Essence N°4: Oud (2014)

Essence N°4: Oud by Elie Saab
Bottle Design Sylvie de France
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Essence N°4: Oud is a popular perfume by Elie Saab for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Fragrance Notes

Black pepper, Benzoin, Oud

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Scent

8.1 (53 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (47 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (47 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (54 Ratings)
Submitted by Freeestyler, last update on 21.11.2019.
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Jazzbob

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Helpful Review    4
An unfinished fragrance
In my search for an alternative to Armanis Oud Royal I was recommended Elie Saabs Oud and I have to say that there is a certain similarity regarding the quite dry Oud note, which is probably of synthetic origin as well. I find a certain dry woodiness to be pleasant in the right context, but the result is a fragrance that is absolutely uncompromising and linear.

Who knows Bowmakers of D.S. & Durga, knows what I mean, if I speak also here of a note reminiscent of wood varnish. The spiciness of the pepper does the rest to provide for a somewhat rejecting character at first. Benzoin or even sweets can only be guessed from the background. Due to its dryness, the smoky impression is probably also created, but it cannot be compared to incense or Labdanum. You shouldn't expect much development in this creation by Francis Kurkdjian, but some of his scents have that in them and I don't see that as a problem if it just fits.

This oud scent has become a bit too one-dimensional and seems to me to be a bit unfinished and therefore more like a basic chord. Nevertheless, this woody resinous basic tone has something attractive and might be interesting for friends of layering
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What do you think is beyond almost pure?
Elie Saab Oud Essence is a rather puristic oud presentation. The notes of black pepper and benzoin given above in the fragrance pyramid are not the same as the notes of saffron and cinnamon given on the Elie Saab website. That doesn't matter, though, because what's still in there besides Oud is only for support. This oud begins a little bit burnt or smoky, accompanied by a light note, as if someone had hot the car tires on the Saab. After about two hours, however, this resinous, rich oud scent, which fascinates lovers so much, prevails. The next eight hours or so, this perfume just keeps getting better and better. Then comes the gradual departure to hour twelve or beyond.

It's hard to believe how a single fragrance can be so captivating. If you get off after the second or third tour with this Saab, you might easily feel the urge to look for even purer oud variations. I haven't had the pleasure (and don't have the financial means) to buy a pure oud oil from over 100 or more years old eagle wood, but I'd love to smell it!

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