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The golden mean for everyday life.
My search for a woody, unsweet scent was long... very long. Many perfumes are declared as "spicy-woody" here on Parfumo, only to end up as a sticky-sweet broth on my skin and leave me with question marks. Maybe our noses work just too differently, but what is supposed to be spicy-woody in "Layton Exclusif", for example, was and is a mystery to me. It is woody, just as spicy, but still quite sweet, maybe not like the younger "Layton", but just sweet ... Full stop.
Then there are those fragrances that have lost all sweetness and which I was actually looking for. But I soon noticed that such scents were often too unfriendly and gloomy for me. "Duro" and "Nasomatto" are two "shining" examples, real wood and oud bombs, respectively, one medically bitter, the other herbaceous, earthy and above all dark, without any friendly sides - not for me.
Truly, I already knew some candidates at that time, who served my taste of a spicy-woody, not too gloomy scent. So I went into raptures with "Fars" from Xerjoff's oud collection, but at the end of the day it was simply too price-intensive for me. Chanel's bestseller, The Egoist, also knew how to please, is financially absolutely justifiable, but on my skin it is very weak in the bosom. Maybe it's also my nose playing tricks on me. Who knows ...
Another fragrance that strikes the golden mean was "Colonia Oud" from Acqua di Parma. I bought this fragrance blindly in the souk, after a nice perfume, which I'm sure you can read here, warmly recommended this masterpiece to me. This blind purchase should be worth it! Let's dedicate ourselves to him.
To me, "Colonia Oud" smells like an old, dry wooden bowl, whose aromatic smell is wonderfully pure and flatters the nose. Nothing here is bitter, medicinal or musty. Our wooden bowl is filled with a few peeled orange peels, which bring enough freshness to the woody and clean game, which is probably due to the socially acceptable oud and cedar wood. I can therefore also understand the voices according to which "Colonia Oud" is also excellent to wear in summer. Carefully dosed, it may work well for sure, but I see this fragrance more in autumn or winter, especially because a small shred of leather in the fragrance pyramid provides the last bit of depth in the composition and thus a few rough edges. Despite the declaration as cologne, there is no need to worry about durability and silage. When applied in the morning, "Colonia Oud" sticks to the skin until late afternoon or even early evening without killing the surrounding area. Well... that's exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to have a woody, spicy scent that would work in everyday life as well ... and here it is!