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