April 4, 2009

Rose Rosa Rosaceae

A rose is a perennial flower shrub or vine of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae, that contains over 100 species and comes in a variety of colors. The species form a group of erect shrubs, and climbing or trailing plants, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. It is a common error to refer to roses having thorns. But thorns are modified leaves, whereas these sharp protrusions on a rose are modified epidermal tissues (prickles). Most are native to Asia, with smaller numbers of species native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Natives, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and fragrance.

For rose, Simon Rishel is a reliable and respected trader of fine Arabian oil perfumes/bakhoor, Indian Rose oil, oudh, musk, vetiver---a genuine key contributor to the basenotes community and E-commerce businessman. He is currently advising and keeping shop at
River Of Musk

March 16, 2009

Evening Zen Incense

Shoyeido's Zen Incense is an ideal companion for meditation and quiet reflection. The subtle fragrance is perfect to share with friends and family. Evening Zen contains sandalwood, clove, patchouli and benzoin. Each box contains 30 sticks, 13" (33 cm) long. Approximate burning time: 2 hours per stick.

Ingredients: Sandalwood (Santali lignum), Clove (Caryophylli flos), Patchouli (Pogostemi herba), Benzoin (Benzoinum) and spices.

March 8, 2009

Minorien Fu-in Kyara

Fu-in Kyara is the closest incense that I have found to the Burmese Kinam Oudh.
It is the only Kyara that I will trade and use myself.
Woody, Luxurious, suble, and Transcendental.

Japan Incense

November 4, 2008

Ambre Narguile Hermèssences

This particular e.d.t. is from a line of unisex fragrances called "Hermèssences". Created by Jean Claude Ellena--in-house Hermès parfumeur, Ambre Narguile is meant to evoke cashmere, and features notes of benzoin, labdanum, musk, vanilla, caramel, honey, sugared tonka bean, grilled sesame seeds, cinnamon, rum, coumarine and white orchids. Savoury, sensual, enveloping. This is a rich and delicious edt.

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November 2, 2008

Ajmal Ghala (Oriental - EDP)

Classic fragrance with contemporary ingredients captures the heart of the wearer craving for the perfect balance in life. Ghala means something extremely rich. Natural materials like fragrant sandalwood, amber and cedar wood are creatively merged with spicy hints of ginger, cardamom and clove, creating a sophisticated perfume reflecting effortless elegance and modern versatility.

Ghala is a luxurious and precious unisex Oriental Eau de Parfum offered in a 75 ml glass bottle, with a unique and contemporary looking design, that can be bought at Ajmal showrooms and through select dealers all over the Middle East.


October 25, 2008

Ajmal Shams Dahn Al Oudh

The essence of oudh,
Ajmal's Mukhallat(mix) Shams
is a concentrated Dahn Al Oudh(indian oud) parfum, fusing oriental and western notes. Designed to appeal to the perfume user who is traditional at heart, Shams(sun) evokes the passion of the Arabian heritage and embodies the soul of Oudh. Its exotic formulation of warm woody notes is charming and settles into a deep musky-woody base with a tinge of spice.

Ajmal Perfumes is renowned for researching and successfully implementing the technique of extracting Oudh from agarwood trees and has been recreating the magic of the essence for over 50 years with its extensive portfolio of fragrances, now extended with the addition of the Shams. Dahn Al Oudh Al Shams, which carries the fragrant notes of the traditional 'Dahn Al Oudh' essence, has emerged to become one of the leading Ajmal brands today, having enjoyed a huge customer-response since its launch. Hailing from the legendary Dahn Al Oudh Shams family, it is a rare and captivating blend that refreshes the senses. It is meant for people with a vibrant personality and whose demeanor is hard to shadow.

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Shams Gift Box
Released: August 2004

The Shams Gift Box evokes the passion and mystery of the Arabian heritage. The feel of Dahn Al Oudh is extended throughout the three variations of the Shams fragrances and the luxurious ostrich leather box, cushioned in suede, complements its regal touch. Launching the exquisite Gift Box, Nazir Ajmal, Chief Perfumer, Ajmal Perfumes said, 'Our new gift collection is a treat for perfume connoisseurs who prefer to alternate between the concentrate and Eau de Parfum version of Dahn Al Oudh while also indulging in the Mukhallat Eau de Parfum. Both the distinguished fragrance and its presentation make the Shams Gift Box an ideal gift for every occasion.'

