The top opens with sweet condensed citrus on top. I’m guessing frangipani is the note causing the sweet brightness with the citrus. Magnolia stands out, and the jasmine is hiding in the background. This is some creative perfumery done by Dmitry. I have seen him do this with jasmine a couple of times. I can smell the labdanum, but the oud has not shown up. And in my opinion, if you put Oud in the name, it should be showcased throughout the perfume. Let’s call this Frangipani Sinharaja. (It definitely wouldn’t have sold as many bottles without Oud in the name, though.) The oud still is not coming forth like I would expect at this price.
When the oud appears, it makes a fruity entrance. His oud perfumes will not turn you off; the oud is lightly used. The smell dries up with atlas cedar and labdanum forming against a slight incense. Usually the incense is super heavy at this point in his perfumes before the final drydown, but here hardly any incense is detected. The florals remain, and sweetness fades away, which makes them more approachable to me. I think more oud would have balanced out the sweetness on the top. The magnolia switches places with the frangipani for me.
There are some wafts of oud, not much, before we get to the full explosion of the Bortniscense at the end.