ValentinTValentinT's Perfume Reviews

ValentinT 6 months ago 2
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10
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Sillage
Sultan's tribute to his favorite flower
Juriah is rose, then more rose, then even more rose on top of rose, animalics and oud.

Sultan named this attar after the daughter of his rose farmer he gets his roses from.

Upon swiping, this mukhallat sits on your wrist like a motor and won't stop humming non-stop for 8 hours. Fresh, spicy, citrus-y rose notes will dance around you with a sillage that turns every room you enter into a field of Turkish and Damask roses.

This scent is fairly linear and unapologetic about it. When compared to other rose/oud masterpieces like EO No 3, Juriah may seem less complex as it lacks these clear transitions between top-heart-base like No 3 does.

But are you really going to make that your critique when you get beauty straight from the beginning to end? Why would you want that to be interrupted? The first time you smell Juriah, you just want time to stop and everything remain in this moment.

This is a must-have if you enjoy the queen of all flowers. Beautiful, dramatic, enchanting, fresh and sophisticated. A masterpiece by the maestro and the man I consider the best attar maker in the world.
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ValentinT 7 months ago 3
9
Scent
8
Longevity
9
Sillage
10
Bottle
Thick oud waves bleeding from my wrist...
A smoky chocolate dessert served on an agarwood plate made of Indian oud.

Dense, deep and thick from straight to finish with smooth transitions from top to base.

Fantastic sillage leaving your nose constantly sniffing delicious animalic oud.

Truly raw, naked and wild.

A beautiful experience for every oud head appreciating natural aromatics.
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ValentinT 7 months ago 3 1
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8
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8
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8
Bottle
Bortnikoff's problem is his potential
Bortnikoff tends to flash his potential with each of his offerings but unfortunately never lives up to it. This smells funky, goofy and unfinished. It's good, but given what it could be, it's disappointing, to say the least. And this is a recurring theme with Bortnikoff's work.

A nice one-time tester you'll quickly forget if you own other oud fragrances.
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ValentinT 8 months ago 4 1
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7
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
One of the best releases of 2021
Before you continue to read, please note that I have never smelled Ottoman Empire 1 or 2. The third installment of this series is therefore my first time experiencing this rose/oud/sandalwood gem. I'm intentionally listing the sandalwood right away, because...

Yes, this is a rose/oud scent. But its completeness and full body is thanks to the buttery sandalwood. I'm going with 'buttery' here because while 'creamy' is fitting, buttery is even more accurate. OE 3 is heavy but not overwhelming. The oud blends perfectly with the sandalwood after we say goodbye to the rose opening and we are left with heart and base notes that ooze smoothness and comfort.

Sillage is good (understand this is coming from somebody who is rarely satisfied with sillage in most fragrances).

Longevity could be 1-2 hours longer for my taste, but again, this is me being extra picky. I'm not going to mention that it stays on clothes forever - most fragrances do.

Wearable for most occasions and especially fitting for Spring and Fall.

A top 3 release in 2021 for me by Areej Le Dore. Aged beautifully over the last few months too and keeps getting better and better. Signature-scent worthy all the way. If this weren't a limited release, I'd wear this 3-4 times a week without a doubt.
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