Jing Shen Lu……whoa whoa whoa……I might have to leave a trail of peanuts behind me to find my way back. I’m wandering away from the distant drums of Hindi oudh behind me, putting on the kettle to make a batch of Jin Jun Mei to ground me. Is this what Kyen is all about? There’s a hut in the forest up ahead with a smoking chimney pouring out fumes of forest medicine, lemonbalm and some medium dark fruit. More later…… – Stefan, Canada
When Adam first sent me a sample of Jing Shen Lu I told him that I appreciated its depth but I would need to spend some more time with it before making my mind up.
A couple of months has passed since then and now I find myself coming back from work everyday, going straight to my oud box, cracking open the sample vial and burying my nose in the vial. On some days I even treat myself to the tiniest dab under my nose, I don’t care if no one else can smell it as long as I can.
I really didn’t understand this oil to begin with but now I think it’s one of my favourites of all time. I can’t convey in words how crystally green and clean it smells. There’s also something heady about it that makes it go straight to my head and wakes me up. – Naveed, UK
Jing Shen Lu is one of my favorites, it goes on smelling something like marzipan. Then after the drydown smells almost identical to Minorien agarwood incense sticks from Japan. Unbelievable. The company is known for using only natural ingredients and since they do not cost a fortune or even that much, maybe $28 for a small box, it tells me they must be using good cultivated wood. It is almost identical after drydown. Awesome! – George, USA
Delightful plum wine and rose. This one threw me. At first I thought ‘maybe they mis-labeled the bottle.’ There is an initial subtle, clear minty greenness and a mild wood. There is a sweetness that emerges within a minute and matures. After a while the sweetness is predominant. To me it smells like sweet plum wine with a touch of rose. I have some Rose Geranium essential oil (smells like Rose) and compared. The oud scent melds with the geranium, matching on the rose-like note. – Dave, USA
I applied a swipe of Jing Shen Lu and instantly, I smell Assam 3000 mixed with Green Papua. This is like a three-in-one combination of greenery, mintiness and floral notes. I thought I was smelling wild oud. It develops over time and the kyen is absolutely amazing. Sophisticated oud like a diamond with a thousand facets. And yes, it is even better than some wild ouds I’ve tried. – Farid, Singapore
I wore Jing Shen Lu the other day, and I have to say, that is a really beautiful oud. It has a striking lemon mint scent that wakes up your mind and sanitizes the air around you, but it has this hidden champaca note at the end that is just exquisite, such a great balance with the sour note that hits you first and then you detect the champaca note afterwards. I had a woman at work smell it, and she scruffled her nose and said ‘It smells like patchouli’. But I am okay with that assessment, it means that the heart note in the tail end of the smell is very sweet. Another woman at work said ‘All I smell is mint’. Effects on psyche – cleansing, awakening, sanitizing, purifying, with a gentle reminder of God’s love at the tail end of the smell. The Assam 3000 is a ‘pretty’ smell, lots of flowers and very floral etc etc, but Jing Shen Lu is ‘beautiful’, it is a beauty that slightly humbles. When Ensar mentioned that he did this the Sultan way, with leftover Sultan residue on the pots, I kind of get what he’s saying because the tail end notes are so achingly tender and just on the verge of being there/not being there, they would require a really detailed distillation to make them smell like that. – Mark, USA
I tried Jing Shen Lu a while ago when I met Ensar in London. The green notes were sublime. – Kenneth, UK
I applied the Jing Shen Lu in the morning before I left for work. It’s been about 2 1/2 hours now and the dab of oil I put on before has changed. I am smelling kyen and wow, I really love it. The opening notes are somewhat mixed with the Green Papua oil of Ensar. It also has a mixture of a light agarwood which isn’t too sharp. I am smelling a little fruity notes in there (not like Oud Yusuf) but in a green and organic way. I got to say the Kyen is standing out the most in this beautiful oil. Thank you Ensar once again for such a magnificent Oud! – Shaykh Abdul Wahab, USA
How on earth does Ensar get his cultivated oils to smell deeper, richer, and wilder than most others’ wild oils?! – Naveed, UK
не поверишь, но я влюбился в этот аромат… Oud Yusuf мне не подошел, слишком беззащитным становлюсь я в нем. А Jing Shen Lu очень красивый и мне по возрасту идеален, аромат… ммм… постоянно принюхиваюсь к запястью. И кстати, аромат не только для женщин! Очень гармонично вписался на моей коже. И кстати, имеет тот же эффект что и Sultan Afnan. Очень понравился. – Maxim, Russia
Suffering from a C6-C7 pinched nerve, with shooting pain down my arm. Sure, I am popping some prescribed steroids and anti-inflammatory meds, but a last swipe from my sample of Jing Shen Lu to ago along with it. That minty-floral-green clean freshness........ helps to soothe and calm. – Philip, USA
So it is Jing Shen Lu today. This stuff is crazy. I can finally say I understand this oil after almost a year of acquiring it. 5th or 6th application today. I am totally zoned in. It's like a walla patta was punched over a Hainan Oil. Wooh. I get 4 different aromas from it: the sweet Yousuf honey + Wallapatta patchouli menthol + Burmi leathery Incense + Hainan bittersweet drydown. Its not as simple/linear as described by Ensar bhai. I remember quite distinctly, a year back, it only smelled like sweet fruity custardy run of the mill plantation oud - one which is like a mass pleasing perfume you wear to justify to your wife not ALL Oud is BAD!
One thing that keeps me want to revisit this oil is mention of Kyen/Cultivated resinous heartwood (quite rare) and the other that Ensar Bhai feels its better than both Satoris he's done. From my experience I have realised he leaves very subtly, subliminal messages in his long descriptions. And with so many vendors we are ready to jump onto oils and then we forget about the older ones without spending time with each but that's completely unavoidable given the limited batches of precious oils. Anyway, this stuff is one in line with all the zingy Ouds that put me a spiritual journey. There are so many layers to this. Every whiff brings something from the 4 profiles I have mentioned. I do half sniffs and full sniffs alternatively and some randomly to catch those finer nuances. And this oil has matured to such a high level of complexity it leaves me perplexed emotionally and rationally both. I get a very special note here which has been described by the master himself in many of his favorite oils. I will leave it to the seniors here to mention. I'll start saving for this one now. What a superb value for money. If this is what bittersweet Kyen can do, it can definitely excite the Monkoh thrillseekers. Try putting some on your moustache or beard without smudging for best effect. It doesn't cause fatigue at all.
Prerequisites to enjoy this oil: Dry/Airy/Cold to pleasant weather (10° to 20° C), Solitude with Highly focussed mind, Multiple separated applications. – Nikhil, India
Jing Shen Lu is quickly turning into a favorite of mine. The sweetness that turns into a medicinal scent on the dry down is just captivating. – Tayib, USA