I say this in the most friendly way possible; you, my dear, have to stop making unwearable oils… Kinam Rouge. The last time I wore Kinam Rouge was when I went out to an upscale seafood restaurant. As we were waiting to be seated a young woman commented on my scent, and was not so shy about it. When the waitress came to the table she began to sniff around and then focused on me and said that whatever I had on was the best ‘cologne’ she had ever smelled on a man, all of this in front of my wife. My wife later told me that I didn’t need to wear Kinam Rouge anymore. Kinam Rouge is unwearable. – Lance, USA
Right… now I get what Kinam is having tried two now. It’s the complete perfume richness. Other Oud oils have notes, usually in harmony, but Kinam, I think, is all about the dense, rich cloud of… kinamness?! Oh, and as with the last while writing these words, dear Basenoters, the lady of the house just came right up to me and let me know how nice it was on me. As with Purple Kinam the scent hardly changed through 12 hours.
Now, as for the scent itself, it’s clearly Oud but the character is in a way cedarish. Probably not phrasing this very well, but the scent does have a colour, and to me it’s not pure red but rather the reddish-orange of cedar, finished with tung oil.
The lift of oud is clearly there, and some heavily perfumed sweet mead, laced with newly fermented fruit wine, or rather fruits that have all reached their absolute peak of ripeness in a bowl together and are just turning to spoil, but in a nice way. Hints of flavoured snuff but without any harshness at all. Rare woods being worked in a confined space. I wonder what would happen if I were to layer red and purple together? That’s something for another time. – Robert, USA
I’ve never smelled a raw piece of Vietnamese agarwood, but that is exactly what I imagine and think about when I swipe Kinam Rouge… this must be what a sinking-grade piece of Vietnamese agarwood smells like. – Steve, USA
Just recieved Kinam Rouge. Guallam is truly a scent so unique, it is refreshing and a whole new experience for me. There is a certain grape vine fruitiness yet quality and depth to match Sultani. I would openly recommend this oil to anyone. Can’t get the bottle away from my nose. – Bilal, Pakistan
Camphoric wood, sweets, tobacco, a slight peppery spice, oudy, cherry, a tiny medicinal vibe. After the initial burst it hovers 5 inches above the skin. The sweet oudiness dominates the scent with the camphoric wood, boardering on minty, ever present. The earthy tobacco is at the base, with a little hay. 45 minutes later it’s mostly tobacco oud with a capital O.U.D. Now I’m getting excited. I’d like more of this note, but in order to do so, I’d have to slather on a huge swipe. Tom Ford should give this a whiff to see what real tobacco oud smells like. – Curt, USA
The Rouge is so distinct, unique and yet not entirely dissociated from the type of experience I would expect from a high end Cambodi oil. The ‘red’ is too simple to describe it though… it’s like a reddish purple with an exquisite sweetness that is so unlike any other crassna I’ve experienced. The tobacco is enveloped in a glory of spices that I won’t even attempt to describe… I find your oils consistently deliver the oud experience I seek, mashAllah… and on that note, I must say I am so glad you took this approach with your Vietnam oil as it is altogether a uniquely beautiful olfactory experience while never for a moment feeling detached from tradition. – Taher, UAE
Kinam Rouge opens with a sweet fruit profile; a red berry that is, as yet, undiscovered. The fruit is not brash, tropical or over the top. Nor can I point to a specific fruit. It would be a wild berry though; low on sugar, high on aromatics. The scent profile is complex; there is a lot going on and, at first I found it hard to reconcile it with Vietnamese agarwood. My very first impression was suggestions of the sort of heady chocolatey notes you get from North-Malaysian oils. However, the Vietnamese character hit me forcefully when I happened to wash my hands with hot water; the heat and the water drove from my skin the unmistakeable profile of Vietnamese Crassna. I’m now nearly three hours in and the interesting thing is that the scent character is beginning to merge; the fruits and herbs are blowing off and the signature Ensar minty incense notes are beginning to take over. – Jonathan, UK
Last night before going to isha salah at my masjid, I tried Kinam Rouge. It’s not just amazing… it’s more than amazing! Smooth & satisfying. Majestic top-mid notes & the mysterious whiffs through the drydown. I carefully listened to everything with clear focus. I must have some more of it in my collection. – Ahmed, Bangladesh
I was somewhat preoccupied when I got my package and I already had an idea in mind of what KR would smell like. I was wrong. Once I had gone through the other goodies, I immediately put one of the 1.5gr bottles of KR away for deep storage and transferred about .5ml from the other into a vial for use so as not to contaminate the remainder. There was a little left in the syringe so I swiped that. I have to admit, I was not wowed. A little disappointed, actually. I thought to myself, “Oh well, it was a blind buy, I can probably just put the other 1.5gr bottle for sale, maybe even let it go for $450-500, take a little loss and never blind buy again.” I went about my business and didn’t think about it anymore. It’s not that it wasn’t good, it initially just seemed familiar, similar to Dhul Kifl. It had dark fruits, but was just a darker Oud Yusuf, and didn’t seem as strong. The day after that I decided