Yes, there’s lush notes of peach fruit jam and lightly spread honey. But instead of the ‘thicker’ jammy scent notes you find in other Thai ouds, think fruit juice – with added sugar! I’m telling you upfront, you’re gonna want to drink this oud straight from the bottle.
There’s no trace of woods in the background, hardly even in the drydown. For oud oil, that’s pretty weird. No menthol mintiness that pierces through, or any of those metallic notes that permeate almost all contemporary Thais. To tell you the truth, you hardly find a trace of oudiness in this oud, save for a subtle mineral earthiness just beneath the juiced up clementine and mango mix.
Never tried oud before? This should be your first bottle. Kusuma takes you from the overly sweet mainstream to the fruity-earthy niche. It shows you what oud is all about without throwing you into the deep end. You don’t have to worry about the fabled potency of the ‘stronger’ profiles you typically hear about when talking about pure oud oil. Wear this anywhere, to any occasion, through any season, when heading out to work in the morning or to dinner at night (for ladies and gents alike).
We've been working hard to perfect artisanal oud distillation, and here are the fruits (literally!) of this labor. In Kusuma, you have an oil that gives contemporary wild-harvested distillations a run for their money, while giving wild agarwood trees a chance to run for their life.
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Kusuma has been a playful companion in this summer heat. It really captures the joy of eating a bowl of diced tangerines and pineapples drenched in orange blossom water in the late afternoon sun. If you never had tried that, or the oil, I highly recommend both. – Jasim, Dubai
Kusuma, fantastic combo to be honest Thai/Cambodi. The oil brings best of both for a lovely overall smell, great stuff. – Ahmed, UK
Wow on the longevity. Reminds me of organic ouds that EO offered about 4 years ago. Scent is crystal clear and very enjoyable (I don't usually enjoy the profile of organic oils, but for simple swiping delight and longevity, Kusuma gets all high scores :). Aroha Kush and Kusuma have been eye openers. – Muriel, USA
Initially it felt quite rich in quality and sweetness - on the lines of caramel custard if compared to a dessert, or something some rich Arab couple would wear to a glamorous majlis or event as per my imagination; or something I would wear in an evening sunset themed or spiritual setting. – Asif, Dubai