Essence Oud 2012

Essence Oud by Ferrari
Bottle Design Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Essence Oud is a popular perfume by Ferrari for men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-smoky. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Perfume Holding.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRose, Elemi resin, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesCaraway, Frankincense, Oud
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Labdanum, Leather, Animalic notes

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (96 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (80 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (86 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (94 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.06.2020.
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8.5
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8
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8
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9
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Carlitos01

282 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Top Review    9  
A multi faceted, seductive, quality Oud fragrance
[short review]
Oud it's not any longer just an ephemeral perfume fashion, or a gimmick aroma comming from the Middle East. Westerners look at an oud perfume just as they do to any other type of fragrance. The oud perfumes became an industry group instead of just an olfactory note. The same phenomena happened in different occasions with lavender, florals, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, amber and lemon notes. Now the market imposes every designer, or niche sorcerer, to have at least one oud fragrance in their range of products. Some perfume houses like Montale for instance, specialized in producing almost every scent with oud, following the middle eastern steps of Lattafa, Nabeel or Ard Al Zaafaran.

Question - What is the connection we may make with Ferrari? - the perfume designer, not the sports car maker.
Answer - Ferrari sells fragrances as fashion acessories. They all display the "Cavalino Rampante" emblem. As a business it's not so different from the existing merchandising of Ferrari polo shirts, t-shirts, and fancy watches.
After some mainstream inexpensive colognes, unexpectedly Ferrari started launching "varietal" fragrances, with a very good quality standard. It's the case of Amber, Cedar, Musk, Vetiver, Bergamot, Leather, Neroli, Fig, Lavender... and Essence Oud. The differentiated sports car company decided to differentiate their own fragrance business, getting a position half way between being just a meere designer, or present themselves as an innovative fragrance player. In the Ferrari perfume product range, this oud fragrance popped up naturally, and not only to follow the steps of other designers in desperate need of adding an oud scent to their market offer.
Surprisingly, all of the above mentioned "varietal" Ferrari perfumes are recognised as desirable fragrances, and Essence Oud has a shiny place in that elite range.
Another fragrance market dogma it's the generalized idea that a very good perfume must be expensive as well. Well, Ferrari broke that hidden code, and offers their "semi-niche" perfumes for a price under 30 Euros for each 100 ml flask... and even added an expensive and elegant bottle.

THE JUICE...
A strong untamed oud note is simply to pungent for the common western nose. The perfume market is full of medicinal or fecal oud exemples. In order not to intoxicate their customers, the oud perfumists blend the different type of oud oils with either florals for smoothness and sweetness, or leather for animalic accords, or rose for elegance, or saffron for bitter sweetness and earthyness, or labdanum for extra amber, or frankincense for balsamic smokiness, or vanilla for sweetness. Nathalie Feisthauer just added almost all those notes and the final result is great.
Before buying my first bottle of Ferrari Oud Essence, I was a bit suspicious about its list of notes. I feared a blind buy to avoid the disapointement of smelling an oud cacophonie, due a possible traffic jam in the development. I later discovered that I could not be more wrong. I overcame that blind purchase fear with a couple of self suggested arguments:
- The bottle is gorgeous;
- The pefume is inexpensive;
- Nathalie Feisthauer made very good perfumes for Clarins, Amouage, Comme de Garçons, Versace, Etat Libre d'Orange and so on.
Instead of a cacophonie, what I got was a fine tunned symphony. The resinous and floral opening with a magnific rose note, gives way to a balmy smoky oud that is later amplified with animalic touches and a leathery background. A balsamic, leathery, woody, and pleasant drydown, ends the fragrance evolution. No hiding defects or unwanted sweetness is present here. The scent is more masculine than feminine but may be used by both genders. It's one of the best western oud perfumes I have tried.
Longevity is great with more than 9 hours after three sprays. Sillage is a bit less impressive with a top of six feet and 2.5 hours projection.
I truly recommend it. I already ordered my third bottle in less than a two years time frame.

