Oud 24 Hours by Ard Al Zafraan is one of the many less known gems that are produced in the Middle East.
The bottle is nice and heavy although a bit tacky. There is to much information all araund the bottle sides, resulting in a poor image. The odd "look" is compensated by the confortable "feal" when you hold the flask, as quality materials are used in the bottle, cap and sprayer.
It is a perfect blend that results in a fine and alluring oud fragrance. It's dark, mysterious, sensual and very classy.
Oud 24 Hours it's like a gourmand dessert that you love and enjoy from start to the end.
I am not sure if it is a compliment grabber but it sure attracts a lot of attention. On top of the sensual not cloying sexy scent, the above average longevity and the heavy sillage contribute for the lucky wearer to stand out. It lasts for 12 hours and sillage is enormous filling a room for 2~3 hours and projecting an arm length for 2~3 hours more.
It is a unisex fragrance but it devellops a totally different efect on men and women. Strange enough it is almost as having a double personality because it is preety manly on men and evoques a lot of femininity on women.
As it has been noticed by all the reviewers, it is a "look-alike" of Tom Ford's Black Orchid and its streght stands half way between the Black Orchid EDT and EDP. In the drydown it's less harsh than the Tom Ford scent, and by being more civilized it's easier to wear it by both men and women. The other diffrences I can notice are the Ard Al Zaafaran fragrance bigger harshness in the opening with a very strong dark chocolate note, and the fact that there is no oud in Black Orchid.
Oud 24 Hours proposes you a sweet, tamed and almost discrete oud somewhat disguised by the patchouli and the sandalwood notes. Just skip the opening first 5 minutes harshness if it's cloying for you.
Top notes are bergamot, mandarin orange and dark chocolate; middle notes are spices, fruity notes, jasmine, gardenia and ylang-ylang; base notes are amber, incense, sandalwood, patchouli and agarwood.
Although they are not listed I do detect a strong vibe of coconut in the opening for a short time, and a very strong note of sweet vanilla in the bottom notes and drydown.
In the opening you are confronted with a nice dark and sweet black chocolate note (yes, some people deslike it). The choco note will combine heavenly with the spicy and fruity notes that will follow.
Agarwood, patouchilli, incense and vanilla do rule over the vast majority of fragrance longevity, particulary in the drydown. The notes behave in a very similar way of the ones you find in Tom Ford Black Orchid perfume.
Oud 24 spreads an impression of exclusivity and distinction based on the strength of this lingering perfume.
Lets confirm it with the Oud 24 Hours math:
Scent Opening: 7.5 (my judgement)
Scent Dry Down: 9.5 (my judgement)
Longevity: 9.0 (12 hours+ with three sprays)
Sillage: 9.0 (fills a room; 10~12 feet projection at its peak with 3 sprays)
Uniqueness: 7.0 (Besides Black Orchid you have the magnific Charriol Royal Gold, Maremma from Tiziana Terenzi, the very cheap Estiara Fleur Noire, 24 Gold and many others)
Compliments: 8.0 (close to a serious compliment grabber during the drydown; consider it a head turner because it puts you in the spotlight)
Wearability: 7.5 (Use it day or night during Winter and Fall; You may experiment it as well in Spring colder days and nights)
Versatility: 7.0 (Don't abuse of it as a day scent. Don't use it in the office. Never use it in sunny events and workout. If you use it in the beach, half a dozen sharks will eat you because they confuse you with a very tasty over seasoned mammal)
Quality: 8.5 (my judgement)
Presentation: 7.5 (nice box, nice flask and tacky label. The bottle and cap look solid and expensive. Good sprayer.)
Price: 10.0 (100 ml non tester for £ 12,50 + shipping)
Overall rating: 8.23/10.00
- between 7 and 8 =above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recomended;
- bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
I recommend this fragrance to all dark scent lovers! if you don't like dark fragrances don't even try it.