Royal Oud (2011)

Royal Oud by Creed
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Royal Oud is a popular perfume by Creed for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.

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Olivier Creed

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Pink pepper, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesAngelica, Galbanum, Lebanon cedar
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Oud, Sandalwood



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An oud that isn't actually an oud? Probably because of that!
As I said, I don't absorb the oud note at all...for me it smells more like rose, sandalwood and fruit!
No cardboard-sweet synthetics note! And that's good!!
What can I say, the scent is great!

Classic, but nevertheless somehow modern.
The longer on the skin, the more multi-faceted it becomes.

Durability and Sillage are for an Oud "Goud", but not top!
But I can live with that!

The RO starts beautifully fruity, then passes a bit 2 hours into the musk sandalwood.
A fine and refined creation, which in my opinion is almost on "Roja" level.

Perfectly dressed, with this water you are rather classic, shirt with leather jacket in autumn winter?
Yes, direct hit!

I find that not many people can manage this tightrope walk between classic and modern. But Creed makes it again and again for my terms.
Probably this is also the "secret of success".

For me the most beautiful "autumn creed"
Thank you for this masterpiece!
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On those winter / fall nights hanging out with my wife at dinner, this is the fragrance for me. This fragrance exudes class and professionalism. It is a dark yet rich smell that exemplifies class. I am not a huge OUD fan but this is by far the best ever.
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Sophisticated balsamic woods
Oh well, I thought I would have never said this, but... Royal Oud is great. Hands down. It just works perfectly. It’s rich, elegantly powerful, it has a ton of personality, it shows an amazingly crisp clarity of notes. The issue is that it has nothing to do with oud, and I really mean nothing, but once you know and accept that, it’s really good. And “royal” indeed. Basically it is a delightfully complex and overall quite “bright” blend of super crisp spicy cedar notes (real – or however, really good – cedar, for once!) infused with some balsamic pine-floral greenness, slightly bittersweet too, oddly dark and quite new to me (the “angelica” note, I suppose), an invigorating slap of aromatic citrus-bergamot with a juicy peppery vibe, all layered on Creed’s trademark synthetic “sparkling musky ambroxan” base.

It may seem a simplistic déja-vu, but it’s actually quite unique. It’s truly a superb, almost loud rich spicy-green woody blend with a truly palpable feel of crystal clarity, of uplifting golden crispness, with a fantastic thin shade of dark. I get an intense “forest” vibe out of this, but filtered through a very mannered and refined lens. It smells round and sophisticated, at once powerful but bright and distinguished enough not to smell too obtrusive. Plus, the woody accord is plain great – it’s truly pure wood, extremely aromatic and realistic, something miles above the majority of woody scents. It just feels “stereo”, if you get what I mean, and very modern in its texture. And also it has that subtle, elegant, confident and very distinctive sort of balsamic-green feel provided by the angelica note (again – just a guess: I never smelled this material before, so I’m not sure if it’s that, but most probably it is). It’s basically a sort of balsamic absinthe-like note with a pine feel, so to speak. It blends amazingly well with pepper, cedar and the fresh citrus notes, and it also creates a sort of subtle bitter herbal vein with a subtle, exotic “poisonous” feel. This gives Royal Oud a very pleasant, and again, quite creative sort of “dark green” shade which is really perfect for the mood – counter-balancing the bright crispness of cedar, citrus and pepper and the designer-oriented dustiness of musky ambroxan.

For once this is something genuinely unique, distinctive, totally versatile, amazingly refined and absolutely compelling quality-wise and performance wise (beast longevity, Dolby projection). Still overpriced, a bit linear and ridiculously mis-named, but terrific.

Elegant and very stylish.
I really did not expect that , I tried Royal Oud with an expectation to dislike or merely like it as we usually do, saying 'oh its nice' ..and thats it, but its absolutely Royal not sure about Oud ( may be you get that) I really dont dont detect a shadow of oud, its majorly Cedar , Pink pepper and lovely vanilla.

