I plowed on through the Xerjoffs with the idea still placed firmly in my mind that one (Oesel) or two (Lua) swallows do not make a summer, meaning it would be unnecessary and money down the drain to purchase the Shooting Stars discovery set that is still very much on my mind. I made the deal with myself that if I seriously liked three of the six in the set (of the others I have no samples) I would be allowed to buy it by the end of July.
So number three is Dhajala. And I’ll say it upfront: I did not think I would, but I am very impressed with and I enjoy wearing it immensely. All that is sounding quite understated, but it is just for the benefit of sounding rational and serious that I am trying to be restrained, the truth is – I love it. So there. I quite unnecessarily feel I have to defend myself for loving something so controversial, but that’s how it is.
Dhajala includes notes of bergamot, orange flower, galbanum, rose, jasmine, pink pepper, Tonkiphora balsam, Myroswelia balsam and amber.
The first hour of Dhajala is truly great. The blend of galbanum and citrus is masterful and lends the perfume an elegant freshness that is reminiscent of Chanel N°19. Later, it is no less great then, just taking a different direction, the perfume gets warmer, more floral and a little spicy, and the resins begin to assert themselves. I have never smelled either Tonkiphora balsam or Myoswelia balsam on its own, but what I can smell here is a resinous, pine-y at times and ambery accord that is deep, complex and very unique.
I have nothing like Dhajala in my collection, which is saying something. There are many Lua-smell-alikes out there, no doubt, there is the ongoing discussion on fragrance boards that Oesel is so very similar to Fleur du Male (which it is, FdM is just not that rich and round and full, it smells synthetic in comparison, but on its own it is a beautiful scent). But I can’t think of a similar perfume to Dhajala, but that may just be my ignorance. So please tell me, if you know more on the issue.
I find Dhajala to be enormously seductive and memorable. It is one of those perfumes that get you noticed, but not in a 80ies shoulder-pads, “Here I come!”- fashion of death by sillage, but with a subtle come-hither vibe that is extremely effective. This perfume is intelligent and sexy.