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Al Hashimi - X Collection

Discussion in 'Al Hashimi' started by Alkhadra, May 5, 2019.

  1. Ashfaque

    Ashfaque Analogue Oud

    Santal X Ceylon

    Honey, vanillic, aquatic with white ambergris like nuances and spicy (grounded cinnamon and hint of drydown of nutmeg and star anise)
    - There are some citrus (read lemon/lime like) smell too. However, it is not apparent on my skin. But I can clearly detect it from the vial or from an applicator during extraction.
    - This is a 'middle and base heavy' sandalwood oil as opposed to many top heavy ones - i.e., it does not have any sharp, herbaceous, or green note that jumps out either on my skin or from an applicator (with the exception mentioned above).
    - The woody and creamy facets have a lot of similarities with Lebanese cedar. In 2018, an Irish friend gifted me some superbly fragrant 300 years old L. cedar chips. It was planted in an Irish churchyard and then fell down due to storm. They smell wonderful at room temperature. Anyway, after putting them on a heater for a while, I get this beautifully deep, sweet, spicy, creamy smell. Santal X has an almost identical facet like this.
    - It smells like as if I'm burning some super woody sandalwood chips.
    - In the heart this dark beauty is resinous (within somewhat sweet catagory), woody and spicy.
    - The sweet ambery facet makes it almost gourmandish, but it is never too sweet. The lactonic facet is also minimal. I prefer the lactonic part of sandalwood to play the second fiddle to the woody facet. This is where it wins my heart.
    - I suspect, this is will go beautifully well in any oudy, incensy or woody blend - probably even in deer musk maceration.
    - It ends with a soft woody, a very gentle sweet musky dry-down.

    Note: info on spices added
     

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  2. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    Brother it is a pleasure to read your thoughts/ reviews of any oil. Your talent of translating smell into words is unbelievable mashaAllah!

    But reading your review of ones own work is more than a pleasure. I really feel honoured!

    Thanks for your thoughts brother
     
  3. PersonelHigh

    PersonelHigh True Ouddict

    I found the X factor undeniably tantalizing on so many levels, yes beginning with presentation, and ordered both for incense. Absolutely stunning in person. I received in the mail a delivery so fantastic I am practically speechless. I can't wait to try everything. Just a work of art with so much attention to detail and heart put into it. I can't believe the samples alone. Kindness renders me quite emotional. I'm moved by the sellers caring. I love a perfectionist. Simply I am writing to say thank you Master Kafeel, you have a life long customer and fan.
     
  4. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    First and foremost; many thanks for your lovely feedback! I appreciate it so much.

    Reading your first impressions literally made my day and evening :D so glad you liked everything this far. Hopefully your experience with all what's inside the packaging will make you even more happy.

    Can't wait to read your thoughts about everything. Thanks once again for your kindness. It is literally the best feeling in the world, when someone appreciates all the hard work you've put into something.

    Stay fragrant dear @PersonelHigh

    //

    Ahmad
     
  5. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    Adnan X - SOLD OUT!!! :D

    Thanks to everyone who bought. Enjoy!
     
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  6. Mario P.

    Mario P. True Ouddict

    Hmm so many positive reaction about santal x ,i can t wait to receive my order . Cuz i love sri lankan sandalwood i expect this santal x to be "godfather of ceylone"

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  7. Alkhadra

    Alkhadra "Master Kafeel" Resident Artisan

    Hey there Mario! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the "godfather of ceylone" :p As always I really appreciate the support.
     
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  8. Kabir Attars

    Kabir Attars OudSufi

    Alsalamualaykum brothers and sisters
    Santal X is the bomb....deep woody cedar dry down with that spiced middle...I love it...
     
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  9. Alkhadra

    Alkhadra "Master Kafeel" Resident Artisan

    Your review is the bomb! Really happy to hear you love it brother!
     
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  10. Mario P.

    Mario P. True Ouddict

    First i need to thanks for fast delivery and oud sample + hojari resin. Now about santal x ...hmm...is a very misterious oil ,smell like a combination of mysore and ceylone ,starts with some citrus , very deep and smooth sandalwood smell ,clean buttery ,hints of sweets and spice there aswell,i dont get any cedarwood like people claim( good for me cuz i don t really like cedarwood)but i get maybe one of the most charming ,addicting sandalwood smell from this extract, for this price is 11/10 , overall 9/10 for me ,and maybe the best longevity from all sandalwood i ever try !!
    Thanks Al Hashimi team !

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  11. Kabir Attars

    Kabir Attars OudSufi

    @Mario P. I would agree on the longevity as well...so far Ceylon Sandalwood is the only sandal that I don't have to slather on repeatedly to stay fragrant.
     
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  12. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner


    Thanks for making my day with this review :D

    Enjoy buddy!!!!
     
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  13. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    Santal X - SOLD OUT!! :D

    This means that the first run of X-collection sold out entirely :D

    A huge thank you to everyone brave enough to try these completely new offerings and judging by the reviews, everyone loved them :)

    Due to your huge love and support for the X-collection we have a few more projects currently running.. Stay tuned :)
     
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  14. Al Shareef Oudh

    Al Shareef Oudh Resident Artisan

    MashaAllah well-done!
     
  15. Ashfaque

    Ashfaque Analogue Oud

    I hope you'll make more Santal-X soon. :)
     
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  16. sugandhaa

    sugandhaa Whats this Oud About?

    Am fairly confident that my order made it go out of stock. Feeling lucky.

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  17. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    I think and hope you'll feel even more lucky when you take the first swipe:D enjoy!!!
     
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  18. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    Salaam!


    Santal X - II in the making :)


    The last batch was so appreciated amongst the community and we have kept getting questions about a new batch. I'll try to update you guys along the process.


    Step 1: Find the most amazing raw material. :thumbsup:

    This is hard. I have kgs of great wood at home. But when I try extracting it the results are not like I want them. I have tried Mysore, Sri Lankan Santalum Album, Timor etc. All have smelled nice when heated but when I extract them I get more waxes than oil... Finally I found out that using certain parts of the wood yield the best results. I want to capture the soul of the tree not just the smell of it.


    Step 2: Grind it (this one hurts, trust me) - unless you are Malik and have an industrial grinder :0):thumbsup:


    Step 3: Prepare the solvent for the extraction :thumbsup:



    Step 4: Extract

    This steps takes a lot of time. It is more than one step and it needs to be done several times, again and again.



    Step 5: Filter

    Boooooooring



    Step 6: Process to purify and extract the essence of the wood, but now mixed with the oil (They smell close to nothing, needs heat to get nice aroma = not good for the oil)


    Step 7: Remove the Solvent

    Booooooooooring and time consuming


    Step 8: Bottle the liquid gold with no burned notes, no pot smell and let it age for some time (doesn't need as much time as "normal essential oil”)


    Step 9: Post it on www.alhashimi.com and watch how all these strangers steals your newborn child from your arms. Bottle after bottle. And they force me to ship it to them. Sometimes even using DHL EXPRESS :Roflmao:
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  19. Andrew Salkin

    Andrew Salkin it's aboud time! Staff Member

    How on earth do you grind it this fine without an industrial grinder?
     
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  20. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    It took me really long time. Chopping up the wood to smaller and thinner pieces and then I used a "spice mill" and made the wood smaller. But it needs so much patience because it must be done slowly so the wood doesn't get warm.
     

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