One of my most prized fragrances is a small vial of 30-year-old Mysore sandalwood in which Kashmiri musk grains have been macerating for two years. It is absolutely otherwordly. Islamabad comes very close to that epic scent. High quality sweet-powdery sandalwood and the shiny-cellophane-wrapping effect of musk combine to create an effect that has caused both males and females in my vicinity to swoon with pleasure. There are some discreet florals and some oud and patchouli in the far drydown, but this one is really about sandalwood from start to finish. Lasts at least 6 hours. It does not project hugely, but it does leave your clothes and bed linens smelling heavenly. If you can bear to part with a few drops, it is staggeringly good as a room scent in an ultrasonic diffuser. Thank you to Oudcollection for making the Al Faransi range available in Australia.
To my mind, Islamabad is a regal and austere combination of agarwood, sandalwood and patchouli. This is the scent I imagine a sultan or a sheik would wear. Extremely long lasting, there is no question about the quality of the ingredients used in this wonderful attar.
Imported review from AKAF. Very rich and long-lasting. Lasted on me all day. Highly recommended.
Imported review from AKAF. Astounding, simply astounding. One of the best sandalwood colognes I've ever smelled. Warm, buttery, slightly spicy, slightly floral. Honestly, if this was from a "big name", this would be upwards of $300. From the notes, I was expecting something a bit different, but this is sandalwood shining through and through. An absolutely wonderful, regal aroma. Long-lasting, and moderately projecting. As a westerner, when you hear "Arabian perfume," you dream of something like this. Pure luxury.