Bortnikoff / Mysterious Oud
Let me start by saying that, in my opinion, the smell may be considered by some to be heavier among the available agar fragrances and unaccustomed people.
My perception of this fragrance has changed over the years. I think that apart from the change in my perception resulting from the large number of scents I have known, including ingredients from different parts of the world, the smell itself has also changed (the original version vs. the current versions). The current one seems less invasive.
I personally find something narcotic about it. [I measure the level of narcosis in the perception of perfumes by the number of gummies over time ... here the time unit may be different. After all - the average resulting from the substitution of data into this formula is above the average ... and transforming the result into a percentage record, where 100% is a constant holding of the nose to the wrist, and 0% is one smack and the desire to cut off the hand - the result is around 80 %] :-)
With this fragrance, under the Bortnikoff-Dima brand, he began his march along the path to offer others something comparable and often better than very good, real agar perfumes from the Middle East. The premiere took place in 2018 and for some it is his best agar perfume, for others not. A matter of taste, reception, preferences, etc.
The smell is dense in reception from the very beginning. People who like 'agar' fragrances available in Europe may be curious and surprised (I will not elaborate on IFRA and EU regulations here - the topic of the river).
Whatever the case, in Mysterious Oud we have incl. naturally sourced and used agar oils from different types of 'infected' trees and from different parts of the world. The distillation was taken care of by the company of 2 friends (Dima and Russian Adam) -Feel Oud, opened for the purpose of acquiring them, and the place - Thailand.
We have very well blended agar oils from agar trees from India, Vietnam and Thailand. Unfortunately, I am not a specialist who knows with closed eyes, but with an open mind - when and which of them enters the stage, but I can clearly feel the differences when using them. Other notes that soften this strong combination of oud and make it more accessible are delicate-sounding citrus (I can smell oranges), spices (cinnamon), as well as smoothing the sharpness of an additional fragrance (about which in a moment) - by adding a light embalming and light sweetness (noticeable over time) thanks to the addition of myrrh, opoponax, tolu balm, tonka beans. Now for the extra note that I feel here clearly and which may be heavier for some people in combination with the thick agar sound is a castoreum. I can feel it clearly and once - at the beginning of my adventure with this fragrance, I experienced this kind of distinct animality quite intensely. If I were to visualize the scent of these perfumes - these are agar trees covered with resins with spices pressed here and there and nibbled by an uneaten beaver. For some, the beginning may be a bit skunky. These are not perfumes with a typically neutral overtone, such as Oud Monarch, Tabac d'Ore, Sayat Nova or Triad. Personally, I recommend agarophiles and all those with open minds when it comes to getting to know smells, especially to those who understand the word NICHE.