I'm new to the whole Al-Rehab line of perfumes, and I recently bought six of them - Dakar, Superman, Balkis, Original, Silver and Khaliji - online. With a price tag of only $3.50 U.S. for a good sized vial of concentrated perfume oil, plus the fact that this line gets consistently good reviews, I couldn't resist. So far, I am very impressed. These Al-Rehab oils smell better than a lot of good designer and niche fragrances I've tried. Based on my experience with these six perfumes, I get the sense that the ones with English-language names are knockoffs of designer perfumes, while the others (I believe the names are Arabic), like this one, are original compositions.
Khaliji is a men's fragrance, and though it borrows ideas
from other well known scents, it's quite unique. I guess I'd call it an animalic floral
musk. At first it smells dry and
powdery, a clean, pearly white musk with light flowery notes, and just a hint
of dirtiness. As time goes on and the
oils assimilate with the warmth of your skin, the scent gets stronger (which is
common with these Al-Rehab oils), and the raunchy note gets stronger. Within an hour or two, the scent becomes very
dirty and musky, and the floral notes recede into the background. Khaliji remains this way until the end, and I
really like that. Longevity and
projection are of course both excellent.
I don't smell any civet, castoreum, or any other animalic
oils in here. Rather, what I describe as
an "animalic" facet smells like it's from a blend of cumin and
caraway. It blends seamlessly with the
musk, a note I've always believed should smell animalic. Khaliji reminds me a lot of Cartier's
Declaration in its underlying skankiness, but without any of the citrus notes.
It amazes me how complex and well constructed this fragrance
is, when you consider its price. An
unethical niche brand could pour a vial of Khaliji into a 1 ounce bottle, add
perfumer's alcohol to it, give it another name, sell it for $100 a bottle on
LuckyScent.com, and get away with it. The high quality of Khaliji and the Al-Rehab perfumes I've tried makes me even more cynical about niche fragrance brands. Khaliji is that good.
MY RATING: 8.5/10