Oud Ispahan 2012

Oud Ispahan by Dior
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Oud Ispahan is a popular perfume by Dior for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes LabdanumLabdanum
Heart Notes Heart Notes PatchouliPatchouli
Base Notes Base Notes OudOud RoseRose SandalwoodSandalwood

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7.9487 Ratings
Longevity
8.8425 Ratings
Sillage
8.4428 Ratings
Bottle
8.3395 Ratings
Value for money
6.9152 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 01.02.2023.
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Jazzbob
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Jazzbob
Top Review 21  
The slightly different Rosen-Oud
There are people who make a rather ordinary, sometimes even almost stuffy impression on the outside, but behind their façade lurk undreamt-of qualities and preferences. Logical - who talks to everyone about their 'kinky' fantasies? It is similar with Oud Ispahan.

For me this fragrance unites a lot of contrasts. Oud is present here in its animal form, but it is neither faecal, nor particularly loud, but very soft. The reason for this is the all-embracing rose, which is neither particularly bright nor dark and brings a honey-like sweetness with it. Labdanum can often be a bit strict, but here it is very discreet. Patchouli and sandalwood are also only to be understood as accessories in order to contribute more heat.

Oud Ispahan seems to be one piece - none of the notes can be clearly separated from the others, because they all form a close symbiosis. Although the fragrance is declared unisex, I see it more in women than in men, because for me the rose is more dominant than the woody-resin notes. Besides Ambre Doré, he is also one of the few whose animal qualities I do not find disturbing. The slightly dirty facet probably just makes it interesting - as it is with some people. ;-)
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DerDefcon
Top Review 19  
A Sillage with tricks.
From Dior's "Exklusivlingen" I already know the classic "Ambre Nuit", the always beautiful "Happy Hour" and also the Mediterranean-fruity "Balade Sauvage". They all captivate by a rather smooth, cuddly, nowhere magnificently offensive scent character and so I came to the perhaps premature conclusion that Dior, similar to Kurkdjian, creates a niche, which is meant for every nose, without losing character, however, and to chum up to the "frowned upon mainstream". That Kurkdjian can work with corners and edges, I realized later, when I dared to work on "Baccarat Rouge".
But can also Dior with corners and edges?
I had already heard of potential candidates like "Leather Oud", but I hadn't heard of them yet - until now.
"Oud Ispahan" moved in with me in the form of a bottling. The comments here on Parfumo were very mixed. The fragrance maker is sometimes said to be unimaginative and it is also written that it is a simple, often smelled rose and oud combination.

But now my opinion:

"Oud Ispahan" starts with a not-so-dark rose I was actually betting on. Rather, it is slightly fruity, but really only very light. The oud is not long in coming and envelops the thornflower with a very dark, dry woodiness, which also seems to resonate with a little smoke. In my opinion, the Patchouli, which is only small listed in the fragrance pyramid, can be weighted bigger. Thus it is he who gives the woody rose, which has long since ceased to be fruity, a very discreetly herbaceous character and in combination with the dark oud even imitates the smell of dark chocolate. This imitation will not be for people who love to consume the milk chocolate of well-known manufacturers, which is sweetened in my eyes, but rather for those who truly love chocolate as much as we all love our scented waters. It is a chocolate - or at least a skilful pretence - for all those who still have water in their mouths even with 60 percent cocoa. In olfactory terms, this is expressed by bitter, absolutely unsweet notes that accompany the dark floral rose and above all fill entire rooms. The durability and sillage are strangely strong and not in line with the less potent fragrances from the Maison Christian Dior series, which I mentioned at the beginning of my commentary.
I promise you, this scent will catch your eye. The Sillage, by the way, is pretty sophisticated, I think. Far away, third parties perceive the dark rose to a large extent, which neither female nor male, but absolutely unisex-suited comes along. As we get closer, the oud gradually becomes noticeable and the gender-neutral rose becomes more angular, dirtier and thornier. If one dares to get even closer, the bitterness sets in, which might frighten some, others might be even more fascinated.
The behaviour of "Oud Ispahan" reminds me in some way of the sirens that Odysseus encountered on his odyssey. They, too, appeared friendly and loving at a distance, serving bait and curls to reveal their monstrosity when the sailor was already in their clutches and escape was hardly possible.

Have faith in this fragrance, dear perfumas and perfumos. Don't let this little story scare you away. "Oud Ispahan" is not a monstrous siren, really not, but the example occurred to me spontaneously while wearing this fragrance. I can't help it.
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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Top Review 18  
in the labyrinth
When I read: Labdanum, Patchouli and Sandalwood I am actually very, very curious.
I love them all.
So my curiosity for Christian Dior's "Oud Ispahan" was of course special; I still have CD from the past as very sympathetic "on the note".
And with two bottlings of "Oud Ispahan" sent to me, something special had to await me.

