Ghaliyah Reflection by Amelia Perfume

by Therapeutic Fragrance

SCORE: 90

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Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

William the Conqueror

Where? I Use the Fragrance

Days, Meditation

When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

Fall to Spring

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance

Day

Perfumer:

Nitish Dixit and Zakir Laskar

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Price Per Millileter

150 30ML

Perfume Classification

Eau De Parfum

Projection

2 Feet

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Longevity

Up to 6 Hours

Sillage

Medium

How? I Apply the Fragrance

1 to 2 Sprays, Bergamot

On the days I don’t want to see my Emperor Hind bottle go down, I wear this. That being said, this has a lot of familiarity with Emperor Hind. This is no Emperor, but those that missed out will be able to feel the direction of Emperor Hind. This is a great mixed-media perfume at a fantastic price. Ghaliya is about an experience of ingredients and one’s interpretation of binding together the best raw materials one can find. This is a journey from the deep sea to the dense vibrant earth.

The signature aged Hindi oud is present right from the opening. The clean zing of all Dixit and Zak fragrances (the Dixizade) is again in this fragrance. Citrus notes mix; nothing clearly sticks out. Dark and smoky notes are present up front, and I can get the labdanum. One of the biggest secrets in this perfume is the civet. It has to be real, and it gives a life to this perfume that you couldn’t get otherwise. I struggle with my own ethics on the ingredient, but I smell what it does, and there is no replication for this. A big reason this floats and creates magic is the civet touching and covering the florals, resins, and fruits. You will get a treat of rose. Don’t know if a Ghaliya exists without oud and rose. Tuberose is very spiced up with a drunken black currant.  Just a bit of dark syrup vibe with the spiced florals. I love the patchouli with the rose here. It is a combo I like more than oud with rose, but in here, I get both.

The base shows itself quickly and fades nicely into the skin. I would venture to say real musk was used in this. The oud lasts in all transitions of the Ghaliya experience. Dixit and Zak are becoming masters at taking huge, dark, animalic ingredients and bringing an easy wearable character to them. They chose the most animalic notes of sea and earth: black ambergris and onchya shell, musk, civet, hyraceum, patchouli, and oakmoss. Those notes push everything a bit, but all are blended so meticulously. You can tell there is so much experience in these perfumes, so many magical ingredients, and they continue to not overdo any. Maybe there is a bit too much oud, but it should be overdone; real oud is the magical crystal ball note that has a way to showcase every other ingredient in a composition. There are so many mysteries of oud that have not been explored yet. Overall, this hits a magical place for the perfume world. Dark sea to dark earth, and you feel the vitality of both off your skin.

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Bottle Presentation

Company:Amelia Perfume
Perfumer:Nitish Dixit and Zakir Laskar
Fragrance Family:Animalic
Classification:Eau De Parfum
Pricing:$5.00/fluid ml
Country:India
Year:2020
Sex:Masculine
Hashtag:#ghaliyahreflection
What:Day
Where:Days, Meditation
Projection:2 Feet
Longevity:Up to 6 Hours
Sillage:Medium
Short Description:Punchy Animalic
Fragrantica Score:4.44 out of 5 with 9 votes

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart

Ghaliyah Reflection

Experience 13/15
Branding & Originality 4/5
Projection & Sillage 5/5
Longevity 3/5
Composition 17/20
Ingredients
& Price per ML
25/25

FRAGRANCE

TOP: 10/10
HEART: 4/5
BASE: 9/10

SCORE: 90

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63 comments

    1. Perfect sir. Thanks for the response. I admire your enthusiasm and energy for the real deal scents. I've bought some awesome things because of you and I'm proud to have discovered your videos recently in May thats right in the pandemic. Your date scents was the first video I watched and that popped up in my recommendations and my first purchase was walimah attar that I was lucky to grab, thanks for that it's a beauty forsure. I'm long winded and can go for days. I do make videos, its wolf bite tv but it's been a since I made a vid since February and I was still wearing mass appealing niche but since you and wafts from the loft I've been reborn amen lol. Keep up the magic and stay well again.

  1. I gotta tell ya in my adventure into Oud and heavier fragrance you have been such a resource … Your channel is direct honest and information packed… One of the best on YouTube… Thank you. ✌️

  2. thanks Brandon, it is a great blend, glad I could experience this genuine creation, as I missed out on all their previous perfumes. will be re visiting this frag when we are clear of the smoke and heat ravaged weather here in California

  3. I absolutely love this one. Rich, powerful, deep, complex and very well blended. From when I spray it on to when I can't smell it any more, it is wonderful. I actually get very good longevity. I'm ecstatic that I picked this one up.

