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At second glance
To be honest, Diptyque's Oud Palao and I did not have an easy start. For that, let's rewind a good two years to a time when my only touches with oud were from Tom Ford's Oud Wood and Tobacco Oud. After niche fragrances and especially those from the oriental corner became more and more in my spectrum of interest, I happened to stumble upon Oud Palao. The comments about it were more than polarizing and in combination with the listed fragrances strengthened my interest more and more, so that not too soon a bottling made its way to me. Unpacked and sprayed on, the fragrance was now on my skin and the first breath was taken. The very first thing that came over me, however, was confusion and wonder. Was this really Oud Palao in my bottling? Is this what oud smells like? Many fragrances later, I can clearly answer these two questions with a yes, but my expertise in oriental fragrances was practically non-existent at the time. First associations moved in the direction of wet wipes, grandma's rose soap and embroidered towels in a dusty bathroom of elderly gentlemen. Visibly disappointed, the filling then disappeared in a drawer.
From time to time, however, I could not let it sniff at the filling and apply from time to time. Over time, my liking for the fragrance grew, and in the same measure, as I tried other oud fragrances and dealt more with oriental fragrances. Today, I can say without a guilty conscience that Diptyque's Oud Palao is a beautiful take on the rose-oud theme, which is well worth a second look.
The prelude makes a magnificent, bright rose, which comes along almost fruity. Directly under the first rose veil shows the oud. With a certain lightness it plays around the rose and gives it more substance. The oud used here seems light, dusty and delicate. Especially in the opening of the two protagonists, I seem to recognize parallels to XerJoff's Fars, even if it is not quite as finely composed here. As it progresses, the vanilla becomes more and more evident, and incense, patchouli and sandalwood unfold more and more. Over time, the rose and the oud come back a little and join the rest of the fragrance notes, until a beautiful, woody-rosy and especially creamy Oriental results. In my eyes, Oud Palao is neither unwearable nor hugely fecal or animalic. Rather, this is a fine rose oud fragrance, which can be worn perfectly in all four seasons.
Here it shows once again that you sometimes have to take a little time for certain fragrances until you really appreciate them.