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Icon or imitator?
Persons from my closer environment would title me, my fragrance preferences concerning, as a "performance junkie". And not without reason.
I have been interested in fragrances since 2018/2019. Often I was on Parfumo to research various facts and information. However, it did not come to a registration (until recently).
Like many others, it was the standard designers that impressed me in the beginning. Versace, Chanel and Montblanc quickly found their way into my wardrobe. The motto was: Sporty and fresh.
Through several mentions in various hip-hop tracks I became aware of Tom Ford. So I made my way to the nearest perfumery and began to test.
Tom Ford's "Oud Wood" was an olfactory-incisive experience for me. This fragrance opened up a whole new and previously unknown spectrum of smells for me.
Quickly "Oud Wood" was represented in my small collection. From that moment on, my taste evolved more and more towards an oriental, woody and darker direction. Pandora's box was opened.
A little later, the, now unfortunately discontinued, "Tobacco Oud", formed the centerpiece of my collection. The strong and almost aggressive smell fascinated me enormously.
Back to the future: February 2021.
Simultaneously with a friend I registered on Parfumo. The fascination that extremely strong fragrances exerted on me has not disappeared. No quite the opposite.
Always on the search for the (for me) "perfect" fragrance, I came across "Ombre Nomade". Quickly, a sample (thanks to Memento20) was on its way to me. Three days later, I held a pocket diffuser containing five milliliters of Ombre Nomade in my hands. With this introduction, I wanted to describe my motivations, for the following review below.
Here begins the actual review:
Although there is no trace of a rose in the official fragrance notes, ON opens with a prominent rose note. A pungent but at the same time soft pungency makes itself felt. This not only sounds paradoxical, but also smells like it. The more time passes, the more the oud gains presence. This is a slightly animalic and leathery oud. Like isolated clearings, in an otherwise pitch-black forest, the raspberry note makes itself felt. As it progresses, ON loses its sharpness and becomes increasingly creamy. This is due to the contained benzoeharz.
Abstractly, I would describe the fragrance as incredibly dark and extremely masculine. He is loud, striking and certainly not suitable for the masses. He sticks out, proves character and literally screams for attention.
Critical voices complain about the lack of originality. Often "Tuscan Leather", "Oud Ispahan" or "Portrait of a Lady" are used as a reference. In my opinion, Ombre Nomade combines all the strengths of these three fragrances. It's not as pungently clear as Tuscan Leather, leatherier and (to me) more beautifully constructed than Oud Ispahan, and not as rose-dominant as Portrait of a Lady.
Overall, it's fair to say that he's not reinventing the wheel. Rather, he takes it to a new level.
Finally, I'd like to turn my attention to performance. The durability is a clear ten. On the skin, it lasts twelve hours with no problem. On the clothes for days.
I would rate the sillage and projection a nine and a half. He is definitely room-filling and extremely strong perceptible.
This is a masterpiece from the house of Louis Vuitton. Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud's creation convinces not only with sheer dominance what H / S concerns, but just as with its refined fragrance image.
I look forward to Ombre Nomade hopefully soon in my collection to welcome!