[NEW] Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham: Just In Time For Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner and like every other Muslim household, we’ve been busy with all the last minute preparations. So, just incase you’re looking for some Ramadan gifting ideas, know that bakhoors and perfumes are popular choices—especially when paired with date-flavored treats, or local delicacies. This traditional preference stems from the fact that among Arabs and many South East Asian countries, the practice of burning bakhoor is synonymous with hospitality, celebration, and is considered an essential part of their weddings and Eid festivities. Today, I’ll take you through the unboxing of Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham Dhahabi, and will be giving my first impressions on this pre-Ramadan mini haul.

Bakhoor is the Arabic name given to scented bricks or woodchips (mainly derived from oud, agarwood or aloeswood). It is prepared by soaking agarwood in fragrant oil mixtures and carefully combining it with other natural ingredients to create more depth and richness. When burned in charcoal burners, it slowly releases plumes of fragrant smoke, rich in simmering spicy-woody notes, intense enough to scent your room. It’s the juxtaposition of the notes that elevates the quality of the bakhoor and sets one apart from another.

Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham Dhahabi

Design & Aesthetics

The bakhoor is housed in an elegant acrylic jar that draws upon the Middle Eastern influences with a contrasting black and gold palette. The container has a dome-shaped appearance with a twist-off access cap – and the word “Muattar Angham Dhahabi” is embossed in Arabic calligraphic text across its cover.

Muattar Angham
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Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham Dhahabi

Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham

Fragrance Notes

Top notes: Rose, Saffron, Citrus, Aldehydic
Middle notes: Geranium, Coumarin, Nutmeg, Heliotrope, Damascus Rose
Base notes: Musk, Labdanum, Patchouli, Agarwood

How does it smell?

Swiss Arabian Muattar Angham Dhahabi starts off with a strong projection of saffron/rose/oud notes: more like rose petals lightly flicked with saffron threads. Although the citric note is almost unnoticeable; nutmeg on the other hand, contributes a subtle spicy undertone that adds complexity to the sweet fruity-floral opening. Then there’s this beguiling heady aroma of heliotrope, rose with geranium mixed with this sub-sweet, lovely smoky saffron note. Halfway through the burn-time, there’s this very faint whiff of patchouli that quickly wears down to an amber accord. At the end of its development, it leads to a rich powdery, oud-ambergris finale.

Muattar Angham

Muattar Angham leaves a bold scent trail – one that is very sensual, oriental, with a profound Middle Eastern imprint.

Performance

The scent feels unisex and offers good projection. Overall, it makes a great addition to your bakhoor collection. For anyone who’s new to the concept of bakhoor, or for those who want to explore this trajectory of fragrance, Muattar Angham will be the perfect one to begin this journey with. The fragrance feels elegant, exotic, expensive and well-blended. This is a good buy for those seeking a versatile and mass-appeal bakhoor fragrance.

Final Verdict

If you’re into smoky/incensy/sweet saffron-rose oud blends, then this should be on your list. As far as the price goes, it provides good value for money. Not to mention, Muattar Angham leaves a lasting scent trail. In terms of use, one box has enough bakhoor to comfortably take you through 2 month’s supply. However, if you choose to use it less frequently, or prefer mixing up your bakhoor experience, then this should last you for a very long time.

Have you tried any bakhoors from Swiss Arabian? Do let me know what your favourites are!

Disclaimer: PR sample – but the opinions are solely my own. Swiss Arabian fragrances are available in the UAE and GCC across all their leading shopping centres.

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7 Comments

  1. 8th April 2021 / 1:06 pm

    I stay in northern Nigerian and down here incense burning which is called turaren wuta is an integral part of the culture… Those some smells really divine, others really repelling and purgent.
    I hope to visit dubai someday and experience the perfumery

    http://www.glowyshoes.com

    • Sahar Reviews
      Author
      12th April 2021 / 12:37 am

      Oh, that sounds amazing! I’ll look that up and read more about it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Jeannie
    8th April 2021 / 3:51 pm

    Interesting! I may ask my brother if he knows this as they live in middle east 🙂

    • Sahar Reviews
      Author
      12th April 2021 / 12:37 am

      Exactly, bukhoor is very common in Middle East. If you ever get the chance, do try it! 🙂

  3. Kimberlie
    8th April 2021 / 4:16 pm

    I had never heard of a bakhoor before, but now feel much better informed if I wanted to give a gift for Ramadan. Thank you especially for explaining the notes and how long each will last.

    • Sahar Reviews
      Author
      12th April 2021 / 12:36 am

      Hi Kimberlie,

      That’s the beauty of global interaction. We always learn something new, and get a glimpse into different traditions and customs. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Yasmin
    9th April 2021 / 12:56 am

    Bukhoor is such an important part of improving the Ramadan spirit! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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