"Soft": starts out a delicate lemon & vanilla cookie but soon evolves into a Pink Sugar Type fragrance with notes of musk; orchid & jasmine; artificial berry / strawberry; and a POWERHOUSE note of anise / black licorice (which I don't care for in the least), but which mellows out after a couple of hours of wear, leaving a drydown of scrumptious caramel and vanilla.
"Al Sharquiah": this is amongst my favorites of the Al-Rehab oudh fragrances that I've tried thus far. It is spicy, mildly sweet (I do not get the intense sweetness that others seem to detect in this fragrance, "Soft", for instance, is much sweeter by a long shot), rosy, smoky, oudhy, and a bit sour even (it has a lemony note). There is something about its combination of notes that I find very addicting, It is a strong fragrance but became noticeably stronger for me after I shake up the roll-on flacon a bit before use. I sometimes add a bit of a rose soliflore to this in order to ramp up its note of rose; it works out very nicely.
"Al Hanouf": with rose and oud, amongst other notes, I find this fragrance to be reminiscent of the scent of Cerruti 1881 for women, which features a note of chamomile as well as rose. I'm thinking that, like Cerruti 1881, it probably has an (unlisted) note of chamomile. It is a warmer, richer fragrance, though, than the Cerruti one. It is mildly powdery, and features a nice, slightly fruity rose, and a minor note of incense.
"Aroosah": strong and strident going on (at this stage it smells a lot like sweet flowers that have been soaking in turpentine). It features notes of chamomile and saffron, and what seems to be an atomic note of white musk. I like it in an off-beat sort of way but don't find it all that 'wearable'.
"Zahrat Hawaii": A masculine marine type fragrance with musk, a hint of spice and an unexpected dash of oudh. Not for me.
"Dalal": a sweet fragrance featuring orange, vanilla and caramel. The orange scent is like that of fresh juice rather than candied, and doesn't actually blend well with the buttery note of 'cooked' caramel. In that it is somewhat smokey as well, I'm thinking that it has an unlisted note of tonka bean.
"Shaikhah": a new favorite of mine. It starts out smelling like used motor oil and burning tires but evolves within an hour into a beautiful blending of oudh, saffron, rose, cardamom, myrrh, fresh white musk and ambergris, amongst other notes. This, like Al Sharquiah, has a somewhat "sour' smelling backdrop that, to me, adds to rather than detracts from the fragrance. It seems to be unique to Arabian/oud type of fragrances.
"Choco-Musk": the opening is very chocolaty smelling, and, TMN, smells a lot like a Hershey's chocolate bar or, possibly, hot cocoa made with Hershey's cocoa. A while after application, though, it smells something like malted milk chocolate. Has a distinctive note of sweet vanilla. Great sillage; long lasting.
"Nebras": A pretty standard Western style "floriental" with a note of Taif rose & carnation plus rich, intoxicating florals such as jasmine, ylang-ylang and maybe a bit of oily/green-ness from hyacinth. Has a hint of oudh in the background. Has a lovely fresh floral drydown.
"Roses": To my nose this is not a true rose soliflore but rather a blending of rose with notes of citrus, musk and geranium (I happen to use geranium and citrus EOs in my own homemade concoctions and am familiar with the scent of each of them). No oudh in this that I can detect.
"Red Rose": goes on a bit sharp but soon evolves into a powdery fragrance with notes of violet, rose & vanilla, with nuances of cherry-almond. A Flower by Kenzo knockoff (no oud that I can detect). LOVE this but it is low on sillage. The "natural spray" version of Red Rose is much better for purposes of projection. No oudh.
"Saat Safa": a wonderfully spicy fougere / chypre with distinctive notes of oudh, spicy carnation, saffron, patchouli, and oakmoss amongst other notes. This, with its powerhouse spice and woodsy / forest floor effect, might be perceived as leaning more towards the masculine but still does have enough rose and sweet amber that a woman might be be able to pull it off without too much worry (I myself wear what I like regardless of the perceived gender or targeted age group for any given fragrance). The drydown is far less spicy and is somewhat reminiscent of the Estee Lauder fragrance "Knowing".
