Duggat-al Oud Ma Wardh Taifi (by Anne)

[I didn’t want this review to get lost in our growing Review Your Incense page, I know it convinced me to add it to my list! Thanks to Anne for letting us post it here. – Mike]

This is the long overdue review of one of the finest rose incenses on the market, in my opinon. I first purchased this incense in June of this year, from Paradise Perfumes (see my review of this retailer in the ‘Review Your Incense Retailer’ forum). I did some research, and I discovered that ‘Wardh’ is the arabic word for ‘Rose.’ And ‘Taifi’ is actually a place, it’s just ‘Taif’ in English, and it’s a city in the Mecca province of Saudi Arabia. Taif is famous for its’ roses, which are actually Damascus Roses, the most fragrant, most wonderful, most sought after and most expensive roses in the world. The reason why they are so cherished is because these roses produce the aromatic elixir known as attar, which is the heart and soul of the rose scent. Anyhow, Taif is to roses the way Provence is to lavender – an essential supplier.

To learn more about Taif and their roses, go to this link:

http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199706/the.roses.of.taif.htm

Duggatal Oudh with Wardh Taifi is essentially an aloeswood rose incense. ‘Oudh’ obviously is ‘oud’, which is the arabic word for aloeswood and/or its essential oil. Given the expensive price of real aloeswood, I suspect that the aloeswood in this incense is on the low end of the scale. But that doesn’t matter all that much because the incense woodchips, which are very fine and granular, are heavily, heavily, impregnated with the most fantastic rose scent imaginable. In an earlier post I had said that this had a tearose scent, and I now I must recant this statement. Or at the very least, clarify it. When I first opened the container, the scent that drifted up to me reminded me of an old product that used to be produced by Crabtree and Evelyn back in the eighties/early nineties, and that was a damask rose lotion. It also reminded me of the Body Shop’s old tearose perfume (back when it was good). Crabtree and Evelyn had to discontinue their damask rose scent line because of the heavy cost of producing it.

But I digress. The rose scent on this incense is just absolutely lovely. It’s a full body rose, and contains not just the scent of the rose itself, but of the stems and green leaves, too. Yes, there’s definitely a herbaceous element at play here. The aloeswood is muted, and a background player, coming out as an endnote, not a top or middlenote in this perfumey incense.

I tried an experiment tonight, and put some duggatal oudh with wardh taifi on both my electric incense heater and on a charcoal. BTW, heater from Mermade and charcoal from EOTA; charcoal also was of the scentless japanese variety. Anyway, the scent that came off from the heater was more rosey, more floral, and softer and sweeter. The scent that came off from burning on the charcoal was bombastic, the aloeswood which came out as an endnote on the heater took center stage while on the coal. This became the topnote and the floral rose scent soon followed. The herbaceous element which was lovely on the heater, providing the lovely airy green note, came near the end and was darker, more earthy, musky even. The scent that came from the different burning mediums was recognizably the same, but also different, if that makes any sense. The heater was like a symphony orchestra, all the scents harmonious and performing sweetly. The coal was like a rock band, the scents not so harmonious, and the various notes were in your face and bombastic.

Both the heater and the coal method of burning this incense will scent your home wonderfully. I think the heater provides a more true floral rosey scent, where the rose is the star player. The coal method plays up the oud element more, not surprising since the woodchips are aloeswood, and when burning on a coal, the scent will be more prominent. The coal method is also a good way to scent a large room for longer, I believe (there’s more smoke while burning on the coal). Though I think you can achieve the same result by turning up the heat on the heater, thus releasing more scent more quickly and with more force. I had my heater at a relatively low level, 10-15 range.

Incidentally, I’m in love with this incense all over again. I literally hadn’t used it in months. I’ve got so much incense, and I go through “incense moods” that I moved away from florals and went to resins, particularly frankincense, and was preoccuiped with burning that for the last little while. Now I find myself heading towards woodsy scents such as sandalwood and pinon…etc. Anyhow, I’m glad I used this again. It reminded me that it’s as lovely as ever, even though some of it’s potency is a little worn. Don’t forget I purchased this in June, used a bit of it, and left it. Even though the incense is in a metal container, the oils do evaporate, thus there was loss of potency. BTW, there’s a cute little spoon that comes with this incense for free. It’s gold colored and is specifically for spooning up the incense.

If you found this review overly long and rambling, I apologize. It’s late my time, and I’m distracted by my neighboors, who are still up and stomping around upstairs from me.

If you like rose scents, you really owe it to yourself to purchase this incense. And at affordable $22 CDN for 50 grams, this is a real treat. Get thee forth to ParadisePerfumes.com now! 🙂