If you were ever convinced by the claim that true deer musk can be replaced by alternatives, whether natural or synthetic, this bottle will disabuse you of all such pretensions.
Musk did not come to occupy a position of aromatically mythical proportions by being “white”, “clean” or any of the other sterile terms used today to cover the shallowness and banality of its “alternatives”. Musk took its place in the human psyche because of the scent profile you will find in this bottle of Sultan Musk Attar.
What you have here is an enthralling, sumptuous, spiced-up, syrup animated by the inimitable, intimate, skin-toned, red-blooded sweetness of true, natural musk. This is the musk profile that not only princes but even prophets exalted in!
Santal Royale sandalwood, exotic pepper extracts, civet, cumin, Himalayan rose, Turkish rose, and Edward rose are all part of the symphony in this musk concerto. The range of accords produced by such complex and stunning natural materials can be as shocking as it is alluring.
Have you smelled what civet does to basmati, cumin, and pepper? Well, this is your chance to experience just that! As Sultan Musk Attar unfurls you will encounter everything from rich, satisfying liquorice and blackcherry cola to steamy basmati rice and even steamier afterglow skin.
Yes. You got that right.
This isn’t some sterile blast of generic soapy flavonoids meant to cover up the scent of you. This attar celebrates that all-too-human, piquant, pheromonal allure that inspires confidence and hints at intimate pleasures.
Yet, it’s not all virile sweat and skin either.
An especially rare Japanese rose along with a radiant sambac, tames the risqué with enough sophistiqué to make this fragrance as appropriate for the ballroom as it is for the bedroom. Indeed its floral tenor, more supple and rich than any soliflore, is rendered sublime by the unique magic of musk.
While there are as many interpretations of musk as there are perfumers, Sultan Musk Attar takes things into unchartered territory. This fragrance pays homage to the commanding and daring character of classical musk compositions but with a dash of an oud-man’s audacious quality standards and flare. Ensar, the master perfumer behind Sultan Musk Attar, doesn’t skimp on ingredients and doesn’t even consider synthetics.
The pedigree of this composition and calibre of its components are such that I can’t imagine anything quite like it ever being offered again.
It’s here for the moment and for your taking.
The question isn’t if you can afford to have it, but whether you can afford the missed opportunity...
I opened the Sultan Musk Attar, I smelled the dipper and burst into tears instantly... a tiny drop was on the top of the bottle when I replaced the dipper... I have it on the back of my hand. To be able to detect and enjoy such precious and beautiful scent sensations is a real treat. I am overwhelmed in a joyful way... can't thank you enough. Still tears running down my face – Angelic scent. Thanks God.
Ensar and all of you have important work on earth. Wow. — Angie, UK
The musk attar I’ve got into straight away smells how I thought a natural musk should smell - I really like it I’m getting the silver silk sheet effect others have mentioned I get a kind of white peppery effect at the start as well. — Simon, Australia
Sharp, sweet, resonating and exuberantly wild, animalistic fragrance. Turly extraordinary! One dab of heavenly scent lingers graciously, emulsifing in beauty with time. Words miserably fail to express the plethora of bouyant emotions experienced. — Qasim, UK
Out of all the (real) musk scents I've tried, EO2, and Sultan Musk Attar were the only ones where I could feel that carnal, sensual sweet-ish musky scent, particularly pronounced on my skin in the drydown. It's a revelation in a perfumery world filled with stripped of its true characteristics "musks"... — Neringa, Ireland
Sultan Musk Attar: sharp, sweet, resonating and an exuberantly wild, animalistic fragrance. Turly extraordinary! One dab of heavenly scent lingers graciously, emulsifing in beauty with time. Words miserably fail to express the plethora of bouyant emotions experienced. – Qasim, UK
Sultan Musk Attar was a punch to the nose. Such a fruity, tropical attar. The opening smells just like guava fruit and a mix of different fruits (watermelon, berries, citrus, etc. etc.). But the drydown was something else, turned into a very musky smell that reminds me of powdered musk (the real stuff that costs like +200$ for 1g) and was amazing to observe the change in its notes. – Faisal, Ireland
I think this is a gorgeous composition, very traditional… A dry chypre cuminy spice-bomb like you’d expect from Guerlain decades ago, in extrait form. Also very close in character to Roja Dove’s Nuwa, the original release that was notorious for its challenging musky cumin note. I think the spices in Sultan Musk Attar (SMA) are more peppery and keep the prominent cumin note from being exclusively a human sweat/bo type note though. In any case, if you’re a fan of vintage perfumery and think Sultan Leather Attar is an amazing example of a cuir fougere then you’d certainly appreciate SMA as it does the same for this type of fragrance… I’m not sure exactly what to call it but I’d guess Mitsouko may be the original of this type. I’m no expert though.