"Nadine": this has a potent scent of cloves (or possibly spicy carnation) and fresh/breezy jasmine. The fragrance seems to feature a minor note of oudh as well.
Sultan: this starts off with a gourmand blending of lemon & sweet vanilla but soon evolves into a full blown forest-y aroma with cedar, sandalwood, aromatic juniper, oudh and musk. There is also a noticeable oudh sourness to the fragrance; one that I've smelled in several other Al-Rehab oudh fragrances. Most notably Al-Sharquiah.
Crystal: A somewhat spicy but less sweet take on Thierry Mugler Angel. Lots of earthy smelling patchouli in this one. No oudh.
[Main references are to the concentrated perfume oil roll-ons.]
This review is for Al Rehab perfume oils.
First off, these are cheap - about on par with the quality of an inexpensive drug store perfume. They're made from synthetic oil blends. Anyone accustomed to even moderate-quality fragrances might struggle with these at first. However, there is some merit to these for a number of reasons.
The packaging is awesome - the 6ml roll ons come in small, triangular boxes adorned with Arabian writing. It's best to start with a small dab of oil rubbed on the inner wrists. Some of them start out nice, and others smell god-awful when they first go on. It's important to wait and withhold judgment, because these can take up to an hour to open up.
These are the ones I've tried:
Superman - great name, great packaging! Unfortunately, this goes on like a harsh, piney chemical cleanser. It actually becomes a nicer, soapy clove/pine blend by the dry-down, but by then it's so close to the skin that you have to put your nose on it to smell anything. My boyfriend loves this one.
Aseel - The cleanest, brightest oud I've ever smelled. This was actually a bit of a disappointment, as I was hoping for something resinous and incensey. Aseel is the opposite - linear, laser sharp, and in-your-face.
Sultan - A clean, fresh, 'aquatic' men's fragrance with a pleasant dry-down. I don't get citrus or musk as described, just that general men's aftershave smell. The opening is harsh, but I enjoy this one about 20 minutes in. Good sillage as well.
Al-Sharquiah - A surprisingly complex woman's rose/oud fragrance. This one is enjoyable from the opening. It goes on as a jammy accord of dry rose petals and stewed raisins over a base of oud. The oud becomes more apparent over time and rounds out to a warm, quiet, incense-y skin scent. The whole experience takes several hours, after which I often re-apply the perfume and begin the journey again. Al Sharquiah stays mellow and low-pitched throughout it's development, and the dry-down stays very close to the skin.
I wouldn't re-purchase any of these. However, I'm intrigued enough by the line to want to try several others. I believe there are a few gems hiding in the bunch - Al Sharquiah and Sultan may be among them.
Al Rehab Fragrances comes as a perfume spray and matching perfume oils. The spray version is lighter like an edt and oils are quite long lasting and exceptionally cheap! These perfume oils are what i have mainly tested and come as 3ml and 6ml roll ons.
I bought a special offer of 3 for £5 or £2 each / 6ml!!!
Here are some basic descriptions of what I've tried.
Al Fares (mens): chypre floral reminiscent of Ysatis. Very strong.
Roses (woman): Sweet Bulgarian Rose non sour lasts at least 4 hours on me.
Red Roses (woman): Similar to Kenzo Flower - very long lasting powdery vanilla
Aroosah (woman): similar to Lush Lust (mix of rose and jasmine), very strong scent.
Bilkis (unisex): in similar vein to JPG Classique, lasts at least 8 hours.
Dalal (unisex): sweet vanilla oriental with caramel note, a softer fragrance very close to the skin.
Soft (woman): similar to top notes of pink sugar, very long lasting over 4 hours on me.
These oils are also longer lasting when applied onto clothes. I normally rub a slick from the roll on onto dark clothing so that the stain is not visible. Otherwise onto pulse points or glide it through my hair.
Definate re-purchases with my top favs being Roses and Soft. There are so much more to try and are available for Men. Some of these are unisex scents. Long lasting in such a small amount that one roll on could potentially last up to a year!