Either I'm anosmic to some of Sultan's charms or Al-Rehab is full of shit, because I smell absolutely no rose or oud in this fragrance. They also describe this as being a "deep, mystifying aroma", but I don't find a lot of depth here, and it certainly isn't mystifying. What Sultan is, to my nose at least, is an inoffensive woody scent that makes prominent use of synthetic cedar.
Sultan almost smells like a knockoff of Quorum Silver,
although that would seem like a ridiculous fragrance to knock off - a knockoff
of a cheapie? But enough of my
wisecracks, because I actually kind of like this fragrance, even though I'm not
a fan of the style. Al-Rehab manages to add
enough natural (or natural smelling) ingredients to this perfume to obscure the
harsh, needling nature of the cedar oil, and give it a more or less green,
pine-like scent. There's a bristling
vitality to this fragrance that I don't get in any other synthetic
cedar-domninant fragrances, so I find this quite wearable and certainly better
than the competition (e.g., Quorum Silver, Visit, etc.). There's a juicy citrus note in here that
gives Sultan a natural feel that is lacking in other fragrances of this
type. Sultan smells like pine sap and
wood to me, and is enjoyable.
I just wish they chose another synthetic wood besides cedar,
though. I really hate the stuff, and
although it's embellished really well here, I can't help but keep remembering
that synthetic cedar is the core of this scent, and that bugs me. However, that's a purely subjective complaint
of mine, and I realize most people won't have such hangups. Give Sultan a try.
MY RATING: 7.5/10