Initial thoughts on what it smells like are spice (cumin and pepper), sweet resin, leather, cognac, sweat, skin, musk, citrus, jasmine. I identify what I think are myrrh, frankincense, lemon, cumin, pepper, jasmine, castoreum, civet, musk… probably lots more but like SLA it’s well blended and forms a chypre-like accord so it’s hard to pick out too much.
It will be interesting to see how this ages…
Also, like Sultan Red Rose and Leather Attars, SMA is really a bargain at its asking price. In a world where often the bottle is worth more than the juice, this is a rare gift… and like the other Sultan Attars, I wish I could afford several bottles and there are very few fragrances I’d say that about. – Dorje, USA
Wow, just wow… I held an open mind when opening the bottle, surprised by the oil’s low viscosity yet was ready for an animal attack tempered with baby skin softness.
No, it’s not that at all. It’s way better. A very regal balanced perfume with a nod to a past era. Think World War I… The animal is there yet reserved with royal air. Like a quiet tiger with no need to make noise to prove his presence. In many ways, it is furry in this sense, reminiscent of that smell of holding a loved pet cat. This is a very splendid affair though. It holds the spirit of a banquet or distinguished urgent event. In this way, walks in the rose with esteem and pivotal coloring of the air reminding us of this kingly urgency. With the rose spicy, herbal chypre escorts, something that reminds you of walking into a Japanese incense shop. Far away as if in another room this noble golden incense oud burning, again adding to the regal ambiance.
30 mins in, the subtle scent of basmati settles but cloaked with clove, star anise, cinnamon spiciness. To be honest, I would have never thought basmati if I have not read that it’s there. It is more of a texture than a scent. Somewhere between powder and skin.
I really imagined Borneo Zen would be an unmatched legend. However, Sultan Musk is not only a contender but its own animal in its own right. 2 things I love about them both is their unmistakable psychoactive effect on the mind. They both tune you right up and you feel the luxury of sharpened intelligence, settled readiness, and wellbeing. Sultan Musk might be even more dimensional. This is a quality I deeply enjoy in deer musk. Experiencing it is like marveling at a 4D glyph. It rolls and shifts and changes like it belongs mostly in another dimension and you get peaks of it here and there. – Jasim, Dubai
Sultan Musk Attar was a punch to the nose. Such a fruity, tropical attar. The opening smells just like guava fruit and a mix of different fruits (watermelon, berries, citrus, etc etc). But the drydown was something else, turned into a very musky smell that reminds me of powdered musk (the real stuff that costs like $200+ for 1g) and was amazing to observe the change in its notes. – Faisal, Ireland
Cet alcool floral s’envole dans les narines avec la fougue et l'enfance d’une rivière sauvage dévalant à toutes eaux vers l’Océan. A l’horizon, un Soleil d’Or, immense disque claironnant le Midi sur des tons crépusculaires futuristes, comme un soir d’été au pays des amours possibles et lointains. Caresse d’un air quasi-tropical infusé de pollens sucrés multicolores ennivrants. Délire aquarelle aux tons suaves et chaux qui se diluent en perfection dans une clarté post-moderne pacifiée par la lumière. Le tableau chante le jaune, le mauve, le violacé et le rouge, sur un air de liqueur animale à pleins poumons ébahis. – Antonin, France
My dear brother, I pray that you are well. I was missing you. And I got hold of EO2 and Sultan Musk Attar. And now all I want to do is give you a great big hug and tell you how beautiful the scents are. Subhaan ALLAH, all I can do is make dua for you that الله accepts your efforts, that HE is pleased with you and blesses you with the company of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may الله shower His infinite blessings upon him) in the afterlife. Ameen. – Arfan, UK
I just received my bottle this afternoon. Upon application of a tiny drop swirls of bitter grapefruit enveloped me, closely followed by an intense "floraliciousness" of Jasmin and Rose, echoing some of the notes in Borneo Zen; while the Musk´s appareance added the finest animalic notes to the composition. I am only beginning to understand what SMA is about, but I can already tell that this is a new-born Legend... people will yearn, no: lust, for it in the years to come. Grab your bottle while you can. – Thomas, Germany