Oudh Batavia is a reformulated new release shaped by an early TRNP bestseller from 2012 – Batavia.
Originally, Batavia was, and continues to be a celebration of the spectacular terrain and culture of Indonesia. I imagined the extraordinary beauty of Indonesia as it may have appeared hundreds of years ago.
The fragrance opens with the unmistakable smoke-scent of clove cigarettes (kretek) drifting on a backdrop of lush, tropical native flora grown in volcanic soil with very high rainfall. As you venture along the shimmering path through the forest, a rich aroma of dense, black Javanese coffee invites you to come and sit in the shade, out of the heat, to rest and reflect as ylang ylang flowers gently fall from the trees. The afternoon rains create a heat haze that rises up from the damp ground, carrying a sweet earth fragrance from the agarwood and vetiver and a slow trance of wonder enfolds you as the meditative kiss of sandalwood incense floats through the air.
This newly blended version of Batavia is my second scented tribute to Indonesia’s native fragrant wonders :- notes include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, lemongrass, patchouli, benzoin, vetiver, ylang ylang, coffee, vanilla beans, sandalwood and 2 varieties of oudh.
I included a very large quantity of Hindi and Vietnamese agarwoods here, to shine light on the dark, fascinating wood dialects of so many carved and elaborate artefacts found throughout Indonesian culture; particularly in its architecture, interior designs and decoration.
The musty pungency of oudh also speaks to the beauty of traditional Javanese hand-printed and handwoven cloth batik, it stands in for the smoke-drift of morning fires, as well as the sharp tang and fragrant weight of so much damp jungle soil and volcanic ash.
Oudh Batavia is an intensely spiced, unisex amber mukhalkat.