Sundus — by Abdul Karim Al Faransi: A Fragrance Review

Sundus by AKAF (source:

The images of fresh Turkish rose petals in high definition is what will conjure up in your mind when you take a sniff of Sundus, a creation from the house of Abdul Karim Al Faransi.

The rose is fresh and at the same time warm and creamy. The scent immediately transports you to a hut by the side of one of the rose plantations in Turkey on a cold dewy morning. You can smell the richness of the rose petals along with the green sepals and the pedicels. It is as if you are holding one.

Blooming rose

The scent of the rose is right within the spotlight whereas other notes have been relegated to the background as mute spectators. Now, if you are a fan of Abdul Karim Al Faransi’s olfactory art, you might have figured out by now as to how he loves to put one note in spotlight and lets the other hum in the background.

This rose is pretty enjoyable and stays closer to the skin pretty much during it’s entire performance. It is designed that way. It’s personal and it is for you.

As we move towards the dry down we are met with a bit of a soapy vibe but thankfully it is for a very brief period and in all likelihood you might miss it if you don’t pay attention to it. I believe that is because of the use of rose aldehydes to give it that extra freshness. I felt like I encountered some spicy sweet coumarin along the way.

After about 2 hours or so it’s time for musks to join the chorus. Musks with rose is a heavenly combination. Absolutely heavenly and doesn’t fail to give the wearer an air of opulence. This rose in particular is associated with luxury and grandiosity. No wonder that rose was an all time favourite of the kings and queens throughout the history.

Olfactory description according to AKAF’s website:
Damascus Rose, Oriental Notes, Sweet Amber, Honey, Tunisian Jasmine, White Musk, Sandalwood ​

Sandalwood, along with Jasmie and Sweet Amber didn’t cross my way into my olfactory journey. Maybe they are there but relegated to the foggy background of white musks.

Personal impressions

In my perception this is a nice fragrance to wear if you are sitting down with yourself reading a book or writing a poem or spending time with your loved ones. This is for you. It’s personal. And, to be enjoyed in solitude. A worthy gift from the House of Abdul Karim Al Faransi.

Do let me know what you think about the fragrance in the comments section below.