This perfume named itself.
Typically, perfumers have a vision in mind, be it a feeling they want to evoke or a marketing theme they have to match. It didn’t work that way this time.
It might just be what happens when frangipani oozes into orris root, or civet gets high on Sichuan pepper.
When crushed ambergris sticks to blackcurrant and castoreum goes for a swim in a lake of osmanthus, you don’t really know what to expect.
These combinations are uncharted territory. These combinations, combined into one perfume…
Pour obscene amounts of artisanal Chinese oud, Sri Lankan oud, and Maroke oud into this animalic coctail of contrasts and steep them in vintage Timor sandalwood, tobacco leaf and coffee flower.
You can’t help but smell it. Tigerlust. Call it primal, sensual — sexual — call it what you will. This must be what happens when Siberian musk comes into contact with gyrinops from the highest mountain peaks of Irian Jaya and they go for a stroll in the Italian countryside.
You don’t want to lick it, or bite it, or ease into a bath of it. Not just that. It’s a fragrance you want to embrace, to own without the paranoia of ever running out crossing your mind as even possible; to make it a part of you every bit as much as the steaming presence of an untamed lover’s skin. That IS what musk invites to, what the finest rose reinforces and Indian jasmine beautifies. Tigerlust.
The top notes are discreetly citrusy, the heart notes shamelessly saucy, and the base all oud slooshing oud drunk on oud, restrained as best it can by Mysore from the mid-70s.
Take any Top 5 list — make that any Top 10 list — of the most expensive/sought-after/precious perfume ingredients, and know that they’re all in here, waiting to be smelled and experienced. Those, and ones most of these lists don’t even know about. Decadent amounts of all of them in their most pristine form (100% natural, undiluted extracts), carefully proportioned not to let any one steal the show.
You’ve smelled it. The emptiness, the lack of something or another. That olfactory crave akin to the want for oysters or full-fat gravy. You want a proper farmer’s breakfast, but get ziplocked food juice to go, instead.
What’s missing is the fullness of a flower, full-spectrum oleoresin distilled, the inherent stickiness of oakmoss, and the raunchy wet granules of genuine musk.
So, take a break from the cosmetics aisle and treat yourself to age-old perfumery that stirred up all the sex appeal in the first place. A fragrance that’s real… hand-bound in full-grain Italian calf hide by Habib Dingle, leather sage of the century.
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The leather pouches come exclusively with the 50ml Pure Parfum edition, while the 30ml Pure Parfum and 50ml Eau de Parfum offer commemorative handwritten editions that take their cue from the early days at EO: No frills and nothing flashy—for those who know it's the juice inside that counts.
Tigerlust - so sweet and very earthy (to me). I smelled it, put it aside and kept coming back to it. I feel pushed away (more like alerted to its potency), and feel pulled back with attraction that I do not understand. – Hanna, Australia
Tigerlust is exactly what you described. It is actually a SEXY perfume. It merges so well with the human body. I sprayed some on my arm, and buried my head in the arm and smelled, smelled and smelled. – 任爽, China
So on my subsequent wearings of Tigerlust I realize I get something different every time. Musc 1984 helped my nose tune in to what I was actually smelling.
I picked up on this beautifully musky yet sweet opening. The florals were still there but they became brighter and more tropical. I got this citrus note which I’ve never smelled before blended with a beautiful sandalwood note. The first wearing I didn’t pick up any sandalwood but the second time around i did! The sandalwood was much more prominent this time around but it had an oud-like quality to it. It took me awhile to figure out the sweetness but it’s the coffee and tobacco leaf combination that really makes the whole middle sing.
Once again, maybe what I think is animalic is different from others because this is truly blissful. Am I falling in love with musk? Is that what the note I’m smelling is? It’s heavenly, from start to finish. – Aaron, USA
Ensar’s accords are so tightly wound that it was hard to pick out the oud, as it is intertwined around the ambergris and musk. Where many perfumes have a top, mid, and a base with discernible transitions, Tigerlust will have sparks of aromatics that jump out to surprise you. Sometimes it’s florals, smoke, and musk, and other times it’s blackcurrant and ambergris. All tightly woven to dazzle the wearer with only a little whisp of an aromatic before it is swallowed back up into the molten warm, pulsating accord of living moving materials. Nothing out of pace, no one thing dominating another. My wife, always the wise critic, on the first dat wearing it explained, “You better wear your suit with that fragrance.” A perfect summary of elegance and restraint mannerism masking a warm animalic growl… thank you and well done! – Ryan, Canada
Tigerlust is a rare beast in that it’s beautiful fruity floral opening has this citrusy sweet blast of musk, ambergris, and oud that’s reminiscent of the dry down of Oud Yaquob if it were soaked in ambergris and caramel. There’s a slight bitterness that quickly settles into a white floral bouquet which leads into my favorite stage of the fragrance. At about 20 minutes in I get this warm, sweet tobacco accord. I smell soft hints of spices and oud but it’s all blended so well that it comes out as this caramelized fruit, meets sweet tobacco. I’ve never smelled anything like it. There is a DNA in the dry down that I noticed several hours in which has to be the ambergris and ouds. The musk weaves in and out of the fragrance. At times the dry down is this bright, citrusy musk that fades into the oud/ambergris combo but it’s never dark or brooding.
