Nagarmotha: Tart and Dry

by Polya Medvedeva


Cyperus scariosus, Cypriot Oil or Nagarmotha is ingredient you never liked in fragrances, even if you like oud and incenses. Its astringent and dry notes have all the worst from oriental scents: oud heaviness without charm, papyrus dryness without lightness, spicy nuances without fire. But yet this is the ingredient you will like one day same way you have crashed into techno. Its Grand Canyon desertness includes everything you need from new black wood ingredient. Its earthy and dry, tart and spicy, it is when tension gives generosity, it is actually kinky. 

Add to it geranium, warm olibanum, labdanum and guaiac wood and you will get Imperial by Boadicea the Victorious to be bondaged forever by Christian Provenzano (who also created Agent Provocateur rose bomb of smoke which you already love). Imperial was launched in 2012. Dry and warm oil notes are perfectly combined with jasmine, freesia, rose, birch, angelica and lavender to have specific sound. Base notes include leather, sandalwood, patchouli, agarwood (oud), amber and musk.

The other song of Nagarmotha is Shazeb Oudy by Asgharali, where jasmine and rose are overwhelmed by fruity notes, and fruity notes are buried by agarwood, gurjan balsam at the top, and also patchouli, sandalwood, cedar and guaiac wood in the middle notes. The base of this desert poem includes amber, musk and woody notes. And straightly it is a fairy tale of Rose Princess which has been captured by Prince Nagarmotha and imprisoned in the palace of Oud.

The other version of Nagarmotha by Asgharali is Shazeb where notes are trying to be more fresh but it doesn’t work anyway and all you smell is still Nagarmotha. Top notes though are bergamot, lime, tangerine and green notes, middle: nagarmotha, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, floral and fruity notes, and base is woody, amber and musky. This Palace is the Kingdom of Nagarmotha with all the fruits and green notes work for their King’s shining. 

And if you are still not satisfied, please try Opus VI by The Library Collection of Amouage to cure your broken heart. Use it in the end of summer no matter how hot the weather is, like if you were Arabian. Sichuan pepper, incense, Pimenta aracemosa (bay rum) are on the top, in the middle are periploca graeca (silk vine), cypriol and patchouli notes, and base includes ambranum and Z11 (which give new attitude), Cistus ladanifer (rock rose) and sandalwood.

Imperial by Boadicea the Victorious

Shazeb Oudy by Asgharali

Opus VI The Library Collection by Amouage