Scent of Elegance: Thomas Kosmala No.9 Bukhoor Perfume Review

A bold, unique fragrance that stands out in the lineup.

Today, I’m excited to share my experience with Thomas Kosmala’s No.9 Bukhoor. This fragrance, a relatively new player in the scent world, caught my attention during a recent visit to Fragrance Buy. Thomas Kosmala, though a recent addition to the fragrance scene, has quickly made a name for itself, and No.9 Bukhoor is a testament to their craftsmanship.

The Scent Experience

Opening Notes

Upon the first spray, No.9 Bukhoor reveals its primary character: oud. This oud, however, is not your typical rendition. It carries a high-quality, almost barnyard-like nuance but retains a certain cleanliness that makes it intriguing rather than off-putting. It’s animalic yet approachable, an artful balance that Kosmala seems to master.

Spice and Smoke

As the scent develops, a beautiful dance of saffron and incense unfolds. The saffron, while reminiscent of the popular note in Baccarat Rouge 540, stands on its own here, adding a layer of sophistication without leaning too heavily into the comparison. The incense, likely frankincense though not officially listed, intertwines with the oud, creating an aromatic illusion of Bukhoor – wood chips soaked in aromatic substances, commonly found in Middle Eastern traditions.

Dry Down

In the dry down, No.9 Bukhoor transitions to a cleaner, woodier profile. The robust oud and spicy smoke notes gradually fade, giving way to a more subdued, yet still rich, woody presence. This evolution might disappoint those who adore the initial boldness, but it maintains its character without losing its essence.

Performance

Thomas Kosmala’s fragrances are known for their impressive performance, and No.9 Bukhoor is no exception. Its projection, sillage, and longevity are exceptional. A word of caution: more than two sprays might be overwhelming, even in colder months.

Versatility and Wearability

This fragrance shines in cooler weather – early spring, fall, and winter. Its potent character and warm, spicy notes make it an excellent choice for these seasons. Its mass appeal, despite its adventurous profile, suggests it can be a crowd-pleaser in the right settings, especially during holiday gatherings.

Pricing and Value

At a retail price significantly higher than other Thomas Kosmala offerings, No.9 Bukhoor is an investment. However, its complexity, performance, and uniqueness might justify the price for enthusiasts. I was fortunate to find it at a discount, which I feel offers better value for money.

Overall Impression

Thomas Kosmala’s No.9 Bukhoor is a bold, unique fragrance that stands out in the lineup. It’s a masterful blend of animalic oud, warm spices, and smoky incense, presented in a way that’s both intriguing and wearable. While the dry down might not captivate everyone, its initial robustness and lasting impression make it a worthy addition to any collection, especially for those who appreciate complex, oud-based scents.

Scent of Elegance: Thomas Kosmala No.9 Bukhoor Perfume Review
It's a masterful blend of animalic oud, warm spices, and smoky incense, presented in a way that's both intriguing and wearable.
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