WHAT I SMELL: Nin-Shar opens warm and lightly boozy with a creamed rose. It has a thick texture and a lovely milky radiance that when smelled warms the back of your throat. The perfume is lightly sweetened, but it can’t be called a sweet perfume. Instead, the rose, front and center, is wrapped around some beefy wood and an oud that blends masterfully with the rose rather than takes it over. Nin-Shar develops slowly as you wear it, but the nuances are so wonderfully subtle as not to jar the wearer. But what becomes a bit more predominant with the drydown is a cedar note that brings a marvelous natural note to the perfume. But after an hour or so, that cedar blends towards the back of the perfume. The perfume then adds a light layer of powder along with a very rounded juiciness to the mix providing for the perfect finishing touch to make this perfume the utmost in rose elegance. Overall the projection is impressive and the longevity is superb. Nin-Shar is a rose lover’s dream.
From the Jul et Mad website:
This very contrast is evoked in “Nin-Shar”. The purest and best quality absolute of Turkish Rose was employed here, revealing a rich, profound, strong, powerful multifaceted fragrance where soft, comforting, floral, powdery facets, intertwine with strong, green, balsamic, woody, earthy notes, a pure representation of the entire plant, from the soft, floral petals to the green leaves, stem and thorns, and all the way to the roots.
Top Notes: Bergamote, Liqueur de Rose, Essence de Davana
Middle Notes: Absolu de Rose Turque, Jasmin d’Egypte, Fraction Patchouli
Base Notes: Oud, Benjoin, Vanille Bourbon, Cèdre de Virginie, Santal, Absolu d’Encens
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A beautiful pink and cream-colored rose.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE NIN-SHAR: creamy, opulent, rapturous
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NIN-SHAR: Colognoisseur, Chemist in the Bottle, Persefume
BOTTOM LINE: One of the three perfumes in the Les White collection, Nin-Shar is my favorite. But surprisingly enough, Nea, a fruity gourmand, which typically would not be something that I would normally gravitate to, comes a close second. But all in the collection are wonderful in their own right. I’m also not a big oud fan, but there is something about the rose-oud combination that is wonderful. On their own, the two notes can over dominate any perfume, but here they work their magic in perfect harmony.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Woody
- Nose: Sidnoie Lancesseur
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $190 for 50 ml parfum extrait
July 13, 2015 at 7:11 am
Hi there. Loved to read your take on this one. I’m a fan of it too. It’s rose and oud but quite a different interpretation and not that ‘oudy’. I thought Nea was my favourite but I think I’m changing my thoughts and leaning towards this one.
July 14, 2015 at 5:29 am
Megan…the fact that it isn’t too “oudy” is why it’s perfect. It tones down the rose and gives it a bit of an exotic edge. I forgot, you probably sniffed this months ago a Exscence!
July 14, 2015 at 11:16 am
Yes I did try them at Esxence but never had any samples until now so am going through them at the moment. The Love Dose bottles are very appealing as well. And actually 5ml is quite a good size.
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July 13, 2015 at 11:34 am
This sounds really pretty, Steve. Well-balanced in a way that might be less the norm these days than what is found in vintage. Thanks for the review!
July 14, 2015 at 5:30 am
Thanks Holly…this is easily wearable and smooth as silk!
July 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm
I should definitely get all three perfumes from the new collection to test – they all look so elegant! (and I like the brand itself)
July 14, 2015 at 5:32 am
I like the brand too U. Garuda might be a bit too masculine for you even though it’s labeled as unisex. But the great thing is…they have the small bottles for sale! Yea!
July 13, 2015 at 11:12 pm
Sounds lovely. I must try it!
July 14, 2015 at 5:33 am
R – If you ever tried and loved Kilian’s Rose Oud, you’ll like this too. However, this is a more smoother and subtler of a wear.