Most of the famous perfume houses have tried their hand at making the ultimate leather frag. Many of them found inspiration in Old English Leather and the Cuir de Russies by Creed & Chanel. Names like Napoleon, Mick Jagger and Errol Flynn top the list of VIPs who used Cuir colognes as their signature scent. So, it’s a longstanding and intimidating tradition to step into.
These compositions were an inspiration and I wouldn’t even think of trying to one-up any of the master perfumers who’ve been keeping the Cuir heritage alive. My hope here is simply to add to that tradition. Having delved into all the Cuir EDTs, EDPs and colognes I could get my hands on, one thing always made me wonder… There’s one ingredient that could make any leather aroma explode with oomph in a way nothing else comes even close… yet nobody ever used it!
This is what led to the creation of Sultan Leather Attar. To add an OUD-inspired rendition to the legacy of Old English Leather & Co, and offer perfume lovers the chance to experience just how amazing and exalting a fixative Artisanal Oud can be. And with this private ghalia edition you get all of Sultan Leather Attar… gloves off—to showcase a musk-amber-oud ghalia straight from the Sultan’s himself.
The oozing sensuality of Sultan Leather Ghalia is courtesy of the eclectic fusion of Oud Qaboos — a sinking-grade distillation from 1980, commissioned by and made for Sultan Qaboos himself — roused by a boutique of sought-after roses (including Himalayan, Turkish, and Indian rose essence) with a stellar cast of supporting aromatics (30+ of them), this ghalia edition maxes out the dials.
The top notes are alive and savory, with a pristine frankincense-like citrus chord infused with frangipani and vanilla that immediately highlights the tobacco leaf in more detail within a few minutes. The first Leather Attar used an assortment of different ouds. But when you smell the unique interplay between Oud Qaboos’ resinous oopmh and the smokey-sweet citrus-tobacco tenor of the top notes with the jasmine-rose heart, everything else went off the table as I irresponsibly poured this precious heirloom into this new leather brew.
I didn’t want to temper down the sensual quality of previous cuir colognes – vintage leather jacket, tobacco chewing heart notes… the sultry allure has always defined cuir perfumes, and that’s why you’ll find bohemian artists and businessmen wearing them alike. Now, add the oud and in Sultan Leather Ghalia you get tobacco laced leather-come-hither heart notes that flow from its velvet, raw saddle top. You could even have called it Cuir de Charnel because it’s so unapologetically seductive… dab some SLG on your neck one evening and it might just push your mojo into second gear, if you know what I mean.
If every new Ward al Taifi that comes out is just too rosy for you, here’s to roughing things up. Or if birch tar and citrus just isn’t your thing. When you crave a parfum’s organic allure without the candy-make-it-sweet-please additives, uncap your bottle of Sultan Leather Ghalia and sniff yourself some Ahhhh… NOW we’re talkin’.
With the release of Oud Royale, we couldn’t leave out the attar-and-nothing-but-attar lovers out there. Not just that, I want to offer the attar the perfume is built on neat…… with some attar-only bonuses.
Sultan Leather Ghalia doesn’t stop at giving you the ultimate vintage oud experience. To make this a true ghalia, you can’t end the show with oud and fine rose. That’s why you can hold the bottle in your hand and see the thick layer of Sultan Qaboos’ antique Tibetan musk drenched in the Sultan’s own collection of ambergris, crushed to a powder all these decades later—for you.
As I said before, ghalias were traditionally gifted to the sultans. But Sultan Leather Ghalia is – literally – the Sultan’s gift to you and me.
No matter how talented the perfumer, he or she is only as good as their ingredients allow them to be. My thanks go out to all those who go to the ends of the world to make it possible for us to work with only the finest ingredients nature has to offer, and a special token of thanks to Sultan Qaboos, may he rest in Peace—who inspired my oud journey since day one. At the end of the day, this is what really makes Sultan Leather Ghalia such a decadent Oud Parfum.
Now, in the spirit of all things Cuir: Women, get it for your man. Men, get it for your woman!
I’m currently basking in a wearing of SLG. Wow. This is one for the rose Ghalia lovers. True, pure, rose, Oud, musk and ambergris. I’m walking around in a lush creamy scent bubble. This one goes on my list immediately. – Jono, USA
As soon as I got it I slathered up. At first I thought it was weak, comparing it to the original SLA and also a little disappointed that it wasn’t the same as SLA. I thought it was more akin to Ensar’s Ghalia Attar. I couldn’t smell it very well though. The next day I put on even more...all but disappeared on me again. The day after I remembered reading “less is more” from a review and holy cra* was he right. I was putting so much on I instantly became noseblind to it.
