Most Expensive, but worth it? (NKNN)
I finally got to try some Fragrance Du Bois and I'm starting with the one that drew me to the brand in the first place, Sahraa Oud.
A quick disclaimer. Fragrance Du Bois were so kind as to send me a sample set and additional samples free of charge. That doesn't mean that this is sponsored though, all thoughts are my own.
Sahraa Oud is the only one I've tried so far, but I also have samples for Oud Rose, Oud Jaune, Oud Bleu, Oud Orange, Oud Noir & London Oud, so I have reviews of those coming up in the future.
Where do I start with Sahraa...I was kind of afraid that the oud would be too strong, too animalic or barnyardy for my taste, but it is perfect. In the first couple of minutes, when smelled up close, it has that challenging edge, but that's about it...from a distance or once it starts to settle down, this oud is silky smooth and it blends in perfectly with the sandalwood. The opening is nice and bright with a juicy grapefruit note, that does fade really quicky, or at least the freshness is. And it wasn't until then that I picked up on the rose. The rose here is really subdued. Now I'm not a connoisseur when it comes to geranium, but I feel that it's more prominent here. There's an overal soft, sweet floral touch with patchoulli and vanilla. I don't get much of the pepper, because, usually pepper adds some sharpness and this is completely smooth.
It starts off relatively fresh and becomes warmer and warmer, the amber really plays a big role in the composition and so does the saffron in the base. I'd say this comes close to becoming a full fledged gourmand scent for me with how sweet it is. It's almost a honey like sweetness and I get a hint of almond. It's very smooth from start to finish, but it goes from ever so slightly powdery to more syrupy.
I haven't smelled many fragrances that are similar in style. The closest would be L'Air Du Desert Marocain, which I have only smelled on paper twice and I found it too complex to make up my mind about it in that manner. I feel Sahraa is probably easier to digest and appreciate. I was blown away from the moment that I smelled it and maybe knowing how much this costs tricks the mind, but I can't help but feel that it's the highest quality and best blended fragrance that I've come across so far. It comes at a price; this is roughly 460€ for the 50ml and a staggering 800+ for the 100ml, which is 3x as expensive as the most expensive fragrance that I currently own, Portrait Of A Lady by Frederic Malle. Obviously a purchase like this isn't aimed at your average consumer, and from where I'm at, I can't say anything about it justifying the price; I look at a fragrance like this, the same way I look at an artwork or a supercar. If you're a collector or a fragrance lover that has the money or wants something for a really special occassion, this is definitely the type of fragrance that could be worth it. I can tell you for a fact that if I'd win a lottery tommorow, I'm ordering Sahraa Oud first thing in the morning, it's that good •