I hear people say this is animalistic and dirty at times but to me this smells so beautiful. It’s bright yet well balanced and has this silky smooth texture. There are moments where I sniff my skin and it feels like warm fur. I’m no musk aficionado but there’s nothing dirty in this. It’s simply beautiful. It’s powerful without overstaying it’s welcome. It’s natural without feeling overwhelming and if you just listen to the fragrance, it’ll sing it’s a sweet song from wherever you sprayed it on your body for hours. Is it a projection monster? No. Do I want it to be? No. But it’s performance is excellent. It’s original and the safest blind-buy if you know what the ingredients are. The dry-down lasts well over 10 hours as a skin scent. – Aaron, USA
Ensar is probably the finest Artisanal Oud Oil/Attar distiller and manufacturer. Through I am not an attar guy, I fortunately own three perfumes from his collection. I should have reviewed EO No 1 first but due to the fact that quite a few people ask me about Tigerlust, here you go: I know and have heard many great things about Ensar Oud and was very excited when EO No 1 was about to be released, and pre ordered it. After that, the rest was history. Tigerlust to me has a connection with both EO No 1 and EO No 2, but this doesn’t mean that they smell a like. It’s like where EO No 2 left off, Tigerlust starts. It opens up with a bit of citrus and it gets warm with notes like jasmine, orris, Sichuan pepper, to name a few. The base contains a trio of ouds from China, Maroke and Sri Lanka.
It is a bit challenging to really dissect Ensar’s work as it is blended so masterfully. Tigerlust has different stages that it goes through to just purely take you away to bliss. You have to know your artisanal oud perfumery in order to really enjoy this composition. I have worn it six times and each time I like it more and more. If you are a fan of Ensar Oud’s No 1 or No 2, then this is a must buy… it is absolutely stunning – Customer
It exceeded all of my expectations! It smelled totally different from what I expected. It started with that musk that I love so much and then it went into a citrusy, sandalwood scent. After that the rose comes in with some other scent that I can't identify. I love the scent. It's a clean but slightly dirty scent. It's perfectly blended and definitely signature scent worthy. Well done! . . . I almost forgot to mention the hint of leather in the Tigerlust... – Mr. Jackson, US
Tigerlust is a stunning and phenomenal fragrance. I am enjoying it thoroughly – Gary, USA
This perfume by Ensar is just something else in its own league. Also completely different to other perfumes has released — EO 1, EO2, Iris Ghalia, Private Blend, or American oud which Ensar used to sell on his webiste. – Albaramij
Your perfumes do something to time. They make it more permanent. More intentional. – Matt, USA
I am extremely impressed once again, TIGERLUST is such a well balanced fragrance that suits my tastes perfectly. All of the notes work to compliment and support each other, rather than fight each other to be the star of the show. If I was going to describe it in one sentence....Tropical flowers wrapped up in a cashmere blanket of oud and musk. Smooth, balanced, and blended to perfection. – Scott, US
Got TIGERLUST on now and zoning out to its exotic power and beauty. The opening is like the best parts of all of your parfums distilled, refined, and elevated… and the drydown is Oud bliss! Have to see what it does in the open air and wind… but for now I am, as always, impressed by the delicate power of your work. – Steve, NY
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new #1 Champion… TIGERLUST!!! As far as Parfums go, this is Ensar's Magnum Opus! – Van Glorius
It's the beginning of the experience, but I can report it’s off to a really fantastic start! I already own EO No 2 EDP and Iris Ghalia [...] so my expectations were high and I’ve not been disappointed. – Scott, USA
I'll take this over War & Peace any day. That's really the only one the notes come close to comparing to. Bortnikoff really doesn't go this direction of heavy musk. In his lineup, I don't know anything I would compare to this. This is heavily about deer musk and having that as your dry down which lasts over twelve hours. This is some of the longest lasting perfume I have, just like EO No 2. – Therapeutic Fragrance
I just put it on and I am floored. This is a full on ensemble happening on my skin. Big Words, Big Perfume backing up those words. Ensar put everything into this one. This is heavily about deer musk and having that as your dry down which lasts over twelve hours. This is some of the longest lasting perfume I have, just like EO No 2. This one has taken time to put on and let the animal come fully out of the cage. The name is perfect.
