Woah. This is so intense, warm, dirty.
Backstory, my first fragrance was Kouros, and I was never able to find such dirtyness and warmth from a lot of fragrances that I had tried since then.
I had to mention this, because now it feels everything has come full circle for me in my fragrance journey. This one brought back a lot of good, comforting memories for me.
Al Ghaliyah is very well blended and very smooth. It has no sour or sharp notes, just pure skanky, dirty animallic musk and civet that's very high quality. It also has an uplifting sweetness to it as well to keep the musk/civet at bay, and I think there's saffron in there as well, one of my favourite notes in eastern perfume that always adds some elegance.
This may be a bit strange, but I definitely get a strong sexual vibe from it as well. I feel like a beast just putting it on.
All in all, I love it! It brings a smile to my face, it's a very personal smell for me. J.T CANADA
Here are my thoughts on ghaliya, I loved the fact that you used loads of musk.
Straight away I can tell why this has a high price tag. This is very musk heavy, I think this is the most musky mukhallat I've ever smelt. It starts off with strong oud and musk, very strong but at the same time with a powdery softness. Rose and ambergris seem to float over the heavier musky woods, everything seems to come together to a warm animalic powdery woody scent with a slightly sweet floralness. The musk gives off even more powdery warmth in the dry down with the ambergris giving a sea like coolness. A.R.G UK
I'm now wearing a sample of Al Shareef Oudh's, Al-Ghaliyah mukhallat. It's sweet liquorice musk and pure ambergris. I also detect rose and oud. A classic style blend of the highest quality. Stunningly good! A.S NETHERLANDS
How lucky can I be that Al-Ghaliyah contains so many of my favorite materials- oud, rose, ambergris and musk! This oil is rich! rich! rich! and, as a lover of Indian oils, its unabashedly animalic, seductive opening is right up my alley.
Vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, lemony rose, loamy earth, smooth saffron and medicinal myrrh all make an appearance from the very first moment of application, but wild musk, partnering a bold and outspoken oud, take center stage and are clearly the dominant notes from first swipe to final whisper. The musk smells wildly provocative and brazen, and the musky oud is happy to join the stampede. Even the rose is more voluptuous vixen than demure damsel. Rose initially adds a full-bodied and sumptuous richness to its lusty companions, and it isn’t until hours later that it morphs into a soft and powdery talcum note that features very prominently in the drydown. By this time the scent’s unbridled intensity has faded, and ultra smooth, harmonious, woody and powdery notes suffuse the final, “skin scent” phase of the oil.
Ambergris’ gift is the trilling buoyancy and silvery coolness that float above the fragrance’s primal vigor, as well as its contribution to its unflagging longevity.
According to al-Nuwayri, a 14th c. Muslim historian, when Al-Ghaliyah was blended for caliphs it was stored in a silver flask sealed with a cotton-stuffed Chinese silk stopper. Having smelled Al-Shareef’s Al-Ghaliyah, I can easily understand why this long-revered and precious perfume was accorded such royal treatment! M.W USA
I was wearing Al Ghaliyah today, it starts off with intense musk and spices which was really well balanced. It is reminiscent of a incense shop with all the different bakhoors being burnt. The musk then settles and becomes soft, and in the dry down it is a mixture of musk and oud. It does last a long time MashaAllah! F.A UK