Especially yes, but not in the sense I had in mind.
With only five fragrances, which all have something extraordinary about them, a great mixture had to be created.
It's not like that for me: I'm mistaken by this scent composition!
A resinous, spicy Labdanum chord leads me into the middle of a scent labyrinth that I can't (almost) leave alone.
During my escape attempts I meet "my Darling Patchouli" and can only say: Man, how have you changed!
Where is the glow, the floating gold, the patchouli embodying for me?
Sandalwood and rose say "hello!", but they seem to be more like solitaires: these scented melanges don't want to combine.
The scent is very restless on my skin, as if he were looking for it.
Even Oud doesn't find a real station to "dock".
I'm mistaken from fragrance to fragrance, try to stir them, shake them: my cocktails used to be quite popular!

In spite of very high intensity in durability and sillage, I give it up: we both - "Oud Ispahan" and I - do not find each other!
Even a thorough wash does not help; the scent building blocks are still wafting around me for a long time.
No matter how often I try and motivate myself with the name CD: I'm standing in the middle of the labyrinth of five fragrances and have lost my way!
And it seems I'm not all alone there!

So both bottlings of "Oud Ispahan" may continue to travel.
My currently very pronounced need for harmony unfortunately does not allow togetherness.
Too bad, but not to change!
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HIRH
Top Review 12  
Summer scent for late risers
As the title suggests: the perfect summer scent for late risers. For a simple reason: The flowery rose makes the start - maybe Labdanum is also there. It's hard to tell, I don't know what labdanum smells like. The floral entry is so intense that at first nothing is noticeable of heavy patchouli or the oud. This means that the fragrance is also very easy to wear in summer - the flowery freshness remains carefree at first.

But after a few hours, patchouli joins the rose. A short time later, the rose has to give way to the oud, until hardly anything of it is noticeable anymore. The fragrance has mutated into a brute Arabic sheikh, which in summer can only be worn in the evening - a link to the rose is only perceptible in the background. The oud now dominates.

For all those who, like me, start the day at 14:00 and work mainly at night, so that the perfect summer scent. A flowery, fresh start, which becomes a heavy night-time scent just in time for sunset. Without having to spray on another perfume. The shelf life is so good that the Sillage is still clearly perceived by its surroundings even at late hours and brings some compliments. After the first test I could see it on my neck - neither joke nor exaggeration - nor months (!) after that on the collar of my winter jacket. The well-dosed spray bursts of the Dior Prive flacons do the trick, by the way. Two sprays are easily enough for this fragrance. Spraying is not only unnecessary, but even harmful. The magic of this fragrance is the strong contrast between rose and oud - the mutability behind it.

Therefore not the right summer scent for all early risers: it becomes so heavy too quickly that it is no longer adequately wearable in summer. But for all late risers or sprayers it is exactly the right thing - so it has become my summer signature. Cheers!
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Cryptic

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Very helpful Review 15  
Unfortunate
Call me morbidly curious. When a close friend with an adventurous and tolerant nose tested Oud Ispahan and found it repellent, I had to see what the stink was all about. To cut straight to the chase, look no further than the oud, or pseudo oud (psoud?), since we all know by now that what passes for oud these days is just another aromachemical.

The specific "oud" found in OI smells to me like the same one that Montale has been using for years. If you find scents like Black Oud appealing, you will probably enjoy OI. In fact, I would rate OI higher than Black Oud because underneath the massive, hulking agarwood is the ghost of a beautiful perfume. The tiny waft of it that manages to escape being smothered is reminiscent of Dior's gorgeous Dolce Vita sans the big peach note. I can just barely detect the same harmonious combination of rose, sandalwood and cardomom that I adore in DV.

I can only surmise that the reason oud is present here in such a high concentration is to justify the large price tag. Apparently, someone at Dior figured that more "oud" would equal more dollars. I will say that OI is good value for money in the sense that the sillage is positively intergalactic. I put some on this evening and a short time later my husband inquired from the foot of the stairs, "Dear God, what did you spill up there?" Unfortunately, I can't comment on the longevity because I was forced to scrub, but not before the fragrance had fully developed. It is fairly linear in any event. To compare the experience to something relatable, it was like being in a surgical suite that had been scrubbed with an industrial cleaner, and then being swabbed with that orangey-brown antibacterial solution -- I think it's called Betadine. The anesthesiologist had just eaten a delicious dinner of Moroccan food and I could still smell it on her breath. She was also wearing a dab of very nice perfume. It probably goes without saying that this is not a good candidate for a blind buy. Big thanks to Dig for an interesting fragrant experiment.
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PioPio 2 years ago
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This is how Oud should smell like. Perfect for Western noses.
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HermeshHermesh 12 months ago
7.5
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7.5
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10
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7.5
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Although not a new theme, the ripe rose in oud frame is actually beautiful here. Too much labdanum, however, makes the scent a bit too heavy
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PetarMolnarPetarMolnar 2 months ago
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This is lovely animalistic interpretation of rose/oud combo. Every aspect of it is well blended and crafted. Dont blind buy. Winter wear.
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TRehfTRehf 2 years ago
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New formulation is less animalic and bold but in a good way. Much more wearable. Floral, woody, almost soapy. Performance less but still 10h
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SAQIBSAQIB 3 years ago
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Some thing amazing for me, I am in LOVE with Oud Ispahan
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