This isn’t a punch you in the face tatted up biker smoking a cigar wrapped in rawhide leather like the original Sultan Leather Attar... it’s something much more ethereal and mysterious. The man in the shadows with the long barrel revolver, suited up with a white felt hat sporting a freshly bloomed red indian rose pinned to it, and cloaked by his London Fog style well conditioned brown leather trench coat while in the shadows smoking a cigarette as the cool night fog rolls by. When I just used a small amount I finally started to see the image.
The musk is phenomenal, the rose, the whatever those smells are dancing in the air together that I can’t figure out. That cooling effect that the top notes of SLA had that were missing from the Manipur version, this has that accord! So yes, I see why this is called Sultan Leather Ghalia now. And the Ingredients smell absolutely top notch indeed. If you’re expecting SLA like I was you will be disappointed… at first... then you will fall backwards in disbelief of what your nose brain is taking in.
It’s like the tippy top notes were skimmed off of SLA and turned into a thick mist throughout the air while in a field of roses just as they are opening while it’s still dark and cool outside, with a little cigarette smoke wafting around. But not an actual gross smell of cigarettes... more like what you would imagine a cigarette to smell like in a 007 movie (with Sean Connery of course) or a scene from a Dick Tracy movie. I can’t describe this stuff in scent terms, only the images it conjures up.
I haven’t been this excited for a composition in a looong time. The drydown is great too...but the top notes last so damn long that’s all I care about hahaha. Sultan Leather Ghalia doesn’t take the crown... it IS the crown. And whoever wears it is the Sultan. Well played Mr. Ensar, well played. – Chris, USA
I will say that, of all of the attars and pure parfums (by Ensar) I own, SLG and Notes From Underground have taken top seeds. I'm also a huge fan of the sparkle imparted by anything with Tibetan Musk. The closest resemblance that I've seen to SLG is the Oud Royale parfum, which makes complete sense; it seems to be designed that way. No, I don't own the parfum but acquired a sample and can say that they are practically carbon copies, while the parfum certainly projects more, and upholds a brightness that feels supported by more rose and ambergris. The reason I make this comparison is that sometimes the parallel nature of these things, as professed by the "ad copy," is spot-on. Other times, it is not. For example, I find huge disparities between Notes from Underground and its center-point oud—Ha Tinh LTD.
I've never tried the Sultan Leather Attar, but the Ghalia edition does not disappoint in living up to its name: A gorgeous saddle leather seeped in earth, a little salty funk, roses and jasmine, and given the lift (more so than many attars) by the ever-effervescent Tibetan musk whose infusion, basically, I might take intravenously if I could. It just makes everything... BETTER.
SLG is thick, tenacious, and long-lasting. Very little green here. The camphoric white flower notes add a bit of the medicinal, but we're not talking tannery (as often mixed with leathers). This is just rich, exquisite leather. Its sweetness is subtle, interplaying at times with the sours of citrus notes up top and a vanillic, woody hum that gives the leather core a very aged, vintage feel.
Some speak of tobacco elements found here, though I find nothing smoked, leafy, or particularly tobacco-resinous compared to EO Red or Thai Tabac (both of which, by the way, are gorgeous).
As a leather-rose-oud-musk elixir, this is a love-at-first-sniff art oil. – Lawrence, Singapore
Ever since I had my first experience of Sultan Leather Attar (several months back) my mind was blown as I was introduced to Ensar Oud. Although fortunate to gain a sample, I narrowly missed out on obtaining a larger bottle and was hoping for the chance again until this day.
So what better news could I ask for then to have the chance in owning the successor to SLA...Sultan Leather Ghalia (SLG). I call it a birthday gift to myself (any excuse for a purchase 😂🤗) although the true gift is the history in this bottle that Sidi Ensar has made available to us - thank you dearly 🙏🏽.
So it arrived earlier today and with no punches pulled, SLG hit me as soon as I unscrewed that little gold top (you all know that feeling). Although everything has its place with me this has to be one of my new favourites of all! I’m not that talented of a nose but the combination of rare oud, rose, and many more interwoven facets bringing out the supreme leather scent I have looked forward to experiencing is a masterful stroke.
I had the smile of a Cheshire Cat whilst I took in the opening and felt some of the crushed Sultan Qaboos musk/ambergris powder on my skin. I truly feel privileged to own and wear this magnificent scent. Thank you to Sidi Ensar and all those that have allowed us to have a share of these treasures. – Aamir, UK