Coffee & olfactory bliss — deep thoughts and a headspace I love to be in. Reviewing something that forces me to come up with new expressions, because that's exactly what was done in this bottle. Ensar stepped his game up and it compels me to do the same. I am readlly trying to focus on dailing the hype and passion down, but to continue to smell juice like this. We keep searching for new levels together.
I gave my barber (a cool, hip, twenty-something bro) three sprays of this and he had no words. His wife even loved it which surprised me. He got two huge unsolicited compliments that were plain curiosity of what this smell was and how great he smelled. Obviously, no for everyone. This is just something my nose can't deny. It's just bliss.
This is the one. It combines all of his best work. – Therapeutic Fragrance
It's definitely got aspects of EO No 1, EO No 2, EO Private Blend, Iris Ghalia... In saying that, I guess what that really means is that I can now recognize the Ensar-aid, the fragrance DNA that is imprinted in all of his Parfum creations. However, there are nuanced as well as marked differences in each and every one of them. If you can understand what those differences are you will also understand the artistry behind it. The real beauty of his work is what it does in the open air and in the wind, how it reacts to ones body heat and chemistry... the way that they react to the seasons and temperature, and any and all combinations in between.
Iris Ghalia, if you've smelled it, you'll notice that the musk is front and center and the beautiful florals envelope it. TIGERLUST is very similar but the way that it is done is a step above that of Iris Ghalia. Not better but different. It's like with music — you can use bass and drums (Musk) as the anchor... and guitar, keys, horns, synths (Oud, Iris, Osthmantus, etc) for rhythm, melody and lead. – Steve, USA
I am 1hr into my first wearing of TIGERLUST and its been a roller-coaster thus far. I must admit when I first lifted the cap and smelt it from the atomizer - I was slightly disappointed - it smelt VERY similar to Iris Ghalia from the cap. And then I sprayed it on skin and that is where the fun started. The opening 5-10 mins is reminiscent of EO No 1, a burst of oud, civet and rose.. in fact my partner asked if I was wearing EO1... .. but then at approximately the 10 min mark it U-turns, and the EO1 "accord" recedes, and now I'm smelling one the most amazing frangipani notes Ive ever experienced. Its frangipani soaking in a buttery feel - which must be from the orris root. The frangipani is not that dissimilar to (dare I say) the frangapani note in Plumeria de Orris - from that other great house (the similarities between the two fragrances end there).
Its an interesting first 1hr. There is a constant shift back and forth between a leathery vibe (the castoreum or civet?) and the floral-buttery feel of the frangipani and orris... Just when I think the frangipani is gone, it rears its head again.
At about the 1hr-90 min mark there is a temporary shift again - this time the accord reminds me of Iris Ghalia (again) - it's the blackcurrent and ambergris starting to emerge. The blackcurrent stage doesnt last too long, and then it seems to move to a spicey, peppery musk (ensar list sichuan pepper as an ingredient).. not tooo dissimilar to EO2...
Anyway, I'm at 2.5 hrs. The first comment was that this is like a "best of" of Ensar's work but amplified and enhanced..... and I think that is very accurate if you are familiar with his other creations. In the space of 2.5 hrs ive experienced aspects EO1, IG and EO2 - but certainly enhanced and more refined. – OB, Korea
If anyone here is familiar with the X Men, this fragrance is Mystique. The shapeshifter of the fragrance universe. Complex... and it will take many wearings for me to fully understand.
I am in the middle of a full wearing today (despite it being pretty hot here lol). This fragrance is brilliant. If you're a fan of animalic, oud, floral fragrances it's a safe bet. It isn't pungent or offensive.
Opens up like some kind of hybrid of EO NO 1 + Iris Ghalia, ambergris, musk and some light fruity floral notes. As it progresses some iris, blackcurrant, more florals and some clean oud (by clean I mean no barnyard) becomes apparent.
That's about it for now. Let's see how it develops from here. – AD, Australia