  4. Great to see you enjoyed it! It was love at first sniff for me. It does remind you of Emperor Hind but this goes to a darker place and it is so potent. My skin temperature is very high and perfumes dont last long on me but this one gave almost 12 hours in our Mumbai monsoon weather with humidity above 80% . 2 sprays are all you need, really value for money. I am happy to see D and Z using Onycha often in their recent perfumes since i love the way onycha smells. All in all a powerhouse perfume from DandZ . Cheers!

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance I did some deep diving on these guys. And I am super excited to see what they have cooked up. This year I've gone down the 'vintage' western route heavily: 2020 has had me feeling super sentimental. But my love for eastern blends, attars, and oud seems to be making a bubbling again. Might be the change of seasons.

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance Fair enough, probably can't. Again this is just my taste not being a funky one, but the quality is def there. As I said this brand is ridiculously good, can't fault them.

  5. Wonderful job as usual, Brandon! You have piqued my curiosity big time about this brand, and it was you that introduced me to it. It's wonderful to know that you are as passionate about Oudh as myself. You really can't understand it until you experience the real deal. For 30ml containing real Hindi Oudh, that is a jaw dropping price in a good way. Not even to mention the Ambergris! I know that Ambergris is graded differently depending on the age and color, but I have a dumb question; I know the age drives up the price of it, but does the color? I am definitely picking up a full bottle of this!

    1. Color of Ambergris is the biggest factor from as white as you can get it is the expensive aged on the ocean stuff to black a little bit cheaper. The smell varies a lot also, people are all over the place on what they prefer if you like the strong ocean animals black is your friend. If you like that translucent salty air that is the white stuff. I have been sneaking materials of this in my Instagram stories. I don't like to show it off to much but put it there to let people know what I am working on.

    1. I would agree the ambergris added to the push of the animals off the skin and created a dynamic scent bubble. Real civet is rare in perfumery and I really like what it did here. Very few people use the material. It's usually a synthetic you're getting.

  6. Do you think it's fair to call Dixit & Zak an all natural line when they list DEP on the boxes of Rising Mysore and Kashmir Nuit? I'm torn. I don't really mind because I love mixed media. Just not sure if DEP really qualifies.

    1. So I hit on this in one of the other Videos forget Kashmir Nuit or Rising Mysore 2. But because of ridiculous alocohol limitation they are required to put this on the boxes. As they have gotten bigger faster than thought they have to go through an officially licensed company and from my understanding anything with ethanol needs to be labeled this way in India. Government is very controlling.

  7. @Therapeutic Fragrance My apologies for the late response. Yes, walimah is a secret weapon of mine. Well, I was leaning toward musk like the 85% lol. So I wore agar to work and found it amazing. I do remember the violent standing out though, and I'm not a big violent note guy though russian adam made this violent candy tart like and not heady monster lol. So I was not sure after that experience a week ago. Santal is awesome but another note I'm not drawn too, though I have to thank you and other master reviewers becuase I now adore mysore sandalwood forsure. This week I decided to wear three sample gardenia, agar, and musk. Gardenia is a no for me, agar and musk are fighting for my attention badly but there can only be one. I wore musk yesterday to the office and was drawn to it all day and today now in the office I have on agar and it's not bad at all actually. Something I've learnt from you masters again that you must let it seat and mature. So now I'm conflicted lol. My main concern is buying a bottle and not reaching for it after a while. What I would like to do is buy musk and hopefully can get an attar or decant of agar and santal. Keep up the great work. Will you still make a purchase tomorrow? Even though you have two bottles I believe. Thanks and stay well.

  8. I might have to try this one; I love rose. I ordered Gentlemen's Club and had a shipping mishap, so somebody else ended up with it. The second bottle is supposed to be on its way.

  9. Wow Brandon, how do you find these fragrances, I just placed a pre-order for a 15 ml. which is expensive too LOL, they promise to ship it out oct end. I love Rose/oud so will take your word for it.

  10. on second thought how do you rate zak and dixit Ghaliya to this one, its not a fair question I guess seeing the ghaliya rosarie has more notes, but still try to answer, thanks

  11. Hi,

    Naaz Perfumes is out of stock with Ghaliyah.

    Do you have any recommendations on how – and where to get it?

    I appreciate your help .. and Passion! x

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