Helpful Review 6
Wonderoud opens as a woody-peppery vetiver-based designer with a sprinkle of sandalwood. Not the slightest hint of oud here to my nose, just a subtle sort of soft, finished medicinal-leathery note on the base (I guess that would be the oud), and a hint of incense – we’re young and hip, no incense, no party! Basically this is Wonderwood with a cheap, light “medicinalish darkish” thing underneath the rest. Which by the way vanishes quite soon, leaving you with a persistent drydown comprising vetiver with a slight ambery-incense undertone... and that’s it. Undoubtedly pleasant, but honestly I can’t find this more than just barely decent. To my nose it’s a perfectly safe and friendly “office scent” which may have been created by Montblanc or Zegna or St Dupont as far as I am concerned, or any other “low-profile” brand like these aimed at thirty-something men with low pretenses and low budgets looking for a safe woody cologne for job interviews. Nothing wrong with that, I am a fan of designer cheapos: but not at this price (and well, not from such a – usually – creative brand). And why call this “oud”?