to put a swipe of KR on the back of my hand and I laid back on the couch. That’s when it started to happen. I started to get whiffs of KR, at first the dark fruit then it started to change. It went deep blue and sueded velvet. A few whiffs later it went dark red and almost as if it was going to go into something barny, but it didn’t, as you said not even vaguely. Next few whiffs it went to a 22 karat infused brown, the kind worn in the ME and India, not that cheap 10-14k stuff most wear in the States. That’s when I started getting the deepest raw, succulent tobacco note. After that I got powder, then it shifted again. KR is a shape, or should I say scent shifter, it not only has a smell but also has various textures throughout the scent progression. The dry down; have you ever looked into the distance on a very hot day and it appears as if there are transparent heat waves coming off the ground that obscure your vision? well that’s the dry down. It’s as if there were waves of smoke coming off the application spot, not necessarily the scent of smoke but rather the texture of smoke, those same transparent waves I described above. It’s also the first oil that I’ve smelled which has caused me to have phantom whiffs. I haven’t worn it since the other day but there have been several instances where I have smelled some stage of KR in my nose and mind. I’m keeping this, it’s not going anywhere. – Lance, USA
Kinam Rouge is amazing. I didn’t think that something could top Oud Royale 1985, but this has and it’s because there are absolutely no green notes in Kinam Rouge! Amazing! – Steve, USA
The Kinam Rouge has arrived, and I’m afraid I’m a bit blissed-out at the moment as it’s drifting up from my chin past my nostrils… oh my. – Patrick, Canada
Kinam Rouge is AMAZING, and the name is actually fit. There is nothing I’ve ever smelled in oud oils and non-oud perfumes that can match this beautiful dark cherries-soaked pipe tobacco note. As the scent develops, the contrast between the sweetness and bitterness becomes so harmonic that there is no boundary to set them apart. Lingering in the background, a supreme oudiness that holds all the notes in a single structure. No shortage of vertical complexity here. Just put a single drop on the back of the wrist, lie down, deeply inhale from few inches away, close your eyes and relax. A masterwork and a benchmark of nothing LOL! as there is no match to compare. A pure olfactory pleasure. – Ammar, USA
My initial reaction was ‘This is money well spent’. It’s a fantastic oil, definitely a Vietnamese core, and I totally get what you mean about it being red. If I had the money I would stock up on more of this oil! – Zartash, UK
Kinam Rouge is a very satisfying oil. I can see how someone might say it embodies aspects that could be called quintissentially oud-y – that thick, amber cola note, a sweet, moist, golden tobacco succulence, and the palpable, robust woodiness that is so grounding and stabilizing. There’s more than a hint of molasses and a very soft waft of smoke – nothing acrid or smarting; just a lilting haze of sizzling, resinous ooze. Is it the best thing ever smelled by the son of Adam? Well, I really can’t say but I’m enjoying it a lot and plan to make it last a super long time so I won’t be caught empty nosed when I feel the need for an oud that is wholesomely satiating and indulgently fulfilling. Thanks for making it available. I wish I could afford a bit more! – Marian, USA
Today I traveled to the Kulen Mountain, birthplace of the Khmer Empire and mystical mountain with a powerful river and waterfall. I swiped Kinam Rouge while on the mountain, and being out in nature opened its scent to me in such a deeper way.
I picked up such a rich and spicy kinam sweetness from the opening. Explosive oudiness, oozing with a mature plum, incense smoke, warmth and smoothness.
I could smell it while swimming in the waterfall and then after the waterfall I swiped again and felt such waves of bliss. It has such a strong sillage and such a balanced and rich aroma.
These oils are out of this world. Literally – elixirs unlocking the subtle truths hidden within. – Joel, Cambodia
In the opening, I detect a trace of nutty oil smell, not unpleasant, just rather interesting. This oil is focused on fruits, ripe and dripping with rich sweetness. Fruits that I associate with it are pineapples, mangoes, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, cherries and citrus. Against a background of soft woods and tobacco, the fruity profile is spiced up with cinnamon and floral honey. It does have that camphorous twinkle of a true kinam. A warming scent, with a dry down to die for. – Kenny, Hong Kong
Oh boy! That Kinam Rouge is a real killer, and your other gifts of wood were also extremely generous. I don’t care what anyone else says, I am indebted to all of you guys at Ensar Oud for introducing me to this truly extraordinary gift of Allah. I am really fighting the urge to order another 1.5g at least. – Bilal, Pakistan
Kinam Rouge sure is dense. At first swipe, I was struggling to unravel it. It wasn’t until 5 minutes later that I could start deciphering it. But even at that, I feel that notes and nuances were passing me by. I definitely need more time with it. What an excellent tobacco oud note toward drydown. I also get something deep akin to Kambodi 1976, but without the licorice. Then, even after many hours, there’s something lingering on my skin to sniff. Excellent oil! – Curt, USA
Right now I’m wearing Rouge again… enchanting ancient times in my mind again. – Ahmed, Bangladesh
Kinam Rouge I think I’ll only wear on special occasions. – Lance, USA