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.

June 10, 2008


Himalayan Nard (Sanskrit name - Jatamansi) is harvested in the valleys of the Himalayas at altitudes of 3000 metres(about 10,ooo ft.) It has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is known for its uplifting effects, harmonising emotions, favouring inner peace, and aids in balancing the body of all three Ayurvedic doshas.
Jatamansi has been used as a perfume and medicine. Indian physicians have long prescribed it as a nervine tonic, carminative, and an aromatic addition to medicinal oils and ghees. In Ayurvedic medicine this herb is sometimes called, “divine plant” and is used to counteract the effects of day-to-day stress. Traditionally, it has been used as an air purifier as well. The active constituent in Jatamansi is jatamansone. This herb has analgesic and stimulant properties. The oil has anti-arrhythmic and hypotensive qualities. This herb's sedative properties increase awareness, as opposed to valerian that dulls the mind.


Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) is a perennial grass of the Poaceae native to India. The name vetiver is native to the Tamil language. Old Tamil literature mentions the usage of vetiver for medical purposes. In western and Northern India , it is popularly known as Khus.

Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots. Worldwide production is estimated at about 250 tons per annum (Lavania). Due to its excellent fixative properties, vetiver is used widely in high end perfumes. It is contained in 90% of all western perfumes. Haiti is one of the leading producers of vetiver in the world, along with Java, China, India, Brazil and Japan. The United States, Europe, India (also a producer) and Japan (also a producer) are the main consumers.

Vetiver oil is described as deep, sweet, woody, smoky, earthy, amber, balsam. The best quality oil is obtained from roots that are 18 to 24 months old. The roots are dug up and cleaned then dried. Before the distillation, the roots are chopped and soaked in water. The distillation process can take up to 18 to 24 hours....more

The Vetiver Network Org. Int.

:: : Warm Summer Koh-Do :: :

- Teaspoon of Old Mountain Sandalwood
- 1/2 tspn. of Himalayan Juniper
- 1/3 tspn. of Himalayan Cedar
- 1 or 2 pinches of Cinnamon--
(depending on warmth and smoothness desired)
-Pinch of Kyara(Aloeswood) or select grade
(grind together in mortar and sprinkle on light makko trail)

Culture Of Incense


When the root or bark is steamed, it produces a volatile, white, crystalline compound with a characteristic pungent odor, usually referred to as camphor. (The aromatic oils in such plants as tansy and feverfew may also be referred to as camphor). Trees that produce the real camphor are slow-growing. In fact, the Chinese believe that it cannot be extracted from trees under fifty years old. In the US, camphor is extracted from leaves and twigs of the oldest trees, which does less damage than the more invasive Chinese method. Despite this, most of the camphor now used in the US is produced synthetically.

June 6, 2008

Kyphi:::Welcome to the Gods

An Ancient Egyptian formula used in all important rituals. Sacred to the God Kephra. Made from sixteen ingredients, started at the new moon and slowly added to until fruition at the full moon. Especially good for all work involving dreams and enhancement.....more

Najdi, Hawjari, Hasiki::: : :Frankincense

I listened as Radiyyah went through the different grades of frankincense in her stock. "Those big yellow lumps aren't so good," she said. "These are better. Look, they're like pearls. But," she opened a small box, "these are the real fusus" Her word "gems" was well chosen: Teardrops the size of fat ring-stones, some were silvery, others had opalescent hints of rose, green or topaz. "This is najdi," she explained, "from the najd [plateau], the high land behind Jabal Qara." She pointed to the range of mountains across the plain from Salalah.

This article appeared on pages 16-23 of the May/June 2000 print edition of Saudi Aramco World and was written by: Tim Mackintosh-Smith.....more


more about frankincense

Juniperus recurva

...or Himalayan Juniper

Edible Uses:
Fruit - raw or cooked. The cones are up to 11mm long and 8mm wide

Medicinal Uses :
Smoke from the green wood is emetic and produces long-continued vomiting

The resinous twigs are burnt as an incense...