Gift Box


Dubai, 26 March 2006:
Ajmal Launches,
Dahn Oudh Al Shams Special Edition

Designed as a unique offering, this refined fragrance will add a new and exquisite dimension to the existing Dahn Oudh Al Shams product range. This special edition yields a pure, potent and longer lasting fragrance that is meant to accentuate your beaming presence. Derived from aged Indian Agarwood, the pleasant and long lasting aroma emanates unique characteristics bearing the mark of Indian Oudh.

Dahn Oudh Al Shams Special Edition is Ajmal's exclusive offering that is created for the individuals who enjoy opulent fragrances, who have a discerning taste and a burning desire to sparkle amongst the shine. Presented in a golden, sparkling flacon. The 30ml bottle can be purchased in all Ajmal showrooms and through select dealers.

October 21, 2008

Anand Flora Fluxo

Adorned with Nataraj on the box--Flora Fluxo is super-thick on the stick, hand rolled agarbathi. It is cosmic and airy--you smell no bamboo core.

Anand Flora is perfected from selected odoriferous resins gums and natural essential oils. It is great to have a choice for prayer and pleasure. Made in Bombay, India by the Anand Agarbathi.


October 19, 2008

Acer pseudoplatanus

originally belongs to the fig species Ficus sycomorus native to southwest Asia (this is the sycamore or sycomore referred to in the Bible), and was later applied to this species (and others; see also Platanus) by reason of the superficial similarity in leaf shape. On young trees, the bark is smooth and grey but becomes rougher with age and breaks up in scales, exposing the pale-brown-to-pinkish inner bark---this bark becomes very course and sandy when ground or pulverized and can be used for sweet, smokey notes in fine incense blends. This species of maple is native to central Europe and southwestern Asia, from France east to Poland, and south in mountains to northern Spain, northern Turkey, and the Caucasus. The flowers produce abundant nectar, which makes a fragrant, delicately flavoured and pale-coloured honey.

October 12, 2008

Liquidambar orientalis

Styrax officinale
has been proved to be the source of the solid Storax of the Ancients, which was always scarce and valuable, and is probable that the cultivated S. officinale of Europe is capable of yielding Storax. Storax appears to be a pathological rather than a physiological product; when the young wood is injured, oil-ducts are formed in which the Storax is produced. Its extraction is chiefly carried on by a tribe of wandering Turcomans called Yuruks. The outer bark of the tree is removed, the inner bark is stripped off and thrown into pits until a sufficient quantity has been collected. It is then packed in strong, horse-hair bags and pressed in a wooden press. After removal, hot water is thrown on the bags, which are pressed a second time, when the greater part of the balsam will be extracted. Another account says that the bark is first boiled in water in a large copper over a brick fire, by which process the balsam is separated, and can then be skimmed off. The boiled bark is then put into bags over which hot water is thrown, and submitted to pressure as described above, by which an additional quantity of balsam (Yagh, or oil) is obtained. In either mode of procedure the product is the semi-liquid, opaque substance called Liquid Storax. This is chiefly forwarded in barrels to Constantinople, Smyrna, Syria and Alexandria; some to Smyrna, in goat-skins, with a certain proportion of water; thence it is forwarded to Trieste in barrels. Much goes to Bombay for India and China, but little comes to the United States or Britain. Liquid Storax is known in the East as Rosemalloes or Rosemalles. The residual bark left after the extraction of the balsam constitutes the fragrant, leaf-like cakes known as Cortex Thymiamatis, Cortex Thuris and Storax Bark.

Storax Bark and Resins

October 5, 2008

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September 24, 2008


Acacia seeds are often used for food and a variety of other products.
In Burma, Laos and Thailand, the feathery shoots of Acacia pennata (common name cha-om, ชะอม and su pout ywet in Burmese) are used in soups, curries, omelettes, and stir-fries.
Honey made by bees using the acacia flower as forage is considered a delicacy, appreciated for its mild flowery taste, soft running texture and glass-like appearance. Acacia honey is one of the few honeys which does not crystallize.[4]In Mexico the seeds are known as Guajes: Guajes or huajes are the flat, green pods of an acacia tree. The pods are sometimes light green or deep red in color -- both taste the same. Guaje seeds are about the size of a small lima bean and are eaten raw with guacamole, sometimes cooked and made into a sauce. They can also be made into fritters. The ground seeds are used to impart a slightly garlicy flavor to a mole called guaxmole (huaxmole). The dried seeds may be toasted and salted and eaten as a snack referred to as "cacalas". Purchase whole long pods fresh or dried at Mexican specialty markets.

