‘Ghalia’ traditionally denotes Royalty. Perfume made for kings and caliphs, where no expense is spared. Although I’ve added an Oud Man’s iris-inspired, blue lotus-heavy, drunk-on-too-much-musk twist to this revered tradition, Iris Ghalia lives up to this royal legacy ten times over.
No expenses spared, months and months of revision, tweaking, and back to the drawing board, the collectible red full-grain Italian calf hide hand-worked by leather sifu Habib Dingle, and all of Earth’s most precious aromatics, bottled.
The savory sweetness of blackcurrant lavished with violet and peach is tempered by desert spices, vintage bakul attar, carnation, and Himalayan costus root.
Generous doses of orris butter and iris absolute punctuate each chord that went into the composition, each one uniquely supported by the entire line-up of exalting animal fixatives: deermusk, ambergris, castoreum, civet, hyraceum. Each chord was designed like a movement in a grand symphony, with rare flowers & animalics supporting the irises.
But the buttery scent of iris wouldn’t be complete—nor the ghalia concept fully realized—without that rare potion olfactory mavens fight over every year come harvest time: blue water lily (aka blue lotus). Including this age-old narcotic works on so many levels, I’m surprised it’s never been done before. Hook up ancient Egypt’s favorite aphrodisiac with the pheromonal oomph of Siberian deer musk, the royal air of vintage Maroke filarias… and you know what to expect!
Very satisfying head shave this morning, finished off with the latest release from Ensar Oud: Iris Ghalia. It opens with a huge punch of musk that within 5 minutes settles into a gorgeous sweet and floral composition with more notes opneing and revealing themselves throughout the day. This is no powder heavy iris, it's something much more complex that will require additional wears for me to really wrap my head around.
I'm continually amazed at how Ensar's fragrances evolve over the course of each wear, poetry in a bottle! – Steve, USA
I got my Iris Ghalia yesterday and been wearing it ever since. Oh man, this is a real treat. Very different scent profile from what I am used to. On me this is a very narcotic jungle peach tea on a musky and slightly spicy base. Will have to use if further to fully wrap my head around since it is quite complex, but an instant love from me. Very very intriguing and unique. – Peter, Sweden
I am totally in love with Iris Ghalia.
Picture yourself leaning on rosewood furniture at an Andalusian garden, with fountains, flowers, rare birds, and women laden with gems and precious metals. A feline scent mixed with sea air, as if you are aware the sea isn’t far and there might be a kept pet tiger near by. Oud is burning in the air, its spring, and musicians charming listeners about distant dreams and familiar lands.The way Iris Ghalia gently introduces itself is like a waft of scent from accidentally opening a door to a forbidden harem. It then gets complex like a geometric piece of music and sets you in this romance space. It has lasting power which keeps those dreams alive. I am so charmed by this perfume. – Jasim, Dubai
...You are right when you wrote it is less noir then Iris Noir. It Is a lot more light for a lack of a better word. It also got a more generous dose of musk, right? At least my nose picks up initially a similar smell as Sultan Musk Attar.
It developed nicely during the day although it did not leave the same trace I like so much with Iris Noir. I actually also dapped myself with a little bit of Iris Noir to compare both during the day. If I had to make a choice which one to bring it would be a though one. Got to do experiment to see if I can layer them both so I don’t have to choose. 😁
No poetic words like Peter and Jasim from me, but agree with both of them—another great composition by Ensar. – Marcel, Singapore
I've received the shipment today and from just two initial sprays of Iris Ghalia I can say that this is going to be another favorite of mine. The blast of musky funk at the top is awesome, but the dry down is crazy, with the musk and iris and everything in between blending and refracting off of each other, a prismatic effect that is so pungently sweet.
The interplay between the animalic and the sweet floral is expertly blended, without either one overpowering the other. And when I say sweet, I don't mean like a candied type of sweet, but a sexy, mysterious sweetness. It can almost be described like the description of Aceh Candan, but instead of saying "floral" and "Oud" you'd say "sweet" and "funky" – in that the sweetness is there, and then it isn't, and upon further sniffing you realize that the sweetness has always been there, and vice versa, because it really starts off with the funk (the best kind of funk). Wearing this out in the cold is gonna be amazing. – Steven, USA
The Iris Ghalia smells incredible! I absolutely love and I am blown away by this scent! It is a very unique and complex scent. I can't even put into words how great this scent is. I take it that what I see floating around inside the bottle (from Siberia) is a piece of deer musk sack? The Iris Nior is also very nice. I still have to check the santal kit. Also, thanks for the free sample of Blue Kalbar. Love it! – TJ, USA
Thanks very much for all the lovely perfumes. It’s the first time I have smelled iris and orris and it’s absolutely superb but I still adore E No 1 pure parfum. – Alamgir, UK
The far, far dry down... exquisite! Pure class. – Steven, USA
Yesterday was cold and grey and I was a little jet lagged, feeling away from myself. A box from Ensar arrived just before I left work for home. Once home I opened the box. Leather with a clay red tint, a round wood cap. I pushed down on the atomizer and my world was instantly transformed. I was in early spring, a long time ago. I was smelling violets, and tulips, and irises. I started remembering daffodils, and wet earth. And there was this temperature that I remembered... like when you turn the faucet to hot, and put your hand underneath it... And it's still cold but you can feel the warmth approaching. This scent is the exact moment the water turns from cold to hot. And that's what the air feels like in early spring, where I grew up at least. There is a wildness to this scent, which gives this sort of power to the iris notes. It's more of a world than a flower.
I'd say it captures a longing to be close to nature. I highly recommend Iris Ghalia. Incredible! – Matt, USA