Udjat: The Highlights of a Brand New Egyptian House
Originating from Egypt, Udjat is a brand new indie perfume company that hopes to give consumers an “incredible experience with handmade fragrances.” Each and every scent takes inspiration from a character in Egyptian mythology, basing the scent profile on the lore that surrounds them.
Udjat currently has seven offerings. All of which are presented in a 50ml bottle and retail for $45 USD. Each scent is concentrated as an Extrait de Parfum and features distinct Egyptian markings on the label.
Udjat King Tut
Top notes: Cotton Candy and Red Fruits
Heart notes: Leather
Base notes: Musk, Patchouli and Lily-of-the-Valley
King Tut was the 12th Pharoah of the 18th Egyptian dynasty. The king is well known for his opulent tomb which was discovered in 1922 along with this mask and mummy which lay in its original sarcophagus.
Udjat paid homage to Tut’s fame and fortune with a sweet, floral fragrance that has leathery undertones. Off the top, the cotton candy accord projects ahead of the other notes. It’s very bubbly and in your face sweet. It reminds me of Invictus in terms of its initial punch to the gut.
It then transitions into a much more relaxed fragrance that relies on surprisingly smooth Leather and a combination of Musk and florals. Leather doesn’t come off too potent, as it sits amidst the Musk and works to lift the delicate floral accords.
I enjoyed the florals as they were graceful amidst some otherwise potent notes. Patchouli added a bit of a natural feel and cut through the synthetic feeling of Cotton Candy. All in all, this was a good fragrance.
Nothing truly mind-blowing, but nothing terrible either. This blend was done very well and I appreciated the smooth transition between notes.
Top notes: Saffron, Artemisia and Grapefruit
Heart notes: Bulgarian Rose and Nutmeg
Base notes: Oud, Cedar, Tonka Bean, Amber and Leather
The god of the dead, Anubis, was represented in Egyptian mythology by a man with the head of a jackal. Anubis became overly obsessed with a treatment process called embalming. This multi-step plan would allow corpses to stay sterilized and mitigate decaying for years.
The subsequent fragrance for Anubis doesn’t quite fit his dark description. It opens up quite mellow with the Grapefruit and Artemisa pairing up for a raw, citrus accord. Saffron adds a bit of spice to the mix although it’s not very potent off the jump.
As it dries down, the mix of woods in the base spring forward. They come together to form a surprisingly clean and soapy accord which is reminiscent of MFK Oud. It’s very, very easy to digest and doesn’t cross any boundaries.
In the heart, Nutmeg and Bulgarian Rose are very difficult to pick up. I feel as if they are skipped entirely, although I am not complaining. I was very content with the fresh and clean woods from the base, especially since Oud can be such a finicky accord.
Top notes: Saffron and Woods
Heart notes: Cedar and Tobacco
Base notes: Leather, Oud and Amyris
By far the best fragrance in this entire collection, Ra is based on the ancient deity of the sun. It was believed that he ruled all parts of the created world: Sky, earth and underworld.
In all honesty, the Tobacco in this fragrance deserves an entire section to itself. It reminds me of fine cigars which have been stored and aged to perfection. They rested on top of Spanish cedar at 65% humidity which is the perfect temperature for Cubans.
Before smoking, these cigars were able to sit and rest amidst raw Vanilla stems, caramel drizzle and toffee. I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me that this scent was created by some of the perfume world’s best noses. It’s that good!
Leather and Oud add a very refined and gentlemanly touch to the scent. They keep the Tobacco afloat and project all of the sweet and woody characteristics that the oil naturally holds.