Playing the forbidden against the wholesome five o'clock tea
Miel Oud is my third LPDO fragrance, I started with Hash Intense, then Garçon Libre, and now this delicacy. It is an incredibly rich, warm, sweet and smoky oud, such a good fragrance with a huge, voluptuous luscious gourmand accord, not exactly honey-centric, but familiar from quite a few siblings of TM Angel. Initially, I liked it, but after scenting it a few times, I love it. You need to like this kind of massive Arab-style orientals to enjoy it, and I usually do. There are great wax honey and spicy cinnamon at the front of it, and the medicinal fake oud in the background keeps it from being overly cloying. Wonderfully true honey note that smooths the oud's rough edges, likewise deep syrupy oud that mitigates the honey's candied edges. I appreciate the uniqueness of this one, you won't smell like anyone or anything else when you're wearing it. A standout in the LPDO line, and a great piece of my "cheapy" collection.
The juice does start slightly bitter and honey-sweet. Sweetened oud burst. Plenty of honey, almost a smoky note hiding here. A pop of aromatic cinnamon. The combination creates a honey-like accord with the bittersweet cinnamon and other spices dominating the early development. It's quite rich at the opening and deserves discipline.
Powdery iris note lingers in the heart and it is not alone, I seem I smell Tiare flower here and a sort of orchid. As it develops the amber, oud and vanilla warm through the opening spices and the combination scent is very much a sweet Middle Eastern like accord.
As the bitterness softens the sweetness from the vanilla and amber mingle with the oud and leather of the scent. Also working in that more grown-up directions are mere touches of leather and the favorite depth chord of modern patchouli. Remarkable stuff, inviting and sexy without crudeness. Later, vanilla and amber take over. Still a few iris and a tad of honey. Steady, smoky leather later on. Miel Oud also seems to have a ping-pong effect. Notes seem to come and go, bounce to-and-fro. I enjoy it when that occurs. Just when I think a note is "gone" I can smell it again.
I find this to be a true unisex juice with the leather dying out slightly the farther you get into the dry down where you are left with amber and oud that here isn't long-lasting nor is it overly assertive. It is only a quick blast. I don't get a ton of honey, but more vanilla and amber, so the experience is sweet and resinous in concert with the deeper oud. A modern classic gourmand, in my opinion. An interesting fragrance with tremendous longevity and performance as expected by LPDO fragrances. As the notes are so warm, I prefer wearing it in cool weather days, a couple of sprays are plenty for office, maybe one more for evenings, and nights out. Ultimately, I don't wear stuff for compliments, but this one is highly complimented for me. The result is somewhere between oriental and gourmand, sweet, creamy, spicy and sultry, but all without any of the cloying heaviness sometimes associated with either genre, making Miel Oud easy to wear anywhere any time.