Rose Oud (2011)

Rose Oud by Illuminum
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Rose Oud is a popular perfume by Illuminum for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is floral-spicy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesJasmine, Basil, Coriander seed
Heart Notes Heart NotesMoroccan rose, Geranium
Base Notes Base NotesMalayan oud, Patchouli, Castoreum

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Scent

7.5 (51 Ratings)

Longevity

7.9 (35 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (36 Ratings)

Bottle

6.4 (36 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 22.03.2020.
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The Freshest Oud Floral in This Galaxy!
This starts of with a smooth fresh linen Lily-of-the-valley that has my nose infatuated from the get-go. Then the soft rounded rose petals drift by like a veil and leave a subtle trail of fresh herbaceous basil and salivation inducing coriander. Where is my Tagine Cooker, right now I wonder? I hear the tinkled and beads against silk, wind against mountains and late afternoon birds leaving there final comments on the day. Like olives and stuffed grape leaves with feta cheese and fresh mint tea- this full-bodied voluptuous queen actually belongs right in the middle of a sultry summer evening. Here the rose is not big, deep red and ready to hunt you down, but rather powdery pink, joyous and playful. Finally the pinch of that rotted, beautiful agar wood smell, which is soaped down and cleaned up in Michael Boadi.'s masterful composition. This is soothing, soulful and earthy but never dirty or heavy. You are drowning, but you just don't care! Similar at points to APOM pour Femme....but far less sweet and cloying, this is using the same seduction tools but with a more deft hand and some additional wisdom.

Surprisingly, this is also a bit powdery, flutelike...I here the Oboe slowly making a wane entrance- but not sweet and definitely unisex. After 2 hours it has revealed a dab of oily castoreum, but blessedly, no sign of patchouli- on my skin.I flipping love this fragrance! My head can not understand why it is named so carelessly and destined to get thrown in the mix with Killians' "Rose Oud" (a royal & beastly beauty!) and Henry Bendel's, Jo Malone's Etc. versions of Rose Ouds- more aptly named Rose & Oud or Rose Oud. Illuminum's only fault with this magnificent scent was the name. I would have called this "Basil Rose Oud". That pungent, green, spritely herbaceous and springy fresh Basil-green note is totally undeniable! The sillage is respectable, about 1 meter for the first hour and then down to a skin scent range of 1-3cm for 4-6 hours. The longevity is commendable- if you wear this to bed, be for warned...you will wake up smelling it in a much more open, skin-soaked silky gentle form and you will have totally wild dreams! Next full bottle purchase for sure! Have been wearing it for 3 days straight and feel like I am having a secret affair with out all the hassle!
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Strangely, not a Rose Oud at all!
Allow me to begin this review by saying a huge thanks to Guusje for sending me samples of nearly the entire 'cube bottle' collection by Iluminum ... what a spectacular treat :). In preface, I also need to mention that Rose Oud has very little to do with either Rose OR Oud ... but it's fabulous anyway :).

This fragrance reminds me of something I smelled and adored a LONG time ago, I just can't put my finger on what it is! The opening here features a huge blast of Muguet, softened slightly by a touch of Jasmine and a wispy Rose far in the background. Touches of spice (pepper ? clove?) bring a lovely 'warmness', but nothing overwhelming. If there is Oud in this one, it's definitely not of the pungent barnyard variety, and yet there is a certain pungency evident in Rose Oud.
The note pyramid lists Castoreum ( 'beaver butt' to coin a Katy Puckrick phrase), but I have very little experience with this note so I cannot truthfully judge it. This Illuminum offering does carry a gorgeously soft suede note which is reportedly what Castoreum provides ... like handmade gloves scented with Lily of the Valley. If the intention here was toward an animalistic feel it hasn't succeeded in any major way.
If you have had any experience with the classic Arabic combination of Rose and Oud (trust me when I say I have!) and are after that here, this fragrance will surely disappoint. I get a much more Muguet/soft Spice vibe from this with an undeniable green floral aspect.

With some time on my hands I have been doing quite a bit of sampling of late. Illuminum's Rose Oud has to be one of the best surprises I've had this entire year! Undoubtedly full bottle worthy and already placed on the wish-list.
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Hermesh 4 years ago
Jasmine and castoreum give the faint rose lemony-sour note. Oud? Where?

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