Scent of an Island

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Smell is apparently our most sensitive sense, evocative of deep emotions and memories. Perfumers use this to their advantage – and to ours.

Located at the corner of Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh Chulia, S.M. Badjenid & Son is the country's oldest retailer of perfume compounds, attar oils, bakhoor1 and oudh2

The family business was founded in 1917 by Sheikh Mohammed Ahmad Badjenid, a Yemeni from Hadhramaut, and is now run by third-generation family members. Known for their high quality halal fragrances, the shop is a treasure trove for scents: "We have over 400 types of designer perfumes and attar oils to choose from," says great-grandson Sheikh Muhammad Badjenid. "All our scents are concentrated and without alcohol, which means they are longer-lasting and can be worn by everyone. It is rare to find pure perfume essences in designer fragrances today because for profit maximisation purposes, they have either been diluted with alcohol or water.


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