My Arabian Scent Lounge

Looking for some inspiration for Arabian or oriental fragrances?  When it comes to Arabian or oriental fragrances, there are many to choose from, with many options.  This is also Shaneela Rowah Al-Qamar’s area of specialism and interest.  The best way to make a choice, it to stay as authentic as possible to the Arabian style of fragrance composition!  Arabian fragrances are unique, because they are made up from ingredients that originate from rare species of trees or other plants and woody resins.  These are usually ingredients that are ancient and some with fairytales of their own.  It is the combination of these ingredients’ rarity and the stories behind them, which makes them unique.  Arabian fragrances usually are made up of base fragrance notes, that are commonly used in traditional Arabian perfumery.  These include precious ingredients such as Taif Rose, Saffron, Ambergris, Sandalwood, Musks and last but not least, Oud.  Of course, however, many other notes ad combined within the composition of an Arabian fragrances. 


Below are some of Shaneela Rowah Al-Qamar’s favourite  Arabian and oriental style fragrances.  This list is updated on a regular basis, so please check back regularly

Discover a mystical fragrance that showcases the precious oud wood and oud oil of the Middle East. To preserve their unique characteristics, Giorgio Armani decided to work with oud oil in a luxury fragrance the same way he would approach a rich gold and silver brocade. “With Oud Royal, I wanted to capture the spirit of Eastern alchemy by elevating oud wood — the precious symbol of the Orient itself. Treating it as a piece of jewellery is the only way to do justice to its magnificent richness.”

Perfumer Vanina Muracciole for Jeroboam revisits enigmatic musk with the elegant rose oud accord, considered a true classic in the East. Oriento gives it a modern reinterpretation with contrasting top notes of fresh lemon, saffron and the slightly smoky and leathery styrax. The more floral feminine heart of rose, ylang-ylang and apple gives way to the base of sandalwood, patchouli and those ever-present Jeroboam musks, producing a sensual and unforgettable unisex perfume extract.

OUD satin mood, the latest introduction to Maison Francis Kurkdjian's fabric inspired fragrance collection. OUD mood, conveys the desire to bring a shimmering Orient to life. It is inspired by oud wood, a natural material that is amongst the rarest and most expensive in perfumery.


Transported by the finesse of a violet accord, oud wood from Laos curls on contact with rose essence from Bulgaria and rose absolute from Turkey.


A rich vanilla and amber accord adds softness to this vibrant composition. With your eyes closed, you can imagine flowing fabrics delicately draped over bare skin.

Lime, Lemon, and Bergamot mingle with a sensual blend of Jasmine, Rose, and Ylang Ylang, which is warmed by the spicy notes of Saffron and Cinnamon, swirling around a succulent note of Fig which adds richness to an opulent base of Oakmoss, Patchouli, and leather-like Birch, underscored by a blend of some of the most costly of all perfumery materials, where Sandal and Aoud Woods are softened by Benzoin, Orris, Musk, and Ambergris.

The essence of femininity is captured in this scent, combining Eastern and Western aromas. The lasting base of seductive musk and wild rose will bring back nostalgic memories of romantic histories, while the soft top notes of peach and fruit blossom capture the joy of confident women today. With an elegant and sultry allure, feel irresistible while wearing Madawi.

Barefoot amidst the charm and mystery of Fire in a desert camp. The warm, sensual notes of a strange night in the wilderness; the soothing spicy fragrance; the evocative power of roses; and the ancestral and reassuring power of honey: all of them are celebrated in the power of the flame.  Notes:  bergamot, rose, oud.

The Silk Route Eau de Parfum is an enchanting fragrance that blends rare ingredients with sensuous oud to create a vision of traveling along the Silk Route. Steeped in history, shrouded in mystery, the Silk Route was used for the transport of luxurious silks, aromatic spices, magnificent jewels, and magical perfumes from the east to the west.

This perfume which has in it the DNA of extravagant luxury, combines oriental and powdered top notes, initiating both chic and fresh notes. The sensual black Bottle with a soft touch has a golden zamac cap, sealing the enchanting, intense and decadent fragrance. In the line of Absinthe, the signature of the house, the formula contains Artemisia, an aphrodisiac plant that belongs to the same family.  Notes: yellow mandarin, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, orange blossom, patchouli, amber and musk.

Below are some favourite and recommended fragrance from small Arabian fragrance houses and brands, which are exclusively available within the U.K. from The Scented Souq.