Oud is, admittedly, not my favorite ingredient in fragrances in general. Because I don't like heavy, oriental scents in general and (at least in my impression) they don't really suit me as a guy. Therefore, this sinfully expensive and sometimes difficult to obtain tree resin, despite its great popularity, not only in the Arab world, has so far mostly passed me by. With one single exception: oud wood by Tom Ford, here I find this fabric extremely elegant and finely arranged, that even convinced me.
Now also one of my favourite brands, which launches another representative in this segment. Obviously you can make good money with oud variations at the moment, the hype is opaque to me, but okay, produced and sold what the market demands, it's as simple as that. First of all, I have to say that I tested the Colonia Oud with (at least according to the scent pyramid) exactly the same ingredients, but I considered it irrelevant, it wasn't even worth a short statement.
The perfume, however, attracted my attention because of the deep black typical AdP flacon, the gold-coloured inscription forms an extreme contrast and makes the part simply an eye-catcher. As a result, the whole thing screams for a test and a sample from the perfumery was quickly taken home.
In the morning three sprayers, neck left right plus wrist and off to the car. A little later, 10 seconds after getting out of the car, I realized I left my cell phone in the car, so I went back and opened the car again. Wow, guys, the cloud of scent that came towards me was already enormous, I almost didn't dare to get into the elevator afterwards. An hour later, out of the office, pulling out a cappuccino from the coffee machine. Back to the office and the same effect as with the car. Open the door, ouiui, that smells really good. I know few fragrances that are so present, even performance bombs like the Memo creations suddenly seem harmless to me :-o
In other words, Sillage at the highest level, respect.
Now what do you smell when you open the car or office door? It would not be a real AdP, if there was not also a good pinch of fruitiness in this case. This, however, is accompanied from the start by bergamot, even more captured, for a second I felt reminded of Bergamotto Calabria, which is of course much purer, fresher and more summery. Oud Parfum is also far from being as citric as its classic brothers, then quickly becomes "oudy", extremely full, a fragrance of the highest density, but without ever slipping into the pompous or otherwise getting lost. Speaks for the high quality craftsmanship with which one went to work here. With my dosage not only enveloping me but also my complete environment, you have to want that and then you have to be able to get rid of it, hehe. As a result, looks and questions are not absent.
After hours the composition becomes a bit softer, slightly woody and I think I can hear a bit of musky notes. Nevertheless, the DNA of AdP remains recognizable even after a long time, a little bit of fruit always remains audible and I think that's great. From a subjective point of view, the Sillage says goodbye after about 8 hours. In the evening off to the swimming pool. Even in the chlorine pregnant sports pool I can still smell oud perfume on me, unbelievable. Can this durability be topped at all? After the shower back in the car, I put my wrist to my nose, actually only to convince myself that there is nothing more. What do I smell? No, no shower gel. Oud perfume has survived an hour of chlorinated water and the shower. Without words.
Time for a résumé.
The fragrance is a hammer in the proverbial sense. Powerful, room filling, oud underlaid with slightly citric, woody and musky notes. The mixture is special and interesting, but not everyone will like it.
Sillage, see above, an adequate dosage should be considered :-) the thing is called perfume.
Durability, hohoho, my dear Scholli, many others will bite their teeth out at this.
Flacon as known, I find the combination of darkness and gold extremely successful.
The result is a fragrance that takes up and presents the theme of oud in a new, Italian style, one that leaves a lasting impression.
I personally will still stay with Tom Ford, because in direct comparison the better fitting representative of this genre for me.