From the first time that I was introduced to the world of ancient art of perfumery from the Far East I began to appreciate this interesting alternative. The fragrance was Nur from SoOud and, in spite of the fact that I wasn’t able to acquire the essence (partly due to financial reasons but also because I discovered later more suitable alternatives!), I continued my research on the topic. And so, I find out that there might be something interesting apart from Nur.
Introduced in 2010, as part of a collection that included seven more perfumes, Burqa is a unisex oriental woody very distinctive from everything you are accustomed to. The official description mentions the phrase “Dark and mysterious, this is liquid incense, ready to be poured as an offering” and that is what convinced me to sample it, however its complexity exceeded this depiction.
Burqa represents an archetypal in modern Arabian perfumery, with one minor detail: it is focused on the luxury approach, instead of the artisanal facet. If prior to this test I was imagining Burqa as an innovative take on incense, I was surprised realize that, in spite of promoting a limited dosage from this note (at least in my opinion!), the fragrance behaves as one of the exceptional characters in perfumery.
The combination of employed ingredients is remarkable (Jasmine rose, black violet, cardamom, sage, leather, benzoin, myrrh, black ink, rubber sap, black amber, teak, patchouli drops, guaiac), however the final result is very comforting. Burqa does not feel heavy on the skin, nor exhibits an overpowering sillage. It represents exactly the type of scent to wear when you want to feel special, except not conspicuous.
As with the rest of fragrances in the collection, Burqa was also presented in some refined bottles having different concentrations: white colored flacon for the Eau Fine (Eau de Parfum) version and the black painted glass for the Parfum Nectar (Parfum Extrait) edition.
SoOud Burqa Perfume Details
- Burqa by SoOud is available in 60 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and 30 ml Parfum Extrait; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- Year Introduced: 2010
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dressing Code: Casual