Fabulous quality and shockingly elegant , rather 'elegance in a bottle', The dry down with very refined sandalwood blended with musk vanilla and spices besides creed signature notes make it awesome.

Sophisticated and high quality stuff for a classy gentleman
~ Royal Poetry ~
~ A review in poem ....
On a high back leather chair in a library you evoke my mood ~
Like a smoke filled lounge room your notes play jazz, rhythm and blues ~
Your sophisticated sillage of spice and woods mingle with pepper and subtle oud ~
Intoxicating some may say sexy sandalwood and elegant musk in a three piece suit ~
I found you harsh at the very first spray how far away from my fresh lavender have I strayed
Cedar is dominant here but never impolite only pure suave smooth masculine class all in a Creed regal flask ~
Kind Regards, Plat ~
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Angelica Galore, But Where's The Oud?...
Royal Oud opens with a gentle peppery green grass accord that most likely is derived from the angelica rising from its heart. During the early heart the peppery angelica dominates, deepened by a musky green galbanum and sandalwood tandem exhibiting an almost sweet pipe tobacco-like vibe but with a more green tinge, with faint hints of just barely detectable woody cedar staying well in the background. During the late dry-down the peppery angelica finally recedes, allowing the remnants of the sweet sandalwood and galbanum to combine with relatively clean musk to round out the development. Projection is excellent and so is longevity at 10-12 hours on skin.

Royal Oud is an enigma of a fragrance by Creed. It is quite green, very spicy, somewhat woody and relatively sweet. What I find missing, however, is the Oud. Oh, there may be trace elements of Oud in here somewhere, but to me this is more a sweet spicy woody composition than an Oud one by far. In all truthfulness, angelica is the predominant note to my nose and it is featured in all its peppery green glory. I find the composition quite pleasant and skillfully done on the whole and wouldn't mind wearing it one iota. What I can't completely ignore, however, is the near absence of the headlining note (which I am guessing is how Creed felt justified in setting its near scandalous $325 per 75ml bottle retail price) that comes off as somewhat deceptive. If Creed called the fragrance (as pompous sounding as it may be) "Royal Angelica" or "Royal Green Spice" they would have been much more honest to the purchaser. The bottom line is Creed may be potentially deceptive in its Oud name here, but Royal Oud is a fine green spicy woody composition despite this with excellent performance metrics that is certainly worth a sniff if you come across it earning a "very good" 3.5 star out of 5 rating. If you choose to sample Royal Oud and don't expect much in the way of Oud and don't pay retail you very well may be pleased.
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Royal love
Royal Oud is the most diverse classy scent I have in my collection. Great for a wedding, great of a business meeting, perfect for a classy night out on the town, great in the summer and spring, good on a fall and winter day. Absolutely perfect for the office (barring the price that is).

Royal Oud is an oud for non-oud lovers, much like Oud Wood is for those who want a bit of a flirtatious oud. Royal Oud opens spicy with a sweet edge. You immediately sense the woodiness from the oud but it is never dank or damp it is more arid in its approach. So again the opening is spicy yet there is a sweetness and depth. There is this smokiness floating in the background yet it remains fresh and classy and invigorating the entire time. The lasting power is all day and what is weird is this. In the summer it is more spicy/sweet in the cooler weather it is more smoky/sweet and the woods is deeper.

This fragrance never ceases to amaze me. It is something that once you put your nose on it, will immediate give you that "its a classic" feeling. It never overbears yet never underwhelms. If I could give something a 6 out of 5 it would be this.


JoaoMartins 132 days ago
Woody, not oudy. Smells great, wears very easily but I don't get much oud in there. More like dry cedarwood scent than a oud scent+2
Hermesh 18 months ago
Was there somewhere oud? If so then it’s covered almost completely by cedar. However, it doesn’t harm this citrusy-fresh pleasant fragrance.+1

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