Borneo 50K

Borneo50KLovers of the legendary Borneo 3000 and Borneo Kinam have reason to rejoice with the release of Borneo 50K — a classy Borneo oil that combines elements of both oils with its own unique twists.

Borneo 50K opens with elegant displays of honey and vanilla top notes that ride above a rich and resinous woodiness. Upon first swiping the oil, I was reminded of the rich, creamy, and balsamic-woody fragrance of some of the best vintage Mysore Sandalwood. It is an aroma that sparkles and glistens on your skin, hovering its aroma above your wrists, tingling with life and indescribable aromatic textures.

The honeyed-vanilla-sweetness begins to fuse with the woodier tones, creating a beautiful earthy aroma that also reveals more of Borneo 50K’s resinous core. At this stage, the oil reminds me a lot of Mitti Attar with its sweet earthy notes.

This oil is definitely unique among Borneos I’ve smelled. It is somewhere in between the aroma of Borneo Kinam and Borneo 3000. The vanilla is much more balanced and integrated than in Borneo 3000, and the sweetness is not as sharp. Its sparkling woodiness is reminiscent of Borneo Kinam, but it is not quite as woody as Kinam. Somewhere in between, with some vintage Mysore and Mitti Attar mixed in, there is an aromatic approximation of Borneo 50K. As for the mintiness Ensar describes in the official description of the oil, I have to say that it is perceptible as a kind of surrounding aroma, radiating at the edges of the fragrance’s core. It is a pristine herbaceousness that makes you feel “clean”, as if you are standing in the depths of a rainforest after a fresh rain.

But that is not saying much for the experience of wearing it. As a fragrance, it is incredibly smooth — perhaps the smoothest Borneo I have worn so far. I swiped it in the morning. It is now evening and Borneo 50K remains nicely perceptible on my wrist. I can’t say whether or not it outlasts previous Borneo releases since I have not conducted a simultaneous comparison yet, but I am certainly pleased with its longevity.

Expectedly, Borneo 50K is not very diffuse. However, unlike other Borneo oils, Borneo 50K is noticeably less “airy”, exuding a surprisingly grounding feel. I find that I really enjoy this aspect of 50K because it is something not found in other Borneo oils in my collection.

Borneo 50K has a lot to offer as a fragrance — and, like all fantastic Oud oils, is as much of  an aesthetic experience as it is an aromatic one.A complex fragrance with real aromatic depth and subtle nuance, 50K offers a scent that will not be totally “familiar” to Borneo lovers. For collectors, I would say there is no reason to hesitate in buying this oil. For someone looking for a great Borneo oil because they love Borneo oils and can’t stand the Indian funk, then Borneo 50K is a worthy addition to your collection. I personally wasn’t sure how different or unique the fragrance would really be in light of previous (now legendary) Borneo releases. But now I can say that 50K does offer virtues entirely of its own that are sure to be appreciated by those who come experience its aroma.

All of this said, I have only begun to explore the oil. I hope what I have written here will be useful for those curious about the oil, but I expect to discover much more in future wearings.

Borneo Kinam

Borneo Kinam. With the bottle in my hands, I am at first impressed with a bold woodiness emanating from the bottle. I think, Borneos are supposed to be sweet. But I was pleasantly surprised to encounter this fresh woody character from the outset. I could smell that the accord of woody notes was in the lower anatomy of the oil, the body, the surrounding aura of the scent profile. I am immediately intrigued.

I unscrew the cap, enjoying the elegant vision of the gold rim slowly twist. The fragrance moves out in a rush of excitement. I remove the applicator stick, bathed in the gold of Borneo Kinam. Swipe. I take in the sight and feeling of the oil on my wrist, before gently rubbing my wrists together. Vanilla ascends from the body of the oil, soft and beautiful. I can almost taste the smoothness of freshly-ground Madagascan vanilla beans. The oil’s fragrance is deeply sensual, moving in the seductive curves of a woman’s body. A camphorous note mingles in the mid-range before rising to vanillin heights. The camphorous note is reminiscent of the fresh, wet, and green heavenly note of Oud Royale. As it unfolds, it reveals its Kyara-like profile–that beautiful airiness, that unusual indescribable aromatic essence that I know in every Kyara and Kinam oil.

The Kyara note is one of the greatest and most unique olfactory experiences. Unique to the rarest and most resinated agarwood, it is impossible to come by. And yet, here are the likes of Kyara in a Borneo oil. Absolutely magical. It is the feeling of a dream I never imagined suddenly coming true. A romantic vision, realized.

The anatomy of the oil quickly becomes a cohesion of form–with the camphorous notes broadcasting from the middle, accented with the high vanilla notes, all surrounded by a cedary-woodiness. The result: A pristine sweetness. Borneo Kinam is a painting in progress that achieves artistic vision and profundity before your eyes. Just as complex as it is sweet, the sweetness of Borneo Kinam is nothing like the sweetness of a Cambodi, or the rare sweetness of an Indian Oud. It is that passionate sweetness that everyone is desirous of and drawn to when they acquire a bottle of Borneo Oud. It is a sweetness that would be erotic, except that it folds into an equanimity of sensual sophistication and depth.

Borneo Kinam is not a “light” fragrance. One of its most impressing characteristics is its unusual depth and seriousness. Possessing a bold femininity, and a depth that is nearly dramatic in play with its sweetness, Borneo Kinam is far from your everyday Borneo Oud.  As the oil drys down, its floral notes come alive–slightly rosy with the fading fragrance of plumerias. The floral notes are subtle, as if caught in fragrant gusts of wind–just enough vanish your mind in exaltation.

Borneo Kinam is the most beautiful and uplifting Oud oil I have ever smelled. If there is an Oud oil that epitomizes the effect of enhancing one’s mood, then Borneo Kinam is it. However, I must say that the sensual ecstasy and sense of joyousness that Borneo Kinam gives feel to be its deepest gifts.

Jungle: Borneo
Crafted: 2007
Yield: 50 tolas