Acacia farnesiana is used in the perfume industry due to its strong fragrance. The use of Acacia as a fragrance dates back centuries. In The Bible, burning of acacia wood as a form of incense is mentioned several times.

Many Acacia species have important uses in traditional medicine. Most all of the uses have been shown to have a scientific basis, since chemical compounds found in the various species have medicinal effects. In Ayurvedic medicine, Acacia nilotica is considered a remedy that is helpful for treating premature ejaculation. A 19th century Ethiopian medical text describes a potion made from an Ethiopian species of Acacia (known as grar) mixed with the root of the tacha, then boiled, as a cure for rabies.[6] An astringent medicine, called catechu or cutch, is procured from several species, but more especially from Acacia catechu, by boiling down the wood and evaporating the solution so as to get an extract.

Egyptian goddess Isis
As mentioned previously, Acacias contain a number of organic compounds that defend them from pests and grazing animals.[3] Many of these compounds are psychoactive in humans. The alkaloids found in Acacias include dimethyltryptamine (DMT), 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) and N-methyltryptamine (NMT). The plant leaves, stems and/or roots are sometimes made into a brew together with some MAOI-containing plant and consumed orally for healing, ceremonial or religious uses. Egyptian mythology has associated the acacia tree with characteristics of the tree of life (cf. article on the Legend of Osiris and Isis).

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September 14, 2008

: ::Umeboshi: ::

The ume plum
Prunus mume has been used for over 2,000 years in China as a food and for its health promoting properties. Through the influence of Buddhism the knowledge of ume plum cultivation spread to Japan. There are written accounts dating from 10th century Japan describing the salted and pickled umeboshi plums. The desire to preserve the revered plum and yet to keep its sodium content low, led to the development of ume concentrate called 'bai-niku' or 'bai-niku ekisu.' The development of ume plum concentrate that is convenient to store and lasts for years, expanded the value of the ume plum. By the 1920s ume plum concentrate's beneficial properties were so highly revered that the Japanese military distributed it as an antiseptic to soldiers and sailors to prevent dysentery and motion sickness.
Ume Plum foods are often referred to as the 'king of alkaline food.' Its concentrate is used in traditional health regimens to achieve optimal balance. Plum Concentrate's organic acids and minerals are believed to provide not only nutrients but combine to form a 'super tonic'. Plum Concentrate is rich in citric acid that readily combines with minerals in the foods we eat, creating an easily absorbed mineral salt. Traditionally valued as a digestive aid and for its antibacterial properties.
Simply use a small spoon to measure 1 gram of concentrate. Place the concentrate in hot water or tea, stir and drink while hot. It can also be taken right off the spoon.

August 27, 2008

Deep Sauna

Be them wet or dry, sauna's can be traced long back in ancient history from the Greeks, Romans and of course the Scandinavians. The heat and gentle sweating initiated by the sauna causes an artificial fever within the body, the same as when we are ill. The body then reacts enhancing metabolism and blood circulation which in turn destroys viruses and helps to oxygenate the body's tissues. As your body slowly perspires your skin's pores will slowly open allowing them to cleanse themselves. As well as removing grime and toxins from the body. Your skin will be left feeling soft, clean and supple.

It can be easier than you think to build your own sauna. With some basic carpentry skills and a little specialized understanding you can be relaxing in your own home sauna in no time at all.