Music: Sting - "Desert Rose"
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Kamran

3 Reviews
Kamran
Kamran
Helpful Review    2  
Love in the hot desert...
The warmth of the fragrance is the main reason for its attraction!
The heat, combined with the amazing notes of wood and oriental roses, gives you a sense of complete satisfaction.
The smell of red frankincense is slowly added to the fragrance, and here the character of the Ferrari product is completely formed.!!
At the end, animal notes and spikes are placed alongside wooden tapes.
That's amazing
Like making love in the hot desert ...
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10
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OoohAdonis

6 Reviews
OoohAdonis
OoohAdonis
Helpful Review    4  
Catastrophe is a graceful symphony
Two years has passed since I bought a miniature.
With much love, I bought a 100ml bottle within that week. Why? Simply because it is better than some of the high end niche oud based perfumes I tried.
Have I regretted a single moment while wearing or even sniffing FEO? No! Do I ever get a negative feedback from people around me while wearing it? No! Do I get constant compliments? Yes! Do I get the comfort, confidence and good feeling? Yes!
Ferrari EO is quite bold and potent on it's introduction, a rebelling-bitter slightly cloying floral (to those with sensitive nose), thickly mad resins and dusty spices with hidden sweetness to control it's total outrage. When you get pass this early phase, the heart Is like wonderful seismic tremors, heat combusting, smoke rises up, tempting darkness fills the air yet the end is not near. The magical mystery unfolds. Aftershock lasted many hours like an endless freight train. But do not get me wrong, the wave is graceful and gracious. Divine shockwaves of majestic leather, balmy woods and aoud, embracing whiffs of roses and sensually soft labdanum kept me hooked Ferrari EO.
If this is a Dior, Chanel, Xerjoff, MFK and ByKilian release, this will receive highest praise. To those who didn't like Ferrari EO, that is your nose and I stick with my positive thoughts, then and now. Amazing results await for the right skin. 9.5/10
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Helpful Review    4  
G-Oud ... and then not so g-oud ...
In a marketplace that abounds with Oud fragrances, Ferrari Essence Oud strikes me as one that may be trying too hard. I generally avoid fragrances made by licence to automobile manufacturers, but I tried this one out of my morbid Oud curiosity.

Essence Oud definitely has some wonderful moments. The first 10 minutes are a little confused as the Rose/Saffron accord desperately tries to unshackle itself from a dusty note (probably the elemi and caraway combination), but when it does, it is truly lovely as it combines with a synthetic Oud rising from the heart.
Too soon, the dustiness is back while the base tries to release itself from the chemical soup it is trapped in. Again ... when it does, a rich sweetness takes over ... incense-y and smooth ... but before long a ton of Vanilla (not listed for some reason) steps in and obliterates pretty much anything that has gone before.
Essence Oud is more like a well driven car that needs a tune-up than a finely honed marvel of mechanical engineering. Priced mid range, this Oud is a good one as a harbinger for an Oud fascination and definitely has great moments. Unfortunately I also find it messy in the transitions, which is a great pity. It is possessed of above average longevity and medium sillage ... but in saying that I must mention that it interacted very well with the Encre Noire I was wearing when I tested it.

Like vat produced celeb-u-scents, I find this offering annoying! If one can afford to drive a Ferrari, then one can afford a fragrance that is beautifully made. This statement is, however, simply a matter of opinion :) ...
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7.5
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7.5
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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
Very helpful Review    6  
Wow! Great release!
Another great release among the Essence line along with Silver Essence.

I have to say Essence line is a step above the regular Ferrari releases.

Essence Oud combines oud, roses, caraway, resins and leather in a great way.

Oud is soft but present and not in a medicinal way.

Kind of an unidimensional scent, but this aint a problem for me.

Sweet and smoky at the same time, this one has a great sillage with a good lasting power (around 10 hours) and projection.

Worth it? Certainly a must have if you find at a good price.

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AmberScentAmberScent 20 months ago
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No hiding defects sweetness is present here, making it a more masculine scent than feminine. It's one of the best Western ouds I have tried.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 20 months ago
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9
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Well above average oud fragrance with a very nice "Red Ferrari" presentation. Elemi, Frankincense, Oud, Labdanum & Leather. Just great!
ElysiumElysium 5 years ago
10
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7.5
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5
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10
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If Sahara Desert had a perfume, it would be Essence Oud. Gorgeous whiff of damask rose, oud, and olibanum like camel caravans on Silk route.

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