S MD Ayub MD Yaqub is the (difficult to remember) name of a shop on Muhammad Ali Road which sells natural, unique perfumes – also known as ittar. Their repertoire includes some of the most unique smells we’ve ever had the olfactory pleasure of experiencing. Here are five of our favourites.
Remember how the ground smells after a rain shower? Of course, you do – but once the rains are over, take solace in the fact that it’s available in a bottle. Made after cooking clay for days, the scent is fused with a base oil inside something called a ‘deg bhabka’ (a life-sized model with two pots used to make attar). Apparently, it’s supposed to be worn to invite the monsoons. We’re not sure about that but we’ll definitely wear it for that amazing nostalgia-inducing aroma. A 12 ML bottle will cost you INR 300.
They've also got a "Shamama" is a concoction of spices like pepper, clove and cinnamon. The shamama is available in various mixes with herbs. You could probably use it to spice things up? Just saying.