August 23, 2008

Cordyceps sinensis

C. sinensis is a black, blade-shaped fungus found primarily in the high altitudes on the Tibetan plateau in China. Wild cordyceps is rare. This mushroom is parasitic and grows on and derives its nutrients from moth caterpillars. In the fall, the fungal mycelia infect the caterpillar. The fungal infestation kills the caterpillar by early summer of the following year, thus releasing the fruiting body. The wild form of C. sinensis is harvested, while the principal fungal mycelium ( Paecilomyces hepiali Chen) is cultivated aseptically...more

August 21, 2008

Vegetalista Botanicals

Vegetalista Botanicals is a group of dedicated ethnobotanists working with indigenous groups to bring you a comprehensive line of bulk herbs, extracts, and medicinal and shamanic plants. All products are from organic farms or ethically wildcrafted sources, as we choose to foster equitable, grassroots business practices. We ship from NYC or Philadelphia, PA USA.
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August 19, 2008


Studies have shown that Amber oils have a psychoactive effect shown to relax brain waves, (alpha, beta, and theta) and it has been shown to "enhance" heart energy and increase sensual pleasure...more

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Eden Botanicals Amber Oils

What's amber comprise of anyways?

July 22, 2008

Yemen Shop:::Bakhoors Sampler

Fine bakhoors from Yemen Shop.
luxury samplers of rose bakhoors, ouds and more...

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This Sample package consists of 5 grams of each of the following Bakhoors.

July 16, 2008

Desire Blue

This 2002 scent by, Alfred Dunhill is very nice, and always one of my summer favorites.

This aquatic, amber-like fragrance was inspired by a man's self awareness. The fresh, deep notes of bergamot and orange flower water impart a sparkling dimension while amber crystals, musk, and tonka bean warm and soothe the senses.


July 9, 2008

Cypriol Nagarmotha

Cypriol is a member of the cyperacae family (papyrus is another member of this plant group) and its roots are distilled to produce a fragrant oil. This oil, also known by the name nagarmotha in India, is used in Indian love potions; a man wishing love, and sex, will anoint his head with the oil. The oil’s scent is described as “woodsy”, “earthy” and “musky.”
Cypriol is found in many Tom Ford scents.
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Cypriol nagarmotha essential oil is utilized in perfumes or bases of the woody, oriental type for a foresty note. Due to its minimal cost, it is also used as a fixative. In aromatherapy cypriol essential oil provides decongestive attributes and is used to treat problematic digestion.
Caution Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Keep away from children.

Arabian Oud

Mukhalat Gohroob

This is a rich oil with notes of cinnamon, honey, agarwood and black musk. A gorgeous, rich oud scent. I just dabbed a little on my wrist, and this is a super-sweet scent. The drydown is candy-soft and powdery.

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July 5, 2008

| || Amouage Jubilation XXV for Men | ||

Jubilation XXV was developed by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, and features coriander, frankincense, honey, cinnamon, rose, orchid, immortelle, musk, ambergris, patchouli, cedar, myrrh and oud.



July 2, 2008

Versace Eau Fresh

Versace introduce Eau Fraiche, a lighter version of the Versace Man fragrance, with notes of lemon, rosewood, star fruit, cedar leaves, tarragon, sage, musk, amber and sycamore wood.



June 28, 2008

\\ Montale Black Aoud \\

Black Aoud is a dramatic fragrance – but don’t confuse that with overly strong. It’s medium bodied and very rich, a bubbling potion of velvety rose and the old leather feel of labdanum, mixed with mystical oud tree oils. It’s a rare journey somewhere where you’ve probably never been and will beg to return to…all it takes is a little whiff of this amazing, rare elixir. If you seek a deeply incensed rose and sandalwood fragrance, one that would have scented the brightly dyed pillows of a harem, you need look no further.

Black Aoud notes: Red rose, aoud, labdanum, sandalwood, more.


The Perfumed court samples

June 22, 2008

Arabian Perfumery

A defining essence of oud-based fragrances have long been a major occupation for the notables of Arabia. A renowned Arab Caliph once said “If I were a merchant, I would only trade in oud perfume, so that if I did not make a profit, I would have profited from its sensational scent”. Choosing a fragrance truly reflects one’s individuality.arabianoud.com


Arabian Oud Siraj
Based on Indonesian agarwood, cambodian Oud, patchouli flower, musk, white amber and sandalwood.. this is a beautiful and slightly sweet oud fragrance ~ Unavailable in the U.S.A.


Arabian Oud Diyafa
This scent embues smoke and if you love sultry smokey scents this is a definite! Notes of Malaysian Oud and indian oud, Rose, saffron, Sandal, Black Amber & Black Musk.