Oud Malaki 2012

Oud Malaki by Chopard
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Oud Malaki is a popular perfume by Chopard for men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Coty.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGrapefruit, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesLeather, Tobacco, Spices
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Amber

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (105 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (84 Ratings)

Sillage

7.4 (88 Ratings)

Bottle

8.6 (96 Ratings)
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10
Longevity
8
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

746 Reviews
Drseid
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Spiced Faux Oud a la Ropion...
Oud Malaki opens with a slightly sweet warm spiced tobacco before moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the tobacco vacates, leaving the slightly sweet, smooth saffron and clove led warm spice to co-star with a faux Oud/dark woody accord with just a hint of underlying aromatic lavender in subtle support. During the late dry-down the spice recedes, leaving its remnants to pair with the now subdued synthetic dark woods through the finish. Projection is excellent, and longevity outstanding at around 15 hours on skin.

I blind bought a bottle of Oud Malaki many years ago after learning my favorite perfumer Dominique Ropion was behind the composition and my bottle seemingly has been in stasis ever since as I worked through my ever-growing perfume backlog. After finally getting around to wearing it again many years after purchase, I'm reminded of the positive first impression it made on its arrival from overseas back then. While I would like to say that the composition was comprised of real Oud, I'm afraid at this price-point that would be a near impossible feat, and sure enough, the perfume has the trademark fingerprints of nagermatha to approximate the Oud wood, and norlimbanol (sigh) for the vague dark synthetic woods. I am really not a fan of either of these ingredients, but under Ropion's skillful hand, disaster is deftly averted by balancing the woods with some relatively warm, smooth spice that is just as much the focus as the (fake) Oud, maybe more. There is also a hint of sweetness that permeates the composition's relatively linear development after the tobacco led open, but the sweetness never approaches anywhere near "yellow flag" territory even to the sweet averse like this writer. At the end of the day, Oud Malaki may not take the ridiculously crowded Oud genre to new heights, but it does ultimately impress for what its worth. The bottom line is the $67 per 80 ml bottle Oud Malaki may not be particularly innovative, but perfumer Ropion tames the worst aspects of its relatively inexpensive ingredients, yielding a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rated result that is recommended to fans of warm spicy-woody compositions like Royal Oud from Creed.
9
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7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
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Royal Oud
I have, recently, picked up the questionable habit of shopping On Board Duty Free while flying to and fro from various destinations for work. The latest such acquisition made just a few hours ago is an 80ml bottle of Chopard's Oud Malaki and it's really fantastic!!

Dominique Ropion, IMHO, is a genius of the perfumery world. I don't own all of his creations, but I have tried most and some of his most lauded work graces my collection. There is an inevitable stamp to his perfumes, once again evident here in the beautiful Oud Malaki (Malaki means 'Royal' in Arabic.)
A bracing and bitter top note of Grapefruit and Artemisia (mugwort) is short lived, but M.Ropion gets into the Oud nitty gritty of this fragrance almost right off the bat. It is surrounded by a beautiful pipe tobacco sweetness, banishing any medicinal quality it may have and reminding me somewhat of Amouage's Opus V for a few short minutes before a relatively raw leather note creates an animalistic purr similar to Opus V's soft civet note. It's extremely agreeable, soft and completely encased by an incredible sweet tobacco ... like a pipe filled with Cherry Tobacco waiting to be lit.
Ropion's command of spices is magical, with a faint trace of what my nose perceives as Cinnamon and a touch of Ginger present here. By this stage I am reminded of my favorite Ropion creation, Costume National Homme, but muted ... as if looking at it through roughened glass. The Oud here is ever-present but not 'in your face' ... it feels as if a gossamer veil of the stuff has been drawn over this fragrance, supported by other precious woods.

Oud Malaki is a unique take on this 'note du jour' ... a very accessible fragrance with great sillage and longevity. I am rather blown away that this is produced and distributed by Coty ... albeit their prestige line. Highly recommended ... and it doesn't break the bank either ... mine cost under $100.
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Spenc2016Spenc2016 5 years ago
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
Very nice smell. Different, not like many others parfums. Has it's own smell. That is what I enjoy about it. Just different, commands!

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