WOW – What a delight!
The theme at Al Shareef Oudh for the first 6 months of 2022 has been to bring to you compositions and oudh treasures that you would have not been able to experience elsewhere. The reasons are very simple; either because these vintage oudhs sit in our vaults or because we recomposed fragrant gems of the past for which we alone posses the formulas. Those who have added those gems to their collections know what I am talking about.
There also has been another fragrant project at Al Shareef Oudh that has been creating silent waves in the oudh community and as some of you have noted “these organic oils are amazing”. This is what todays oil is about adding more power behind that wave.
From the Arabic word meaning ‘softness’ and some would even say ‘gentleness’, Leen is a wonderous Oil that was actually distilled from plantation agarwood – but this is no average plantation! Located in Central Mainland Malaysia this plantation has been working tirelessly with us to follow our stringent requirements making them even more rigorous than any conventional ‘Organic’ label. Having utilised pre-existing farmland to cultivate aquilaria malaccensis seedlings and then stepping back to let nature run its course for the next 10 years this plantation utilised physical bark opening to allow insects from the surrounding environment to get to work.
Right from how the plants are grown to how the workers are taken care of and even our method of distillation and curing and how the Oils are handled all the way to the end user, for lack of a better term we loosely name these oils ‘organic’ but in all honesty they are so much more. As we have said many times before Al Shareef is pioneering the way in the field of premium quality sustainable Oudh oils. Premium oils distilled from natural plantations with high quality ethics and processing standards in mind is the future and Al Shareef is proud to be at the forefront of this.
Whilst working with organic agarwood it is very important to have good quality craftsmen processing the wood and shaving every last bit of white wood off. People are often mistaken in that white wood does not have any oil but this is inaccurate; white wood does have oil but it doesn’t have Oudh oil. We ensure that only the wood that contains Oudh oil makes its way into the pot as we are keen on distilling the best Oudh and not just ‘pretty’ oils. Adding unto our record of fabulous Hindi, Indonesian and Malaysian organic oils, Leen hits the ball out of the park for Malaysia.
Distilled in the all-stainless steel Malaysian style pots and condensers this setup allowed the rapid cooling of steam to capture all facets of the oil without losing any aspects due to a delay in cooling. This is extremely important when you want to produce well-rounded dynamic Oils.
A delightful camphorous oil, debuting with a woody citrus top and a ginger green opening it flows into a magnificent salty oceanic vibe, green herbs and then a touch of heady incense in from the highlands of Tibet accompanied by natural dense green note of the surrounding jungles. Leen is a beautiful deep green in colour and the colour is a excellent representation of the scent.
Many of you who got a sample of Leen have compared it to some high end Malaysian wild oudhs that are out there with 5 times the price tag. So here is you chance to experience an amazing chapter from the future of oudh, ready to compete with the best of wild oils out there, you be the judge.
The fragrance of middle eastern royalty, natural, niche and luxury.
When used in a perfume composition, Oud is most often a base note, which tends to remain on the skin long after the others dissipate. Since they form the perfume’s foundation, base notes are very rich, heavy and long-lasting (up to six hours and more). They serve to enhance the scent of other ingredients; and, in some cases, they impart a fragrance all their own. While most wood notes are known for their earthy qualities, Oud provides a pleasant sweet scent and is often featured in a synthetic version because it is so costly to harvest.