When I smell Hudhayl my thoughts drift to memories of Kenya- the infinite expanse of baobob-dotted scrub, towering giraffes silhouetted against ochre hills, a lion’s majesty scattering zebras, dik diks and impalas, the tonnage of elephant moms herding smiling, wrinkled babies. An immense stretch of earth and heaving hides. The sky, a blinding silver sheet, ripples beyond infinity. Hudhayl embodies the same timeless gravity, penetrating starkness and primal dignity. It is not a trendy oil; it is a classic you will remember. M.W USA
This Hindi from Al Shareef is exquisite. It starts with barn of dignified and noble character -- leather and hay and slight pasture all in balance. A combo of medicinal plus gentle smoke notes peek in. The barn is complemented with some resin and sweetness, plus spices and mentholy herbs. Maybe I detect similar notes in other Hindi oils, but they are seldom quite so fine, so complex, and in so perfect a balance as in Hudhayl. The overall profile is reminiscent of the top-notch no-longer-available classic (aged) Hindis, but whereas those oils could be flat, Hudhayl shimmers with life. It's like comparing an immobile window with a many-faceted prism rotating in the sunlight. I've worn Hudhayl twice so far, and during one wear a deep, gorgeous, decidedly floral note came to the fore and lasted a few hours. I could not identify the floral but it was one of the most beautiful, soul-touching olfactory experiences. I'm reluctant to describe the floral note in such terms because I didn't experience it the second wear, so most likely it will appear some times and not others. Which is just fine, variation is part of the discovery and adventure, plus Hudhayl so well-wrought and complex that I imagine that any variations will be thoroughly delightful. Hudhayl suits any gender; longevity was all day (was still going strong after 12 hours).
Hudhayl has adjusted my notion of what a Hindi oil can be: I now see that a classic Hindi oil need not be only barn and brawn, but can also be spectacularly beautiful. All I can do is congratulate Al Shareef and wear Hudhayl again ASAP. J.S USA
I just gotta share: Hudhayl, the oil, is Elegance Personified! It carries the smoothest, creamy vibe, including dried fruits, a mild turn to pepper & spice, and a nod to old, broken-in weathered leather. I chuckled to myself while wearing an A-2 bomber jacket, and a lovely person walked up to pay me a compliment on the jacket, mentioning its smell! It already feels like an old soul oud. After repeated wearings of Hudhayl, I return to my initial impression that indeed, it feels like an old soul oud. Good work Jawed! J.H UK
I am speechless A.A Sweden
Phase 1, chocolate and cigar, incense and resin, musk and old wood, oudy and syrup, peppery and dried fruit. Phase 2, a brightness blooms with more incense and a delicious barn, then for a while it mimics a Cambodi, the dried fruits start to hydrate and share their aroma, there's coffee brewing in the backroom on a tabletop of polished antique wood. Phase 3, more resin, more barnyard, more oudiness, more spice. The rightness has turned into darkness. This oil has an aged vibe already but it will surely age more. Not very barny, not a beast, you have to come in close to enjoy the show. It's hard to stop sniffing this one. C.C USA
I love Kyara and when I read your description in Hudhayl the wood mentioning that Hudhayl has glimpses of the Mandalee which is the Arab equivalent of Kyara I was intrigued to try them and compare. I am loving this amazing experience, I still can't get my head around every facet, and every time I take my wrist to my nose I am engaged with something different. R.T Australia
Just reminds me of a resinous piece of hindi wood being heated slowly. T.G UAE