like Kalemat, also it has a great performance and 12 solid hours longevity, Arabian Oud don't mess around when it comes to performance because they know the middle eastern criteria very well, and they love the long lasting and the great silage perfumes, try it even if you don't like Oud fragrances, this is a game changer.
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Very helpful Review    9
Cloud Surfing with Aladdin
I was in Saudi Arabia in July of 2012 and went fragrance shopping at Mall of Arabia in Jeddah. Happily I stumbled upon the Arabian Oud store and spent a glorious couple of hours testing and sniffing.

I bought a bottle of Kalemat Black (amongst others) and following a little research have ascertained that this fragrance was inspired by the way that bakhoor smells. Bakhoor are fragrant wood chips burned as incense and in this regard Kalemat Black delivers in spades. The notes listed on Arabian Oud's website are as follows:

Top: Frankincense,Basil
Heart: Vanilla
Base: Agarwood (Oud),Amber

The opening blast of Frankincense is rendered quite fresh with the addition of Basil but lasts only a few minutes before the Vanilla takes over, creating a gorgeous sweet caramel-ish vibe. The woodiness of the Agar is also prevalent early on but not at all in the medicinal way that Oud can sometimes be present, speaking to the obviously high quality ingredients. Here, rather, it has more of a Cedar cant, undoubtedly arranged by it's blending with Amber. Kalemat Black comes off as a sweet/woody/smooth fragrance with superior sillage and longevity. It definitely reminds one of an intricate brass burner wafting tendrils of gorgeously scented smoke. An absolute winner in my book!

(This review was moved here from the 'Kalemat' page).
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Apicius

219 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Helpful Review    4
Brown Coal and Tar
If no shop nearby offers a specific perfume for testing you rely on your friends, or you need friends at Parfumo who send you a sample. I received Kalemat Black from Coutureguru, thank you!

If it comes to oud, certain images occur in the western consumer's mind, mainly of dark and opulent 1001-nights romanticism. No fragrance can be “black” enough not to match with this image. Kalemat Black fits into this scheme, but in another way, it doesn't. Here, an accord of oud surely plays an important, but not the leading role.

In the broadest sense, it is a combination of ambery notes that alienates the oud. The basic expression of Kalemat Black reminds me of dark and dirty things like brown coal, tar, maybe rubber. Who ever still remembers Jacomo's Anthracite might get the idea. Maybe, the rubber top note of Bvlgari Black could also be counted in as a relative.

The antagonist to tarry aspects is a well implemented, never ostensible vanilla. Without this, Kalemat Black would be ugly, and it is the vanilla that provides some opulence. The contrast provided by the sweet vanilla makes Kalemat Black interesting and lively. But no worry: the darker aspects prevail!

As it is so often the case, also concerning Kalemat Black it is a pity that the top notes do not last very long. The opening with some frankincense and basil is thrilling, it is a lean, herbaceous and prickling start which one doesn't find too often. However, Kalemat Black becomes broader very soon.

Kalemat Black is a roomfilling, pitch dark amber and oud fragrance for which you will find no direct expression at Montale or Micallef. Combining darkness and sweetness, I can imagine that especially friends of the A*Men variants might appreciate Kalemat Black.
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Statements

Pio 12 months ago
A very sweet and pleasant perfume. It could be labeled as a sweet version of Amouage Jubilation XXV.+2
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Farouha 3 years ago
I wore this to work and my boss said I smelt like toasted cinamom buns lol.

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