Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Exploding Flowers - "Banafsaj" by Syed Junaid Alam

Syed Junaid Alam is one of the Bahraini perfume houses which are worth to be mentioned at all.

"It all began back in 1910, when Syed Junaid Alam, a true visionary and a focused entrepreneur was fascinated by the eternal romance between the region's people and the ideals of nobility, beauty and opulence. Later this fascination turned into his inspiration.

Initially drawn by the attraction of Bahrain's flourishing pearl industry, the founder of the company, Syed Junaid Alam discovered a treasure of traditional natural oils and production of some of the finest perfumes, oils, incense, accessories & selections of Oudh wood from different parts of Asia. And by 1910, he started his dealings in essential oils and traditional fragrances. Thus, was born Syed Junaid Alam W.L.L."

I discovered a perfumery of Syed Junaid Alam last year in Abu Dhabi first and was keen on the beautifull fragrances to very affordable prices. Though the perfume shop and its interior aren't comparable to the noble shops like Al Qurashi, Arabian Oud or Ajmal it is anyway worth visiting it and discovering what's behind the veil.
So it occured that I bought a few gifts for my family among them "Banafsaj" for my step-sister. Back home I noticed how wonderfull this fragrance actually is, so on my last journey to the Emirates I run into a Syed Junaid shop and bought it right away for myself this time.

This fragrance is a explosion of exotic flowers. Never before I experienced such a flower fragrance.

Top notes:  Rose
Heart notes: Jasmine, Rose
Base notes: Amber, Musk

Interesting is that this scent does not evolve from top to the base notes. It is from the beginning the same explosion what it remain at the end. It is a long lasting and powerfull scent, so it is advisable not to spray more than once or twice.
The other interesting thing is how the scent is composed, how the flowers are united with the amber and the musk to give it that ultra-exotic touch. The amber and the musk are like a coat keeping thousands of flowers present. The flowers which are mentioned actually are just the rose and the jasmine but I would swear that there is more than a yard of wild, purple orchids contained.

Aside the wonderfull fragrance, the bottle is quite amazing. The cap is created in form of a wild purple flower and on the bottle is beautifully tendriled.


  1. this sounds like a wonderful scent.
    i'm not into floral scents but i feel this one might just convince me otherwise
    the description makes me curious. and the bottle is pretty!

  2. i love the way you describe the fragrance - it sounds be very appealing to me and I'll have to source some for myself to test! By the way, I never got my samples (from LuckyScent) - it seems it got lost in the post. How unfortunate!

  3. @sorlisa: indeed the bottle is so pretty, love it! Aside that I'm so into perfume I'm also into beautifull perfume bottles ;-)

    @Blue Pearl: thank you dear...how disappointing you didn't get them. Did you check it with LuckyScent?

  4. yes they also said maybe its lost in the most...its one of those things. Receiving mail in Doha seems to be an issue.

  5. Hi,

    Do you mind telling if a perfume is "for Women", "For Men" or simply Unisex?

    How do you classify Banafsaj?

    Thanks a lot for such a blog.

  6. Hi,

    thanks for stopping by, you are most welcome :)

    Banafsaj is a Women Perfume. You are right I should declare in each review for which gender it is meant to be, though I personally don't take it so serious with the indicated gender ;))

  7. Thanks for the update ..

    I bought Banafsaj from Junaid (the new white bottle) because the seller told me it was Unisex, so I decided to use it with my wife .. after having a look at their website, I was disappointed it was "for Women" .. a problem for me!

    After all, you don't want to wear a perfume and become the joke of the day because it is "perceived" by the society to be for a specific gender .. right?

    The only problem I have with these sales people is the Unisex word they use just to get sell one item !

    Have a nice day ..


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