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Neriko by Agar Aura

by Therapeutic Fragrance


Legendary: Stock For Life

Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Hayao Miyazaki

Where? I Use the Fragrance

All Natural

When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

All Year Long

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance

All Natural


Taha Syed


Price Per Millileter

455 25ML

Perfume Classification

Extrait de Parfum


2 Feet



Up to 6 Hours


Long Tailed

How? I Apply the Fragrance


Where the first rendition took us to a bath house, now we are cleaned up, with the designer jeans on and headed out to a sake house. Different herbs and adult aromatics; this one is a storied one in my collection. Japanese whiskey instead of wheat made from rice (think a sake-whiskey mix). Spiced aromatics that are green. There is some coriander and caramel honey with darkened plum, smoky fruit. I have been to the houses where they have specialty high-heat charcoal grills. Think of putting apricot on the spigot and cooking it. The smell you would have afterward with the shot of whiskey sake is what you get here. Camphor settles in during the middle of the wearing, and it’s clean feeling with a minty medicinal touch on it.

It settles into more of an herbaceous wood fragrance from here on out, while the booze slowly settles off. The sandalwood transitions down into a smoky creaminess that is sweet and amber like with the spices blending in. Overall, this perfume is outstanding. It transitions and gives vibrant notes that are clear and profound. You can tell Taha has worked with these before. It is punchy in all the perfect ways, and oud is the structure of the perfume. Like oakmoss is to a fougere and chypre, the oud is to this category. We need a name for this, but for now, let’s call it “Saura.” This is its own category. Boozy Malay spices and oud. Make no mistake; this is the perfume to have.

Bottle Presentation

Company:Agar Aura
Perfumer:Taha Syed
Fragrance Family:Woody Incence
Classification:Extrait de Parfum
Pricing:$18.20/fluid ml
What:All Natural
Where:All Natural
Projection:2 Feet
Longevity:Up to 6 Hours
Sillage:Long Tailed
Short Description:Boozy Oud

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart


Experience 15/15
Branding & Originality 4/5
Projection & Sillage 5/5
Longevity 5/5
Composition 20/20
& Price per ML


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


“Legendary: Stock For Life”


    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance because of this score I just pulled the trigger on the samples from a buddy. Since I missed out. I'll be happy AND mad if I love this one because its teetering on the edge of what I'm comfortable paying for full bottle for 25ml haha

    2. Really wish you had a chance to try Kinam Attar. But this and another are worth the price just to know what's going on. Yeah the more you get into oud this is the range for the good stuff and it can go up like crazy from here LOL.

    3. @Therapeutic Fragrance hey Brandon what’s the other 3 that have received that score of 97? Also will you ever consider doing a q&a? Always wondered what you do for a living outside of your love for perfumery.

  1. It's true, incense does have that green hue. But it's own category of smell? Wowy. That mic drop look was epic Brandon. ???? Worthy of Miyazaki is next level stuff. Dude's a genius.

  2. Hi Brandon ???? so delighted to know you've been enjoying Neriko!
    Since I got a lot enquiries about the plum flesh aroma.. its basically a combination of Davana and strawberry. Davana alone is intensely peachy but the strawberry tincture pulls it in the direction of red = plum.

    By the way, there's no camphor in any of the 2nd Collection perfumes ???? high end Thai oils tend to have camphorous and mentholated notes, which is why even high grade woods when heated actually give a cooling sensation (I discussed this many years ago here ). Neriko has LOTSA Thai oud, and Agar Attar is deliberately heavy on the far far eastern oud flavors (also high in cooling/mentholated/minty notes), to introduce a little-known genre of oud in the market as a whole: Indonesian islands ouds. ????

  3. @Therapeutic Fragrance No, just buy Agar Parisien. I didn't see your review of Neriko hence the interest. If it wasn't for a vet bill that made me almost faint, I'd have bought Neriko too

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